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Take Control of Apple Home Automation by Josh Centers

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Set Your Home on Autopilot

At this point, you should be up and running with HomeKit home control, and a master at adding and controlling accessories. But now I’m going to teach you literal automation—objects in your home doing things on their own, directed by your instructions—and that is powerful juju. It offers an incredible amount of power, but it can also make your home a living hell if you don’t set things up thoughtfully.

Set Up a Home Hub

Before you can automate HomeKit, you must have at least one device that can act as a hub: a HomePod, an Apple TV (4th generation or later), or an iPad running iOS 10 or later. The hub is necessary because something has to be physically in the house and running 24/7 to trigger automations. Setting up ...

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