Apple Files Trademark Application for HomeKit 'Home' Icon

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homekitappThere have been rumors Apple has a dedicated HomeKit app in the works that would give users a central location to control all of their HomeKit devices, but thus far, the Cupertino company has kept quiet on whether such an app exists. More evidence pointing towards the existence of a possible HomeKit app surfaced today, however, in the form of a trademark application filed through a known shell company, iGuide Media.

As noted by French site Consomac [Google Translate], iGuide Media filed a priority trademark for an icon that appears to correspond to a HomeKit "Home" app on March 12, 2015 in Jamaica, and has now filed again in the United States on September 14. The trademark applies to a long list of electronics and home products, including thermostats, smoke detectors, window shades, garage door openers, and more.

iGuide Media is a shell company that has filed trademarks on Apple's behalf in the past, ahead of the 2010 launch of the original iPad.

The icon is depicted in the trademark application as an H with a roof on it to form a house, with the icon placed on an orange background. It is similar in color to the HomeKit icons on Apple's own website, but the design is decidedly different.

Apple's release plans for a HomeKit app are unclear. It is not known if the company intends to launch a HomeKit app for public use in the future, or if the icon in today's trademark filing corresponds to a dedicated app. It could also be an icon simply intended to represent HomeKit going forward, in developer documentation and on product packaging.

Top Rated Comments

ArtOfWarfare Avatar
70 months ago
My offer was just accepted for my first house... maybe I'll start caring about all this HomeKit stuff a bit more now that I actually live in my own house and am free to tinker with everything, as opposed to my apartment where I had to leave it all as I found it.
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nutmac Avatar
70 months ago
Finally! It boggles my mind that Home app wasn't launched with HomeKit. Hopefully, Home app will eliminate the need to install 3rd party apps in the first place. Some devices such as LED lightbulbs can last a very long time, longer than some of these companies.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
avanpelt Avatar
70 months ago
I wish Apple hadn't made a big deal about HomeKit leading up to the iOS 8. That was simply foolish on their part. They announced something that was nowhere near ready for primetime and they had to have known it.

They should've waited for iOS 10 or whenever they're really going to launch HomeKit instead of doing a half-assed soft launch last year that resulted in a waste of companies' resources as they were developing for the platform for the past year and a waste of consumers' money as they were buying HomeKit-enabled products that are mostly half-baked. Some of the people who got burned by lousy HomeKit products in the past year may not give the platform another chance anytime soon, if at all.

I really don't like this trend of Apple shoving something out the door that's broken while seemingly having the mentality that they'll just fix it in version 2. All the while, Apple is telling consumers and developers that the product/platform/service is revolutionary and amazing. Apple also keeps telling the media that they only ship things once the things are ready. HomeKit clearly wasn't ready a year ago but it was pushed out the door anyway.
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ipedro Avatar
70 months ago

Finally! It boggles my mind that Home app wasn't launched with HomeKit. Hopefully, Home app will eliminate the need to install 3rd party apps in the first place. Some devices such as LED lightbulbs can last a very long time, longer than some of these companies.

I'd like to see HomeKit device manufactures allowed to add code to the HomeKit app instead of their own separate app. The HomeKit app would scan a barcode on the device and automatically download the code for that device so that the HomeKit app knows how to use it and what controls to display for that device.
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tbrinkma Avatar
70 months ago

It's weird how this icon has been present for a while now on some Apple store apps already! This one for instance!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/homebank.kz/id440635615?mt=8
I don't get how Apple get leeway with patenting basically anything they want...

First, it's a *trademark*, not a *patent*. They're two *very* different things, which server two *very* different purposes.

Second, trademarks are domain specific. If the HomeBank app has nothing to do with the HomeKit type of functionality (and it doesn't *appear* to, though I'll admit I can't actually read the app's description), there's no reason why the two trademarks can't coexist.

Third, it's an *application*, not an issuance. You can *apply* for a trademark on anything. You may not *get* one if it is too similar to something else already in use in that domain.
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Mac Fly (film) Avatar
70 months ago
At Apple, we believe in the colours orange and blue.
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