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iDevices HomeKit Wall Switch review

The iDevices HomeKit Wall Switch fixes one of the crucial issue with many smart homes. Not only does it fix a glaring issue, it comes with enough bells and whistles to make it the best HomeKit wall switch on the market.

Poll: do you own any HomeKit products?

Do I have any HomeKit accessories in my home? No, not yet, but that’s because I currently live in a rented apartment. I’ll be getting smart home gadgets when I buy my own house, that’s for sure. Until that day arrives, I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for prices of HomeKit products to continue dropping.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of how HomeKit brings these appliances together in the Home app with support for scenes, Siri voice control, remote management via Apple TV and other perks. I also like it a lot how HomeKit products are required to use hardware encryption for security purposes. It’s just that outfitting my home with these smart gadgets would represent too sizable an investment for my budget, that’s all.

So, what about you? Do you own any HomeKit-certified accessories? Cast your vote and meet us in comments if you’d like to share your thoughts about the HomeKit platform or any HomeKit devices you already own, or may be planning on buying.

How to retrieve custom scenes from Philips Hue’s first generation app

Ever since Philips released version two of their Hue app with a complete redesign, one of the most prominent complaints I’ve heard is that custom scenes can’t be transferred from the original Hue app to the new one, which has prevented many users from deleting the version one app.

Fortunately, Netherlands-based blog appletips has published a solution for users of Apple’s Home app in iOS 10. It’s worth noting that this method still doesn’t enable importing scenes into Philips Hue’s second generation app, but rather, the scenes from the old Hue app can be saved in iOS 10’s Home app. While this may not be ideal for everyone, it’s a solid workaround that allows users to easily retrieve custom scenes from the first generation Hue app.

Say hello to a brand new iOS 10 stock app: Home

There’s a new stock app in iOS 10 that most people will probably want to get rid of: Home. Home is the missing link in Apple’s strategy for the connected home, which now supports even more categories of HomeKit-compatible devices like smart cameras and door locks. It’s not just a new Home screen app: Home is built right into Control Center and it also works from the Lock screen of your iPhone.