HomePod multi-user mode shows up in Germany and more

Cupertino, December 16, 2021

We are approaching Christmas Eve with big steps and wish all our readers a happy third Advent. As usual, we have summarized the events of the last seven days in this post.

Automation of the week: Controlling Christmas lights in the front yard depending on the position of the sun

In our latest Automation of the Week, we automated Christmas lights in the front yard. Not only is it convenient, but it even saves money.

Control Christmas lights in the front garden depending on the position of the sun

We show step-by-step how you can automatically turn on the lights at sunset and turn them off at sunrise.

Unusual HomeKit accent lighting: Twinkly Flex & Line tried out.

Since Twinkly gave almost all of its devices a HomeKit update a while back, we took a closer look at the Twinkly Flex light strip with cover and the Twinkly Line light strip.

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We used the neon effect of the Twinkly Flex and recreated our SmartApple logo. In the end, we were pleasantly surprised by how many options the manufacturer's own app offers. The HomeKit integration, on the other hand, is limited to simple lamp control.

Matter could replace AirPlay 2

The new Matter smarthome standard, set to launch next year, will also support TVs and streaming devices.

Matter could replace AirPlay 2

On board with this is supposed to be a broadcast standard to stream content to TVs. If Apple decides to support this, it could replace AirPlay 2 in the long run.

Aqara Camera Hub G3 launches in Germany

This week, the versatile Aqara Camera Hub G3 has also launched in this country. The device is a HomeKit Secure Video camera and can integrate devices from Aqara into HomeKit.

Aqara Camera Hub G3 launches in Germany

At the time of publishing our post on Friday, the delivery was supposed to be after Christmas. In the meantime, however, Amazon has stocked up and can deliver the Hub before Christmas.

HomePod multi-user mode shows up in Germany

With iOS 15, Apple had also announced a multi-user mode for the HomePod. With this, Siri is supposed to recognize individual people based on their voice and,provided that the account is stored, can access the appointments, calendar or even the music library of the corresponding user.

Multi-user mode on the HomePod

In this country, however, the voice recognition was missing until now. That should change with iOS 15.2 now. At least in the current beta, the function is also available in Germany. If you are still looking for a new HomePod mini, Saturn currently has a good offer for you.

HomePod multi user mode shows up in Germany and more

 

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