Yeah, the news from WWDC19 is not over yet. In the next paragraphs, we will talk a little bit about improvements to the HomeKit, Apple's home automation protocol, and we'll detail its new features and possibilities. Let's go?
HomeKit Secure Video
One of the main news for the protocol announced by Ma HomeKit Secure Videois a secure and encrypted way to manage and analyze security camera videos scattered around your home.
Cameras that support the feature will automatically connect to HomeKit and can transmit content to the protocol, which in turn will analyze the content of the images and send notifications to the user if any relevant activity is detected in the scenario. Manufacturers like Netatmo, Logitech and eufy will be the first to launch HomeKit Secure Video compatible cameras as early as the second half.
Apple will automatically save to iCloud the recordings from the previous 10 days so you can review any recent videos you need at some point. These recordings don't count for your iCloud storage, but one thing may have gone unnoticed: HomeKit Secure Video requires you to have a 200GB or 2TB plan on Apple's cloud service.
Still, there is a difference: in the 200GB plan, Apple will allow the connection of only one compatible security camera; In the 2TB plan, the user will be able to connect up to five platform cameras and have all recordings stored for ten days.
Apple today charges $ 10.90 per month for iCloud's 200GB plan, while the 2TB plan costs $ 34.90 per month. No stabbing, but it is good that anyone interested in the feature has this (possible) extra cost in mind.
The application House (Home) has gained some functional changes to make it easier to control connected devices. For example, multi-sensor devices, such as Hue Motion Sensor, will now display all information on a single screen, rather than breaking it into blocks on the app's home screen.
Smart lamps, in turn, will have brightness and color control on the same screen as the bottom will show a selection of your favorite colors for quick selection. All of these settings are now more easily accessible as they appear as cards on the screen that you can quickly dismiss by simply sliding your finger down.
Apple has also eliminated the device hierarchy and hubs: Apple devices connected to HomeKit, such as HomePod or Apple TV, now appear on the home screen next to third-party accessories such as Hue lamps. In addition, you can incorporate AirPlay 2 compliant devices into your scenes.
This was a novelty cited with some highlight in the keynote, but it is worth mentioning: from iOS 13, HomeKit also support routers. With this, the protocol will take charge of firewalls around your home automation devices so that even in the event of a network breakdown, your home stays safe after all, nobody wants a stranger getting access to your smart lock, really?
Linksys, eero and Spectrum are the first three manufacturers to launch feature-compatible routers, or perhaps upgrade existing devices to support it. More news about this should come soon.
via MacRumors, AppleInsider