The update fulfills a pledge the German company made late last year to bring Thread support to several products, and follows its inclusion in devices like the Eve Energy Smart plug (fourth generation), Eve Aqua (second generation), Eve Weather, and Eve Door & Window (third generation).
As a quick explainer, Thread is a low latency and low power mesh-like network for smart devices. Unlike Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, the Thread standard doesn’t depend on a router or hub. Instead, the smart device itself extends the network by talking to other Thread-enabled devices, thereby boosting the signal between them.
Apple’s HomePod mini and the latest Apple TV 4K act as Thread border routers, and by adding Thread-supported devices around the home, users can typically expect improved connectivity compared to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, a wider control range, and more remote scheduling options.
In related news, version 5.3 of the Eve app adds support for its upcoming HomeKit-enabled MothionBlinds, which are expected to launch sometime this year.
Apple Announces First U.S. States That Will Let You Add Your Driver’s License to Your iPhone
Apple today announced the first U.S. states that will be rolling out the ability for residents to add their driver’s license or state ID to the Wallet app on the iPhone and Apple Watch. Arizona and Georgia will be the first states to support the feature, with Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah to follow, according to Apple.
Apple said select TSA security checkpoints in …
Full iPhone 13 Feature Breakdown: Everything Rumors Say We Can Expect
With the launch of Apple’s iPhone 13 lineup believed to be just a few weeks away, we have compiled all of the coherent rumors from our coverage over the past year to build a full picture of the features and upgrades coming to the company’s new smartphones.
For clarity, only explicit improvements, upgrades, and new features compared to the iPhone 12 lineup are listed. It is worth noting that…
Interest in Switching to iPhone Drops Among Android Users Ahead of iPhone 13 Launch, Survey Shows
Android users are significantly less interested in the iPhone 13 models than they were this time last year in the iPhone 12 models, having been put off by the continued lack of a fingerprint scanner and concerns around child safety features, according to a new survey by SellCell.
The survey, conducted earlier this month, asked more than 5,000 current Android users in the United States aged…
No, That Notchless iPhone Spotted in ‘Ted Lasso’ Isn’t the iPhone 13
Recent sightings of a notchless iPhone in highly popular Apple TV+ comedy “Ted Lasso” have led to sensational headlines suggesting this is a canny bit of product placement on Apple’s part and that the iPhone 13 will be notchless. In actuality – and this could go without saying – the phone in question is very likely just showing a poorly superimposed display added in post-production.
Bloomberg: Apple Working on Emergency Satellite Features for iPhones, 2021 Launch Unlikely
Apple is working on satellite capabilities for the iPhone that will allow users to send texts in emergency situations, reports Bloomberg. The feature would also allow iPhone users to report crashes and other emergencies in areas where there is no cellular coverage.
There are at least two emergency features that will rely on satellite networks, and while satellite technology has been in the…
Apple Watch Series 7 Production Reportedly Delayed Due to Quality Issues [Updated]
Production of the upcoming Apple Watch Series 7 has been delayed due to the upcoming watch featuring a “complicated design,” according to a report by Nikkei Asia.
According to the report, Apple suppliers began small-scale production of the watch last week, and during which, employees “encountered critical challenges in reaching satisfactory production performance.” Manufacturers of Apple…
Five iPhone 13 Rumors You May Have Missed
We’re just weeks away from when Apple will announce the iPhone 13, which we’re expecting to feature some considerable upgrades, including design, performance, cameras, and more. Like every year, rumors, leaks, and reports about what Apple has in store are abundant, with some more credible than others.
Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Rumors about the next iPhone…