Apple has been heavily reliant on is iPhones for, but that does not mean it is not looking to expand and explore new verticals. This year s WWDC also suggested that Apple is eyeing new categories with new HomePod smart speaker. Now, the company is giving another push to HomeKit category by making it easier for developers to use the platform and churn out more devices. Also Read - iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 heading to the stores soon, launch event still rumored on October 13Also Read - Apple iPhone 12 Mini could cost $700, lack 5G connectivity; Here’s everything we know about the compact smartphone
Apple has now done away with the mandatory use of MFi chip for building devices based on the HomeKit platform. In simpler words, developers can start building devices entirely through software. The move is said to make it further easier for developers to build devices that are compatible with Alexa and SmartThings as well. ALSO READ: WWDC 2017: Here are the top features of iOS 11 Also Read - Apple Watch Series 3 users should wait before updating to watchOS 7; Here's why
Essentially, an entire software-route will encourage more developers as it will make the process completely free. The necessity of a proprietary chip meant developers had to bear the cost. For Apple, giving up a relatively small stream of revenues is bit critical. It seems Apple is making the sacrifice in hopes to generate a bigger and comprehensive ecosystem for the category. Developers though will have to wait till this fall to get started with the new process when iOS 11 arrives. ALSO READ: WWDC 2017: Apple launches HomePod home speaker
Apple is also making it easier for developers to roll out updates to HomeKit-based devices. Now, Apple will be showing two additional categories — supported devices and sprinklers and faucets. The company has added a few smart features as well. For an example, HomeKit devices can react to the ambient temperature and even according to the sunset and sunrise times. ALSO READ: WWDC 2017: macOS High Sierra announced
Another key development is that Apple is doing away with licensing fees for software authentication. Though the company has made it clear that the process will continue to require to meet Apple s standards, especially the security measures.