Latest Apple smart home news

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 Giannandrea will run Apple’s “machine learning and AI strategy” according to a report in the... 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 of a show home up for sale, but then the house that Forster is showing us isn't any ordinary home.It's... 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, both of which are extremely smart, well integrated with third-party services, and available on... 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, and other smart speakers, thermostats, detectors, plugs, blinds, locks, sensors and so on - to communicate... 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, as we expected, excellent.However, it's not really about HomePod - barely featuring it, in fact. And... 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 white, discoloured ring on our solid oak kitchen worktop that was treated with Danish oil. Apple told... 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 ring on our solid oak kitchen worktop that was treated with Danish oil. Corroborating our findings,... 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 has such amazing speaker tech inside that audiophile critics are lauding praise on it almost universally.There's... 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, one of Apple's Taiwanese suppliers, Inventec Appliances, has projected that next year's model... 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 offering through software authentication rather than needing a dedicated hardware chip.The news is... 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 11 and macOS 10.13, it can be used for hardware as well. Apple WWDC 2017: When is it, where to watch,... 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 stages.According to Sonny Dickson, who has hit the nail on the head many times in the past when it... Read more

Apple HomeKit tips and tricks with Apple TV

Apple HomeKit tips and tricks with Apple TV

By Stuart Miles

Apple's HomeKit ecosystem works really well with just an iOS device like an iPhone or and iPad, but to really make the most of Apple's smart home offering and the hundreds of accessories that go with it, you really should add an Apple TV into the mix.... Read more

Apple HomeKit tips and tricks without Apple TV

Apple HomeKit tips and tricks without Apple TV

By Pocket-lint Promotion

Apple's HomeKit app Home is simple and easy to use, but it also comes with a load of hidden features that you might not, on the surface, realise are available. A guide to Elgato Eve HomeKit accessories What you need to get started with HomeKit Five reasons... 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 generate more revenue, so it's shutting down the wireless router team responsible for the AirPort... 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 iPad or your Apple Watch. Apple HomeKit tips and tricks without Apple TV A guide to Elgato Eve HomeKit... 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 home to help you enjoy it more.Homekit is a system that allows you to quickly and easily control devices,... 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, and it gives you a uniformed way of controlling all those accessories at once.Pocket-lint has... 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. It was first announced at WWDC 2014. Manufacturers can implement HomeKit into their smart... 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 turn the smarthome segment on its head.Some people may refer to connected devices, connected appliances,... Read more

June is a high-tech smart oven and the brainchild of former Apple engineers

June is a high-tech smart oven and the brainchild of former Apple engineers

By Elyse Betters

Imagine a smart oven with a Nvidia Tegra K1, 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 5-inch touchscreen, full HD camera, Wi-Fi connectivity, and built-in digital scale. Oh, and it gets over-the-air software updates.That's what Matt Van Horn and Nikhil Bhogal have... 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 to have wireless and electronic control of your home and lots of things in it.It has taken a while... 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 include GE's Align technology, which is designed to improve sleep patterns by controlling blue light... 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 Financial Times, which has a pretty good track record, reported that Apple wants to tackle the... Read more