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
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.

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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

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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.

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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