Apple Open Sources Portions of Its HomeKit Accessory Development Kit

Apple Open Sources Portions of Its HomeKit Accessory Development Kit

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Apple has open sourced portions of its HomeKit Accessory Development Kit after announcing a new industry effort called Project Connected Home over IP.

The initiative aims to develop an open standard that will increase the compatibility of smart home products across multiple platforms, with security and privacy as fundamental design tenets. The new standard will make it simpler for developers to build one device that is compatible with smart home services and voice assistants, while ensuring consumers can easily choose smart home products that seamlessly work together.

To accelerate the development of the new universal standard, Apple is open-sourcing portions of its HomeKit Accessory Development Kit (ADK). HomeKit has grown to become the most extensive, powerful and secure smart home platform available on more than a billion iOS and iPadOS devices. Built from the ground up to protect customer data, HomeKit and the Home app use innovative privacy technologies and techniques to help minimize the amount of data anyone — including Apple — can access as well as powerful security features that protect personal information. By open-sourcing its HomeKit technology, Apple will be helping to jump-start the initiative and ultimately deliver an even better experience to customers.

Starting today, developers can use the HomeKit Open Source ADK to prototype non-commercial smart home accessories. Apple will also contribute its HomeKit Accessory Protocol to the working group.

The company also notes that current HomeKit accessories will continue to work once the new protocol becomes available since it plans to continue HAP support for communication within its ecosystem.

Hit the link below to access the HomeKit Open Source ADK.

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Apple Open Sources Portions of Its HomeKit Accessory Development Kit

Makh - December 20, 2019 at 3:38am
What took Apple so long? Other platform are saturated with affordable gadgets. Apple compatible HomeKit gadgets are so expensive, just because it has the Homekit logo on it. I hope the gadgets start coming in soon.
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