After nearly a year of silence, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has finally revealed to Forbes that the first bunch of Home Devices that will work with its HomeKit will come to market in June. Apple’s HomeKit is an iOS based programming interface that is designed to work as a remote control for operating home gadgets such as thermostats, garage doors, lights, and cameras.
Smart application for smart devices
Apple had first made public its plans of HomeKit during its yearly developers conference held in June 2014. Following that the Cupertino tech giant integrated the same into its iOS 8 software last year. Apple will host its WWDC 2015 from June 8 to June 12. The first HomeKit devices are likely to hit the market right after that event.
However, the program has yet to take shape in reality as it needs smart home devices in order to function. That means iOS users need HomeKit certified home devices that can be connected with their iPhones or iPads. Apple has already put MFi (Made for iPad/iPhone) program in place for developers to let them develop certified devices.
It is speculated that Apple has already provided HomeKit certification to chipmaker Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ:BRCM) for its hardware development program. The latter’s Bluetooth-Wifi enabled chips will facilitate manufacturers embed their devices with HomeKit-compatible wireless functionality. Once a device is ready it has to go through Apple’s quality assurance checks in order to qualify to be an Apple HomeKit certified device.
Answer to speculative reports
Apple’s update on HomeKit is part of its effort to not just to share information about the developments but also to reign in incorrect messages which are making rounds in the market.
Recently, a report from Fortune cited sources claiming that HomeKit project will be delayed until August or September amid several issues confronting Apple. The report indicated that the program is believed to be consuming too much of memory on small devices, which will delay its launch.
But, Apple’s latest statement has put a pause on such speculations for now, and it is likely that HomeKit will start functioning within the estimated time frame of June.
Stock of Apple ended up by 2.33% at $128.95 on Thursday. The company’s shares have been struggling in recent week as the euphoria of earnings dissipates. Since the start of the year shares in the Cupertino, California, company have risen by more than 16%, but in the last five trading days stock has lost close to 3% since April 28.