TP-Link's Kasa Smart Plug Mini Won't Support HomeKit After All

Monday August 12, 2019 7:43 AM PDT by Joe Rossignol

TP-Link today announced that it has abandoned its plans to add HomeKit support to its Kasa Smart Plug Mini.


From a new support document on TP-Link's website via Reddit:

Due to changes in our roadmap, the Kasa Smart Plug Mini (HS105) smart plug will not offer support for Apple ‌HomeKit‌. Despite the change in direction for this specific SKU, our team is committed to the development of innovative smart home solutions that will continue to delight our customers around the globe.

TP-Link originally planned to add ‌HomeKit‌ support to the smart plug in early 2019, a promise that it has now broken.

Fortunately, HomeKit-enabled smart plugs are quite common, with a wide variety of options available from brands such as Eve, iDevices, iHome, and Wemo. They can be used to conveniently turn on and off TVs, lamps, coffee machines, and other household objects with an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple Watch.

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8 months ago
It’s childish, but I laughed out loud when I read the article title and then saw the plug’s ‘shocked’ expression!
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8 months ago
Typical.

Same rules as always apply: don’t buy anything that promises future HomeKit support. Wait until it’s released.
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8 months ago
I love decoding corporate speak. “Due to changes in our roadmap” makes it sound like something happened to them, but that really it means nothing other than “we decided not to do it”.
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8 months ago
Is HomeKit somehow harder to implement, or more expensive to license? Why do so many devices automatically support Alexa and Google, but HomeKit is a side project? After Apple removed the hardware restriction, it just baffles me that every product supporting Google and Alexa do not support HomeKit as well.
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8 months ago

Is HomeKit somehow harder to implement, or more expensive to license? Why do so many devices automatically support Alexa and Google, but HomeKit is a side project? After Apple removed the hardware restriction, it just baffles me that every product supporting Google and Alexa do not support HomeKit as well.


when the decision makers look at these devices they look at smart speakers as being the controller. In this market Apple is still way behind on market share. In sure Apple also charges a premium to license as well as most likely being more involved coding wise to implement due to the higher security standards. You also have to look at the global market. The US is the main country using newer iOS devices. I was always struck when I’d go to Europe to see the majority of iPhones you see on the street are 3-4 year old models.
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8 months ago
The 47 people who use home kit are infuriated I’m sure!
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