HomeKit Weekly Is a series focused on everything related to smart home accessories, automation tips and tricks, and Apple's smart home framework.
If you want to invest in smart home technology and want to stay in the HomeKit ecosystem, there are currently four home security cameras operating on home applications. This week we will see what options are on the market, how the hardware and supporting services differ, how we can improve HomeKit's security camera experience.
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Why home kit?
A home security camera operating with HomeKit may cost more than competitors. Why do you pay a premium for home kit premium? For me, the advantage is that all smart home devices can be accessed with one app, regardless of manufacturer.
For HomeKit cameras, you can see all the video feeds in the same way in the home application using the same user interface, even if all the cameras are different models of different brands. Since the home kit camera is assigned to the room, lights, locks and other accessories are displayed in the designated room of the home application.
When you add a HomeKit camera to your favorites, a video feed is displayed on the overview screen of the home application and you can quickly access video feeds from different rooms on one screen. Your favorite camera has its own section on the overview screen under the other favorite accessories.
You can not access the camera from the control center like any other favorite accessory, but you can see your favorite camera from Apple Watch. For many other home security cameras, there is no Apple Watch application to support the display of live feeds and the round-trip transmission of audio, so this is a great benefit for HomeKit cameras.
HomeKit's camera tile displays a snapshot of the view you last retrieved …