After Google, Apple has now also announced that it will integrate the new smart home standard Matter into its smartphone operating system. At the developer conference WWDC, the company announced that Matter will be part of iOS 15. The next version of the iPhone operating system is expected to be released in the fall of 2021 — and thus in time for the release of the first compatible products. The software update from Philips Hue, which makes the bridge of the Hue system Matter-capable, is also planned for the fourth quarter of 2021, according to manufacturer Signify.
Apple’s Home app is intended to be the control center for Matter products. This is the same program that already sets up and manages HomeKit devices. There are many indications that Matter components will be added in the same way as HomeKit. This would mean that all control options of the Apple ecosystem would be available — from Siri to Apple TV and Apple Watch to third-party apps. Software programmers should already have access to the new possibilities via the developer beta of iOS 15 so that they can consider upcoming Matter products in their code.
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