Every HomeKit user needs this iPhone app — Controller for HomeKit adds new Floor Plan feature to map out your smart home

Controller for HomeKit
(Image credit: Acasa software)

If you're an Apple HomeKit user and have a smart home full of cameras, switches, bulbs, and more, it can be easy to sometimes forget exactly where some of them are. It's surprisingly easy to do, but an update to the popular Controller app might have the answer.

Controller for HomeKit has long been an option for people who want to be able to manage and control their HomeKit-compatible devices but its new version 7.0 update takes things to a whole new level.

It does that via the Floor Plan feature that uses your iPhone's LiDAR technology to create a real map of your actual home, and the results can be pretty impressive.

Putting your smart home on the map

The new app update is available for download via the App Store and while the Floor Plan feature isn't the only new addition, it's undoubtedly the standout one.

In a press release received by iMore, developer Acasa Software detailed exactly what people can expect from the new update. "The new Floor Plan offers users a revolutionary way to quickly and easily scan their house or apartment and create an impressive 3D model," we're told. "This 3D model can be enriched with buttons for direct device control, display of current sensor values, execution of scenes and workflows, as well as room navigation." The upshot of that? Controller users can create a new, visual overview of their home that makes it more intuitive when turning on lights and interacting with other HomeKit accessories.

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You'll need an iPhone 12 or newer or a LiDAR-equipped iPad Pro to make the most of this update and use Floor Plan, while redesigned app screens and a new Floor Plan widget round out the big new features.

Those who already have the Controller app installed can grab the new update now. For everyone else, you can download the app from the App Store today.

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Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.