Apple seeded the Apple TV Software Beta 2 to developers recently, and the not yet released build ‘includes support for Family Sharing and can be used for testing AirPlay and HomeKit with your iOS apps.’ The software is said to allow support for HomeKit on the media-streaming box.The set-top box will be registered as a potential remote access peer for the HomeKit app when users log into their iCloud account from an Apple TV. Information from the user’s connected home will be synced with the accessory when consumers accept their Apple TV as a remote access peer. Those who have everything set up will be able to control accessories that are connected, when users are not home.

Many had observed months back that the Cupertino-based company would not be selling iLock or iLight products. Instead, they would be letting other developers and hardware makers do that job. With the added support of HomeKit, it is likely that Apple plans on making the media-streaming box its official hub for bringing various accessories and apps together for controlling user’s homes. The last time the Apple TV was updated dates back to January of 2013, which means the device is definitely in need of an upgrade soon. The updated device from over a year ago (almost two years soon!) was practically the same one as the one released in 2012.

Source: AppleInsider