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Arlo confirms HomeKit support coming to Arlo Ultra in Q4 2019

By Ng Chong Seng - on 11 Aug 2019, 6:25pm

Arlo confirms HomeKit support coming to Arlo Ultra in Q4 2019

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Earlier this week, Arlo released an update that brought HomeKit support to Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 security cameras paired to either of the VMB4000 and VMB4500 base stations. While this is great news for Arlo Pro and Pro 2 users, Arlo Ultra users aren’t too happy because their 4K camera isn’t on the list.

According to a Chat about HomeKit  session on the Arlo forum, Arlo’s Director of Product Greg Falgiano has confirmed that Arlo Ultra is the next product to get HomeKit and this certification will be done by Q4 this year.

Falgiano also revealed that Arlo currently has no plans to support Apple HomeKit Secure Video.

Greg Falgiano:

Yes, Arlo Ultra is the next product to be certified for HomeKit. Our goal is to have that completed by Q4 of this year. Arlo does not currently plan to support Apple HomeKit Secure Video, but we will support a range of other features that will enable Arlo cameras to participate in the HomeKit ecosystem.

Now, Arlo’s decision to not consider HomeKit Secure Video isn’t that unexpected. As a user commented in the post, Arlo already offers its own Arlo Smart subscriptions that let users store their video and audio recordings in the cloud for up to 60 days.

Falgiano also confirmed that it’s currently not possible to arm/disarm the cameras. Because Apple doesn’t offer this function for “camera device types”, this applies to all HomeKit security cameras, not just Arlo’s.

Source: Arlo (via 9to5Mac).

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