The day has finally come for HomeKit users in the Netherlands as Ikea’s highly anticipated FYRTUR smart blinds are now available in stores. Reports are coming in from the TRADFRI reddit community that they are available for purchase, and Ikea’s website for the particular region is allowing orders now. The blinds are notable for their relatively low price when compared to existing solutions from competitors … Continue reading Ikea’s FYRTUR Smart Blinds In Store Now in the Netherlands
Today Apple has released the latest developer beta of iOS 13 exactly one week after the previous build. At this stage in the game we expected to see longstanding bugs squashed, but unfortunately as seen with the last few betas, this is not the case. This release not only leaves behind several visual bugs, but a new one has been introduced in the camera live … Continue reading What’s New in the Home App in iOS 13 Beta 7?
Coming in as somewhat of a surprise this week, Apple has released the latest rounds of the iOS13 beta for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. While we are getting closer to the traditional September release, iOS 13 has been pretty rough in some spots, leading us to believe that we would stay on a slower path for a while. This was not the case however, … Continue reading What’s New in the Home App in iOS 13 Developer Beta 6?
Today, Arlo, makers of the popular line of wireless cameras, has came through on its promise to add HomeKit support to a couple of select products. First mentioned back at the Consumer Electronics Show held in January, the company originally promised support for Apple’s smart home platform in Q1, but ultimately, the company missed on that goal. We saw signs that support was incoming over … Continue reading Arlo Updates Pro & Pro 2 Cameras with HomeKit Support
LiFX, the connected lighting manufacturer famous for its line of hubless light bulbs has announced a pair of new products launching in October of this year. According to Digital Trends, LiFX will be releasing an updated version of the company’s light strip specifically tailored for behind a television installation. A new candelabra style of light bulb is also coming soon, which will help to fill … Continue reading LiFX Z TV Light Strip and Candelabra Light Bulb Announced
Moen, established manufacturer of household fixtures has announced that HomeKit support is now available for the company’s Moen U line of connected shower systems. First reported by iMore’s Rene Ritchie, the company’s pricey, yet powerful, line is the first indoor water based devices to become available for HomeKit, joining Amazon Alexa support which launched with the product earlier this year. While the product category may … Continue reading Moen’s HomeKit Connected Shower System Available Now
Vizio, makers of the line of SmartCast connected TV’s, has announced that they have begun their highly anticipated rollout of HomeKit and AirPlay 2 to select models. The features, which were announced back in January of this year, have been in beta testing for the past several months, and work pretty much as advertised. Owners of capable televisions will gain remote control abilities through Apple’s … Continue reading Vizio’s Begins Rollout of HomeKit & AirPlay 2 TV Updates
Announced back in April of this year, Ikea has announced that their Sonos powered AirPlay 2 speakers are available now in stores worldwide. The unique partnership, which combines audio expertise from Sonos with Ikea’s low cost manufacturing models produced 2 distinct speakers under the name SYMFONISK. The cheaper of the two options, coming in at just $99 is a bookshelf speaker that is available in … Continue reading Ikea’s Sonos Powered AirPlay 2 Enabled Speakers Now Available
After a brief beta test starting back in May of this year, Nanoleaf has officially launched a new update for the company’s Canvas Light Tiles to enable each to act as a HomeKit button. This new functionality, which is available today as an update through the Nanoleaf app, will give owners of its 9 tile starter kits an additional 9 “buttons” in the iOS Home … Continue reading Nanoleaf Canvas Tiles Updated to Act as HomeKit Buttons
Neato Robotics is preparing to release Siri Shortcut capabilities for its line of connected vacuum cleaners this fall according to Engadget. This will mark the first known “official” instance of a robotic vacuum cleaner adding Shortcuts support, and it helps to fill the void in the space with regards to HomeKit. While Shortcuts is not full blown HomeKit integration, it will allow for convenient commands … Continue reading Neato Robotic Vacuums Adding Siri Shortcut Capabilities This Fall