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Apple Opens HomeKit Protocol for Developers, Announces News

Of course, the main keynote is already three days old, but the Worldwide Developers Conference 2017 It is still in full swing there in San Jose (California) and best of all, the notorious developer sessions continue to bring very interesting news to the tech world at large. Proof of this is a change in the development policy of the HomeKit, Ma's home automation protocol, announced yesterday.

The HomeKit protocol specification is now open to all developers! You can build a smart device using Arduino and control it through HomeKit without obtaining an MFi license.

And here is the spec for anyone who has an Apple Developer account: developer.apple/homekit/specification/

From now on, Apple no longer require an MFi certificate (Made For iPod / iPad / iPhone) to developers who want to test and produce HomeKit integrated solutions. That way, if you have some programming and home automation knowledge, you can do your own experiments with an Arduino chip and a home appliance of your choice (or several!), Controlling everything through the Home app (Home). The possibilities are basically limitless!

Of course there is one detail: the unrestricted development license for HomeKit exclusively non-commercial; that is, if you create something absolutely phenomenal and want to sell your invention, you will have to apply for registration in the MFi program with Apple (which is tied to a fee per product sold).

What's more, until today, products produced by developers and companies enrolled in the program had to come with an internal certification chip to function; This certification can now be done by software as well, which is good news not only for independent developers, but also for manufacturers, who no longer have to find space within their (shrinking) products to include a piece of hardware. authenticator.

With the release, Apple's intention is clear: By allowing everyone to develop on the platform, the number of good ideas and increasingly advanced solutions grows exponentially, and over time, the company itself may boast of having the largest and largest. complete home automation platform in the world. If these words translate into reality, no one knows, but this is undeniably a very promising step in that direction.

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Still talking about the news announced this morning at the WWDC developer session on HomeKit, other changes and new features to the protocol were introduced, starting with two new product categories supported by the protocol: taps and sprinklers (those water dispersing devices used both in the ceiling, for the containment of fires, as in the lawns, to water the vegetation).

With the additions you can, for example, water your garden or prepare a comfortable bath in your bathtub directly from the iPhone, iPad or (in the future) from HomePod. I, as I don't have a garden, bathtub or HomePod, will continue in exactly the same way.

With the two new categories, there are now 16 product types supported by HomeKit: garage doors, thermostats, sensors, curtains and blinds, safety devices, humidifiers, air conditioners, padlocks, air fresheners, lamps, sockets , fans, cameras, bells and now taps and sprinklers.

But don't stop there: In addition to the additions, other new features are coming to the platform with iOS 11, such as the ability to pair devices by QR or NFC codes, in addition to the aforementioned software certification. New event triggers will also be available, as well as improved latency for devices that communicate with hub via Bluetooth.

Yes, my friends and my friends, the platform is maturing fast!

via Apple World Today, 9to5Mac