First HomeKit devices go on sale in June, says Apple
Following a media report that the launch of Apple’s highly-anticipated HomeKit will be delayed until early fall, the iPhone maker issued a statement saying that the first HomeKit-enabled smart home devices will hit the market as early as next month.
“HomeKit [hardware certification] has been available for just a few months and we already have dozens of partners who have committed to bringing HomeKit accessories to market and we’re looking forward to the first ones coming next month,” an Apple spokesperson told Fortune.
The statement from Apple served to debunk a claim made by an article in Fortune that reported delays in the launch of HomeKit due to bloated code and difficulty controlling smaller, battery-powered connected devices.
Apple never announced an expected launch date for HomeKit-enabled devices, but in January, Grid Connect, the maker of the ConnectSense Smart Outlet, an Internet-connected electrical socket that turns run-of-the-mill household appliances into devices that can be controlled using Siri on the iPhone or iPad, told Re/code that its products will hit the market this spring. This set an expectation that HomeKit would be widely available early this summer.
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