TP-Link adds first HomeKit Smart Plug

Cupertino, August 19, 2021

It seems that after a long wait, and a bit of a disappointment over a year ago, TP-Link have finally added a smart plug with HomeKit support to their smart home lineup - the HomeKit smart plug KP125. Originally, the company announced on CES 2019 that their HS105KIT Smart plug would receive an update to support HomeKIt. However, by the time it was August, the company released the following statement;

Due to changes in our roadmap, the Kasa Smart Plug Mini (HS105) smart plug will not support Apple HomeKit. Despite the change in direction for this particular SKU, our team is dedicated to developing innovative smart home solutions that will continue to delight our customers around the world.

At the time, this was met with some disappointment, but since then, a slew of smart plugs have been released, leaving you to wonder why the company has finally added a HomeKit model, which, by the way, isn't even the one originally scheduled for HomeKit support.

This aside, the HomeKit smart plug does indeed seem to exist, with the plug listed in the company's Kasa app (originally spotted 3 nonths ago by Reddit user u/talldrin). However, it is not found on the company's website, although it is listed as available for purchase in both BestBuy and Target in the US, with a 2-pack available in the last shop for only US$29.99.

As strange as it may seem, especially since it's been over two years since the original cancellation of a HomeKit product, people seem to value these plugs rather highly. It will be interesting to see what else TP-Link has in the pipeline with HomeKit compatibility.

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