Night Shift, a feature that automatically adjusts the colors of the display to the warmer end of the spectrum to ease the eyes of the user, appears to be coming to Apple’s HomeKit for certain connected home accessories, such as smart lights, due to an upcoming iOS 14 update.
9to5Mac has the report:
Smart lighting is one of the initial categories within Apple’s Smart Home. HomeKit has long had the ability to control the brightness, color and temperature of light and programming through automation and scenes. New to iOS 14 for HomeKit will be the ability to automatically adjust the light color temperature throughout the day.
The current HomeKit version makes it easy to adjust the color temperature manually or automatically, based on triggers such as the time of day or sunset and sunrise.
As 9to5Mac notes, iOS 14 will take this further:
Cooler light temperatures are preferred during the day to match the lighting from outside sunlight, but warmer color temperatures are preferred during the night.
Apple is developing a feature that we can only describe as NightKift for HomeKit lights: the update is expected to include the ability to gradually change the lighting temperature throughout the day, so that changes are more gradual and natural and not affect.
Some smart lights, including LIFX bulbs, already support this feature, but currently require manufacturing applications to run and control not exposed in HomeKit.
Night Shift is currently available on iOS and macOS.
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With the feature enabled, your device continues to poll your ambient light sensors to adjust the color temperature of the display to the yellow part of the color spectrum. Filtering the blue wavelengths actually reduces the bright blue light, which is said to disrupt your sleep.
TUTORIAL: How to use Night Shift on iPhone and iPad
Night Shift also takes advantage of the clock and geolocation of the device to determine when sunset is at your location. In the morning, Night Shit returns the display to its normal settings. By default, Night Shift is activated from sunset to sunrise.
TUTORIAL: How to use Night Shift on your Mac
Apple is expected to preview future updates of iOS 14, macOC 10.16, watchOS 7 and tvOS 14 at its Global Developer Conference, due out this summer. However, it seems more and more likely that a physical meeting in San Jose could be canceled in favor of virtual meetings and presentations because of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.
What do you think, boys and girls, does NightKift make sense for HomeKit lights?
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