Latest Apple smart home news

How to get Alexa to play Apple Music tunes on your Echo device
How to get Alexa to play Apple Music tunes on your Echo device By Maggie Tillman

Apple has a holiday present for you. Starting 14 December, its music-streaming service, Apple Music, will finally be available on Amazon Echo.... Read more

Apple HomePod adds multiple timers, lyric search, and calls
Apple HomePod adds multiple timers, lyric search, and calls By Maggie Tillman

Apple didn't forget about its Siri speaker. CEO Tim Cook featured the product during the final minutes of the keynote presentation... Read more

How to create a HomePod Stereo Pair
How to create a HomePod Stereo Pair By Stuart Miles

Apple has released iOS 11.4 and HomePod 11.4 and with it enabled AirPlay 2, which for Apple HomePod owners allows you to now connect two HomePod speakers... Read more

Apple hires Google Assistant guru: is this the move that can make Siri better?
Apple hires Google Assistant guru: is this the move that can make Siri better? By Dan Grabham

Apple needs to beef up Siri’s capabilities fast and has hired Google’s head of search and artificial intelligence (AI) to get the job done.Scot John... Read more

Putting the Home in HomePod: The new housing development that’s smart from day one
Putting the Home in HomePod: The new housing development that’s smart from day one By Stuart Miles

"And over here is the HomePod…" explains Ken Forster, Managing Director of Trivselhus UK, to Pocket-lint.It is not a phrase you expect to hear on a tour... Read more

Apple is trying to hire hundreds of AI engineers to make Siri smarter
Apple is trying to hire hundreds of AI engineers to make Siri smarter By Elyse Betters

Nobody likes Siri.Apple launched its voice assistant years ago, and yet, it's miserable to use, especially compared to Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant,... Read more

Apple HomeKit and Home app: What are they and how do they work?
Apple HomeKit and Home app: What are they and how do they work? By Elyse Betters

HomeKit is basically Apple’s framework for home automation.Apple wants to make it easier for smart accessories - like Philips Hue lights, Wink lights,... Read more

Spike Jonze's brilliant Apple HomePod advert isn't really about HomePod
Spike Jonze's brilliant Apple HomePod advert isn't really about HomePod By Rik Henderson

Apple commissioned esteemed film and music video director Spike Jonze to create an elongated advert for its HomePod smart speaker and the end result is,... Read more

Funniest internet reactions to Apple HomePod's white ring marks
Funniest internet reactions to Apple HomePod's white ring marks By Elyse Betters

If you haven't heard yet, HomePod can ruin some wood furniture.When Pocket-lint reviewed Apple's smart speaker, we discovered its silicone base left a... Read more

#Ringgate: How to stop HomePod from leaving rings on wood surfaces
#Ringgate: How to stop HomePod from leaving rings on wood surfaces By Elyse Betters

Oh, Apple. We really wanted to love the HomePod. But, when we reviewed it, we discovered the silicone base on Apple's smart speaker left a white, discoloured... Read more

Repairing your Apple HomePod costs almost as much as a new HomePod
Repairing your Apple HomePod costs almost as much as a new HomePod By Rik Henderson

Siri might have some way to catch up with Alexa in smart speaker usability but there is no denying the audio quality emitted from an Apple HomePod. It... Read more

Apple could add Face ID tech to next HomePod so it can identify you
Apple could add Face ID tech to next HomePod so it can identify you By Elyse Betters

Apple's HomePod speaker still isn't available, but that hasn't stopped the rumour mill from talking about the next version.According to a report by Nikkei,... Read more

Apple HomeKit spec change likely to see river of new products flood the market
Apple HomeKit spec change likely to see river of new products flood the market By Stuart Miles

Apple has quietly opened up its HomeKit specification, allowing third-party manufacturers, like Philips and Honeywell, to connect to the Apple smart home... Read more

Apple Siri speaker and 10.5-inch iPad Pro all but confirmed for WWDC
Apple Siri speaker and 10.5-inch iPad Pro all but confirmed for WWDC By Max Langridge

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference starts on 5 June and while the event is usually reserved for software updates, and we will hear news about iOS... Read more

Apple finalising plans for Amazon Echo-like device to control your home through Siri
Apple finalising plans for Amazon Echo-like device to control your home through Siri By Rik Henderson

Apple has long thought to be working on a product to rival Amazon Alexa and the Echo speaker. Now it is reported that any such designs are in the final... Read more

Apple might no longer make Wi-Fi routers or Time Capsules
Apple might no longer make Wi-Fi routers or Time Capsules By Elyse Betters

Apple has reportedly ditched its wireless router biz.According to Bloomberg, the Cupertino, CA-based company is trying to focus on consumer products that... Read more

How does the Eve app compare to Apple Home app?
How does the Eve app compare to Apple Home app? By Pocket-lint Promotion

Apple Home is the dedicated HomeKit app that comes with iOS 10 allowing you to monitor and control your HomeKit enabled devices from your iPhone, your... Read more

Five scenarios for getting more from Apple HomeKit
Five scenarios for getting more from Apple HomeKit By Pocket-lint Promotion

Apple Homekit is finally here. With over 100 products supporting the ecosystem, including Elgato Eve, there are now tonnes of things you can do to your... Read more

What works with Apple HomeKit?
What works with Apple HomeKit? By Elyse Betters

Apple's HomeKit technology might seem really confusing, but trust us, it's not. It basically allows accessories from various manufacturers to work together,... Read more

Apple might be working on official HomeKit app for setting up accessories
Apple might be working on official HomeKit app for setting up accessories By Elyse Betters

It would be really cool if Apple launched a HomeKit app alongside iOS 10, and it looks like that might happen.HomeKit is Apple’s framework for home automation.... Read more

How Apple HomeKit is going to homogenise smarthomes
How Apple HomeKit is going to homogenise smarthomes By Chris Hall

Apple HomeKit is going to hit the mainstream with the release of iOS 9 - expected on an iPhone or iPad very soon after 9 September - and it's going to... Read more

Apple HomeKit: 6 compatible devices coming before the end of 2015
Apple HomeKit: 6 compatible devices coming before the end of 2015 By Britta O'Boyle

Apple's HomeKit was first announced a year ago at Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in 2014. The idea was to simplify home automation and allow you... Read more

GE to make HomeKit-enabled LED lights that change colours and help you sleep
GE to make HomeKit-enabled LED lights that change colours and help you sleep By Elyse Betters

GE has announced it will create smart lighting with support for Apple's HomeKit.The company wants to develop colour-changing LED lightbulbs that'll also... Read more

Apple iPhone home automation system for connected devices expected to debut at WWDC
Apple iPhone home automation system for connected devices expected to debut at WWDC By Elyse Betters

Apple will allegedly unveil a new software system next month that'll convert your iPhone into a remote control of sorts for home automation, it's claimed.The... Read more