Before Apple will unveil iOS 17 tomorrow at the opening keynote of WWDC, today we take a look at what happened last week.

Nanoleaf updates firmware for HomeKit and Matter devices

Nanoleaf recently released firmware updates for its HomeKit and Matter devices aimed at improvements and bug fixes. Of particular note is the fix for an issue that was affecting the connection via Thread. Furthermore, the response times for Matter have been improved and the time required for firmware updates has been reduced.

Nanoleaf Essentials prepared for cloud integration

The update for HomeKit over Thread devices to version 1.6.49 adds a smooth effect when turning on and off, and also addresses the issue with connecting over Thread. Nanoleaf’s Essentials line includes light strips and various lamps that are compatible with both HomeKit and Matter.

Qingping’s motion and light sensor with Thread listed on Amazon

Qingping has listed its latest motion and light sensor with Thread Amazon. The four-element PIR sensor is designed to enable particularly fast detection of people. Thanks to the Thread connection, the status in HomeKit should also change quickly.

Qingping motion and light sensor with Thread now listed on Amazon

In addition, the sensor has a brightness meter with a measuring range of 0 to 83,000 lux. It is equipped with two included CR2450 button cells that provide up to two years of runtime. You can find the new sensor on Amazon.

Zemismart expands product range with new Matter devices and hub

Zemismart continues to go full throttle in the context of the new Matter smarthome standard. Among other products, the Zemismart Rollomotor, a cost-effective alternative to the Eve MotionBlinds Upgrade Kit, is available with Matter. Another product is the Zemismart recessed lamp, which is available in three different sizes and is also Matter.

In addition to these devices, a new hub from Zemismart also successfully passed the Matter this week. The Zemismart M1 Hub can be connected to Zigbee devices and also serves as a Thread border router. The availability and price of the new hub are not yet known.

Eve Flare: Portable HomeKit ball light viewed

Eve Systems has released a new model of the Eve Flare, a portable HomeKit globe light, just in time for the gardening season.

Eve Flare: The versatile HomeKit ball light with Thread

We took a closer look at the lamp equipped with battery and Thread. You can read about our experiences in this post.

Aqara releases improved M2 Hub

Aqara has introduced an updated version of its popular M2 Zigbee 3.0 hub. The revised model offers out-of-the-box Matter compatibility. In addition, the M2 can be powered directly via the Ethernet port (PoE), while the micro USB port is still available for operation via Wi-Fi.

A new dual-core A7 chip also ensures faster processing times and a threaded hole has been added to the bottom of the device to offer new installation options. In addition, the user’s own audio files can be used as ringtones. Currently, the new model is only available on the Chinese market. Aqara also plans to release the M3 Hub, a successor to the M2, later this year.