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This week, on the HomeKit Insider podcast, it's time to see how the Apple TV 4K and its new Siri Remote fare in real-world testing, plus Eero has a HomeKit update and HomeRun 2 is coming soon.
There have been many opinions on the new Apple TV 4K, probably nowhere near as many as for the new Siri Remote. Now that it's actually released, your hosts examine Our hosts talk about the latest 2021 Apple TV 4K and in particular its newfound support for Thread. That standard is becoming ever more key to smart homes and makes it more tempting than ever to set Apple TV as a HomeKit hub.
Also this week, Amazon-owned Eero has added HomeKit support to its line of Wi-Fi 6 routers including the Eero 6 Pro, Eero 6, and Eero 6 Extender. And Aqara debuted additional smart home tech including a great-looking in-wall control panel.
Meanwhile, reports say that Meross is readying a new air purifier that will work with HomeKit. That would make it only the fourth such product to come to market. Molekule, Smart Mi, and VOCOlinc all also have released HomeKit air purifiers but it is an otherwise shallow product category, and yet such a useful one.
Then it's confirmed that on June 2, Aaron Pearce will be releasing HomeRun 2 with several new changes to this popular HomeKit control app. Andrew takes an early look and report on the big, new features. They include a new interface for scheduling complications on Apple Watch, and various new widgets for your Home Screen.
Links from the show
- HomeRun app
- Amazon's Eero 6 router lineup gets HomeKit support
- 2021 12.9-inch iPad Pro review: Pro hardware without Apple's pro software
- Using the M1 iPad Pro as a Podcast Creation Studio - YouTube
- 2021 Apple TV 4K Review: Seeking a blockbuster, given a Band-Aid
- 2021 2nd-Generation Siri Remote Review: The star of the show
- Apple VP talks Apple TV 4K, commitment to future home audio products
- How to use HomePod for all TV audio with Apple TV 4K
- Aqara Event Reveals Forthcoming Smart Products (U)
- Meross Adding Air Purifier to Smart Home Range
- Try SwitchBot
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