Update: Apple has just told The Wall Street Journal that "HomeKit-enabled smart-home devices are coming out next month," refuting Fortune's report below.
There hasn't been a lot of talk about Apple's home automation platform, HomeKit, mostly because there have been lots of other products to keep Apple fans busy. The Siri-controlled feature was originally announced during last year's Worldwide Developer Conference, but not many details were revealed. Rumors suggested that the platform would launch in May or June, but now sources have told Fortune that the release has been pushed back until to late August or September.
According to sources "close to the situation," Apple is having trouble with the code that would allow users to sign-in and easily sync their iPhone with home devices. That part of the "process blew up and required way too much memory for smaller, battery-powered devices." Apple is currently trying to "shrink the code back down to size," according to Fortune.
This has caused problems for companies who have been teasing Siri-controlled devices, such as GE who announced HomeKit-enabled LED bulbs earlier this month. Other companies who have partnered with Apple have also unveiled smartlocks and other products that work with HomeKit earlier this year at CES.Apple may be planning to reveal a few more details about HomeKit at its developers conference next month, and officially release the new platform later this year.
The 2015 World Wide Developers Conference will take place June 8 - 12 in San Francisco, California.