Apple’s Home is a single interface from which you can control all of your smart home devices. Want to turn on the air conditioner and lower the shades? Home can do that in an instant. The idea is to create an intuitive smart home automation app that integrates your smart home devices and can be accesses with virtually all of your Apple devices.
The interface for the Home app is both inviting and simple to understand. The app is broken down into three sections: Home, Rooms and Automation. The Home screen allows you to take control of your favorite accessories, while Rooms lets you control individual accessories in any room of your home. Automation, meanwhile, is where you can set your home accessories to perform real-world actions.
So as you pull into to your driveway, your iPhone can activate the digital geofence surrounding your house, turn on the lights, open the garage door and unlock the door — all at once.
The Home app also lets you set what Apple calls Scenes for your home or specific rooms. For instance, when you’re going to bed at night, you can activate the scene for Goodnight and the Home app will automatically turn off the lights, lock the doors, lower the blinds and turn down the thermostat.
Elevated Integration can set your home up for Home as well as Amazon’s Alexa running on their Echo devices. And we integrate both Home and Alexa with our other smart systems.