At the ongoing CES 2022 event, Schlage announced its new Encode Plus Smart Wi-Fi Deadbolt — the first smart lock solution in the US to support Apple’s home key system. You can access home keys in the Wallet app on iOS 15. It allows you to add digital keys that unlock HomeKit compatible door locks using your iPhone or Apple Watch.
A recently discovered bug in HomeKit can be triggered if you have a smart home gadget with a long name. What’s worse, it could render your iPhone or iPad completely unusable until you restore it.
Apple has been steadily adding smart home features year after year via its HomeKit APIs in newer versions of iOS, iPadOS, and watchOS. Now, some more HomeKit related features have been leaked via iOS 14 code, and the list includes face recognition support for security cameras and Night Shift for smart lights.
How smart is your smart home? Well, apparently not smart enough, and Apple wants to make smart home devices even smarter and making them configure themselves.
Apple has reportedly acquired an AI (artificial intelligence) firm for $200 million. The Seattle-based firm Xnor.ai, which makes it possible to run AI algorithms on low power devices rather than communicating with the cloud is based our of Seattle.
Apple, Google, and other tech companies yesterday announced the Connected Home over IP project to build an open-source and secure smart home protocol. Following that announcement, Apple has made parts of HomeKit open-source.
Apple has updated its HomeKit accessories page with a list of routers and security cameras that will work with the brand’s HomeKit ecosystem of smart home devices.
Apple has not managed to create the same level of impact in the smart home segment as Google and Amazon. The latter two companies have managed to make huge inroads in this market with their Google Home and Alexa-powered smart speakers and devices but Apple’s HomePod and HomeKit platform have failed to do anything similar. In a bid to turn things around, Apple has ramped up its hiring efforts in Cupertino and San Diego and is looking to revamp its smart home platform.
Anker has finally released a new security camera lineup that supports Apple’s HomeKit. The company had announced HomeKit partnership at WWDC in June this year. EufyCam 2 setup consists of two security cameras and a hub. The Eufycam 2 is priced at $349 and is rated to offer one year of battery life.
HomeKit is Apple’s home automation protocol. If an appliance supports HomeKit, you can control all of its functions using the Home app on the iPhone or just using Siri on your iPhone or HomePod. When it works, it’s truly magical. You can just ask Siri to turn off the lights or dim them. If you’ve connected a smart plug to your espresso machine, you can just ask Siri to make you a cup of coffee and it will start the machine on its own. We take a look at the best and cheap HomeKit accessories for your iPhone or iPad