HomeKit Insider

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Learn about the latest HomeKit devices, news, reviews, and more on HomeKit Insider. Our hosts Andrew O'Hara and Stephen Robles discuss how-to's, automations, integrating Siri Shortcuts, and review their recent HomeKit projects.

Episode Date
HomePod mini review, Yale cabinet lock, and SwitchBot Giveaway
41:28

Our HomePod minis are in hand and we review everything, from setup and sound quality, to the U1 chip and HomeKit features. We discuss the Yale cabinet lock, IntelliDash+ brings CarPlay without installation, and we have a SwitchBot giveaway!

Send us your HomeKit questions and recommendations with the hashtag homekitinsider. Tweet and follow our hosts at @andrew_osu and @stephenrobles or email us here. Find us in your favorite podcast player by searching for "HomeKit Insider" and support the show by leaving a 5-Star rating and comment in Apple Podcasts.

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Those interested in sponsoring the show can reach out to us at: andrew@appleinsider.com

Nov 23, 2020
New Level Lock products, AirPlay comes to Roku, and Nanoleaf Essentials review
38:31

Tons of HomeKit news this week with product releases from QingPing, Aqara, and Level Lock. Thread comes to Eve and Nanoleaf products, Andrew reviews the new Nanoleaf Essentials line, and we answer listener questions.

Send us your HomeKit questions and recommendations with the hashtag homekitinsider. Tweet and follow our hosts at @andrew_osu and @stephenrobles or email us here. Find us in your favorite podcast player by searching for "HomeKit Insider" and support the show by leaving a 5-Star rating and comment in Apple Podcasts.

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Those interested in sponsoring the show can reach out to us at: andrew@appleinsider.com

Nov 16, 2020
New Aqara Switch, What Is ‘Thread’, and User Questions
36:03

This week saw Aqara release a new rotary dimmer switch and Stephen picked up the Meross power strip to test. Andrew spends some time explaining how HomeKit Adaptive Lighting works using the Eve Light Strip which automatically adjusts the color temperature throughout the day. We also touch on a half-dozen listening questions including a great idea from Neil there he was used a contact sensor to get notified when his mail arrives.

Most of the episode was spent discussing Thread and why this connectivity standard is poised to be so important for HomeKit accessories as well as the smart home as a whole.

Send us your HomeKit questions and recommendations with the hashtag homekitinsider. Tweet and follow our hosts at Andrew O’Hara and Stephen Robles or email us here. Find us in your favorite podcast player by searching for "HomeKit Insider" and support the show by leaving a 5-Star rating and comment in Apple Podcasts.

Aqara Promo through November 14th

Use the promo code AQARAFAI for a discount on Aqara products through November 14th!

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Those interested in sponsoring the show can reach out to us at: andrew@appleinsider.com

Nov 09, 2020
New Linksys Velop, Adaptive Lighting for Eve, and Vivint with Homebridge
31:10

Linksys released a more affordable Wi-Fi 6 router, Eve brings adaptive lighting to its light strip, a Homebridge update includes more Vivint security devices, and we answer listener questions.

Send us your HomeKit questions and recommendations with the hashtag homekitinsider. Tweet and follow our hosts at Andrew O’Hara and Stephen Robles or email us here. Find us in your favorite podcast player by searching for "HomeKit Insider" and support the show by leaving a 5-Star rating and comment in Apple Podcasts.

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Those interested in sponsoring the show can reach out to us at: andrew@appleinsider.com

Nov 02, 2020
Molekule Air Mini+, Abode Outdoor Camera, Brilliant Panels and Listener Questions
35:31

Molekule updates its Air Mini+ to include HomeKit, Brilliant smart panels are now available on Amazon, Abode launches a new outdoor camera, we follow up on using Switchbot with Homebridge, and we answer listener questions.

Send us your HomeKit questions and recommendations with the hashtag homekitinsider. Tweet and follow our hosts at Andrew O’Hara and Stephen Robles or email us here. Find us in your favorite podcast player by searching for "HomeKit Insider" and support the show by leaving a 5-Star rating and comment in Apple Podcasts.

Links from the show

Those interested in sponsoring the show can reach out to us at: andrew@appleinsider.com

Oct 26, 2020
HomePod mini, Intercom features, and New Nanoleaf Shapes
36:25

Our hosts go through some of the announcements from Apple’s iPhone event, including MagSafe and what they pre-ordered. Then go in-depth on the HomePod mini, the new Intercom feature, Nanoleaf announcements and we answer listener questions.

Send us your HomeKit questions and recommendations with the hashtag homekitinsider. Tweet and follow our hosts at Andrew O’Hara and Stephen Robles or email us here. Find us in your favorite podcast player by searching for "HomeKit Insider" and support the show by leaving a 5-Star rating and comment in Apple Podcasts.

Aqara G2H Cam Promo

Use our promo code: 25AQAG2HAIN for a 25% discount on an Aqara G2H camera purchase. Promo code is valid from October 19 - 23. Click here to buy on Amazon.

Links from the show

Those interested in sponsoring the show can reach out to us at: andrew@appleinsider.com

Oct 19, 2020
New Arlo Cameras, Switchbot Hub Mini, Aqara Water Leak Sensor Alert and Listener Questions
38:27

Arlo releases new wireless cameras, Vizio launches new HomeKit-enabled TVs, we test the Switchbot Hub Mini, Stephen has a real-life water leak story, Andrew reviews the Hue Gradient Lightstrip and we answer listener questions.

Send us your HomeKit questions and recommendations with the hashtag homekitinsider. Tweet and follow our hosts at Andrew O’Hara and Stephen Robles or email us here. Find us in your favorite podcast player by searching for "HomeKit Insider" and support the show by leaving a 5-Star rating and comment in Apple Podcasts.

Links from the show

Those interested in sponsoring the show can reach out to us at: andrew@appleinsider.com

Oct 12, 2020
Yale Smart Delivery Box, Switchbot, Hue Lightstrip and AI studio update
41:53

Yale launches their HomeKit Smart Delivery Box, small changes come to iOS 14.2, Stephen describes his Switchbot experience, Andrew has the Hue gradient lightstrip, we get an update on the AppleInsider studio and we answer listener questions.

Send us your HomeKit questions and recommendations with the hashtag homekitinsider. Tweet and follow our hosts at Andrew O’Hara and Stephen Robles or email us here. Find us in your favorite podcast player by searching for "HomeKit Insider" and support the show by leaving a 5-Star rating and comment in Apple Podcasts.

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Those interested in sponsoring the show can reach out to us at: andrew@appleinsider.com

Oct 05, 2020
Linksys Brings HomeKit to Velop Routers and Interview with Matthew Keasler
42:48

After some follow-up on Lutron blinds and HomeKit, we cover the meross HomeKit power strip, Senic outdoor Hue switch, Netatmo HomeKit doorbell camera, and Linksys updates its tri-band Velop router to include HomeKit.

Then we interview special guest Matthew Keasler, Senior Product Manager at Linksys! Matthew talks about his history with Apple (and his love of cables), and then discusses what Linksys is doing to protect users’ privacy.

Send us your HomeKit questions and recommendations with the hashtag homekitinsider. Tweet and follow our hosts at Andrew O’Hara and Stephen Robles or email us here. Find us in your favorite podcast player by searching for "HomeKit Insider" and support the show by leaving a 5-Star rating and comment in Apple Podcasts.

Links from the show

Those interested in sponsoring the show can reach out to us at: andrew@appleinsider.com

Sep 28, 2020
Arlo Wireless Doorbell Cam, ‘Time Flies Event’, and Project Updates
31:02

Our hosts discuss the announcements from Apple’s ‘Time Flies’ event, iOS 14 updates, Andrew’s studio updates, Stephen’s outdoor camera project, and we answer listener questions.

Send us your HomeKit questions and recommendations with the hashtag homekitinsider. Tweet and follow our hosts at Andrew O’Hara and Stephen Robles or email us here. Find us in your favorite podcast player by searching for "HomeKit Insider" and support the show by leaving a 5-Star rating and comment in Apple Podcasts.

Links from the show

Those interested in sponsoring the show can reach out to us at: andrew@appleinsider.com

Sep 21, 2020
Aqara G2H Cam, Playing Video Files on Apple TV, and More
40:54

LG backpedals on its backpedal over HomeKit, August and Hue announce a new integration, meross launches a new smart garage door sensor, we review the Aqaba G2H HomeKit secure video camera, we answer listener questions about ripping Blu-Rays and playing on Apple TV, and Andrew has a surprise question for our listeners!

Send us your HomeKit questions and recommendations with the hashtag homekitinsider. Tweet and follow our hosts at Andrew O’Hara and Stephen Robles or email us here. Find us in your favorite podcast player by searching for "HomeKit Insider" and support the show by leaving a 5-Star rating and comment in Apple Podcasts.

Links from the show

Those interested in sponsoring the show can reach out to us at: andrew@appleinsider.com

Sep 14, 2020
LIFX Clean, New Philips Hue Products, Yale Cabinet Lock and more
43:46

LIFX launches a new antibacterial smart bulb, Yale announces pricing and availability for their door and cabinet locks, LG back pedals on HomeKit for pre-2019 TV’s, Hue launches new products, Stephen broke his Logitech Circle View, and we answer listener questions!

Send us your HomeKit questions and recommendations with the hashtag homekitinsider. Tweet and follow our hosts at Andrew O’Hara and Stephen Robles or email us here. Find us in your favorite podcast player by searching for "HomeKit Insider" and support the show by leaving a 5-Star rating and comment in Apple Podcasts.

Links from the show

Those interested in sponsoring the show can reach out to us at: andrew@appleinsider.com

Sep 07, 2020
Eufy Smart Drop, Level Lock Touch, and HomeKit App Updates
42:09

Eufy announces a Kickstarter for its new outdoor delivery protection safe, Level Lock releases its touch-sensitive lock, Yardian has a HomeKit enabled sprinkler controller, we cover recent updates to HomeKit apps, and we answer listener questions!

Send us your HomeKit questions and recommendations with the hashtag homekitinsider. Tweet and follow our hosts at Andrew O’Hara and Stephen Robles or email us here. Find us in your favorite podcast player by searching for "HomeKit Insider" and support the show by leaving a 5-Star rating and comment in Apple Podcasts.

Those interested in sponsoring the show can reach out to us at: andrew@appleinsider.com

Aug 31, 2020
August Keypad Review, Air Purifier Follow-Up and Listener Questions
43:18

We review the August Keypad, VOCOlinc announces their HomeKit smart humidifier, new home apps, and we answer listener questions!

Send us your HomeKit questions and recommendations with the hashtag homekitinsider. Tweet and follow our hosts at Andrew O’Hara and Stephen Robles or email us here. Find us in your favorite podcast player by searching for "HomeKit Insider" and support the show by leaving a 5-Star rating and comment in Apple Podcasts.

Links from the Show

Those interested in sponsoring the show can reach out to us at: andrew@appleinsider.com

Aug 17, 2020
VOCOlinc Air Purifier Review, Onvis C3 Camera and Listener Questions
40:16

Andrew reviews the new VOCOlinc HomeKit enabled air purifier, Onvis launches a HomeKit Secure Video camera, and we answer listener questions and feedback!

Send us your HomeKit questions and recommendations with the hashtag homekitinsider. Tweet and follow our hosts at Andrew O’Hara and Stephen Robles or email us here. Find us in your favorite podcast player by searching for "HomeKit Insider" and support the show by leaving a 5-Star rating and comment in Apple Podcasts.

Links from the Show

Those interested in sponsoring the show can reach out to us at: andrew@appleinsider.com

Aug 10, 2020
Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Cam, Yobi 3 Doorbell, and Wemo Mini Plug Review
39:41

Aqara backtracks on HomeKit-only support, Arlo Pro 3 floodlight camera gets HomeKit support, Yobi B3 is a new HomeKit doorbell camera with no video recording, Andrew reviews the new Wemo mini smart plug, and we go through listener questions.

Send us your HomeKit questions and recommendations with the hashtag homekitinsider. Tweet and follow our hosts at Andrew O’Hara and Stephen Robles or email us here. Find us in your favorite podcast player by searching for "HomeKit Insider" and support the show by leaving a 5-Star rating and comment in Apple Podcasts.

Links from the Show

Those interested in sponsoring the show can reach out to us at: andrew@appleinsider.com

Aug 03, 2020
New Wemo Plug, Updated Eve Aqua Features and Intro to Homebridge
32:14

Wemo launches a new, smaller smart plug, one of our listeners builds a HomeKit compatible trip wire, Eve updates its app and brings forecast triggers to Eve Aqua, and Stephen gets started with Homebridge.

Send us your HomeKit questions and recommendations with the hashtag #homekitinsider Tweet and follow our hosts at Andrew O’Hara and Stephen Robles or email us here. Find us in your favorite podcast player by searching for "HomeKit Insider" and support the show by leaving a 5-Star rating and comment in Apple Podcasts.

Links from the Show

Those interested in sponsoring the show can reach out to us at: andrew@appleinsider.com

Jul 27, 2020
Eufy 2K Indoor Cam, HomeKit Wi-Fi vs Bluetooth and Listener Questions
31:36

We have a Eufy 2K Indoor Cam on-hand and discuss the setup, including the HomeKit firmware update. Andrew discovers a Wi-Fi vs. Bluetooth connectivity issue with August’s latest smart lock, and we give away a second Eve Cam!

Send us your HomeKit questions and recommendations with the hashtag homekitinsider Tweet and follow our hosts at Andrew O’Hara and Stephen Robles or email us here. Find us in your favorite podcast player by searching for "HomeKit Insider" and support the show by leaving a 5-Star rating and comment in Apple Podcasts.

Sponsored by Eve Smart Home

Links from the Show

Those interested in sponsoring the show can reach out to us at: andrew@appleinsider.com
Jul 20, 2020
Eve Cam, August Wi-Fi and VOCOlinc Reviews Plus New Product Announcements
35:10

EufyCam sends a firmware update to add HomeKit Secure Video, Wink makes its subscription mandatory, Arlo 2 launches, plus we have official reviews of the Eve Cam, August Wi-Fi smart lock, and VOCOlinc contact sensor!

Send us your HomeKit questions and recommendations with the hashtag homekitinsider Tweet and follow our hosts at Andrew O’Hara and Stephen Robles or email us here. Find us in your favorite podcast player by searching for "HomeKit Insider" and support the show by leaving a 5-Star rating and comment in Apple Podcasts.

Sponsored by Eve Smart Home

Tap here to tweet and be entered to win an Eve Cam!

HomeKit News

Video Reviews

Full Reviews

Those interested in sponsoring the show can reach out to us at: andrew@appleinsider.com
Jul 13, 2020
William Gallagher's HomeKit Home, User Questions, & Eve Cam Winner
59:30
Andrew O'Hara and William Gahllager hangout for this extra-long episode while Stephen Robles is away to talk about William's smart home setup, answer some user questions, and reveal the winner of the Eve Cam.

Giveaway sponsored by Eve

In last week’s episode, we announced a new giveaway of an incredible Eve Cam. We had countless entries and we’ve randomly chosen a winner which was Josh White. Congratulations to Josh White on winning and thank you to Eve Systems for sponsoring the giveaway. Not only did Eve sponsor that giveaway, they’ve also sponsored this week’s episode of the podcast as well. Recently they've launched that new Eve Cam which is a HomeKit Secure Video camera that allow you to keep an eye on your home around the clock while protecting your privacy at the same time. It doesn't collect any data, require any third-party accounts, everything is fully encrypted, and all data is processed locally in your home. Your home hub will analyze footage and help you discern when it sees just one of your pets versus a person. It has a motion sensor which can be used to trigger other accessories and the camera can automatically switch to privacy mode when you arrive home. The camera also has full 1080P resolution, night vision up to 5 meters away, 150-degree field of view, infrared motion sensor, and two-way communication. It also requires no additional subscription for storage, simply relying on your iCloud storage plan. Eve Cam already sold out its first batch of preorders but it is back in stock this week and ready for you to pick up.

Links from the show

Send us your HomeKit questions and recommendations with the hashtag #homekitinsider

Tweet and follow our hosts at Stephen Robles and Andrew O’Hara, or email us here. Find us in your favorite podcast player by searching for "HomeKit Insider" and support the show by leaving a 5-Star rating and comment in Apple Podcasts.

Jul 06, 2020
HomeKit Video Tips, HomePass App, and WWDC Follow-Up
30:58

After some follow up with Aqara light switches, Logitech Circle View tips, and a look at the HomePass app, our hosts discuss a hands-on with new iOS 14 and HomeKit Secure Video features.

Listener questions include the iDevices brand and the best options for HomeKit compatible security systems. Stay tuned to the end of the episode because we’re giving away an Eve HomeKit Secure Video camera! Find the instructions below.

Send us your HomeKit questions and recommendations with the hashtag #homekitinsider Tweet and follow our hosts at Andrew O’Hara and Stephen Robles or email us here. Find us in your favorite podcast player by searching for "HomeKit Insider" and support the show by leaving a 5-Star rating and comment in Apple Podcasts.


Sponsored by Eve Smart Home

Tap here to tweet and be entered to win an Eve Cam! Winner must be a resident of the United States. Winner will be chosen prior to the 7/6/20 episode of HomeKit Insider.

Links from the Show:

Those interested in sponsoring the show can reach out to us at: andrew@appleinsider.com
Jun 29, 2020
WWDC 2020 HomeKit Special
38:34

Vocolinc has new contact sensors available, eero HomeKit-enabled routers now available in Apple Stores, the Eve Cam is back in stock, and a new smart light strip from LifeSmart is now on Amazon!

We answer listener questions including motion-enabled closet lights and the brightest options for smart bulbs, and then we dive into the excited announcements from the 2020 WWDC Keynote!

Send us your HomeKit questions and recommendations with the hashtag #homekitinsider Tweet and follow our hosts at Andrew O’Hara and Stephen Robles or email us here. Find us in your favorite podcast player by searching for "HomeKit Insider" and support the show by leaving a 5-Star rating and comment in Apple Podcasts.

Sponsored by:

  • Eve Smart Home - Buy the new HomeKit Secure Video-enabled Eve Cam, along with many other HomeKit products like motion sensors, smart plugs, light switches, and more.

Links from the Show:

Those interested in sponsoring the show can reach out to us at: andrew@appleinsider.com
Jun 24, 2020
Lutron Aurora, Home+ 4 App, and Hue vs. Trådfri Smart Lights
45:01

We learn how to pronounce Aqara, review the Lutron Aurora, Home+ 4 app, and compare the Philips Hue ecosystem to IKEA’s Trådfri smart lights.

Note: The next episode of HomeKit Insider will be on June 24th instead of June 22nd. Apple's developer conference is on June 22nd, hopefully with HomeKit surprises in store. We will be back on the 24th to talk about Apple's announcement and how HomeKit will be changing! Catch you then!

Send us your HomeKit questions and recommendations with the hashtag #homekitinsider

Tweet and follow our hosts at Stephen Robles and Andrew O’Hara, or email us here. Find us in your favorite podcast player by searching for "HomeKit Insider" and support the show by leaving a 5-Star rating and comment in Apple Podcasts.

Links from the Show

Jun 15, 2020
Eve Cam Launches, Philips Hue Project and Arlo HomeKit Integration
31:54

Eve Cam is out for preorder, Eufy delays their HomeKit camera, 1Home integrates the legacy KNX home accessories, Stephen reviews his first experience with Phillips Hue, and we have listener questions about Arlo HomeKit integration.

This episode is sponsored by VOCOlinc. VOCOlinc has an ever-growing lineup of HomeKit accesories focusing on wellbeing, security, lighting, plugs, and convenience all at an affordable price. Find all of its gear, including the upcoming PureFlow air purifier and VS1 contact sensor on Amazon.

Send us your HomeKit questions and recommendations with the hashtag #homekitinsider. Tweet and follow our hosts at Andrew O’Hara and Stephen Robles or email us here. Find us in your favorite podcast player by searching for "HomeKit Insider" and support the show by leaving a 5-Star rating and comment in Apple Podcasts.

Links from the Show

Eve Cam HomeKit Secure Video camera up for preorder, ships June 23

Eufy delays HomeKit update to implement HomeKit Secure Video

1Home: Upgrade Your KNX Home

Philips Hue 2-Pack Premium Smart Light Starter Kit

Philips Hue White Ambiance Decorative Candle Dimmable LED Lurton Aurora Smart Bulb Dimmer Arlo adds HomeKit support

Jun 08, 2020
Level Lock Review, Hue HDMI Sync Box, and Adding HomeKit to the Logitech Harmony Hub
35:23

Join us for the latest HomeKit news and latest releases, Stephen describes his recent project of connecting a Logitech Harmony Hub to HomeKit, and Andrew compares the new Level Lock to August.

Send us your HomeKit questions and recommendations with the hashtag #homekitinsider

Tweet and follow our hosts at Stephen Robles and Andrew O’Hara, or email us here. Find us in your favorite podcast player by searching for "HomeKit Insider" and support the show by leaving a 5-Star rating and comment in Apple Podcasts.

Jun 01, 2020
Logitech View and Brilliant Review, Aqara Light Switch Project
39:49

Welcome to a new show from AppleInsider: HomeKit Insider! Tune in every week for the latest HomeKit products, reviews, tips and tutorials, and hear about our latest HomeKit projects. This week we review the Brilliant smart home panel, Logitech View HomeKit camera, and hear about Stephen's experience with Aqara light switches.

Send us your HomeKit questions and recommendations with the hashtag #homekitinsider

Tweet and follow our hosts at Stephen Robles and Andrew O’Hara, or email us here. Find us in your favorite podcast player by searching for "HomeKit Insider" and support the show by leaving a 5-Star rating and comment in Apple Podcasts.

Links from the Show

May 28, 2020