Exciting news for Apple home automation fans: the Wemo Mini smart outlet has received a firmware update to make it compatible with Apple’s HomeKit platform. What makes this news stand out is that the Wemo Mini is the first pre-existing home automation device to gain HomeKit support without special hardware. Apple first announced software authentication for HomeKit devices in 2017 (see “A Prairie HomeKit Companion: What’s Coming in iOS 11,” 7 July 2017), and the Wemo Mini’s example shows that it’s possible that any existing home automation device lacking HomeKit compatibility could gain it in a future update, greatly expanding Apple’s home automation ecosystem.
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