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

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

What’s New in the Home App in iOS 13.1 Beta 1?

Apple pretty much shocked us all today by dropping a beta for iOS 13.1, about a month before iOS 13 is most likely going to be released. The newest beta seems to be a way of providing developers and testers with a version of iOS 13 that includes some of the planned features for iOS 13 which are looking like they have been pushed back. … Continue reading What’s New in the Home App in iOS 13.1 Beta 1?

What’s New in the Home App in macOS Catalina Developer Beta 6?

Apple has released macOS Catalina developer beta 6 this week, coming in around a month since the previous release. Admittedly, we were not expecting to see any changes in the Home App when compared to its iOS siblings which seems to be ahead of macOS when it comes to the development cycle. This however, was not the case, and it turns out that macOS has … Continue reading What’s New in the Home App in macOS Catalina Developer Beta 6?

Wallflower App Update Adds One Time Payment Option, Expanded Free Features

Wallflower, the “dashboard” style of App that is designed for wall-mounted iPads has been updated to include a new guest Wi-Fi sharing mode as well as some changes to its subscription pricing. The Wallflower App is notable as it launched with a subscription based model with the promise that updates would add additional functionality in future updates, but as we have seen with other subscription … Continue reading Wallflower App Update Adds One Time Payment Option, Expanded Free Features