Today’s firmware upgrade for Eve Thermo marks the completion of our series of upgrades for all Eve devices. Easy to install via the Eve app, it offers significantly faster connection and switching times for Eve Thermo, in addition to general performance enhancements and bug fixes. All Eve devices with upgraded firmware are fully compatible with the Home app in Apple’s upcoming iOS 10. After the firmware upgrade, Eve Thermo’s function for frost protection is activated, no matter if “Mode” is set to “on” or “off“ in Eve for Eve Thermo.
iOS 10 improves value triggers
Value trigger support in the new Eve firmware is compatible with iOS 9.3.x, but becomes much more valuable with iOS 10. In iOS 9.3.x, rules with value triggers “live and act” on the iOS device on which they were originally created, which in most cases is the user’s iPhone. This means that your iPhone has to have a local or remote connection (via Apple TV) to your devices at home in order for the rules to execute.
With iOS 10 and an additional Apple TV 4 running tvOS 10 in your home (or an iPad running iOS 10 and the setting “Use this iPad as a Home Hub” activated), the rules you created on your iPhone are synchronized with the Apple TV 4 (or/and iPad), and the triggers “live” on your local network at home. The associated scenes for your rules are executed even if you and your iPhone are away from home with iPhone and you do not have an internet connection.
With iOS 10, you’ll also have the option to use the Apple Home App besides Eve. You can use Home to check values and control devices, and you have to use the Eve app for everything else e.g. creating rules with value triggers and conditions, check historical values, non-standard characteristics, listing of all types and more.
Firmware Upgrade: Eve Thermo
The firmware upgrade can be completed quickly and easily using iOS 9.3.x (or iOS 10). In the Eve app, you’ll see a small red circle with a number on the Settings tab in the tab bar. The number indicates the number of devices for which Elgato offers a firmware update. Tap “Settings” and then tap “Accessories.” The Eve devices for which Elgato offers an update are marked with a small red icon with an arrow. Make sure your iOS device is close to the Eve device and tap on the device’s name (for example, Eve Room) you want to upgrade. Tap “Update Firmware” on the next screen. To complete the update, you must be close to the device; you cannot complete the update remotely. The process takes four to five minutes, and it is fully automatic. At the end of the upgrade process, the Eve device will automatically restart and be ready to use. You must upgrade each device individually. For example, if you use three Eve Thermo devices, you must complete the upgrade three times.