HomeKit Secure Video features, interface leaked from Apple Store iPad

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in iPhone edited October 8
In a video posted to YouTube, Apple's forthcoming HomeKit Secure Video technology has been exposed, and shows what the software's artificial intelligence will flag for the user.




While it isn't yet clear when the already announced HomeKit Secure Video feature will arrive in iOS 13, it is apparently already fairly far along in testing. A video has been uploaded to YouTube, said to be captured from an iPad in an Apple Store.





The selected video clips captured includes the coming and going of a car twice, a dog fetching a ball in the driveway, and a delivery.

HomeKit Hero notes that the video does not disclose what camera is being used for the demonstration captured by the user.

Apple featured Netatmo's logo prominently on stage at its annual WWDC alongside Eufy and Logitech as launch partners for HomeKit Secure Video. The new feature will allow HomeKit security cameras to locally encrypt video and then store it in Apple's own iCloud servers where it is out of reach of prying eyes.

Netatmo has revealed that the upcoming Smart Video Doorbell will support HomeKit Secure Video at its launch later this year and both the Smart Indoor Camera and Smart Outdoor Camera will support the feature as a free automatic firmware update soon after.

Users have been clamoring for this feature for some time. Currently, they must rely on third-party servers to store their video which are not necessarily as secure -- or private -- as Apple's own.

Apple iCloud storage recording
Apple iCloud storage recording


Apple will store up to ten days of recordings inside of iCloud for one camera if subscribed to the 200GB iCloud Storage Plan and will store up to ten days of recordings for five cameras if on the 2TB iCloud Storage Plan. HomeKit Secure Video recordings will not count against your storage capacity. The 2TB plan runs users $9.99 a month which is favorable compared to third-party storage plans and iCloud also has far more features to back it up outside of video storage.

Also announced at WWDC 2019 is support for HomeKit routers which will first be supported by Linksys and Eero.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 8
    GeorgeBMacGeorgeBMac Posts: 5,269member
    This is good!   The more Apple makes it possible to avoid third party hubs and servers and the more secure HomeKit and home automation will be -- as well as available to me, because I refuse to use either.   For HomeKit it's either all (Apple) or nothing.
    dedgeckoracerhomie3StrangeDayswatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 8
    Apple's packaging of this Secure Video feature sucks big time.

    If you pay attention you will note that the maximum number of cameras it supports is a measly five. There is no option or way to support more than this. I personally already have six compatible cameras made up of four out door and two indoor and plan to order a seventh soon - a doorbell.

    Remember cameras could be outdoor, indoor or doorbell. Furthermore HomeKit has supposedly been designed to support multiple houses so imagine how many cameras someone with just two houses might end up with.

    Let's say one could arguably live with the iCloud storage costs - it is still impossible to do more than five cameras. Ring as a comparison also have two levels but their top level supports unlimited cameras. If you buy two iCloud storage account then you can't see or use all the cameras because they will then be on two different HomeKit accounts.

    I therefore can't even subscribe to this even if I wanted to. 

    Sadly this feature seems to have been designed by a bean counter looking to extract the maximum revenue and they have completely overlooked its usability.
  • Reply 3 of 8
    Apple shldv just bought Nest instead of Google as a catalyst into the smart home hardware dept. 
  • Reply 4 of 8
    davgregdavgreg Posts: 478member
    Gave up on Apple and Netatmo for the home security gig. Installed a SimpliSafe alarm system and a network of Blink cameras.
  • Reply 5 of 8
    SoliSoli Posts: 9,360member
    Apple's packaging of this Secure Video feature sucks big time.

    If you pay attention you will note that the maximum number of cameras it supports is a measly five. There is no option or way to support more than this. I personally already have six compatible cameras made up of four out door and two indoor and plan to order a seventh soon - a doorbell.

    Remember cameras could be outdoor, indoor or doorbell. Furthermore HomeKit has supposedly been designed to support multiple houses so imagine how many cameras someone with just two houses might end up with.

    Let's say one could arguably live with the iCloud storage costs - it is still impossible to do more than five cameras. Ring as a comparison also have two levels but their top level supports unlimited cameras. If you buy two iCloud storage account then you can't see or use all the cameras because they will then be on two different HomeKit accounts.

    I therefore can't even subscribe to this even if I wanted to. 

    Sadly this feature seems to have been designed by a bean counter looking to extract the maximum revenue and they have completely overlooked its usability.
    1) To me it reads that it's free for x-number of cameras at certain iCloud storage plans, not that if you have more than x-number of cameras the system won't work at all.

    2) Even if it is the latter, that doesn't mean "it sucks big time," it only means that it's not a good option for your needs. Fine one that is and move the fuck on.
    racerhomie3StrangeDaysJanNLlolliverGeorgeBMacwatto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 8
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 8,787member
    Apple's packaging of this Secure Video feature sucks big time.

    If you pay attention you will note that the maximum number of cameras it supports is a measly five. There is no option or way to support more than this. I personally already have six compatible cameras made up of four out door and two indoor and plan to order a seventh soon - a doorbell.

    Remember cameras could be outdoor, indoor or doorbell. Furthermore HomeKit has supposedly been designed to support multiple houses so imagine how many cameras someone with just two houses might end up with.

    Let's say one could arguably live with the iCloud storage costs - it is still impossible to do more than five cameras. Ring as a comparison also have two levels but their top level supports unlimited cameras. If you buy two iCloud storage account then you can't see or use all the cameras because they will then be on two different HomeKit accounts.

    I therefore can't even subscribe to this even if I wanted to. 

    Sadly this feature seems to have been designed by a bean counter looking to extract the maximum revenue and they have completely overlooked its usability.
    I think it’s safe to say if you need 6 or more cameras you’re outside mainstream use cases, and a specialized third party solution is fine for you. Most home owners have zero cameras, so up to 5 will cover a lot of ground. 
    edited October 8 lolliverGeorgeBMacwatto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 8
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 8,787member

    lbarry74 said:
    Apple shldv just bought Nest instead of Google as a catalyst into the smart home hardware dept. 
    You assume they want to be in that space. I don’t. Jobs and Cook have said many times they could build a million products but intentionally limit themselves to very small subset, often fitting on a table. They don’t feel the need to make everything. 
    lolliverwatto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 8
    Canary HomeKit -- remember that vaporware?!
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