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That's why Apple certifications and security slow the spread of HomeKit

It is not a mystery that the spread of HomeKit and compatible accessories is much slower than initially assumed not only: competing platforms at least in terms of image launched subsequently see a greater number of compatible devices. According to experts, the reason exists, very precise and to be found in the stringent certification and safety procedures imposed by Cupertino on third-party manufacturers who wish to launch devices ready for HomeKit on the market.

Apple has imposed from the first moment the use of specific chips for HomeKit, offered with prices between 50 cents and 2 dollars with the possibility of discounts for the purchase in large volumes. But manufacturers are also required to use specific certified chips for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth with higher prices than similar solutions available on the market.

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But the list of obligations is not yet complete: Cupertino requires that the construction of HomeKit compatible devices be carried out in one of the 800 factories certified by Apple. And here other problems emerge: according to what Reuters learned, a manufacturer has proposed the certification of another factory, a company with 40 thousand employees who has already dealt with the construction of toys with the Star Wars brand, therefore with well-monitored materials and procedures . Nothing to do: Apple has examined the plant but the approval has not arrived, another factor that does not allow manufacturers to work and collaborate with long-standing partner factories.

Finally comes the final exam, a compatibility and safety test that is carried out in Cupertino on the final device. The process can take up to 5 months and throughout this period the manufacturer cannot even announce that the request for HomeKit compatibility has been requested. Of course, the manufacturers' point of view is understandable but biased: by reversing the perspective and taking on the role of the end user, at the end of this list of higher costs and very long gestation times, you get a product that has been thoroughly tested with high safety and interoperability standards and not a beta version of a gadget that becomes part of the electrical and safety equipment of your home.

HomeKit "width =" 621 "height =" 413 "src =" "/></p><p>All this does not exist or is much more limited, as regards requests, tests and approvals, for home automation platforms of other manufacturers and brands, including those of Apple's competitors. In the example of devices ready to collaborate with Alexa sufficient for the manufacturer to use a certain software, obtain certification from an independent laboratory, and finally ask Amazon for the Works With Alexa recognition issued within 10 days or less.</p><p>Obviously it will be objected that Alexa in the end only an interface layer that connects different devices via http under the possibility of voice control but the perception of the public is that of a direct competitor of Homekit.</p><p>The situation of Homekit recalls in many ways the steps necessary to obtain the MFi, Made for iPhone, iPad and iPod certification, but also the meticulous procedures for publishing an app on the App Store. While understanding the complaints of the manufacturers, being devices for the smart home, to manage lights, appliances, heating and even the locks and doors of the house, Apple's scruple this time seems even more justified.</p><p>Even in its own interest as well as for manufacturers and users, perhaps Cupertino should find a solution to make the whole procedure more convenient and quick, otherwise the risk is that of leaving free range to competing smart home platforms.</p><p><img class=