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What HomeKit’s commands say about the Apple lifestyle

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Apple announced HomeKit to developers at WWDC last year. Photo: Apple

Apple is gearing up to introduce its smarthome platform HomeKit alongside the launch of iOS 9 this fall. It will let users control smart devices like lights, door locks, and thermostats from their phones. You’ll also be able to issue voice commands to digital assistant Siri, and the company has updated the list of things you can say to get things done around your house.

But when we looked at the list of commands, we noticed that Apple is making some strange assumptions about how people might be using the new automation features. Here are some of the examples Apple gives and why they have us scratching our heads.

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Why you should buy Amazon’s Echo home hub

The Amazon Echo.

The Amazon Echo.

Amazon’s Echo — an odd voice-activated domestic hub — just went on sale to the general public. If you’ve got $200 to burn, I recommend it. It’s oddly great — and it gives you a glimpse of the future.

If Apple’s Siri-controlled HomeKit comes close, controlling your home by voice is going to be a lot of fun.

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Howard Hughes’ former home is retro sci-fi, controlled by an iPad

Howard Hughes House

It’s straight out of a David Lynch movie.

If you have an extra $11.5 million sitting around, and you’ve always wanted to live somewhere that looks like a great place to plan a heist while your robot butler serves you drinks, we may have found your new home.

The house at 535 Haynes Avenue in Beverly Hills once belonged to tycoon, filmmaker, and real-life Iron Man, Howard Hughes. And if its classic charm and amazing views weren’t enough for you, it’s also entirely automated and runs from an iPad.

You can see more of the swanky house in the video below.

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What to expect from WWDC 2015

The countdown to WWDC 2015's big revelations begins.

The countdown to WWDC 2015’s big revelations begins.

With the Worldwide Developers Conference less than a week away, we’ve already got a pretty good idea about what Apple will reveal at this year’s conference.

The company focuses on developer-related products at the conference, but there are plenty of goodies that normals will go crazy for too, like the bevy of improvements coming to iOS 9, a new Apple TV and maybe even a new music streaming service.

Here’s what to expect from WWDC 2015, which runs June 8 to 12 at Moscone Center in San Francisco. (Cult of Mac will be liveblogging the Apple keynote, which starts at 10 a.m. Pacific next Monday, so be sure to check back then for news and instant analysis.)

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Great WWDC expectations, HomeKit’s killer app, our Facebook nightmare plus more

More Apple coverage than you can shake a selfie stick at.

More Apple coverage than you can shake a selfie stick at.

Download the latest Cult of Mac Magazine to find out what we’re all expecting from next week’s WWDC 2015, why we’re waiting for HomeKit’s killer app, what Kahney’s Korner has to say about the big Jony Ive promotion, a bit on our epic journey from hacked Facebook page to recovery, and check out an ‘Apple Watch Song’ fanboy anthem for the ages.

All that, plus product reviews, helpful tips, and more in this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine.

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Apple TV will be the new digital hub for HomeKit

Your new digital hub awaits.

Your new digital hub awaits.

Hidden in HomeKit documentation published today is the intriguing confirmation that Apple TV will serve as the digital hub for Apple’s new home-automation setup.

It’s a reminder of just how seriously Apple now treats the set-top box that it dismissed as a “hobby” a few years ago.

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Screw smart light bulbs, we’re still waiting for HomeKit’s killer app

Elgato smart bulbs are well and great, but we want more.

Elgato smart bulbs are all well and great, but we want more.

The home of the future arrived today and, while not exactly a whimper, it wasn’t much of a bang either.

Where are the smart voice-activated refrigerators? Where are the Jetsons-style gizmos that have us firing up our Apple Pay, and convince us that Apple is taking home automation seriously?

While there’s nothing wrong with what we got, it was the same predictable range of smart light bulbs, thermostats, and other gadgets that techies have had for years.

And after a year of waiting, we want more. Much more.

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Transform your home into a futuristic wonderland with these HomeKit gadgets

HomeKit is all about letting your things talk to your other things.

HomeKit is all about letting your things talk to your other things.

Almost a year since Apple unveiled its home-automation platform HomeKit, the first compatible products were officially announced today — allowing you to start building that Jetsons-style smart home you’ve always dreamed about, operated via Siri using your iPhone, iPad or even Apple Watch.

Among the first wave of HomeKit offerings are smart lights, thermostats, and home sensors for tracking air quality, temperature, smoke, humidity, air pressure, energy, and water consumption in your house.

Check out the full list below.

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New Apple TV with App Store and Siri will debut at WWDC

We're finally going to get the TV experience we deserve.

Apple TV might be in for a massive upgrade.

The biggest Apple TV update ever could make an appearance next month at WWDC, according to a new report that claims the new set-top box will feature innovative new software features to go with the hardware upgrade.

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Apple says HomeKit is on track for June launch

Apple announced HomeKit to developers at WWDC last year. Photo: Apple

Apple announced HomeKit to developers at WWDC last year. Photo: Apple

It’s been nearly a year since Apple unveiled the HomeKit platform, and we’re still waiting on an official launch. A report earlier today claimed that Apple is delaying the launch of its home-automation platform until August or September, but an Apple spokesperson has refuted the report, saying everything is ontrack for the June launch.

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