Home App: What’s Changed in iOS 13

Here’s my general overview of what has changed in iOS 13 for the Home App written for iMore. This years beta/release ride was certainly bumpy to say the least, not just for the Home app. Aside from the disaster which is sensor grouping, the Home App itself has improved with additions to the icon set which remained stagnant for years, and iOS 13.1 will only … Continue reading Home App: What’s Changed in iOS 13

Updated Eve Energy Smart Plug Revealed in FCC Filing

Eve systems, one of the first HomeKit accessory manufacturers is preparing an update to their smart plug, Eve Energy. Spotted in an FCC filing this weekend, Eve has a slimmer, redesigned plug in the works, which is much less bulkier than its original release. From the filing, we are able to determine that the plug will be using Bluetooth for connectivity, which is the same … Continue reading Updated Eve Energy Smart Plug Revealed in FCC Filing

HomeKit Deal: Amazon offers Philips Hue HomeKit Hub & 3 Bulbs for $59.99

With the latest line of Bluetooth enabled Philips Hue lighting products now on the market, several retails have begun the inevitable markdown of older Zigbee only devices. Amazon has been offering the deals on its discount site, woot.com for a few weeks, and now is bringing it to a wider audience by listing a bundle deal as for a “limited time only”. Up for grabs … Continue reading HomeKit Deal: Amazon offers Philips Hue HomeKit Hub & 3 Bulbs for $59.99

Everything you need to know about HomeKit hubs

If you are venturing the wonderful world of HomeKit, you may have noticed that some of your devices cannot be controlled or viewed while out and about. This is where HomeKit hubs come into play. A HomeKit hub acts as a relay to your accessories through iCloud, allowing you to turn on and off your lights, even when you are off your home Wi-Fi network. … Continue reading Everything you need to know about HomeKit hubs

Insignia Launches Compensation Program for Discontinued Products, Validates HomeKit

As we reported back in May of this year, Insignia, the in-house brand of big box retailer Best Buy, quietly discontinued their line of smart home products. Today, Insignia has notified users through the Insignia Connect App of an impending shutdown date, November 6th, 2019, meaning that devices that connect directly to Insignia’s cloud will no longer operate with the App. While this is truly … Continue reading Insignia Launches Compensation Program for Discontinued Products, Validates HomeKit

FYRTUR Smart Blinds Make First Appearance on Ikea’s US Website

Released overseas late last month, Ikea’s FYRTUR Smart Blinds have been targeting October 1st for the North American market. With such a short time away from the potential release, many have been left wondering why there has been no mention of the blinds on Ikea’s United States website, prompting fears that another delay may occur. Well the good news is that Ikea has finally added … Continue reading FYRTUR Smart Blinds Make First Appearance on Ikea’s US Website

Terncy’s HomeKit Compatible Products Now Available on Amazon

Terncy, the Shanghai smart home device manufacturer has had HomeKit support listed for a range of products for quite a while on their website, but they have yet to have been released in North America. This has changed this week, with several of the company’s products becoming available for shipping on Amazon for customers in the United States. While the previously mentioned smart dial is … Continue reading Terncy’s HomeKit Compatible Products Now Available on Amazon

Video: More iOS 13 HomeKit Icons and Animations

iOS 13.1 developer beta 1 and the latest macOS Catalina beta have introduced a new set of iconography for various devices. These long overdue options are also animated, bringing a little life to the rather mundane Home App. Here’s a brief demonstration of the new lighting icons and animations in iOS 13.1 developer beta 1: Read our hands on for a complete recap on the … Continue reading Video: More iOS 13 HomeKit Icons and Animations

Video: iOS 13 HomeKit Lighting Icons and Animations

iOS 13.1 developer beta 1 and the latest macOS Catalina beta have introduced a new set of iconography for various devices. These long overdue options are also animated, bringing a little life to the rather mundane Home App. Here’s a brief demonstration of the new lighting icons and animations in iOS 13.1 developer beta 1: Read our hands on for a complete recap on the … Continue reading Video: iOS 13 HomeKit Lighting Icons and Animations