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Apple’s HomeKit lags three years behind its rivals in the smart home

At its WWDC developer conference this month, Apple seemed far more excited about a pencil stylus for its new educational iPad, than about the smart home. Both Google and Amazon are storming the home environment with their Home and Echo devices, but Apple has floundered with its $350 HomePod – an impressive bit of audio engineering, but with small market share. While Google recently announced support for 5,000 devices in its Home environment, Apple’s HomeKit platform works with around 250. The developer conference was almost devoid of hardware news, instead focusing on software. But for the smart home, only two items stood out – that the Home application is heading to Apple’s macOS platform, and that Siri can now control…

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