Apple publishes open-source version of its HomeKit Accessory Development Kit
What you need to know
- Apple has announced that it is open-sourcing portions of its HomeKit Accessory Development Kit.
- It means developers will be able to prototype non-commercial smart home accessories using the ADK.
- Apple recently announced it was taking part in Project Connected Home alongside Amazon, Google and Zigbee Alliance.
Apple has announced that it is open-sourcing portions of its HomeKit Accessory Development kit, in wake of news that it is joining a new industry effort to create an open standard for smart home devices.
Yesterday, December 18, Apple announced that it was joining Project Connected Home over IP, alongside Google, Amazon and Zigbee Alliance. That announcement revealed that the coalition would be working to simplify the development for manufacturers and increase compatibility for consumers when it comes to smart home products.
In order to accelerate the development of this new universal standard, Apple has announced that it is open-sourcing portions of its HomeKit Accessory Development Kit (ADK). In a news post (opens in new tab) on its Developer website Apple said:
As of right now, developers can start prototyping non-commercial smart-home accessories using the HomeKit Open Source ADK. Apple also says it will contribute its HomeKit Accessory Protocol to the working group. Apple has further confirmed that current, existing HomeKit accessories will continue to work after the new protocol becomes available, as it plans to continue to support HAP within its ecosystem.
The HomeKit ADK can be accessed on GitHub now!
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