CNET First Look
Apple's Home meets the CNET Smart HomeWe put Apple's smart home app to the test on a large scale.
[MUSIC] If you downloaded iOs10 you might be wondering what this new app with the house icon is. Hang out, it's too dark in here. Siri, I'm home. Home sweet, automated home. It's the Home App. The missing piece of Apple's interconnected smartphone. And now that it's finally in it's final form. We're putting it to the test on the large scale of the CNET smart home. Siri, let's make dinner. Here's some inspiration. It doesn't always hear you exactly right. Siri, let's make dinner. [MUSIC] But when it does, you can use Scenes to lower the blinds and change the lights with a single command. The app controls intuitively. Quick press to turn things on or off, or hold it for more advanced options like brightness or color. I really like how easy it is to create scenes. You can also create rules. So when you flip a switch, a bunch of lights turn on or off. Or similar automations, so you can activate scenes when you come or go, or based on the time of day. The setup can still be a pain. You have to turn on two-factor authentication. And have either a fourth gen Apple TV, or a fairly new iPad to be able to anything remotely or to use any of those automations. Other than nit picks, the app doesn't have a back button, and setting up multiple users is still a real pain that takes a long time if it works at all. Fortunately, you can control your home with voice commands to your Apple TV, or with the buttons in the control center of your phone. I've been a Home Kit skeptic for awhile now, and the Home app isn't perfect. There's no one spot to see a list of all of your devices. Hang on. Lock down. [MUSIC] But it does do a good job of Streamlining a large smart home with multiple devices into one experience, bringing homekits' potential that much closer to fruition. [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO]