The New HomeKit Features Added in iOS 11

August 17, 2017
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Apple added some new features in iOS 11. Our earlier blogs in mentioned that iOS 11 has already lots of features and somehow apple watchOS 4 introduces many new features for HomeKit across iPhone/iPad and Apple Watch devices.

HomeKit allows you to easily configure, manage and control very efficiently your home appliances using Siri. Now HomeKit introduces some new types of devices which provide even easier setup to improve latency, HomeKit features via a firmware update comes you for experimentation and exploration

Here’s the full list of the features which we are discussed earlier

New Fixtures

  • Faucets
  • Sprinklers
  • Speakers

New Home app features

  • QR pairing
  • NFC pairing
  • Multi-person location triggers
  • Sunrise/sunset times
  • Time-based event triggers
  • Day of the week reoccurrence
  • Home occupancy gate
  • New toggle allows you to opt into HomeKit rules
  • Timers
  • Notifications based on location
  • Notifications based on time
  • Small app changes like a relocated trigger-creation button

New Features for developers

  • Hardware encryption
  • Build your own accessories
  • Vastly improved Bluetooth invisibility
  • Event threshold
  • One-time events

The new HomeKit features require iOS 11 or later

Your Home Might be More Smarter and More Connected

Now you can control sprinklers, faucets and AirPlay 2 speakers like HomePod with your HomeKit device.

The basic of HomeKit accessories in the Home app is easy as scanning a tiny QR Code on the device’s back, even if it is turned off. And thanks to supporting for NFC tags that authenticating a HomeKit device can be as easy as tap-and-pair.

Now Apple is using a new secure based system to broadcast sessions and send notifications to HomeKit devices and this case, you’ll experience expressively reduced Bluetooth latency from a few seconds.

The All existing accessories benefit from improved responsiveness when you update to iOS 11.

HomeKit devices activate and support for custom condition between two substantial events. Custom thresholds allow you to set your air conditioning feature automatically when the temperature is more than the normal situation

The new feature of HomeKit device is that the information allows to automatically trigger run when you are not in the home or the empty house. The other new recurrence feature is when if you like to sleep a longer so this little feature allows you to restrict the execution of your Good Morning scenes.

With AirPlay 2, you can control multi-room audio playback through HomeKit and it’s totally great that Apple now allows enthusiasts to tinker with HomeKit and build their own devices from scratch

The builders can add HomeKit compatibility to their non-HomeKit accessories due to Apple’s unperturbed licensing terms that no longer require that vendors use a dedicated encryption chip and now allows all HomeKit authorization through software.

This is about all new features in HomeKit are available across iOS 11, watchOS 4 and tvOS 11.

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