HomeKit Coming to Routers and Gets New 'Secure Video' Feature

Many home cameras today send video the the cloud to, for example, analyze the difference between a leaf blowing in the wind or someone at your door.


Apple aims to improve this with a new feature called HomeKit Secure Video with on-device analyzing. An encrypted stream is then sent to iCloud that no one, not even Apple, can see. You'll be alerted to activity and can review what's going on.

HomeKit is also coming to routers, effectively adding a firewall between smart home accessories and your network. Launch partners will include Linksys, Eero, and Charter/Spectrum.



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11 weeks ago
They should have had this in place from the moment they discontinued the Airport line of Apple branded routers.
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11 weeks ago
Didn’t see that Arlo is on board either but I wouldn’t have expected it.

Hey Apple, how about adding support for the HomeKit Routers to your existing Extreme Tower router even though you EOL’d. Should just be a firmware upgrade.
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12 weeks ago
Just bring out new Apple gear ffs. IoT is ripe for disruption. Mental that every market is now judged on whether Apple can make 300% profit rather than 300% difference; that’s Tim’s Apple v Steve’s Apple.
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11 weeks ago
I'm guessing that the camera makers that currently rely in part on subscriptions for cloud storage, etc., won't buy into SecureVideo
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11 weeks ago
Apple have announced a new HomeKit feature which is to provide 'free' video recording to iCloud for compatible security cameras. This is great news on the surface. The recordings are stored for 10 days, encrypted so only you can access them and do not count towards your storage limit.

There is however a massive catch. The above might lead you to believe you can simply link it to your existing (free) iCloud account. After all if it does not count towards your storage limit then the fact your free account only has a 5GB allowance is irrelevant.

Unfortunately the 'small print' says that you need a paid for 200GB account to allow using a single camera and a 2TB account in order to support five cameras. In other words you do have to pay for this feature.

Whats worse is that it is not clear what happens if you have more than five cameras. I have already five (presumably) compatible cameras in that they support HomeKit and I already have plans that would involve adding another four cameras. How much would this cost me? The biggest possible plan is the 2TB one which Apple says only supports five cameras. This alone is going to cost me £6.99 a month aka $9.99 a month at least. This is if anything more expensive than the plans for non-HomeKit cameras.

As a comparison Amazon's Ring offers plans for £2.50 for a single camera or £8.00 for unlimited cameras both with 30 days of storage. (Three times as long as Apple's offering.)

Clearly Apple's Secure Video feature is not free. Apple may have strayed sufficiently beyond an honest description here to be guilty of breaking the law in terms of false advertising, or bait and switch sales tactics.

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Apple's charging for iCloud has always been 'irrational' in that even if you have paid the Apple tax for multiple Apple devices you do not qualify for more storage which makes trying to backup multiple iPhones and iPads difficult unless you pay yet more.

Now I am not saying Apple should simply make this feature completely and really free although that would obviously be welcome but I do feel they need to revise it to be a lot more honest. I would propose that they first stop trying to con people by saying it is free - clearly it is not and claiming it is free as mentioned could be breaking the law. Secondly they should revise the offerings, they should have say a basic level supporting one camera - presumably at the 50GB iCloud fee level, a middle level supporting between two and five cameras at the 200GB level, and an unlimited number of cameras at the 2TB level.

This would then be fair, honest and competitive compared to other brands whilst still providing I believe a similar level of revenue to Apple.

Note: Compatible cameras would not only include outdoor cameras but the new HomeKit compatible smart doorbells (with cameras) and of course indoor cameras. Hence it is much easier than Apple perhaps considered to exceed a total of five cameras.
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11 weeks ago
A HomePod/AirPort/Apple TV device is well overdue.
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11 weeks ago
As long as it works on AirPort Extreme and Spectrum, I’ll be set. Not buying a new router.
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11 weeks ago

Just bring out new Apple gear ffs. IoT is ripe for disruption. Mental that every market is now judged on whether Apple can make 300% profit rather than 300% difference; that’s Tim’s Apple v Steve’s Apple.


You mean like when Steve Jobs came back to Apple and cancelled almost every single product Apple made?
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