Apple confirms Apple TV’s role as a hub for remote HomeKit functionality

An updated support document from Apple about HomeKit has confirmed a previous report about the Apple TV acting as a hub for all HomeKit-compatible devices, and users being able to create virtual rooms for their HomeKit devices.

“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,” reads the document.

In order to use Siri commands to remotely control your HomeKit-certified accessories, you’ll need to sign in with the same Apple ID on your iOS device and Apple TV.

Upon signing into iCloud, your Apple TV will register as a HomeKit-capable hub. Your home and accessory data will be stored securely using CloudKit and paired keys will be encrypted and synchronized through Keychain.

The page also highlights that it is possible for users to group certain HomeKit-compatible accessories together in a virtual room. This will allow them to control all of them with a single voice command.
Depending on the app you use for your HomeKit-enabled accessories, you might be able to group accessories together in homes, rooms, or scenes. This is useful if you want to control a group of accessories with a single Siri command. You’ll need to set up these groups within the third-party app, and some apps might not have this option.
As a previous report had pointed out, Apple will be releasing a new ‘Home’ app in iOS 9that will allow users to control these virtual homes, rooms and scenes easily.

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