Apple has updated its list of compatible HomeKit accessories with a significant update this month. As of today, Apple now lists compatible accessories by category, rather than brand, and provides a much more complete list with changes like upcoming products, external links, and rough indications of when some future devices will ship.
The list now shows worldwide brands that offer accessories for HomeKit and Apple devices. The products are now listed under one of 15 categories (listed above), including lights, thermostats, and cameras. Each device listed now shows a product link, as well as release dates (via The Verge).
Until now, finding HomeKit-compatible products was a difficult task, at best. Prior to this, Apple’s website only listed HomeKit-compatible products found through its online store.
Now, the updated website seems more like an official directory for finding new and compatible HomeKit accessories. While Apple itself has a HomeKit section in its online store, not all HomeKit-compatible products are sold by Apple. As such, this directory is a great resource for consumers to find new and compatible products.
The updated accessory directory joins Apple’s updated HomeKit explainer page that now includes a useful video (below) for showing how Siri, automation, and iOS 10’s Home app all work.
First announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in 2014, Apple HomeKit currently supports around 100 devices with more being added monthly.