With the release of iOS 10, Apple has taken the next big step in further enhancing its operating system for iPhone and iPad. Indeed, we are excited about all the numerous new features and improvements, but what truly thrills us is HomeKit.In addition, Apple now offers users another way to control their connected home – with the app called Home. With iOS 10, HomeKit is finally an integral part of iOS, to such a degree that it is accessible via the Control Center. And of course, Eve and Eve products are made for iOS 10.
Set up the Home App
After updating to iOS 10 you’ll find the Home app on your iPhone or iPad. When you initially launch the app, tap Get Started in the welcome screen. In the next screen, activate the accessories (Types, Characteristics) you want to see on the app’s main screen at a later stage. These accessories may include your Eve accessories, Hue lamps, and other HomeKit-enabled devices. The Home app will display each accessory type’s values via individual tiles. For example, Eve Room’s Temperature, Humidity, and Air Quality values will appear individually across three tiles. Tap Next, select the scenes you’ve already created, and they will appear in the main screen of the Home app. Note that the Home app relies on an Apple TV 4, or iPad in Home-Hub mode, for automation and remote access. If installed, you’ll see your existing timers and triggers.
Using the Apple Home app
Once the initial setup is complete, the Home app will show the values of all your Eve devices and such from other vendors. From there, you may easily switch your connected accessories – like Eve Energy or Eve Thermo – on and off. In this case, the Home app only shows the (Apple-) defined HomeKit types (Characteristics). Like other vendors, Elgato uses additional custom HomeKit types that are not visible in the Home app, including energy consumption (Eve Energy), temperature offset (Eve Thermo), air pressure (Eve Weather), historical data, and more. As such, please use the Eve app to access these types and data. Otherwise, for simple actions like switching accessories on and off, use your Control Center with its newly integrated Home function. Remember to swipe left twice to access your HomeKit-enabled accessories.
Home vs. Eve
The Apple Home app is a great solution for quickly accessing and controlling your HomeKit-enabled accessories. For more in-depth information, data, and historical values provided by your Eve accessories, use the Eve app. Only with Eve can you access all data collected by your Eve accessories – you can even export historical data to your favorite spreadsheet app. To use automation (Timers, Rules, etc.) with the Home app, an Apple TV 4, or a stationary iPad in Home-Hub mode, is mandatory. Either device allows you to set timers and rules (with location triggers) via the Home app. However, if you want to use value triggers in a rule, note that the Home app limits their application to Contact (Eve Door & Window) and Power (Eve Energy). Also note that the Home app does not allow the use of value triggers in the context of data ranges, including those associated with temperature (Eve Weather and Eve Room), humidity, air quality, and more. Furthermore, as of today, the Home app does not support the use of conditions within your rules. To use the full range of rules with value and location triggers, along with optional conditions, use the Eve app.
Finally, bear in mind that the Home app only supports defined HomeKit types (characteristics), much like Siri. To access the full range of your accessories’ data – you guessed it – use the app Eve.