Arlo Getting Closer to HomeKit Integration
During CES 2019, Arlo Technologies, the Smart Camera division of Netgear, touted many new products, among them their new Arlo Ultra line, the 4K suite, comprising of the hub and 4K cameras (obviously). However, what did grab peoples’ attention just as much is their announcement that HomeKit, Apple’s secure smart home platform, will be supported by the Arlo Ultra 4K HDR Wire-Free and Arlo Pro 2 Security Camera Systems. Now whilst many promises and pronouncements are made, especially when it comes to future HomeKit support, many have learned to just ‘wait and see’, as timelines pass without much change – if any.
Well Arlo seems to be getting closer to keeping their word, as one user – Anthony Guzzo – reported on the popular ‘Apple HomeKit Users Group’ on Facebook that he’d noticed popup window via the iPhone stating that “Arlo cameras now work with HomeKit” (see screenshot below);
So far, we’ve had no report that any of these cameras have been able to actually be updated to work with Apple HomeKit, so it would seem a forthcoming firmware up for either the cameras, the hub, or both is still due to drop at a later date. It’s also worth noting that so far, anyone with the older Arlo Pro (v1) cameras may not actually get any firmware updates for HomeKit compatibility, as Arlo made no mention of these models in their press release.