The first beta version of iOS 16.1 introduced support for innovative home accessories that work using the Matter protocol. Now the standard has been launched officially.
Apple, Google, Amazon, Zigbee Alliance, Samsung, and a dozen other major companies announced they were working on a single open-source standard for smart home devices in early 2019. Due to the pandemic, the protocol’s release was postponed several times.
Very soon, the first devices that support Matter will go on sale, and many existing accessories will be updated. The main advantage of a single protocol is that the devices are compatible with any system. That is, if a user purchases devices that support the Matter protocol, they can control them both through iOS devices and Android gadgets, as well as from various smart speakers.
This is also a boon for developers: you do not have to write code for each system separately. Added support for Matter – and everything works everywhere.
The matter is an essential protocol. Smart home devices don’t update as often as smartphones, so managing everything from any system is a blessing.