Apple announced a new “Home” app and service that allows an iPhone or iPad to control smart appliances, lights and locks around the home. The Home app will securely connect to third-party products such as the Philips Hue lightbulbs, Honeywell’s thermostats and Withing’s smart alarm clocks. “We’ve come up with HomeKit to allow secure pairing so that only your iPhone can unlock your garage door,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s software chief on stage at WWDC. Each connected device in the home can be paired securely, but also grouped and linked to specific scenes that can be activated for certain events like getting home from work or leaving the house. “With Siri integration you can say something like ‘get ready for bed’ and be sure that the garage door is closed, the lights are dimmed and the doors are locked,” said Federighi.

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