Apple added a new support document on its website on Tuesday, confirming that third-generation or newer Apple TV devices can be used to remotely control HomeKit-enabled accessories via an iOS device. (Via iFun.de)
“If you have an Apple TV (3rd generation or later) with software version 7.0 or later, you can control your HomeKit-enabled accessories when you’re away from home using your iOS device.”
Users will sign in with the same Apple ID on the Apple TV and an iOS device. They will then be able to use Siri commands to remotely control lights, thermostats, smart plugs, and other HomeKit-enabled accessories.
A number of accessory makers announced their first HomeKit-enabled products this week, including Lutron, iHome, Elgato, Insteon and Ecobee. Many of the announced accessories are available for pre-order or purchase.
While it has been widely known that the Apple TV would serve as a hub for controlling HomeKit accessories, due to the inclusion of support for the HomeKit framework in the Apple TV 7.0 software update last year, this marks the first official confirmation from Apple.
Apple is expected to announce an updated version of the Apple Tv at next week’s Worldwide Developers Conference. The new streaming box is expected to boast an updated processor, more internal storage, Siri control, an App Store, and more.