The new adaptive lighting feature in HomeKit has been seen in the wild by some Philips Hue beta testers in Germany, the German-language blog iPhone-ticker.de reported today.
HomeKit, Apple’s software framework that powers smart home devices, gets a new adaptive lighting feature for smart bulbs with iOS 14, iPadOS 14 and macOS Big Sur. Adaptive lighting was not implemented in the initial versions of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. According to Apple, the feature will arrive later in the year through an iOS software update.
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Announced at the WWDC 2020 online launch in June this year, it was designed to automatically adjust the color of your compatible smart bulbs throughout the day in a similar way to the Apple Shift Night Shift feature on iOS, iPadOS and macOS.
In the morning, you can have warmer lighting. Then, as the day progresses, you have the easy rule. Until the evening turns, reduce the blue light so that it is easier for your eyes.
According to Apple, you may not relax in the morning with warmer colors, stay focused at noon with cooler colors, and relax at night by eliminating the blue light. ”This feature requires smart bulbs that support the ability to change the brightness of the light, just like Hue bulbs.
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Philips said the recent firmware update brought support for adaptive lighting of its White and Color Ambiance smart bulbs. At the time of writing, only beta testers in Germany have been able to install the firmware update.