Apple wants to control your connected appliances and devices
September 17, 2016
Here's our guide on how to use the new Home app for the iPhone and iPad in iOS 10. For our complete guide to iOS 10, head over here.
Apple is trying to be more connected in your world.
With the new free, Home app that comes with iOS 10, you can actually control specific devices and appliances in your house directly from your iPhone or iPad.
But first, you need to make sure your new smart lamp or other appliance will actually work with Apple's system. Just look for the words "Works With Apple HomeKit" on an appliance, and it should be able to connect to the new app. Each device will likely come with its own specific set-up instructions.
Examples of HomeKit compatible devices range from locks to thermostats to lights in your home. You can buy some directly from the Apple store here.
Most importantly, you may be able to connect your security system to your phone. We are slowly but surely taking steps away from worrying “wait, did I forget to turn the stove off,” or “did I lock my door?”
You’ll be able to enjoy your night out after simply checking the Home app and remotely locking the door or turning off the stove, if need be.