HomeKit in iOS 14

Sup­port for fa­cial recog­ni­tion and adap­tive light­ing on the way. Ben Pat­ter­son re­ports

iPad&iPhone user - - CONTENTS -

Ap­ple has an­nounced a bevy of new fea­tures com­ing to the Home app and HomeKit cour­tesy of iOS 14, in­clud­ing adap­tive light­ing for HomeKit-com­pat­i­ble smart bulbs, fa­cial recog­ni­tion for cam­eras and a re­designed in­ter­face.

The tech gi­ant made the an­nounce­ments dur­ing its an­nual WWDC con­fer­ence, dur­ing which it gave a broad over­view of all the new fea­tures com­ing to iOS 14, which is due to ar­rive this au­tumn.

First up, HomeKit will be get­ting sup­port for adap­tive light­ing, which means HomeKit will be able to change the colour tem­per­a­ture of a smart bulb or a group of bulbs au­to­mat­i­cally depend­ing on the time of day. The iOS Home app al­ready lets you man­u­ally pick the colour tem­per­a­ture of a bulb.

For ex­am­ple, the Home app will let you set the HomeKit-com­pat­i­ble smart lights in your bed­room to glow at a sooth­ing warm-white tem­per­a­ture in the morn­ing, and then tran­si­tion to cooler tem­per­a­tures in the af­ter­noon to help boost your con­cen­tra­tion. At night, the Home app can fil­ter out sleep-dis­rupt­ing blue wave­lengths.

Se­cu­rity cam­eras will also be get­ting some new HomeKit fea­tures in iOS 14, most no­tably fa­cial

recog­ni­tion, al­low­ing HomeKit to iden­tify friends and fam­ily mem­bers wait­ing on your doorstep. HomeKit’s new fa­cial recog­ni­tion sup­port will let it de­liver ‘rich’ cam­era no­ti­fi­ca­tions that will let you know if the Home app rec­og­nizes any­one, as well as the abil­ity for the HomePod to an­nounce guests.

Ap­ple says that HomeKit’s fa­cial recog­ni­tion func­tion­al­ity will be baked into HomeKit Se­cure Video, which means that fa­cial anal­y­sis will be per­formed on a lo­cal ‘home hub’ de­vice such as an Ap­ple TV, an iPad or a HomePod. That’s sim­i­lar to how HomeKit Se­cure Video han­dles peo­ple de­tec­tion anal­y­sis for recorded video clips, rather than send­ing them to the cloud for anal­y­sis.

Be­sides fa­cial recog­ni­tion, HomeKit Se­cure Videoen­abled cam­eras will let you des­ig­nate mo­tion zones

– or Ac­tiv­ity Zones, as Ap­ple calls them – for your con­nected se­cu­rity cam­eras, which means you can set the Home app to only no­tify you if it de­tects mo­tion in a cer­tain area of a cam­era’s field of view.

A fi­nal new fea­ture for se­cu­rity cam­eras will let you view a live stream of your se­cu­rity cam­eras di­rectly on an Ap­ple TV, ei­ther in pic­ture-in-pic­ture or full-screen mode, and you’ll be able to ask Siri to flip from one cam­era to another.

Also with iOS 14, HomeKit will be able to au­to­mat­i­cally sug­gest au­toma­tions for new smart ac­ces­sories. For ex­am­ple, if you add a new smart bulb to HomeKit, an over­lay on the bot­tom half of the screen might sug­gest au­toma­tions for turn­ing your light on when you ar­rive and off when you leave, while a new

smart garage opener might trig­ger a sug­ges­tion for turn­ing on your lights when the garage door opens.

Last but not least, a new row of icons at the top of the Home app in­ter­face will dis­play the sta­tus of your most im­por­tant smart de­vices, such as whether your front door is locked, which lights are on, and the tem­per­a­ture set­ting on your ther­mo­stat.

HomeKit will soon be able to au­to­mat­i­cally change the colour tem­per­a­ture of your smart bulbs depend­ing on the time of day

The iOS 14 ver­sion of HomeKit will let you view live streams of your se­cu­rity cam­eras di­rectly over Ap­ple TV, and you’ll also be able to ask Siri to flip be­tween cam­eras

HomeKit will be able to sug­gest au­toma­tions for newly added smart de­vices once iOS 14 ar­rives

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.