Daisuke Wakabayashi, writing for the WSJ:
Apple said the first HomeKit-enabled smart-home devices are coming
out next month, refuting a report that said delays with the home
automation software platform would push back the launch until
August or September.
“HomeKit [hardware certification] has been available for just a
few months and we already have dozens of partners who have
committed to bringing HomeKit accessories to market and we’re
looking forward to the first ones coming next month,” said Apple
spokeswoman Trudy Muller.
Apple’s statement comes on the heels of a report in Fortune that
said Apple’s software platform — which will allow the company’s
devices to control connected home appliances — was experiencing
problems and that the introduction of the first HomeKit devices
were being delayed.
Update: The Fortune story, reported by Stacey Higginbotham, has since been updated to add “for some devices” to the headline, but as published originally, and until Apple gave this story to the WSJ, stated unequivocally “Apple Delays HomeKit Launch”. You can see it in the URL slug, which comes from the original headline. Fortune blew this one.
This feels like another case of the new, more open, Apple PR. They used to never respond to stories like this, or, if they did, it wasn’t with an on-the-record statement from a named company representative like Trudy Muller.
★ Thursday, 14 May 2015