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Apple launches HomeKit with a handful of partners

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Photo by Insteon 

Photo by Insteon 

We knew it was coming but didn't know exactly when. Apple's home automation platform, HomeKit, finally launched and you can expect the first slew of products to hit retail shelves shortly. 

Launch parters include Insteaon, Lutron, Elgato, Caseta and Ecobee. 

We’re excited to be shipping our HomeKit-enabled Insteon Hub and releasing the Insteon+ mobile app, enabling the mass consumer market to live in a world where all of their connected devices work together in perfect harmony,” “HomeKit streamlines home automation for consumers, brings together multiple manufacturers and offers advanced features like remote control and voice control through integrations with Siri.”
— said Joe Dada, CEO, Insteon

The Insteon HomeKit Hub will be available through Amazon and Smarthome.com for $149.99 shortly and in retail stores in July. 

Expect Apple to talk up HomeKit at its annual developer conference (WWDC) with new features probably included in IOS 9.  

In addition to these companies, we expect to see a slew of other manufacturers jump on this bandwagon as the home automation market heats up.