Apple TV confirmed as central hub for HomeKit systemsBy Justin Kahn
Apple's annual World Wide Developer Conference is just around the corner on June 8th, and Cupertino is already updating its site to prepare for the event. The Support site now contains new data on the way Apple TV will be integrated into HomeKit.
Apple TV will act as a main hub for a user's smart home devices, and it appears as though it will be required to access HomeKit connected devices remotely. As long as you've got a third generation Apple TV running software version 7.0 or up and iOS 8.1, you will be able to control your smart gear away from home, according to the new support page.
While we already knew Siri voice commands were coming to HomeKit systems, it looks as though they will also be integrated with Apple TV. After signing in to the same Apple ID on your iOS devices and your Apple TV, you can fire off Siri voice commands to remotely control your smart accessories.
Expect device grouping as well, which allows you to send commands to multiple devices at once, for example an entire room, along with some commands that don't even require your mobile device to be unlocked. There is also a new page that lists all of the currently compatible HomeKit devices from iHome and Elgato, to Insteon and Lutron devices.
WWDC 2015 is set for June 8th, so it won't be long now until we see everything Apple has to offer at this year's keynote.