Apple had reportedly asked device-makers to submit home automation product plans for approval at the MFi Summit in China last week as part of the HomeKit program. This would be one of the final steps before HomeKit home automation products begin shipping.
As was reported by 9to5 Mac:
Apple officially began accepting product plans for HomeKit products on the last day of the MFi Summit that ended on November 14.
HomeKit would tightly integrate into Apple's ecosystem, similar to what HealthKit is for health and fitness, and the product would rely on Siri for voice control.
This news follows reports that HomeKit devices would be required to ship with Bluetooth and WiFi chips from approved Apple vendors.