Apple's big news of the week is the announcement of iOS 10, its new iPhone software set to be available to users in the fall. One of the new features of the software is an app called Home, a single destination for controlling smart home products such as lighting, shading and door locks.
Home will control HomeKit products, which Apple has been rolling out over the course of the last few years. In the past users have had to rely on third party apps to control any products supporting HomeKit.
August Home, provider of smart locks and smart home access, has announced that its August Doorbell Cam will support Apple HomeKit via the new Home app in iOS 10. The announcement was made at the Apple Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC).
The August Doorbell Cam lets consumers see and speak with visitors at their door from anywhere using a smartphone. Similar to the August Smart Lock, which already supports HomeKit, the Doorbell Cam with HomeKit will also support Siri voice commands.
New HomeKit capabilities will be added to the Doorbell Cam in the late Fall, according to the company, after the new profile is finalized and the product is certified.
“We have been working closely with Apple on HomeKit from its early beginnings and we already have a very successful HomeKit product with our second generation August Smart Lock,” says Jason Johnson, CEO of August Home. “Knowing that HomeKit would evolve, we developed our Doorbell Cam with the Apple HomeKit-compatible MFI chip in the device to be ready to support HomeKit capabilities as soon as Apple included support on an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple Watch and Apple TV.”