Smart home devices have been slow to adopt the Apple HomeKit than they have towards Amazon’s Alexa or the Google Assistant. This was due to it being supported only on selected devices.
At WWDC 2019, Apple had proposed features which are privacy focused and make the HomeKit more appealing.
The first of these features is HomeKit Secure Video. Unlike the Amazon Echo Show, Google Nest Hub or Facebook Portal where live feed to your home may not be secure, Apple’s HomeKit Video processes the video locally on the device before encrypting it and sending it to your iCloud. Most security cameras work with their own storage cloud services. An added benefit is that users will be able to store without any extra charge 10 days of footage and this would not affect the storage limit. Plans are available to install one camera with a 200GB storage, or up to 5 cameras and 2TB of total storage.
However, finding cameras which are compatible with Apple HomeKit will still be a task. Many options still exist for the same such as Logitech, Eufy, Arlo, and Neratmo. HomeKit is also soon to come to routers. These routers will enable firewalls to quarantine hacked devices from the remaining network. HomeKit compatible routers will be produced by Eero, Linksys and Charter Spectrum in the latter part of the year.
As Apple continues to add functionality to HomeKit, this is the first of their efforts that addresses larger concerns among smart home owners. Apple’s commitment to privacy comes at a good time as the industry is plagued with lacks, leaks and no regulation as to securing the data collected by small companies.