The weird and ongoing saga of Ikea’s FYRTUR smart blind release in the United States has taken yet another turn today, as reports are emerging that they are now available for purchase in select stores. Originally announced back at the beginning of the year, Ikea’s blinds have seen multiple delays, with the latest one announced just 15 days ago. The blinds, which have been available … Continue reading Ikea’s FYRTUR Blinds Now Available in Some U.S. Stores
Announced alongside the unveiling of retail giant Walmart’s in home delivery service yesterday, a new HomeKit smart door lock will be coming soon. Created by a team consisting of ex-Apple and Google (to name a few) engineers, the Level Smart Lock, which is currently slated for a retail release in January 2020, takes a different approach to connected locks, installing inside of a door, completely … Continue reading Level Smart Lock With HomeKit Support Coming in January
Originally announced way back in January of 2018 at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the OneLink Safe & Sound smoke and carbon monoxide detector promised to add support for Apple’s AirPlay 2 streaming protocol, but has not yet come to fruition. As time has passed, First Alert, manufacturers of the OneLink line, has since released an updated model, which added Wi-Fi mesh … Continue reading AirPlay 2 Support for OneLink Safe & Sound Smoke/CO Detectors Now Available for Beta Testers
Apple has released a new beta of iOS/iPadOS 13.2 for developers today, and the headline features include new emoji’s and the promised ability to turn Siri recordings off. The Home App also received a couple of visual tweaks, one of the navigation bar, and one that brings the accessory grouping toggle a little more into the forefront. Let’s dive into what the new update has … Continue reading What’s New in the Home App in iOS/iPadOS 13.2 Beta 2?
Its update season in Apple land with the releases of iOS 13, iPadOS and macOS Catalina all dropping over the past few weeks. This of course means that App updates are on their way too, with a bevy of HomeKit related Apps adding in that oh so crucial support for the latest operating systems. While most are adding just the basic iOS support, there were … Continue reading Update Roundup: Reagle Lock Gets Better Battery Life, Eve App Adds Dark Mode, & More
HomeKit Secure Video, Apple’s solution for adding HomeKit connected camera recordings and alerts to the Home App was announced at this years WWDC conference in June, has yet to materialize, even with the release of iOS 13. The feature, which was touted as being supported by several camera manufacturers such as Netatmo and Eufy, was absent in the betas for iOS 13, with only a … Continue reading Video: Interactive HomeKit Secure Video Feature Spotted on Apple Store iPad
Santala, the Hong Kong based lighting manufacturer that has released just one HomeKit enabled product to date, the Santala Smart LED Light Strip, is back with a set of connected light bulbs. Dubbed the Smart Light Bulb LB01 and LB02, the company’s bulbs come in both a white and color variant, each supporting HomeKit, Alexa, and the Google Assistant right out of the box. Previously … Continue reading Santala’s HomeKit Enabled Light Bulbs Now Available
Apple has released a new beta of iOS 13.2 for developers today, and while the headline feature is for its Deep Fusion camera functionality, it has brought several major changes to HomeKit. Coming in at just over 3 gb’s on iPad, this beta is available for download to registered developers and is also available for tvOS, which is somewhat of a surprise. A public beta … Continue reading What’s New in the Home App in iOS/iPadOS 13.2 Developer Beta 1?
Onvis, the Shenzen based company that has released just one HomeKit product to date looks to be gearing up for its next product, the CS1. Spotted in an FCC filing today, the Onvis Security Alarm Contact Sensor, or CS1, is exactly what its name suggests, a sensor that attaches to a door or window to report on whether or not it is open or closed. … Continue reading Onvis CS1 HomeKit Security Alarm Contact Sensor Revealed
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