iOS 10 features the Home app, which grants you quick access to your HomeKit-enabled accessories via the Control Center on your iOS device. HomeKit is deeply integrated into iOS, and offers additional stability and features that benefit the Eve app and Elgato HomeKit-enabled accessories. While the Elgato Eve app permits complete control of Eve accessories, the Apple Home app offers exclusive functions that cannot be replicated by other HomeKit-enabled apps, including Eve.
iOS 10.2 finally introduces notifications for Eve Door & Window and Eve Motion in the iOS device lock screen and/or home screen. That means you will automatically be notified of value changes, namely when a door or window is opened or closed, or movement is detected.
After upgrading the firmware of your Eve accessories you may automate your connected home with timers, and rules entailing location and value triggers. Using timers, you can activate a scene at a certain time, either once-off or repeatedly. Rules with location triggers activate a scene when you reach or leave your home or another location. Rules with value triggers activate a scene once a change in a value of an Eve accessory occurs. Moreover, rules can be refined with conditions.
In addition to Eve, you may now use the new Apple Home app in iOS 10 to control your accessories, and you can access and control your home via your iPhone’s Control Center for HomeKit. HomeKit is deeply integrated into iOS, and offers additional stability and features that benefit the Eve app and Elgato HomeKit-enabled products. To use automation with timers and rules, and to access your home remotely on the go, you now need an Apple TV 4 with tvOS 10 installed, or an iPad with iOS 10 set to Home Hub mode. Apple TV 3 does not support all the new features presented by iOS 10 and HomeKit, and it is no longer available for purchase from Apple.
In addition to numerous improvements, the latest firmware upgrade for your Eve accessories features value triggers, which you can apply to rules for automation. These value triggers include Temperature, Humidity, Air Quality, and Power, among others. In iOS 9.3.x, rules with value triggers exist and operate on the iOS device originally used to create them. By contrast, with iOS 10 and an additional Apple TV 4 running tvOS 10 in your home, rules you create on your iPhone synchronize with Apple TV 4, and triggers exist and operate on your local home network.
Rules with location triggers are extremely helpful. Upon arriving at or leaving your home, a scene is triggered, such as switching lights, appliances, or the heating on or off. In addition to setting location triggers for your home address, you can choose triggers for different locations, such as your workplace or gym, to trigger a scene in your home. This post shows how easy it is to set up these triggers.
Rules in Eve allow the automatic triggering of scenes in your home. You may set up rules with location and/or value triggers and assign them to a scene you have already created. Unlike timers, rules can be restricted by time or value conditions. Using conditions allows you to fine-tune your rules. Please see the examples of using conditions below.
Eve offers timers and rules for value triggers and location triggers to automatically trigger scenes in your home. The setup is performed in Eve’s settings under “Automation.” To set up automation to help manage your home, you will need some insight into how timers, rules, triggers, and conditions can be used.
Apple does not offer an app for HomeKit for end users — Siri serves as Apple’s interface for your HomeKit-enabled home. But developers of HomeKit-enabled devices, such as Elgato, offer apps like Eve for the setup and management of your devices. Using the Eve app, you have access to all Apple-supported HomeKit data such as temperature, humidity, and on/off status, as well as additional information not available via Siri — air pressure, recent energy use, historical data, and more.