Anyone own some HIVE smart home devices? Well, you’ll be glad to know that Hive has now added support for HomeKit.
Taken from Engadget … The UK-based smart home company Hive finally works with HomeKit, 9to5Mac reports. A handful of Hive devices — Hive Active Heating, Hive Active Lights and Hive Active Plugs — can now be controlled via Apple’s Home app, and customers can use HomeKit to control the smart home gadgets across Siri-compatible devices.
There are a few caveats. You’ll need the newer Hive Hub, and if your Hive Active Heating is connected to a hot water supply, HomeKit won’t be able to control it. HomeKit support is not available for the Hive Wired Thermostat. It’s unclear, too, if Hive will make its home-monitoring camera compatible at any point.
Still, Hive is popular in the UK — it’s an offshoot of British Gas — and it’s users stand to benefit from this integration. If anything, it’s a bit late, as so many other smart home devices already play nicely with HomeKit.