Last week was dominated by the Black Friday frenzy, a true battleground of prices. But apart from the deals, there were also some interesting developments that we would like to summarize here.

Govee TV Backlight 3 Lite Launches

Govee has released the improved TV Backlight 3 Lite (H6099) this week. The planned Matter update in Q1 2024 should enable seamless integration into all major smart home systems, including Apple Home.

Improved features include 20% more processing power, fish-eye correction and precise color extraction. The slim camera is also compatible with very thin televisions. The device is already available on Amazon for 55″ to 65″ televisions. Further versions are to follow in December.

New Door Lock Appears in SwitchBot App

SwitchBot is planning to release a Pro version of the smart door lock, as the latest app update reveals. The SwitchBot app in version 7.8.1 brings support for the Lock Pro. The lock can be connected to the Hub 2 and, thanks to Matter, is also available in Apple Home.

The hub and other SwitchBot devices are currently on offer on Amazon during Black Friday week. Click here for the SwitchBot deals.

First Household Appliances Receive Matter Certification

With the introduction of the new Matter smart home standard, Apple Home will also see an expansion of the supported device categories. Matter 1.2 introduced nine new categories and now the first Matter-certified household appliances are about to be launched on the market.

This week, Midea successfully had a dishwasher certified, which is expected to be available in the coming months. It is not known exactly which functions are supported. But Siri will probably be able to inform you when the dishwashing process is complete in the future.

Black Friday Deals

If you’re still looking for new Apple Home devices, now is probably the best time. Most Black Friday deals are still available. You can find all current HomeKit deals in our overview. In HomeDevices you can filter and search the deals even better according to your needs.

By the way, the Controller for HomeKit is currently discounted. Thanks to the current 66% discount, you only pay €9.99 in the first year.

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