With the release of the beta versions of iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16.1, developers got word that support for the Matter standard is coming to iPhone and iPad soon. The corresponding Matter Accessories section has already appeared in the operating system settings. In addition, the standard has also been supported in the Google ecosystem.
Matter is a standard for universal interoperability of connected devices – enabling smart home electronics to interact and provide the user with “touch” with them both through voice commands and through applications. At this year’s WWDC event, Apple announced that iOS 16 would support Matter, and it looks like it’s making good on that promise.
The Matter Accessories section appeared in the settings of iPhone and iPad with beta versions of the operating system. Clicking takes you to the list of electronic accessories added to the “Connected Service”. There are no compatible accessories yet, since the Matter standard has not yet been finalized. However, it is a sure sign that developers and manufacturers are testing software before the standard is approved this fall.
Earlier this month, a number of test versions of Matter-compatible devices were demonstrated at the IFA in Berlin. For example, Eve Systems showed an intelligent socket that can be controlled via the services of Apple HomeKit, Google Home, Amazon Alexa and Samsung SmartThings. One of the main features of the standard is access to the management of devices from different ecosystems. In other words, you can ask Siri to turn off the Google Nest family thermostat, or let the Google Nest Hub control an Amazon smart plug, for example.
Apple, Google, Samsung and Amazon are among the main developers of the standard. Three of the companies in particular are smartphone makers, and they said their gadgets, including not just phones but tablets as well, can be used as controllers for Matter-compatible electronics, allowing them to be added to smart home systems.
According to some reports, Google is also preparing to add a section for Matter accessories to its operating system. The Matter Devices & Services section has reportedly already appeared in the settings of some users’ Google accounts. In particular, an automatic search and demonstration of nearby compatible devices is provided, although they themselves are not yet located for obvious reasons.
Apparently, the standard will actually be presented in the fall, although its premiere has been repeatedly postponed.