TP-Link scraps HomeKit upgrade for Kasa Smart Plug Mini

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No HomeKit for you.
Photo: TP-Link

TP-Link has cancelled plans to bring HomeKit support to its Kasa Smart Plug Mini.

The device was supposed to get an update that would make it compatible with Apple’s platform earlier this year. But after months of delays, that promise has been scrapped.

The Kasa Smart Plug Mini made it into our roundup of the most exciting HomeKit devices coming in 2019 after it made its debut at CES in January. But HomeKit support wasn’t ready when it first went on sale.

Unfortunately for those who picked up the plug in anticipation of a future update, TP-Link has now broken its promise to add HomeKit compatibility.

TP-Link cancels HomeKit update

TP-Link hasn’t announced the news, but as one Reddit user noticed, the company confirms the decision in a newly-published support document for the Smart Plug Mini.

“Due to changes in our roadmap, the Kasa Smart Plug Mini (HS105) smart plug will not offer support for Apple HomeKit,” it reads. “Despite the change in direction for this specific SKU, our team is committed to the development of innovative smart home solutions.”

It’s not yet clear why TP-Link has reversed course — or how this will affect other products. The document states this is a “change in direction for this specific SKU,” which suggests its other smart devices will not be affected. But we’re yet to get clarification.

TP-Link remains silent for now

The Kasa Smart Plug Mini has been sold on Amazon for as little as $26.99, making it one of the more affordable smart plugs. Many Apple fans will have picked one up on sale with the belief that HomeKit support would be coming at some point.

We’ve reached out to TP-Link for more information and we’ll update this post when we get a response.