This week, the Worldwide Developers Conference dominated the news. But also apart from iOS 17 and the Apple Vision Pro, a lot has happened again. So that you don’t lose the overview, we summarize the news of the past seven days once again.
Updates for Smarthome systems from Bosch and IKEA
Bosch and IKEA have recently released updates for their smarthome systems. At Bosch, the focus is on bug fixes. Among other things, the Yale Linus Smart Lock can be integrated again and a bug where the light/roller shutter control II switched independently has been fixed.
IKEA’s updates include support for two new products in addition to improvements for the TRÅDFRI Gateway, DIRIGERA Hub, wireless dimmer, blinds and some lamps. You can find all the information in this post.
Apple unveils new software updates at WWDC
This week, the Worldwide Developers Conference took place, in which Apple presented the new major operating system versions on a rotational basis at the opening event.
There are also some innovations for HomeKit users, which we have summarized for you in this article. The updates are currently available as a beta and will be released to all users in the fall.
Apple Watch gets a revamped Home app with watchOS 10
The Apple Watch has probably undergone the biggest change with watchOS 10. The Home app has been completely redesigned and is now based on the iPhone and iPad app.
The overview includes compact views of cameras as well as the already familiar device filters by climate, light sources, security and speakers & TVs. There is also quick access to the Intercom feature, which can send voice messages to HomePods. You can find all the changes in this post.
Meross releases solar powered temperature and humidity sensor
Meross has released a new temperature and humidity sensor that is said to provide extended battery life of more than six years using a solar cell. The sensor, which can be integrated into Apple Home via a hub, switches to solar operation from a brightness of 350 lux, reducing the power consumption of the included CR2477 coin cell.
The sensor with hub is available for about 33€ in the Meross online store, without hub the device costs about 23€. Use the community discount codeSmartApfel” to get an additional 10% discount at checkout.
Aqara offers paid cloud storage
Aqara has updated its own app to version 3.2.5 this week. Besides some improvements, bug fixes and support for Japanese, Aqara has added a cloud offering.
While recording storage is free for 7 days, 30 days is $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year. The subscription can be concluded via the app after the update. Payment is not made via an in-app purchase, but via PayPal. Questionable how this slipped through App Store scrutiny.
Aqara Smartlock U100 launches in the USA – Europe to follow
The manufacturer has now announced on Twitter that a corresponding model will soon be launched in Europe as well. As soon as there is more information about this, we will inform you. Until then, you can find a collection of all door locks that support Apple Home Key in HomeDevices.