HomeKit

Apple launches iOS 15.2.1 with HomeKit security fix

HomeKit iOS 15.2.1

Apple has released the latest iOS security and bug fixes with iOS 15.2.1. For those who recently updated to iOS 15.2, it's time to open Settings and start the process again. While it may not seem important to take advantage of these minor updates, this one plugs a dangerous vulnerability in HomeKit.

Those experiencing bugs in various apps should also update right away. Apple has listed two bug fixes included in iOS 15.2.1:

How to add your Apple TV to your Home app

How to add your Apple TV to the Home app on iPhone and iPad.

Apple's Home app is designed to be the hub from which you control all of your smart accessories, appliances and other systems around your house. If you have geared up your home with all the latest technology you could set your thermostat, control your lighting, turn on music/TV, set the alarm and much, much more, all from your iPhone. Usually, when you set up a new HomeKit ready device in your home, it has a QR code that will automatically add it to your Home app. For the Apple TV, however, you have to add it through the TV's settings. Here's how to do it:

Apple AirPlay coming to Samsung and Vizio Smart TVs

AirPlay supported on Smart TV

One of the more interesting revelations at CES 2019 is good news for Apple fans shopping for a new TV. Both Samsung and Vizio have announced plans to support AirPlay 2 on future Smart TV models. Apple has added details to its official AirPlay page, showing direct integration of AirPlay to upcoming TV sets.

Apple HomeKit coming to IKEA smart lighting

IKEA TRADFRI home smart

IKEA plans to add Apple HomeKit capabilities to its line of smart lighting known as TRÅDFRI this summer. The firmware update will bring smart home technology within reach of even more people across the globe, thanks to the relatively affordable options IKEA provides. According to the press release, IKEA will soon make its $80 TRÅDFRI gateway kit compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa as well as Apple HomeKit.

Apple updates HomeKit accessory listings

Home iOS

Looking for a complete list of upcoming and available HomeKit accessories? Apple now tracks all of the certified HomeKit accessories on the market, which are stamped with the symbol "Works with Apple HomeKit". While Apple sells some HomeKit equipment itself, many items in the list are only available through other companies or retailers.

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