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The new app may be released with iOS 9

By Benjamin Snyder
May 20, 2015

Apple is reportedly developing a “Home” app which would help users control products that work with its connected home service, HomeKit.

HomeKit’s uses include controlling garage doors, smart thermostats and wireless door locks, among other home accessories. The Home app may be included with an upcoming iOS 9 update, 9to5Mac reported citing sources familiar with the project.

9to5Mac says the Home app will boast the following features:

  • Wirelessly discovering and setting up compatible HomeKit devices
  • Creating a virtual representation of rooms in the home to easily organize and connect HomeKit devices
  • Utilizing the Apple TV as a hub connecting all of the HomeKit devices
  • Offering a series of screens to help users find new HomeKit devices and apps

Apple is widely expected to unveil more details about HomeKit at its Worldwide Developers’ Conference early next month.

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