HomeKit is Apple’s smart home control framework. It allows you to combine certified gadgets from different manufacturers into a single ecosystem and control through any of your devices.
It’s hard to believe, but HomeKit was introduced in 2014 with iOS 8, and made its way to Apple computers a few years later with the release of macOS Mojave. Unfortunately, since then, the Cupertinians have not made any significant efforts in the development of this system.
HomeKit is only remembered once every few years, making minor tweaks or allowing the next released speaker to be connected to it. The control system over the years is still a rudimentary wisp of a smart home, which essentially offers only a wrapper for undemanding users.
The System Does a Poor Job of Controlling User Presence
The image of the smart home, which has long been established in fiction, movies and TV series, knows how to monitor user presence. Returning home activates preset automation scenarios, and after the last occupant leaves, the house turns off most gadgets and lights. Sophisticated systems can even record the movement of all family members, controlling the house without user intervention.
Modern smart home in Apple’s implementation, although it has the ability to run scripts when users leave or come, but they work specifically.
Only the presence of the user’s smartphone is fixed, which allows them to run scripts on arrival or on leaving. All family members need their own iPhones to work properly, and leaving the house without a smartphone isn’t recommended.
This doesn’t always work smoothly, sometimes the scripts can run if the user is at a certain distance from home, and sometimes they don’t record the owner’s departure at all.
The Interface of the Home Management App Is Boring
Only the lazy man hasn’t scolded the appearance of the Home app. The utility has hardly evolved for 8 years and is frozen in the past both in terms of features and appearance. As a result, even those who program themselves or gamble with elaborate strategies at find it difficult to use this app.
It seems that the app was developed by a group of independent freelancers and nobody set a goal to integrate the program into the general design code of Apple.
The app has a minimum of customization possibilities, no iOS branded features, no clear and logical structure.
No Integration With Security Systems
Many third-party hubs when added to HomeKit can act as a home alarm system. It all works trivial, the alarm can scare only a drunk neighbor, who is far from the world of gadgets.
Experts don’t recommend the automatic activation of the alarm system at all. HomeKit doesn’t always correctly monitor the presence of users and getting rid of false alarms is still impossible.
Manually activating/deactivating the alarm mode requires a certain knack and will definitely not please the rest of your family. Even in a mode of strict compliance with all the rules of the alarm system, it’s not protected from power outage, and may be dependent on the connection to the hub or the availability of the Internet.