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Apple lists new smart home commands that work with Siri

With an update to the HomeKit support page, Apple offers a closer look at everything Siri can do in the smart home.

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Apple HomeKit is an iOS-based smart home platform, and Siri sits right at the center of it. Tell her to turn the lights off or lock the door, and she'll get right to work (assuming you've got the proper smart lights and smart locks installed, of course).

Today, with an update to the HomeKit support page, Apple provided a clearer look at some of the HomeKit commands that Siri will respond to. They are:

  • "Turn on the lights" or "Turn off the lights."
  • "Dim the lights" or "Set the brightness to 50 percent."
  • "Set the temperature to 68 degrees."
  • "Turn on the coffee maker."
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You'll also be able to use HomeKit to set up groups of devices, labeling them as a "zone" or a "room," or saving them at specific settings as a "scene." Do so, and you'll be able to use room and scene-specific commands, including:

  • "Turn on the upstairs lights."
  • "Turn off Chloe's light."
  • "Turn down the kitchen lights"
  • "Dim the lights in the dining room to 50 percent."
  • "Make the living room lights the brightest."
  • "Set the Tahoe house to 72 degrees."
  • "Set the thermostat downstairs to 70."
  • "Turn on the printer in the office."
  • "Set up for a party, Siri."
  • "Set the dinner scene."
  • "Set my bedtime scene."

The rollout of HomeKit-compatible smart hardware is already underway, with more devices set to arrive this fall, including Philips Hue color-changing LED light bulbs, Bluetooth deadbolts from Schlage , and the automatable iDevices Switch .