HomeKit demonstrations are the highlight of a new interactive section popping up at select Apple retail store locations. From these locations, users can see what happens when activating HomeKit-enabled products, according to TechCrunch.
Now at 46 locations around the world, the special sections allow you to use the Home App from either an Apple Watch, iPhone or iPad to control a Phillips Hue light bulb, Hunter ceiling fan, and other smart home products.
As TechCrunch explains:
By offering HomeKit experiences inside retail stores, Apple is bringing the experience I had inside that house to its physical retail stores in order to better familiarize everyday people with the capabilities of HomeKit. And with the HomePod smart speaker set to debut in December — going up against Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home devices — Apple is clearly looking to put a greater emphasis on the role it can play in your home.
In the United States, HomeKit demonstrations are now available at Apple’s Union Square store in San Francisco, California, its World Trade Center and Williamsburg stores in New York, and 28 other stores around the country.
Apple’s also offering these experiences in 15 international stores, including ones in the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Mexico, Singapore, and Taiwan.
First announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in 2014, Apple HomeKit currently supports over 100 devices with more being added monthly.
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