As we do every Sunday, we look back at the past seven days and summarize the HomeKit news once again.

Eufy adds reference to cloud storage

Last week, Eufy was criticized. A security researcher had uncovered that recordings end up unencrypted in the cloud even when stored locally.

After security concerns: Eufy equips app with cloud notes

Eufy denied the accusations and noted that only preview images for notifications are stored on the servers for a short time. To make this clear to the user, the manufacturer has added corresponding notes in the app.

Completely revised: The SmartApfel app is available in version 5.0

Since a few days the SmartApfel website shines in a new design. Now it’s your SmartApfel app’s turn. The latest update is available for you in the App Store. Under the hood, both the website and the app have been brought up to the latest standards. This makes the overall experience smoother for you and provides many new future-proof opportunities for us.

So we can offer you exciting features, smart links between posts, collections to discover, devices, filters and search functions, just to name a few of the new benefits. You can find all the details about the new SmartApfel app in our article.

Bosch announces new bridge

Bosch announced this week a new bridge for its own smarthome system. The Bosch Smart Home Controller II is designed to support Matter.

Bosch Smart Home Controller II: New Hub surfaced

However, this will be added via a firmware update, just like the HomeKit integration. In addition, not all devices are supported at the beginning. You can find all the information in this post.

Numerous news around Philips Hue

There were several news at Philips Hue this week. In the meantime, the Philips Hue Lightguide Ellipse is available again, after the original sales launch had to be stopped at the end of August due to condensation in the glass body.

Philips Hue Lightguide: Launch new lamps with lightguide

In addition, Signify has announced that the chain of lights launched in the recent past will not be available again until the end of 2023. As if that weren’t enough, there are to be price increases on major products starting February 1, 2023.

New floor lamp with speaker from IKEA and Sonos

The cooperation between IKEA and Sonos is bearing further fruit. From January 2023, there should be a new SYMFONISK floor lamp with Wi-Fi Speaker.

IKEA and Sonos: New SYMFONISK floor lamp announced

In Austria, the new device is partly already available in furniture stores for €219. Thanks for the tip, Christian!

Smart secured: Yale HomeKit Safe

In addition to the recently introduced furniture lock, the Yale Smart Cabinet Lock with Apple HomeKit integration, the Yale Smart Safe is now launching, as promised by the manufacturer at IFA in September 2022. Of course, this can also be integrated into the Apple ecosystem.

However, the Yale app in conjunction with the safe probably offers the greatest added value. In HomeKit, the safe is available as a lock, identical to that of a front door. This brings advantages but also disadvantages. Our full review of the new Yale Smart Safe can be found here.

Plejd Gateway receives HomeKit update

Swedish company Plejd has released a HomeKit update for its own smarthome gateway GWY-01.

Plejd Gateway receives HomeKit update

The supplier mainly offers devices for the automation of lighting, including flush-mounted switches, pushbuttons, LED drivers and more.

New devices from TP-Link launch in the US

Several new devices from TP-Link have been launched in the US. Among other things, the TP-Link Kasa Smart EP40A Outdoor Smart Plug, a new adapter plug with two separately controllable Plugfor outdoor use, has been launched there.

There is also a light switch, the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch KS200, and a dimmer switch, the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Dimmer Switch KS220. All three devices can be integrated into HomeKit.