HomeKit Secure Video Cameras Can Notify You When a Package Has Arrived Starting With iOS 15

Starting with iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, which will be publicly released in the fall, security cameras and video doorbells that support HomeKit Secure Video can now detect and notify you when a package has been delivered.

homekit secure video package
HomeKit Secure Video, available on iOS 13.2 and later, leverages iCloud to securely stream and store video clips from compatible HomeKit-enabled indoor and outdoor cameras and doorbells, with end-to-end encryption. HomeKit Secure Video cameras and doorbells are managed through the Home app like other HomeKit accessories.

Apple today introduced a new iCloud+ subscription plan that combines Apple's existing iCloud storage tiers with privacy features such as Hide My Email, iCloud Private Relay, and expanded HomeKit Secure Video support, at no additional cost.

iCloud+ expands HomeKit Secure Video, allowing for unlimited cameras:

  • 50GB of iCloud storage with one HomeKit Secure Video camera for $0.99 per month
  • 200GB of iCloud storage with up to five HomeKit Secure Video cameras for $2.99 per month
  • 2TB of iCloud storage with an unlimited number of HomeKit Secure Video cameras for $9.99 per month

The first betas of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 were seeded to developers earlier today, and public betas will be released in July, according to Apple.

Related Roundups: WWDC 2022, iOS 15, iPadOS 15

Top Rated Comments

Rigby Avatar
8 months ago

We've got Ring Apple. Had it for years.
Yeah, and Amazon has all your videos and happily shares them with the police. ;)

Homekit Secure Video is by far the best system for people who value their privacy ...
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jokerz126 Avatar
8 months ago
it would be nice if they upgraded the resolution possibilities for HSV....1080p?! what is this, 1990? lol
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Rigby Avatar
8 months ago

Uhm not without user permission https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/03/how-to-stop-police-from-asking-for-videos-from-ring-doorbells.html

You have to agree to share with the police per a notification; and you can turn off the feature totally. Which if it catches a criminal doing something outside your house in close enough vicinity to be on camera, Im unsure why you would not.

And let's not pretend Apple won't turn over iCloud data per a warrant either. There are some pretty public cases of US official having this happen in th past few years.
HSV videos are end-to-end encrypted so Apple can't turn them over. Neither can they leak out in a data breach or be accessed by employees. AFAIK it's the only major camera system to use E2E encryption.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Rigby Avatar
8 months ago

Like iMessage where the feds got it? Guess what? You sync your iMessages to iCloud backup you just opened the door.

But Apple doesn't tell you that. Apple marketing speak is typically not reality.
Actually Apple is completely open ('https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202303') about that. But that has nothing to do with Homekit Secure Video.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Rigby Avatar
8 months ago

Until Apple does some sort of AI like people vs pets/trees moving
Uhm, they do exactly that. You can set it to react to people, animals, or vehicles, and now to packages.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cknibbs Avatar
8 months ago
All I want is a HKSV doorbell in Canada. Is this too much to ask for!?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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