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Robotic lawn mowers, Ikea sensor, Arlo free recordings, and more

HomeKit Insider

On this week's Homekit Insider Podcast, your hosts talk about the new Ikea environmental monitor, the difference between Apple Home and HomeKit, how well robotic lawnmowers work, and more.

After receiving plenty of warranted customer backlash regarding its decision to end free cloud recording, Arlo is reversing course. Its CEO took to Twitter to announce they've made changes to their architecture to retain seven days of free cloud recording for users.

The camera maker is also extending its end-of-life dates for various products up to a year to allow their continued use and updates.

Signify, maker of the Philips Hue line, has had to discontinue two shapes of its Light Guide products. The globe and triangle proved to have production issues that led to reduced quality and output which ultimately lead to their demise.

This past week Ikea announced a new environmental monitor. It has a large backlit display that can show the air quality, humidity, and temperature. It will work with Apple Home via Matter.

A listener also wrote in to ask about the likelihood of robotic lawnmowers showing up in Matter and which ones we'd recommend.

Finally, your hosts chat about the differences between HomeKit and Apple Home.

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