The, and now, the big players are starting to fall in line as well. That includes Philips Lighting, which announced today that all existing Hue LEDs will be able to sync up with Apple's iOS-based smart home platform beginning this fall.
HomeKit support for Hue LEDs is hardly a surprise. Apple singled out the color-changing smart bulbs as a HomeKit partner. The news today simply makes it official -- and also confirms that you won't need to buy a whole bunch of new bulbs in order to bring Siri into the picture.
What's less clear is whether or not you'll need to upgrade or even replace the Hue Bridge that plugs into your router to translate Wi-Fi input from your phone into a Zigbee signal the Hue bulbs can understand. HomeKit certification comes with specific hardware requirements -- we'll have to wait and see if Philips can meet them with a simple firmware upgrade, or if users will need to buy a new Bridge altogether. For now, Philips is only telling us that it'll have more info in September.
It's also unclear just how deep HomeKit's Hue controls will go. Telling Siri to turn lights on and off is one thing, but whether or not she'll be able to change them to a perfect shade of chartreuse remains to be seen. As a point of comparison, it's worth noting that the Amazon Echo smart home speaker, which offers , can't change the colors of your bulbs.
A September compatibility rollout for Philips Hue -- largely seen as one of the principal players in the connected home -- lends some credence to earlier reports of a HomeKit delay., and pointed to as evidence of everything being on track.
Still, with(a piece of hardware that plays ), and with other high-profile pieces of HomeKit-friendly hardware , one has to wonder if Apple had hoped HomeKit would have been a little further along by this point.