Delay of AirTag 2, Review of Ecobee Doorbell, and Other Updates on the HomeKit Insider Podcast

Cupertino, February 5, 2024

On this week's episode of the HomeKit Insider podcast, your hosts discuss a host of new product releases, review the Humelle humidifier, and discuss the rumors surrounding the AirTag 2 delay.

This week it was rumored that Apple had decided the release of its second-generation AirTag until 2025, missing the predicted 2024 window. Speaking of AirTag, Nomad has partnered with Hydroflask for a new water bottle that can house one of Apple's trackers. Additionally, Lipro released its first HomeKit-compatible ceiling lights and Aqara launched its E1 camera in China with pan and tilt support. Yeelight has new Matter-compatible light beams. TP-Link has two new HomeKit cameras, but they don't support HomeKit Secure Video. Similarly, Level has released a new Wi-Fi module that adds support for Samsung SmartThings, Google Home, and other platforms, but doesn't change much for HomeKit users. However, the Ecobee Smart Video Doorbell works with HomeKit, although at launch there is no support for HomeKit activity notifications. Otherwise, this is one of our favorites in the category and we've been testing it for a few weeks now.

After the news, we took another look at the Owl Home humidifier. This combination of smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector, motion sensor, temperature sensor and audio sensor works in the Home app to protect your home. Then we looked at the humidifier we teased in last week's episode. This is a Thread-connected humidifier that resembles the Harmon Kardon Soundsticks and looks like Jony Ive designed it.

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