iOS 10 Likely to Include Standalone HomeKit App Designed by Apple [Update: Hoax]

homekitappA unified, Apple-designed HomeKit app has been desired by HomeKit users since HomeKit first debuted, and it appears Apple is planning to introduce such an app in the near future, perhaps in iOS 10.

The hint on Apple's HomeKit plans comes from an Amazon reviewer who works in the marketing department at Apple. The name of the reviewer coincides with the LinkedIn profile of an alleged marketing employee at Apple, and we have confirmed that the Amazon review was indeed created by the Apple employee.
As I work in marketing for Apple, we test many Smart Home devices, especially for iOS HomeKit integration. [...]

Some advice, there are many third party applications, most free, that offer more control and customization(s) with many Smart Home devices. "Yonomi" is a free app that I often use, "Home" is another which cost $14.99. Both offer support for many devices with more added daily (including Amazon "Echo"). The next version of iOS due this fall will have a standalone "HomeKit" app as well.
While we verified the source of the information, there's always a chance that Apple's plans could change ahead of the release of iOS 10. There have been several past rumors suggesting Apple would debut a public HomeKit app, but such an app has not materialized even though Apple has long used a HomeKit app internally.

Apple has previously trademarked a HomeKit app icon (pictured above) that could potentially be used for a standalone HomeKit app and rumors have suggested it could be called "Home."

A cohesive, Apple-branded HomeKit app would go a long way towards improving the HomeKit experience. At the current time, HomeKit users with multiple products must use several different product apps, many of which offer different features, or rely on third-party apps.

Update: Further research on the alleged Apple employee who wrote the review suggests the information leaked about an upcoming HomeKit app in iOS 10 was a hoax. It is not clear if and when Apple will release a standalone HomeKit app.

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28 months ago
HomeKit:
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28 months ago
Omg, bunch of winers... SHUT UP! I feel sorry for your wife, or your mom! Damn!

Thank you Apple for trying to simplify HomeKit :)
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28 months ago
Do these apps really take up that much space on a phone. Stick them in a folder and then you never have to look at them. :rolleyes:
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28 months ago
There's an employee that's going to need a refresher on corporate secrecy
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28 months ago
JUST PLEASE LET US DELETE OR HIDE APPS WE DON'T NEED, APPLE
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28 months ago
Good. I was wondering if Apple ever planned to show us what we're supposed to do with HomeKit.
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28 months ago
Great... One other pointless app that fills up 16GB iPhone. Good job Apple, amount of bloated app is catching up Android phone.
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28 months ago
Someone's getting fired.
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28 months ago
Not pointless for me as I own several HomeKit enabled products and really would love more hands on control in a single unified experience, so I really look forward to using this app. Bring it on Apple! The icon is looking good too.
Rating: 9 Votes
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28 months ago

One app doesn't take up much, but ten apps take up a bit.. and more are added as time goes on. It would be different if we were able to remove these apps from our devices, but that isn't the case.

Just because you're ok with a certain practice doesn't mean it doesn't adversely affect others.

I still wonder how much space we are actually talking about even with a few apps put together. Most of the native stock Apple apps are essentially front-ends to functionalities that are already included and built in into the OS itself, so at least from the space point of view, it would seem that removing even some of them wouldn't likely yield much freed up space as while the apps might be gone the actual functionalities that those apps expose and use would still be there in the OS taking up whatever space they took up before (given that built-in things that are part of the OS itself wouldn't really be pulled out of the OS when the the app is uninstalled).
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