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Have Apple’s TV+ delays been the death of HomeKit?

Apple’s HomeKit smart home platform has languished, poorly served by its own devices and stymied by arduous initial hardware security requirements that neutered third-party interest. Apple’s TV boxes were always obvious smart home hub choices, but there was never a push to coalesce the rest of the smart home experience around these devices. With the launch of the new TV+ streaming service, we might now have an answer as to why the company has taken so long to bring HomeKit to the masses. Of course, this discussion does somewhat hinge on Apple now taking the baton, and running with HomeKit. It does seem well positioned for this task, having dropped the onerous security requirements, and now sitting on an ecosystem…

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