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In a rather surprising tone, Apple announced at CES this year that HomeKit and AirPlay for Smart TV will coming to brands like Samsung, LG, Sony. So after Apple released the iOS 12.2 beta 1 yesterday, which includes these new features, Developer Khaos Tian was able add the smart TV accessory to the Home app, he shared some of screenshots and videos on his Twitter account.

However, he did point out that the support for television in the Home app is just power and input for now, but he was able to rename the inputs, for example, HDMI 1 could be renamed into "Netflix". Furthermore, Tian showed a video where he can control his LG smart tvs with the Apple TV controls in the Control Center, and finally, he confirmed that smart TV will include the support for HomeKit automations.

According to Apple, you can easily play, pause, fast-forward, rewind, and adjust the volume on your TV in the future, and share or mirror almost anything from your iOS devices or Mac directly to your AirPlay 2–enabled smart TV, even better, Siri will also in charge of your TV, you can ask the virtual assistant to send a video to your TV, or play specific show in a specific room.

It appears that all references to HomeKit doorbells have been removed by Apple for some reason in a recent HomeKit accessories list update. However, only the August Doorbell Cam was listed under the category, as it says "Coming Soon", We think that August may already abandon the platform support, so there are no doorbell products listed under the category.

Video doorbell support was first introduced when Apple announced the arrival of the Home app for iOS 10. The company says that when people receive a Home app alerts, they would be able to watch live feeds, use an intercom, and even unlock their door, etc.

August and Ring, though promised to upgrade their doorbells soon, yet, there weren't any software updates have been available for years. The latter even reiterated its commitment to upgrade Ring Pro and Floodlight after Amazon's acquisition, despite Amazon's Alexa is a rival of the smart home platform.

Apple has not commented on the matter by the time we posted this article.

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According to ‘Spectrum Report’, they have reached out to Apple’s software chief, Craig Federighi, that if Apple plans to make the Mac a ‘Home Hub’ since the Home app will be available once customers installed macOS Mojave, the latest operating system designed for Mac that will release in this fall.

In an email response, Federighi simply says that Apple does not have any intention to make the Mac as a “home hub’ for automation. Instead, he claimed that Apple TV is the preferred device for that purpose. Other devices that suites the feature are HomePod, as well as iPad.

Hi Jackson,

At WWDC earlier this month we announced that in the next release of macOS (Mojave), we are bringing the Home app to the Mac. With the Home app you will be able to control your accessories, monitor cameras, and receive notifications. We are not, however, making the Mac a “home hub” for automation. (The Apple TV is the preferred device for that purpose).

-Craig Federighi

In my opinion, it’ll be nice to control your smart home accessories on a Mac rather than turn on your Apple TV and remote controls your smart home products, which is not easy to use with it. What do you think of it?

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At the Worldwide Developer Conference held last week, Apple did not mention too much about the new features of HomeKit other than announced macOS to support HomeKit with “Home” app and Siri. However, HomeKit did pick up an important new feature in iOS 12 and tvOS 12—support third-party remote controls.

Apple made this announcement in a HomeKit-related session that how third-party remote controls communicate with HomeKit and Apple TV. Apple has published little to no information on what can be done with remotes. Furthermore, it is not clear whether it supports IR/RF devices or is limited to devices that communicating with Apple TV.

But, we expect that by using a third-party remote control that supports HomeKit, scenes such as "watching movies" become much useful. In combination with the IR feature of the remote control, HomeKit can dim the lights, close the shutters, switch the receiver input, increase the volume of the receiver, and even turn on the TV.

In order to perform remote control, customers often chose the unofficial HomeBridge platform and add their own infrared blasters and remote controls to HomeKit accessories.

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HomeKit, Apple's smart home platform always allowed you to control multiple compatible devices at once through Scenes, such as dimming the lights or locking doors At CES 2018, Elgato launched a new Bluetooth-enabled Button called Elgato Eve Button, which let you activate three of those scenes with a press.

The $50 gadget syncs to your HomeKit devices through your Apple TV or an iPad, it acting as a hub for your smart home. Shortly after you set up the button, you will be able to use it to activate a different scene with a single press, a double press or a long press. 

As for steps to set up the button, simply go to Apple's Home app, an app which allows you to control all of your smart-home devices that work with the company's HomeKit software. You can customize your own scene, or to tell the app what you would like to happen with preprogrammed options such as "Good Morning" or "Good Night."

Comparatively, although the Eve Button is not offering as many physical buttons as some other options, but it is a simple, standalone device that works with all of other HomeKit products and is priced at $49.95. Eve Button will be available starting later this month from the Elgato website and online Apple Stores.

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Apple has released iOS 11.2 to its iPhone, iPad, iPod touch users, mark the eighth official update to the iOS 11 operating system. The new update comes a week and a half after the release of iOS 11.2. Users can download the iOS 11.2.1 update for free OTA in the Settings - General -Software Update.

According to Apple's release notes, the software update restores remote access in HomeKit for shared users that was temporarily disabled last week to fixes a vulnerability in Apple’s smart home framework that allowed unauthorized access in certain circumstances. Apple has also released tvOS 11.2.1 which is likely related to the fix.

The HomeKit bug, first discovered by 9to5Mac, which can allowed unauthorized access to HomeKit accessories that included smart locks, and it was fixed server-side by Apple after it was made public. however, users can update to the latest version of iOS to restore that functionality.

iOS 11.2.1 fixes bugs including an issue that could disable remote access to shared users of the Home app.

Aside from releasing iOS 11.2.1, Apple today also released tvOS 11.2.1 to restores HomeKit sharing. User can download the tvOS update by open the Settings app on the Apple TV and going to System - Software Update. Devices on beta versions may need to remove beta profiles then reboot to see the updates.

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According to 9to5Mac, a HomeKit vulnerability found in iOS 11.2 that allowed unauthorized access to HomeKit accessories that included smart locks has been fixed by Apple. As they rolled out a server-side fix disabled remote access for shared user while also limiting some functionality.

In order to restore full functionality, an update to iOS 11.2 coming next week will able to reintroduce that feature. Though the vulnerability impacted all HomeKit devices, it is of particular interest to HomeKit users with smart locks and other HomeKit-enabled devices that allow access to the home - someone may gain entry to a dwelling without a physical key.

Apple was first informed about the security issue and other related HomeKit vulnerabilities in October. Some of the problems were addressed in iOS 11.2 and watchOS 4.2, while the rest were fixed server side, reports 9to5Mac.

"The issue affecting HomeKit users running iOS 11.2 has been fixed. The fix temporarily disables remote access to shared users, which will be restored in a software update early next week."

HomeKit - first launched in 2014, has seen many major improvements its adoption has grown steadily. Majority manufacturers have now embraced HomeKit, and there are HomeKit lights, outlets, switches, thermostats, window coverings, fans, sensors, cameras, locks, and garage door openers.

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