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  • Apple HomeKit's Slow Market Acceptance Attributed to Last Minute Security Changes


    According to a recent report, the reason that Apple HomeKit devices have been released slowly is because of last-minute security changes including a modified hardware certification process and tweaks to the networking ecosystem. The folks over at The Register report that Apple is requiring hardware makers adopt HomeKit-certified chipsets and specialized firmware for security reasons, all of which add to the build cost and in some cases force fundamental design changes. Although true, Apple’s protocols have been in play for quite some time and aren’t likely “capricious changes.”

    Previous reports also noted that Apple finalized HomeKit program details in November around the time compatible authentication chips started shipping from Broadcom and Texas Instruments. These two chipmakers along with Marvell, were responsible for supplying certified Bluetooth and WiFi components to be embedded in HomeKit-compatible smart home devices. Broadcom recently even went as far as announcing its Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) platform was fully vetted by Apple for use with HomeKit.

    One of the more questionable assertions is a claim that Apple seems to be baring devices from performing ad-hoc communication, which would seemingly preclude device-hopping mesh networking options – one of the staples of existing smart home solutions. Instead, Apple reportedly wants manufacturers to run all deice commands through iCloud and through the Apple TV instead. This is actually also seen from the recent hub hardware releases from Insteon and Lutron that boast HomeKit certification.

    The publication continues by citing sources as saying Apple is working on a range extender to carry signals from a central Apple TV hub. The idea is one that is interesting and could be useful to those already invested in Apple’s hardware ecosystem if incorporated into an AirPort Express.

    For those of you who didn’t know, Apple’s HomeKit initiative is one that has faced several delays and is starting to come to fruition now, more than one year after being announced. Rumors in May pointed to a delay caused by critical software issues. Apple subsequently debunked those claims stating that the first products were due for launch in June.

    We’ll have to wait and see how the initiative continues going forward.

    Source: The Register via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple HomeKit's Slow Market Acceptance Attributed to Last Minute Security Changes started by Akshay Masand View original post