Apple has launched Apple HomeKit as part of iOS 8, which will help you manage your smart home devices.

HomeKit allows you to connect easily to devices throughout the house and includes Siri integration.

Apple’s vice president, Craig Federighi, gave an example of the device at their annual developer conference. He said you could tell Siri you are ‘going to bed’ and it would dim the lights, lock your doors, close the garage door and set the thermostat.

One company that already works with Apple is Philips whose Hue connected light bulbs are on sale through Apple’s stores.

The move into home automation by Apple was expected for a while in an attempt to keep up with the competition.

Samsung and LG already produce home appliances which have now been given the ability to be controlled by smartphones.

CEO of Philips Lighting, Eric Rondolat, said:

We are excited to be part of the next step in making home automation a reality, in a safe and integrated way. HomeKit will allow us to further enhance the Philips Hue lighting experience by making it simpler to securely pair devices throughout the house and control them using Siri.

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