Apple joins Thread Group – is it going ease off its HomeKit chokehold?

Apple joins the Thread Group, sparking speculation over whether HomeKit will support the low-power mesh networking protocol.

The Register:

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/08/09/apple_homekit/

“Up until now, Apple has adopted its typical my-way-or-the-highway approach to smart home technology, even ending up in the ludicrous positionwhere it forced device manufacturers to add a special Apple-specified microcontroller and firmware to their products if they wanted their kit to work with Apple’s iThings via HomeKit.

In other words, if you made smart-home stuff, and you want it to be controlled from iOS or macOS, you needed to place Apple-picked electronics in your system. These extra components would perform the cryptography and other operations needed to secure the connection between a person’s iPhone, iPad or Mac, and the smart-home equipment. Not a bad way to enforce security, yet not a great way to make friends in the consumer hardware world: virtually no manufacturer was interested.

Apple eventually backtrackedon that decision, and implemented authentication through software after the broader smart-home market decided not to bother with what it saw as Cupertino control freakery.”

 

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