Following verification from Philips that it prepares to support Apple’s HomeKit platform for its popular iPhone-controlled Shade lighting system, pictures of a bridge device that will let existing Hue products work with Apple’s platform have leaked online (by means of iCulture).

Accessory makers cannot add support for Apple’s HomeKit to products with software alone, however previously this year we outlined Apple’s specs for building HomeKit hardware bridges that will permit existing home automation items to tap into the platform. Philips seems preparing an impending launch of such a device as images leakage online through a lighting merchant in the Netherlands that beat the gun on a main launch.

philips-hue-bridge-voor-homekitIn the image to the right we get our very first look at the little Apple TV-looking “Shade Bridge” device that will enable the current lineup of Philips Hue lights to user interface with HomeKit. In exchange, Tone users that invest in the bridge will access to Siri voice regulates for managing lights and most likely other HomeKit features for grouping devices through an update to Philips’ companion app. We recently offered you a first take a look at HomeKit features in the genuine world with our review of iHome’s new iSP5 SmartPlug.

No word yet on an official launch from Philips on the Tone Bridge, but the retailer noted a prices of 60 euros prior to getting rid of the listing earlier today (envisioned below).


We ‘d expect Apple will talk more about HomeKit at its upcoming press occasion on September 9th later on this month. We reported that Apple is preparing to present a brand-new Apple TELEVISION, which functions as a hub for remote access to the Siri-controlled HomeKit platform, alongside new iPhones and an official launch for iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan.

Earlier today Philips took the covers off a new Color product with the Lightstrip Plus.Filed under

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