Introducing Smart Chicken Coops, iOS 17.1, and Suitcase TVs on HomeKit Insider

Cupertino, December 3, 2023


On this week's episode of the HomeKit Insider podcast, your hosts discuss Matter's new update and the new devices coming to Apple Home, take a look at a TV in a case, and more smart home news.

Last week, the CSA released version 1.2 of the Matter specification. This new update adds a bunch of new devices to Apple Home, including robot vacuums, washing machines, and more. We still have to wait for both device manufacturers and Apple to add support, but once this happens we will see many more devices compatible with Apple's smart home platform.

Apple also released iOS 17.1 this week, which includes Home Key support for Matter locks and a fix for an issue on the Apple Watch that prevented climate sensors from appearing in the Home app.

Thanks to a listener, we took a look at a smart chicken coop with sensors, an automatic door, and security cameras in this small coop the size of a parking lot. We then went hands-on with the LG StandByMe Go, a 27-inch TV that fits in a suitcase. This TV works with HomeKit and AirPlay.

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