Today, Controller for HomeKit, a popular 3rd party HomeKit App from developer Jan André has been updated to version 4.0, and along with it has come many changes, and one potentially major. The App, which is noted for its ability to unmask certain data and automation options that HomeKit provides, is already a favorite of ours due to these abilities as well as it being the only HomeKit App around that provides logging functionality and backup support.
For version 4.0, the App introduces a new feature called “Workflows” which the developer describes as a feature that “accomplishes actions not possible before with HomeKit“, which is something that we have our eyes on and will be testing soon as the release notes mention that it allows for Siri phrases such as “Turn on the Light At 7 P.M.” to be established. This ability is one that many in the HomeKit community have been clamoring for over the years, and we hope that implementation is able to meet the lofty expectations set by the developer. Here’s the full rundown of features included with the release:
New unique feature to accomplish actions not possible before with HomeKit!
* “Hey Siri, unlock the door for 30 seconds.”
* “Hey Siri, status of my windows and doors.”
* “Hey Siri, turn on the lights at 7 am.”
A workflow is defined by a series of steps and can be executed manually, with a Siri phrase or a Siri Shortcut. You can execute scenes, read or write device values, pause execution, create time-based automations and define a output in the order you need it. The output is displayed or read out by Siri. By using the clipboard action in a Siri Shortcut you can retrieve the output and use it.
* Adding iCloud files synchronization.
* Control views are saved within your backup.
* Improved characteristic start event – start an automation on any value change.
* Improved editing interface of automations.
* Show active state of scenes.
* Easier creation of a new scene during editing of automations.
* Hide all unsupported vendor specific characteristics.
* Improved reading of actual values from the devices.
* Choose the landing screen. (Overview or home)
* New help desk link for improved support experience.
* Option to remove all donated siri shortcut actions.
NOW PART OF THE BASIC VERSION:
* Custom views (Part of control views)
* Custom ordering of data
* Hiding of characteristics & services
* HomeKit calender for time based automations
The Controller for HomeKit App is available for free on the iOS App Store, and a PRO option is available through an in-app purchase for those that want to add additional features, such as unlimited workflows.