Apple HomeKit, announced back in June 2014, was Apple’s foray into the smart home market. But as a developer platform it had little interest for consumers. Now, with a large base of HomeKit devices available on the market, Apple are finally launching their Home app in iOS 10, which will let users control their connected home from their iPhone or iPad.
While you’ve been able to control a lot of smart home appliances with your phone through individual apps, the benefit of Home is that it creates one hub that controls everything. You don’t need separate apps for your lights, thermostat, and webcam. The Home app does it all as long as the appliance was built for HomeKit.