Compatible after the fact?

Cupertino, October 20, 2021

Okay, so I'd love an ELI5 for that (something that's not just "companies want to buy their new devices to continue sales"). TP-Link has just launched a few different Kasa smart sockets that are HomeKit compatible after they haven't been for years. Is there any hardware required for HomeKit compatibility? Or can companies install a firmware update that resolves Apple standards after you've purchased them? The fact that people flash certain products and install their own firmware that will work with HomeKit makes me believe that only corporate profits prevent them from doing so. I'm wrong? I’m sure it’s not that easy to “just change a few lines of code and leave it in the pipeline,” and you can’t make money from doing this, but I feel like a lot of goodwill could be generated in this kind.

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