Announced earlier today by Logitech, an update to the Logitech Circle app is now available, allowing Circle 2 wired camera owners to upgrade to HomeKit Secure Video. The feature, which was announced by Apple in June at the annual San Jose World Developers Conference, allows the Home app to record and view recordings and does so in a way that puts privacy in the forefront, using end-to-end at the end. encryption and iCloud.
Logitech refers to this new upgrade option as a camera conversion in HomeKit and is marked as “Beta” in the Logitech Circle app. Converting your camera to HomeKit Secure Video is exactly as the name implies, as it completely changes how you interact with the camera, as it will no longer be available in the Logitech app. Logitech warns users that they will lose some other features, such as viewing their cameras on other platforms such as Android or the web, and that they will lose the recordings currently saved through the Circle Safe subscription service.
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Owners of the wired version of the Logitech’s Circle 2 camera will need to download or update the Logitech Circle application to version 3.4.5. Once entered, the option to convert to HomeKit Secure video will be found in the Smart Home Integrations portion, and users will need to agree to several check boxes that confirm that they understand all the changes that will be made. The biggest change that users will need to be aware of is that they will not be able to switch back to the Circle 2 application alone and that they will have to contact Logitech for assistance.
After the conversion, the owners will control everything related to their camera from the Home app and they can delete the Circle 2 app because it can no longer be used with the camera. All notifications will come later from the Home app, and in the app, users will see new options in the camera settings, to switch options, such as night vision lights and status indicators, as well as recording options.
The recordings can be viewed by clicking on the live camera view and dragging a chronology of events, supplemented by icons that show the type of movement. The HomeKit Secure Video feature sends these recordings to an Apple TV or HomePod that is configured as a home hub, where it is analyzed to determine what caused the move and can be tagged as cars, animals or humans. Users can set notifications to appear only for specific motion events, filtering records for things like a passing car.
We’ll have more about HomeKit Secure Video in the coming days, including guides on configuring and navigating all the new features.