Arlo reveals newly enhanced Essential lineup and confirms upcoming support for HomeKit

Cupertino, September 20, 2023

Arlo's second generation of smart cameras and doorbells in the Essentials series has been released, with a commitment for HomeKit support later.

Arlo's Essentials range previously focused on a cheaper indoor camera, but now the range has been expanded to include a whole second generation of indoor and outdoor cameras, which are now available.

A new release, an Arlo Security Tag that allows users to disable their Arlo alarms with a physical tag, will be released in the fourth quarter of 2023.

HomeKit is not currently supported by any of Arlo's new releases. However, the company has told Homekit.Blog that it will add HomeKit support in 2024.

In addition to the Security Tag, Arlo's new range includes:

  • Essential XL Outdoor Camera (2nd generation) from €99.99
  • Essential Outdoor Camera (2nd generation) from €49.99
  • Essential Indoor Camera (2nd generation) from $39.99
  • Video Doorbell (2nd Generation) starting at $79.99

“Arlo prides itself on building trusted, lifelong customer relationships with innovative, award-winning security solutions that deliver an exceptional user experience,” said CEO Matt McRae. “Our new second-generation Essential cameras and doorbells offer the best combination of technology and value Arlo has ever offered, complementing Arlo's broad range of high-quality products and industry-leading AI software to ensure you can protect everything."

Key elements of the new series include the Essential XL Outdoor Camera, which offers four times longer battery life than the new standard Essential Outdoor Camera.

The new Essential Indoor Camera has what the company calls an automated privacy shield.

Additionally, the new video doorbell offers a 180-degree field of view and shows callers from head to toe instead of just their face.

Arlo says the new range, apart from the upcoming Arlo Security Tag, is available for pre-order from Amazon. Amazon's Arlo store says they will start shipping on October 2, 2022.

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