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October 12, 2017

IKEA Again Delays HomeKit Support for Trådfri Smart Lighting Range

by John_A

IKEA has had to backtrack once more on its claim that the company’s Trådfri Smart Lighting range is ready to work with Apple HomeKit.

According to German tech blog SmartDroid, IKEA began rolling out an update yesterday to owners to bring support for Apple’s smart home platform as well as Amazon Alexa, only for the company to announce on its blog that many users were reporting “technical difficulties” in getting the connectivity to work.

This is the second time IKEA has had to apologize to Trådfri owners waiting for HomeKit compatibility. Back in August the company told customers that support was ready, but quickly retracted the advice when word spread online.

IKEA has promised HomeKit support for its affordable range of home lighting products since May. The system was originally announced in late March, and includes LED bulbs, illuminated panels, a motion sensor kit, a gateway kit, and dimming lights.

IKEA went on to say yesterday that there is still no working support for HomeKit and Alexa, and apologized for the inconvenience while it works on another update that rectifies the situation. As it stands, Philips Hue smart hubs remain the only other means to control the Trådfri lights from smartphones.

Tags: HomeKit, Ikea
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