Controlling Smart Appliances with Your iPad

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

The dedicated Home app that comes with iOS 10 is all about managing HomeKit accessories, which fit into a broader tech trend of connecting devices known as the Internet of Things (IoT). HomeKit is Apple’s framework for such IoT accessories in and around the house.

Smart devices is the latest trend in home upgrades. Appliance manufacturers are jumping on board also. This means door locks, lightbulbs, thermostats, and various other products. What does this mean for you? One day, you may very well be controlling your entire house directly from your iPad.

While we aren’t quite there yet for the average consumer, smart homes are coming. Currently, you might want to play around with the Home app and see what kinds of options you have. The future awaits!

If you have an Apple TV, you can use it as the hub for your Home-enabled accessories. To start, tap the Home app, and add any compatible HomeKit devices you have in your abode.