At Eve Systems we’re really big fans of dark mode. If you’re a Mac user, then you might be, too. iPhone users will soon be able to make the switch as well, when iOS 13 is released this fall.
But you can get a taste of what’s to come with iOS 13 now! Once you update to Eve 3.8, simply change your appearance settings and see what it’s like on the dark side. Go to Eve > Settings > Theme, switch from light to dark, and you’ll immediately experience the app in the new color scheme. Dark theme works on all devices running iOS 12.
Eve Aqua: More options, more control
Eve 3.8 comes with an update for Eve Aqua, which you can download and activate under Eve > Settings > Accessory > [ROOM] > [Eve Aqua] > Firmware. After the software is installed and Eve Aqua restarted – which only takes a few seconds – you’ll have access to all the new features in the Eve app:
- More watering periods per day: Add up to seven watering periods by tapping on the gear icon in Eve Aqua’s detail view. This is ideal for anyone using Gardena’s automatic water distributor – a system that allows you to water up to six areas one after another.
- Watering relative to sunrise and sunset: In addition to setting schedules based on specific times, you can now create a schedule that follows the sun. If you want to avoid evaporation and save water without having to readjust the schedule every few weeks you can program Eve Aqua to turn on an hour before sunrise.
- Suspension Scenes: You’ll find another new feature in the schedule settings under Exceptions > Suspension Scenes. Tap once to display the Add to Suspension Scenes option. Here you can create scenes that stop the watering schedule on that day or that day and the following day.
Siri shortcut to suspend watering:
To add even more convenience to your new Suspend Scene, you’ll also find the option to “Install Siri Shortcut” on the same menu. Tap on this and Eve checks whether the shortcuts app is installed, automatically opening a download window if it isn’t.
After allowing access to shortcuts, the app opens and gives you the option to select the shortcut “Pause Eve Aqua”. Then you are asked to allow the app to use Eve Aqua’s location in order to integrate the rain forecast for your area. Once completed, the shortcut is displayed along in detail.
The second element in the listing allows you to set the rain precipitation chance, above which Eve will stop watering (preset to 50%). The fourth element determines the time of day Eve Aqua should check the rain forecast. In the upper right-hand corner, you’ll find the shortcut’s settings, where you can create your own personal Siri command – such as “Is it going to rain?” – under “Add to Siri”.