Philips today updated its Hue app, used to control its line of Philips Hue lights, to version 2.6.0. The update adds long-awaited support for the iPad, allowing iPad users to access their lights from an iPad-optimized app for the first time.

The iPad version of the Philips Hue app features the same general design and controls that were introduced when Philips revamped the Hue app back in April.

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For iPhone users with a 3D Touch-enabled device, the new version of the app also adds improved iOS 10 support and new 3D Touch options. When you press on the Hue app icon, you'll now get access to the Widget options you've established in the app.

Scene editing has been improved, making it possible to edit custom scenes with and without a picture, and the update includes bug fixes and stability improvements.

What's New
- Added iPad support
- Improved iOS 10 support, you can now 3D Touch the app icon to quickly access your widgets
- Improved scene edit, now you can also edit your custom scenes both with and without a picture
- Bug fixes and stability improvements

The Philips Hue app can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

Top Rated Comments

Marshall73 Avatar
67 months ago
I just use the Home app now, only need the hue app when adding new devices.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheLuckiest Avatar
67 months ago
How long has Hue been out and it's just now getting a proper iPad app? That's really sad. Better late than never, I guess.
It's had an iPad app ('https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/philips-hue-gen-1/id557206189?mt=8') for quite a long time, but this is the "Gen 2" app that has now gained iPad support.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Amacfa Avatar
67 months ago
I just use the Home app now, only need the hue app when adding new devices.
I hate the home app. Reminds me of the early windows phone days.

Although the control center toggles are nice.

The 3D Touch shortcuts are much welcome. This will eliminate a lot of steps when you want a quick scene
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Relentless Power Avatar
67 months ago
I fail to see the excitement in controlling a light bulb with a phone. Surely a switch is more convenient?
It's not necessarily exciting per se, not that physically turning off a switch is more demanding, but to be able to control your lights throughout your house is fairly convenient. I potentially could be upstairs in my house and forget to turn off the lights downstairs, hence having the ability to use my mobile device to control this. Technology allows us to have convenience where we may not necessarily need it, but it's exactly that, a short cut or convenient factor.

Also, perhaps this would suit someone who has a physical disability in their household, where they could control the lights without having to maneuver up and down the stairs.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
avanpelt Avatar
67 months ago
How long has Hue been out and it's just now getting a proper iPad app? That's really sad. Better late than never, I guess.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ipedro Avatar
67 months ago
I fail to see the excitement in controlling a light bulb with a phone. Surely a switch is more convenient?
Not when you're controlling a dozen lights to set the mood for a particular activity with one tap or one Siri voice request. That is something far less convenient and limited with traditional lights and switches.

"Hey Siri, get ready for dinner"... The living and dining room lights dim to blues and reds, spotlights over the dining table turn on with a well lit and satisfying colour temperature, and lights in the kids rooms flash on/off to let them know that it's time to come down to eat. How many switches and nobs would you have to play with to achieve that — if at all even possible?

With smart lights, you stop thinking about controlling individual lights and begin thinking about controlling activity scenes involving many lights and other smart home devices. "Good night Siri!"... All the lights turn off, motion sensors activitated to turn on floor lighting strips when someone gets up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, thermostat cools the home, tv's turn off, smart locks ensure the house is locked down, the garage door is closed, and security cameras inside your home turn on and get ready to trigger motion notifications.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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