Thursday in CE: IKEA Adds HomeKit Integration to Smart Bulb Lineup
Earlier this year, IKEA said that it would add HomeKit integration for its smart bulb lineup by the Fall of this year. However, as 9 to 5 Mac is reporting, the company has pushed a software update to that lineup a little earlier than expected that enables Apple HomeKit for its Tradfri lighting range.
According to the report, existing owners of the IKEA kit should be able to access to access the firmware update on their gateway hub. Added functionality with the HomeKit integration includes, most notably, Siri voice control. It also brings the IKEA bulbs into the Home app for quick access alongside other HomeKit enabled products.
Though not major news in the sense that this was something the industry was expecting to happen anyway, IKEA’s update shows how HomeKit is progressing as a platform in the smart home space. Apple has been able to successfully expand their reach in a market that is expected to boom over the course of the next few years. Adding a name like IKEA is really just a drop in the bucket of what Apple’s already able to offer.