The Apple Home app now includes a highly useful feature that users have been waiting for

Cupertino, December 3, 2023

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As usual, we received a barrage of information from Apple during WWDC this year. Consequently, it's not uncommon to find additional gems of information that the company didn't spend as much time on as it did with the Vision Pro - like the fact that you can finally share an AirTag with others or that AI was everywhere. event. One update you may have missed is that iOS 17 adds a new Activity History feature to the Apple Home app. This allows HomeKit users to access activity history from garage doors, smart locks, contact sensors and more, as long as they are compatible with Matter or HomeKit. Also: Here's what Apple doesn't want you to know about your iPhone's battery health This feature is often found in third-party apps, like the individual devices you use for your smart home. For example, the Aqara app on my iPhone shows me a history of who unlocked the door and how (Maria, fingerprint). The Eufy Security app shows me which motion sensor detects motion when my security system is armed. But I always have to go into each app to view this information; I don't have access to them all in one place. Users can enable or disable the Activity History feature and, when enabled, they can access up to 30 days of activity history in their smart home. Also: everything you need to build a smart home. I haven't been able to add my Eufy Security system natively to HomeKit for a while. Still, I'm looking forward to seeing how this feature plays out in the coming months, especially once the public beta is released.

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