Eve Update Brings its HomeKit App to the Mac

Popular HomeKit accessory maker Eve has today announced that its app is now available for M1 Macs.

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Via an update, the Eve app can now run on Macs with an ‌M1‌ chip, allowing users to view their home, create scenes, and control accessories directly from a Mac. Apple forbids accessories from being added on the Mac, but otherwise the app works exactly the same as it does on iOS or iPadOS.

Eve 5 has received a number of visual improvements, such as support for the iPhone 12 lineup's screen resolutions, a native sidebar for the iPad and Mac, and a dark app icon option.

The update also brings a number of improvements to Eve's existing accessories, such as support for schedules with the Eve Light Strip, refinement to the secondary information display for Eve Degree and Eve Room, and improvements to the schedule editor of Eve Thermo. For the third-generation Eve Door & Window, there's a new Thread-enabled firmware update. Thread technology improves connectivity between various accessories by adding a new communication method.

Eve 5 is now available on the App Store for iPhone, ‌iPad‌, and Mac. Existing users need only update the app to get the new features.

Top Rated Comments

nutmac Avatar
18 weeks ago

What's the verdict on Eve products? I have had far fewer issues since we moved from TPLink to Hue. Can I power eve 100% with the hub and local wifi, or do I need to have an active internet connection?
Eve is a bit expensive, but their products tend to be better designed than cheaper mass market counterpart from China. Many of their newer Bluetooth products are getting Thread support (supported by HomePod mini and Eero), which should improve the range and responsiveness.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DaneLA Avatar
18 weeks ago
On one hand, I am happy to see a decent HomeKit app coming to the Mac. On the other, I don't see myself getting a new computer for several more years so being limited to M1 Macs doesn't do me personally much good.

I've been waiting years to control my HomeKit lights from my laptop Control Center, why doesn't Apple realize this should exist?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
adbe Avatar
18 weeks ago

I wonder why Apple “banned” the adding of HomeKit devices on the Mac port of the app? Security reasons no doubt, but I’m not researched enough to know the intricacies of this tech. Anyone have an educated guess?
Was it 'banned' or is it just not supported? While an iOS app running under macOS might see a world that looks basically like an iDevice, the iOS libraries it calls are not the standard ones, since they themselves need to interface with the host Mac. If Apple have not implemented the ad-hoc wifi support needed for HomeKit accessory setup, its not going to work.

Notably catalyst also doesn't support this either, so Apple's own Home app is gimped on macOS.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Darth-Kylie Avatar
18 weeks ago

What's the verdict on Eve products? I have had far fewer issues since we moved from TPLink to Hue. Can I power eve 100% with the hub and local wifi, or do I need to have an active internet connection?
Good products. I’ve been using its Door & Window sensor, (sadly bulky UK) Energy plug and 1st-gen Room for years.

No hub required as they use Bluetooth, which has been a reason for the Eve Extend range extender’s existence. However, with this update it seems existing accessories gain improved connectivity using Thread ('https://www.evehome.com/en/thread') via HomePod mini. Surprised the article has focused on M1 app compatibility but not mentioned this at all.

internet connection only required to monitor status and control (where applicable) remotely, and no additional hub required, just an Apple device working as your home hub, I.e. suitably configured iPad, Apple TV or HomePod.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
EmotionalSnow Avatar
18 weeks ago
Let’s hope that many more will follow. It will be good for the Mac if many of the most popular iPhone & iPad apps become available for Mac too - maybe then the Mac will finally become more popular.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
name99 Avatar
18 weeks ago

Assuming what?
God damnit! This stupid commenting system ALWAYS holds onto random pieces of comments that you started but abandoned and closed the window, because you saw someone else had dealt with the issue.

Sorry about that, just ignore it.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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