TP-Link launches HomeKit-compatible smart lights and sockets at CES

Cupertino, January 11, 2022

Homekit.Blog is supported by its audience and can earn commissions as an Amazon Associate and Affiliate on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not affect our editorial content. Smart home company TP-Link will introduce several new HomeKit-enabled products at CES 2022 as it brings its European "Tapo" series of devices to the US. TP-Link previously announced, then canceled, plans to add HomeKit support to Kasa-branded devices. At the time, the company only said it was due to "changes in our roadmap." Now it turns out that the roadmap involves bringing Tapo, the existing European brand, to the United States and launching HomeKit support with it. According to the company's statement, Tapo plans to add "to TP-Link's Kasa Smart Home products." The release suggests that the current Kasa line will continue and will continue to lack HomeKit support. However, TP-link also says that only users "will find that many Tapo products… are compatible with Apple HomeKit". It's not clear whether devices will not support HomeKit, or if the company is cautious about promising support again. TP-Link does now indicate that HomeKit works with smart plugs, switches and smart lighting from Tapo. TP-Link has announced the Tapo P125 Mini Smart Plug, a Tapo S500D Smart Dimmer Switch and also a Tap P306 Wall Power Strip. These will all support Apple HomeKit. TP-Link also says its "flagship Tap L930-5 Smart Multicolor Light Strip," is HomeKit compatible, as is the Tap L535 Multicolor Smart Wi-Fi Light Bulb. No price or availability has been announced for any of these. Homekit.Blog will personally cover the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show from January 3-6, where we expect to see Wi-Fi 6e devices, HomeKit, Apple accessories, 8K monitors and more. Stay tuned for our coverage by downloading the Homekit.Blog app and follow us on YouTube, Twitter @Homekit.Blog, and Facebook for live, late-breaking coverage. You can also check out our official Instagram account for exclusive photos during the event.

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