CarPlay goes wireless as HomeKit gains iCloud and Watch support at WWDC
Having announced HomeKit last year as part of iOS 8, we haven’t really known exactly what it does. Unlike ResearchKit or HealthKit, it isn’t a set of new apps, but a way to manage all your connected devices from one place.
iOS 8 allowed you to control your connected thermostat, locks and lights in HomeKit. With iOS 9, you’ll now be able to control window shades, security systems and a whole array of sensors – such as carbon monoxide or fire detectors.
However, the biggest addition is support for iCloud within HomeKit. Now, wherever you are in the world, on whatever device you’re using, you can access all of your connected devices through Apple’s iCloud. It’s a huge step in creating a connected home within Apple’s ecosystem.
You’ll also be able to check up on your HomeKit devices through your Apple Watch when WatchOS 2 arrives.
Apple also announced that CarPlay would be receiving a significant update too. With the new build of CarPlay manufacturers can install their own native apps directly into the system, allowing for greater integration of your phone with your car’s systems. Apple’s Craig Federighi also promised that CarPlay would be going wireless, but didn’t clarify exactly what that would mean. However he did say it would be a feature supported only by future CarPlay devices, so clearly it’s more than just a retroactive upgrade.