The smart home market is on the rise and Apple TV has just announced a slew of new smart home products.
This month, Apple announced the Apple TV, the first smart TV that can control lights, heat, and lights from an app.
The Apple TV is also compatible with Apple’s HomeKit smart home platform, which lets you control lighting, heaters, thermostats, and more from your iOS devices.
Apple also announced a new app called HomeKit, which can help developers integrate smart home devices into apps, but the company is not calling it a smart home product just yet.
“With HomeKit on iOS, you can add the ability to control the lights from a smart TV and control your lights and the thermostat from your phone, without even having to go into the app,” the company wrote in a blog post.
“You can now connect your HomeKit-enabled devices to the internet to control them in real-time, from your Mac or iOS device.
Apple TV users will be able to easily control these devices from the Apple Home app, or the HomeKit app for other smart home platforms.”
In addition to controlling lights, the Apple Watch also comes with a smart hub.
“For many people, the ability for the Apple watch to be a smart thermostating hub is a key to being able to control all your lights in the home,” the Apple spokesperson told us.
“That’s because the Applewatch’s thermostatic control features allow you to schedule and monitor your lights on the watch.
It also makes it easier to control other smart devices that may be connected to the home like the Apple Hue lighting system, the smart lighting hub from Nest, or other smart thermos.”
Apple TV’s smart hub also lets you access Siri, which will control the connected smart home device from Siri.
But it does not support Alexa, a smart assistant that can answer questions from your smartphone.
Siri does support Alexa’s voice commands through the Apple Remote app, but not for all connected smart devices.
And Amazon Alexa is also not supported for HomeKit apps, the company said.
“We’re working to bring Alexa support for HomeKits and HomeKit compatible smart home accessories to all supported smart devices, but this will not happen in the near future,” Apple wrote in its blog post about HomeKit.
“The HomeKit platform and the Siri capabilities for controlling HomeKit devices are available through an in-app purchase.”
There are also a number of third-party smart home software, but those apps can’t currently control lights and thermostatics.
But Apple said that the new HomeKit hub, which is compatible with HomeKit and Apple HomeKit accessories, is “a simple and easy way to add Alexa-powered Alexa-enabled apps to your home.”
The Apple Watch can control up to six connected smart lights at once, and the Apple Smart Hub will let you connect six devices at once.
Apple has not announced pricing or availability of HomeKit accessory devices yet, but it’s looking to roll out HomeKit support for all devices by the end of the year.