Apple made a Home app because HomeKit products are finally real

Apple jumped into the smart home world with the announcement of its HomeKit platform two years ago. But until today, it’s felt like one huge piece of that platform was missing: a way to control it.

While it felt like a strange omission, Apple’s decision to delay the launch of a Home app until iOS 10 is sensible — from its perspective, at least — for some pretty basic reasons. Really, they all go back to one thing: only now is HomeKit a useful platform.

For one, it took HomeKit a lot longer than expected to get off the ground. While it was announced as part of iOS 8, the first HomeKit products didn’t appear until near the announcement of iOS 9. And even then, we were largely seeing…

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