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Topic: HomeKit

Apple retail expands HomeKit demos with Nanoleaf Remote hands-on area

07/20/2018, 10:07 am

Apple is expanding their in-store HomeKit marketing and demonstrations in-store with a new hands-on display featuring the Nanoleaf Remote and the company's colorful LED light panels.

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Podcast discusses new MacBook Pro keyboard and thermal throttling, Siri, Thunderbolt 3

07/20/2018, 09:07 am

This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, Victor and Andrew discuss the new MacBook Pro, keyboards, and Mike joins us to talk about Siri, eGPU and the difficulties with ThunderBolt 3, USB-C, and the trouble with sorting cables that all look the same.

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Wemo Mini Smart Plug first HomeKit product to use software authentication

07/19/2018, 04:07 pm

A firmware update to the Wemo Smart Plug makes the product the first of its kind to offer Apple HomeKit software authentication.

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Apple purges 'Doorbell' category from HomeKit accessories page

07/18/2018, 08:07 am

Apple has quietly removed the entire "Doorbell" category from its roster of current and future HomeKit accessories, suggesting that once-promised upgrades by August and Ring are at least in purgatory.

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Review: LIFX Tile with Apple HomeKit is too rough around the edges

07/17/2018, 03:07 pm

The Tile looks nice enough on a wall, but has enough flaws that for the price we'd recommend other products -- from LIFX or otherwise -- if you want lights as decorations.

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Sonos first third party to deliver promised AirPlay 2 support

07/11/2018, 10:07 am

Sonos on Wednesday launched its promised support for AirPlay 2, initially available through a handful of the company's speakers.

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Hands-On: LIFX's Tile wall lighting with Apple HomeKit

07/05/2018, 11:07 am

Having recently reviewed the Beam, we thought we'd take a look at LIFX's other recent entry into lights as decorations, the Tile.

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Review: LIFX Beam with Apple HomeKit is a cool remote-controlled lighting feature

07/04/2018, 01:07 pm

The Beam may be a luxury, and has a few rough edges, but proves to be a cool way of making smart lighting a focus of your home instead of just another fixture.

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Review: Elgato's Eve Aqua water controller is for HomeKit diehards

06/29/2018, 03:06 pm

As the British might say, the Eve Aqua "does what it says on the tin," even if it could stand refinements in some areas.

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Podcast discusses 2018 iPhones, the iPhone 6s rebirth, and Foxconn in Wisconsin

06/29/2018, 08:06 am

This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, Victor and Andrew O'Hara discuss the new 2018 iPhone rumors, iPhone 6s production in India, and Foxconn's factory in Wisconsin. We also give a preview about some multi-room speaker systems Andrew is reviewing.

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Third-party remote platform support for Siri in iOS 12, tvOS 12 will be a game changer

06/27/2018, 01:06 pm

In what amounted to little more than a toss-away line during Apple's WWDC keynote, Craig Federighi offhandedly mentioned that in tvOS 12, Apple was working to bring more Apple TV functionality, including Siri, to third-party remote platforms. This is a big deal, and AppleInsider discusses why.

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All of the new Apple HomeKit features in iOS 12

06/27/2018, 11:06 am

Smart home users will love the new enhancements coming to HomeKit alongside iOS 12, which include a new accessory type, changes to the Home app, and better tools for manufacturers.

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Elgato unloads gaming peripherals, focuses on Homekit in new Eve Systems rebrand

06/27/2018, 09:06 am

Elgato is doubling down on their HomeKit-equipped product line with the announcement that they will sell off their gaming division and rebrand to focus exclusively on their smart home gear.

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Nanoleaf Remote is a HomeKit remote control that gets people talking

06/22/2018, 09:06 am

Nanoleaf Remote is a twelve-sided controller that lights up and vibrates as you control your HomeKit accessories, like adjusting the lightscape on your Aurora LED panels or locking your doors. AppleInsider has had it for a while -- is it worth adding to your HomeKit suite of accessories?

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Hands On: LIFX's Beam wall lighting with Apple HomeKit

06/21/2018, 03:06 pm

The Beam is one of the more unusual smarthome accessories on the market, as much a centerpiece decoration as it is practical lighting.

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Hands on with the Elgato Eve Aqua HomeKit-equipped smart watering system

06/21/2018, 11:06 am

The newly released Eve Aqua is a HomeKit equipped smart water controller that tries to make lawn and garden maintenance easy with scheduling, remote control, and even Siri support. AppleInsider has spent a few days testing it out during the latest heat wave.

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Everything new in tvOS 12: Over 20 new features for Apple TV

06/19/2018, 11:06 am

During WWDC 2018, Apple devoted a bit of screentime to tvOS 12, but not nearly as much as the others. AppleInsider dives in and find over 20 new features and changes coming to the Apple TV.

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HomeKit support for third-party remote controls coming in iOS 12 and tvOS 12

06/12/2018, 10:06 am

HomeKit didn't get any huge mentions during WWDC last week, but it did pick up one major new feature: support for remote controls that aren't Apple's Siri Remote.

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Review: HomeKit compatible First Alert Onelink Safe & Sound smoke detector more than it appears

06/10/2018, 03:06 pm

By acting as a pair of safety sensors, a speaker, a HomeKit device, an Alexa smart assistant, and soon an AirPlay 2 speaker, First Alert's Onelink Safe & Sound wants to be a welcome addition to any home. AppleInsider checks it out.

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90+ new changes & features in macOS Mojave

06/09/2018, 12:06 pm

Apple's forthcoming update to the Mac is full of new features to explore. We've taken a deep dive on macOS Mojave, the successor to macOS High Sierra, to find over 90 changes and new features for users.

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