After a report that the iOS-based connected home platform would be pushed back until August, an Apple spokesperson says that there is no delay.
UPDATE: 1:15 PM, PST, 5/14/15: According to an Apple spokesperson:“HomeKit has been available for just a few months and we already have dozens of partners who have committed to bringing HomeKit accessories to market and we’re looking forward to the first ones coming next month.”
Apple is denying a report earlier today from Fortune that claimed it would be pushing its HomeKit launch from June to August.
First presented in June of last year at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference, HomeKit aims to center popular smart home devices around a common control infrastructure in iOS. With HomeKit, controls for lights, locks, thermostats, and other connected gadgets will be baked right into your phone or tablet’s operating system.
That includes notification support and Siri-activated voice controls, both of which were on display from HomeKit-friendly smart home manufacturers like Schlage and Chamberlain at January’s Consumer Electronics Showcase in Las Vegas.
Beyond, that, details about HomeKit’s scope and how it will work have been hard to come by. Fortune’s sources claim that HomeKit’s base coding was demanding too much memory of smaller, battery-powered devices, and that Apple needed more time to shrink it back down into something more manageable.
An Apple spokesperson wouldn’t speak to those details, but offered the following quote: “HomeKit has been available for just a few months and we already have dozens of partners who have committed to bringing HomeKit accessories to market and we’re looking forward to the first ones coming next month.”