We look back on a rather quiet week, in which there was nevertheless some interesting news in the HomeKit and Matter world. To help you keep track, we have summarized all the news once again.
Aeotec Smart Home Hub v3 tried out
This means that Matter can now also be used in SmartThings, but the devices connected to the hub are not made available via Matter.
Colored Philips Hue Luster surfaced
Signify could soon launch a colored version of the small Philips Hue Luster with an E14 socket, which is particularly suitable for lamps with limited space.
The Philips Hue Luster is significantly shorter than the Philips Hue E14 in candle form. An entry at a Korean registration authority indicates that the new model is also destined for the EU market. Details about the market launch and price are not yet known.
HomeKit sockets from Onvis with Thread surfaced
This week, Onvis launched a new website, inadvertently announcing two new smart plugs for the U.S. and European markets.
According to this, both smart plugs should be equipped with Thread. The product pages have since been removed from the website.
IKEA DIRIGERA: What happens after a power interruption?
When smart lamps are completely without power, they are no longer accessible. What happens once the power is back is up to each manufacturer to decide.
Second beta of iOS 16.4 released
Apple has released the second beta of iOS 16.4, which reintroduces the HomeKit architecture upgrade that was withdrawn with the previous version. The upgrade is optional, but a prerequisite for future new features.
In addition, Apple has integrated manual and automatic firmware updates for Matter and improved the display of the current temperature for thermostats with the new beta.
First Matter device from Zemismart
Zemismart this week released both a blind and curtain motor with support for the new Matter smarthome standard.
Unlike the competition, however, you are not quite as flexible with the roller motor. A tube diameter of 36 to 38 mm is assumed and a rechargeable battery is not available.
New Sonos speakers to be officially unveiled next week
We have already reported that Sonos wants to release new speakers. Tuesday is probably the day. Under the slogan “a new era of sound,” Sonos plans to introduce two new speakers, the Era 100 and Era 300.
The new speakers are said to be packed with features, including 3D audio, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, AirPlay 2, voice control, USB-C line-in and Trueplay for iPhone users. Prices will be around $250 for the Era 100 and $450 for the Era 300. It is unclear whether other products will be unveiled at the event as well.