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  • Apple Removes Devices That Aren't HomeKit-Compatible from its Online Store

    Apple appears to be removing its online sales of Homekit-incompatible devices made by companies such as Kwikset and Belkin as well as the original August Smart Lock. The effort seems to be a move to push the first party HomeKit connected home protocol.

    As of right now, it hasn’t been made clear when Apple took the products off of its virtual store shelves but the August Smart Lock, Kwikset’s Kevo and various Belkin smart home products were available as of November 13. The removal of the August and Kevo devices were last seen yesterday via the folks over at MacRumors.

    Aside from the two iPhone-connected door locks, Apple’s online store doesn’t show search results for Belkin’s WeMo Switch and WeMo Light Switch. The connected devices affected by the takedown, though they are controllable via an iOS app, don’t directly support Apple’s HomeKit protocol. For example, Kwikset’s Kevo lock relies on either Bluetooth communications or a standalone Internet bridge to operate while Belkin’s products are controllable via WiFi with Google Nest integration. The August smart lock is a completely different story, with the original version not supporting HomeKit or Siri commands and its newer HomeKit-enabled version being unavailable at the Apple Store.

    One thing to keep in mind is that Apple has removed items in the past from its digital and physical store shelves only to return them a few weeks or months later, so we’ll have to wait and see if this is another one of those scenarios.

    Source: Apple via MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Removes Devices That Aren't HomeKit-Compatible from its Online Store started by Akshay Masand View original post