Apple has released an open source version of the HomeKit Accessory Development Kit. You can now share and play around with it on GitHub to integrate smart home devices into the home app and beyond.
Today's news relates to the efforts of Connected Home over IP, an industry-wide effort to develop an open source standard for the Internet of Things. Basically, Apple, Amazon, Google, the Zigbee Alliance and smart home manufacturers want to work together to make accessories work everywhere.
HomeKit is behind, although Apple arrived early in the area of networked home networks. A lot of accessories now work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, but with Siri you can control very few accessories because the introduction of HomeKit was slow.
Apple hopes that more smart home manufacturers will try to integrate HomeKit into their prototypes by introducing HomeKit in an open-sourcing fashion. Everything was released under the Apache 2.0 license.
As Next INpact found, you still need to work with Apple to get certification if you want to share a HomeKit-compatible accessory. And of course, manufacturers who work directly with Apple may be able to access unpublished features before they are launched at WWDC.
Developers have already reverse engineered HomeKit to equip more devices with the Homebridge project with HomeKit compatibility. Let's see if it leads to cooler projects that make it easier to control your connected objects from your iPhone, iPad and other Apple devices.