While Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) kicked off in a very different way this year, this time all virtual, its coverage of its eco-system was pretty much expected. The updates to its various operating systems was pretty deep (MacOS, iOS, TVOS and WatchOS) there was also a few surprises when it came to HomeKit.

The new features for HomeKit include:

  • additional automation control
  • adaptive lighting routines
  • HomeKit cameras will get face recognition, Apple TV camera support and expanded Doorbell support with HomePod
  • Activity zones for cameras. This is a cool feature that will help sharpen automations. This will let you set activity zones that cameras are pointed at. This comes in handy, for example, if your front door camera is pointed out to a busy street
  • iCloud storage. Probably the most disappointing news for HomeKit out of today’s announcement. With all these activities and potential recordings that can be activated you’ll likely .

The biggest news however is the switch from Intel processors to its own own custom designed ARM-based chips.

We can’t wait to play around with these new features.