Official launch of Matter Smart Home Standard, support could come in iOS 16.1

The Connectivity Standards Alliance and its members, including Apple, Google, Amazon, Samsung and other smart home manufacturers, today announced the official launch of the Matter 1.0 smart home accessory standard.

Companies that have agreed to support Matter now have all the resources they need to start implementing Matter into their platforms, so we could see Apple integrating Matter into HomeKit very soon. In fact, iOS 16.1 is already laying the groundwork for Matter, so Matter could be announced with the launch of the update.

“What began as a mission to unravel the complexities of connectivity has culminated in Matter, a unique, global IP-based protocol that will fundamentally change the IoT,” said Tobin Richardson, President and CEO of the Connectivity Standards Alliance. “This release is the first step in a journey our community and industry are on to make IoT simpler, more secure, and more valuable no matter who you are or where you live. With global support from businesses, leading and small, today’s Matter 1.0 is more than a milestone for our organization and our members; it’s a celebration of what’s possible.”

With the launch of Matter 1.0, authorized test labs are now available for product certification, tools are available, and the open source reference design SDK is complete. Alliance members with devices that have already been deployed and plan to update their products with Matter support can do so as soon as their products are certified.

Matter is an Internet of Things standard designed to improve interoperability of smart devices across brands, so ‌HomeKit‌ devices can work with other smart home devices from Google, Amazon and others. Matter works through Wi-Fi and Thread, with Wi-Fi enabling smart home devices to communicate with the cloud and Thread providing an energy-efficient and reliable mesh network in the home.

The Connectivity Standards Alliance says the first version of Matter will support a variety of smart home products such as lighting, HVAC controls, window coverings, safety and security sensors, door locks, media devices, controllers and bridges.