Apple's Homekit slow to rollout due to strict Bluetooth LE requirements -- so what
I wanted to point out an article on HomeKit, posted on MacRumors that the reason for the slow roll out of HomeKit-powered devices were due to the strict Bluetooth LE security requirements that Apple have placed on the framework.
While it has been more than a year since Apple launched HomeKit, a software framework for communicating with and controlling light bulbs, thermostats, door locks and other connected accessories in the home, only five HomeKit-approved products have been released to date: the Ecobee3, Elgato Eve, iHome iSP5 SmartPlug, Insteon Hub and Lutron Caseta Wireless Lighting Starter Kit.
The slow rollout of HomeKit-enabled hardware accessories is not because of a lack of interest in the platform, but rather Apple's strict security requirements for Bluetooth LE (low energy) devices, according to Forbes. In particular, the strong level of encryption required to use the HomeKit protocol through Bluetooth LE has resulted in lag times that essentially render some accessories useless.
For example, a smartlock that makes its user wait 40 seconds before it opens is clearly inferior to a traditional lock. One of HomeKit’s selling point is that it provides a more reliable user experience, so these kinds of lag times will need to be sorted out before Apple can become a major platform for the smart home.
Whilst those statements are factual, I find the tone of critics having a go at Apple to be narrow minded. This week we saw a Jeep car getting hacked wirelessly and driving into a ditch. I'm sure most people would forego a little bit of speed at the embryonic stage of home automation for security and making sure someone can't hack their way into your home.
what the emphasis of the article should be on is that manufactures are working to make the technology more responsive whilst improving the speed. Let's face it, this technology at this stage is more for the geeks abs early adopters, more than anything else.