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Aqara M3 hub, Pitaka smart car charger, & hands on with Apple Pencil Pro on HomeKit Insider

HomeKit Insider Podcast

On this episode of the HomeKit Insider Podcast, we hit the news for the week before diving into two hands on with the Apple Pencil Pro and Pitaka MagEZ Qi2 car charger.

The long-awaited Aqara Hub M3 is now available to users in the US which brings a bunch of new functionality. It can act as a Matter hub with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Zigbee, and Thread connectivity.

An integrated speaker acts as a siren and a 360-degree IR blaster controls legacy devices. The device is powered over USB-C and can connect to a maximum of 127 devices.

HomeKit Insider listeners in the US are able to secure an additional 20% off by using promo code USHUBM3A through May 22nd.

Denon updated several of its products recently, adding support for Siri, similar to the Ecobee smart thermostat. It applies to some of its speakers along with its Soundbar 550. There's a catch, as you still need a HomePod attached to the network to relay Siri to the Denon speakers.

Mophie's Qi2 battery pack is now available with an integrated stand and up to 15W of wireless power for iPhone users.

We also check out the new Apple Pencil Pro. Specifically, we looked at how it integrates into Find My as well as how you can use the new squeeze gesture to run automatons.

Finally, we check out the Pitaka MagEZ Car Mount Pro 2 with Qi2. This model not only delivers fast power, but has three integrated NFC chips for running automations in your car.

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