One of CES's most interesting announcements this year was not a new product at all, but an imminent update of an old one. The low-cost device maker, TP-Link, has announced that it will update its popular Wi-Fi Plug Mini with HomeKit support so that it can be controlled by Siri.
However, after the deadline of early 2019, TP-Link has now announced that it will no longer support HomeKit. In a support document discovered by an eagle-eyed Reddit user, TP announced the news to anyone who was waiting for the update:
Due to changes to our roadmap, the Kasa Smart Plug Mini Smart Plug (HS105) will not support Apple HomeKit. Despite the change in direction for this specific benchmark, our team is committed to developing innovative smart home solutions that will continue to delight our customers around the world.
Although this explanation does not close the door to future HomeKit products, it does not deploy exactly the welcome mat for Siri. And, in the current state of affairs, there are no current or future TP-Link smart home products that are compatible with HomeKit. It remains to be seen whether the company has abandoned all of its support projects for Siri.
Although Siri and HomeKit incorporate many products, they are largely relegated to the rank of more expensive and mediocre products compared to the range of options available for Alexa and Google Assistant. It seems that TP-Link is the first domino to fall, it seems that the surge for the main support will continue a little longer.
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