Since its debut, the HomeKit users have long desired a dedicated Apple-designed HomeKit app. Now it seems like Apple is finally working upon to bring such an app in the near future, most likely on its upcoming iOS 10.
One of the Amazon reviewers working in the marketing department at Apple shed some light on Apple’s HomeKit plans. The name of the reviewer matches with the LinkedIn profile of a marketing employee at Apple. When confirmed, the Amazon review was in fact created by the same Apple employee.
“As I work in marketing for Apple, we test many Smart Home devices, especially for iOS HomeKit integration.”
“Some advice, there are many third party applications, most free, that offer more control and customization(s) with many Smart Home devices. “Yonomi” is a free app that I often use; “Home” is another which cost $14.99. Both offer support for many devices with more added daily (including Amazon “Echo”). The next version of iOS due this fall will have a standalone “HomeKit” app as well.”
No matter how confidently sources claim, Apple plans are always liable to get changed before iOS is finally released. In past, there have been rumors going on that suggested Apple would debut a public HomeKit app. Even though Apple has long used a HomeKit app for internal purpose, no such app was ever materialized for public.
Apple has even submitted a trademark for a HomeKit app icon. The same icon can be likely used for the rumored standalone HomeKit app. Rumors also suggest that the new app might be dubbed Home.
A dedicated Apple-traded HomeKit app would find a long way towards improving the HomeKit experience. For now, the HomeKit users having multiple products should use different product apps. Most of the product apps either offer different features or are dependent upon third parties.