Apple expects over 100 secure HomeKit-compatible products to be on the market by the end of this year.
As part of his remarks from Apple's Q4 2016 conference call, CEO Tim Cook addressed the need for home automation done right.
One of the great new features of iOS 10 is the Home app, which is making home automation easy to set up and intuitive to use. Customers can easily set up and securely control all their HomeKit accessories — from lights and cameras to garage doors and air conditioners — all from their favorite iOS devices.
We expect over 100 HomeKit-compatible products to be on the market by the end of this year, all reviewed and approved by Apple to help insure customer security when using them. Our Apple Stores are wonderful places to discover and learn about these great products for the connected home.
For the last few years there have been a string of snarky articles that tried to portray Apple and HomeKit as being difficult and onerous for accessory makers.
It's true: Apple insisted that all HomeKit produces use secure Wi-Fi and provide end-to-end encryption. Accessory makers that were used to taking the easy easy way out bristled at that, and writers hoping to score easy points by smearing Apple in headlines jumped on it.
Then, just this past week, insecure devices like security cameras were used to perform a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack against large portions of the U.S. internet. And now the mass media is finally beginning to understand what Apple knew from the start — the internet of things needs to be the internet of secure things.