Apple denies HomeKit code ‘blew up’, still on for June

15 May 2015

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Apple has gone on the defensive against claims that the first devices to feature its internet of things (IoT) platform HomeKit won’t appear until August or September, and says they will launch in June.

The original claim that the devices will be delayed originated in an article posted to Fortune citing sources who are participating in the development of the programme.

According to the piece, Apple have hit a stumbling block with regard to the signing in and out of home devices over the internet and that the code involved in this process ‘blew up’ because of memory overload issues.

Now, however, the company has completely denied these claims issuing a statement through their spokesperson, Trudy Miller.

“HomeKit [hardware certification] has been available for just a few months and we already have dozens of partners who have committed to bringing HomeKit accessories to market and we’re looking forward to the first ones coming next month,” Miller said.

The confusion is certainly obvious given that Apple, until now, had not stated a release date for any HomeKit devices with the previous date having been revealed by one Apple developer in an interview with Re/code in January.

HomeKit was revealed in its infancy last year, promising iPhone owners the ability to control their home through their phone with apps and products being developed to work through the platform.

IoT household image via Shutterstock

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Colm Gorey is a journalist with Siliconrepublic.com

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