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Eve has started rolling out an optional firmware update to support Matter on Apple devices, but Homekit-only users haven't been left out.
People who have Eve Energy, Eve Door & Smart home products Window and Eve Motion will see the update through their iPhones or iPads running iOS or iPadOS 16.2, which Apple will release in the near future.
Users who choose to install an optional update can still use HomeKit features in the Eve app and the Apple Home app. Features include schedules, child lock, and advanced automation. However, Eva says that customers who upgrade their devices to Matter cannot change them back to a HomeKit-only setup.
As the Eve firmware update is released, customers will have access to the Samsung SmartThings ecosystem, with access to Google Home and Amazon Alexa as soon as those companies make them available.
How to update
- Users will need an edge home node. These include HomePod mini, Apple TV 4K 2nd Gen, or Apple TV 4K 3rd Gen 128GB model.
- Make sure your hub is up to date with the latest version of tvOS and connected to your network.
- Eve's Firmware Update to Matter requires iOS 16.2 or iPadOS 16.2 or later.
- Apply for the Early Access program by filling out the form here. Upon registration, users will receive an email from Eve giving TestFlight access to the firmware update.
Matter is a new A protocol that allows devices from different companies to communicate with each other on the same network.
Apple's HomePod mini will work alongside Matter-enabled Google Nest devices or Amazon Alexa devices, so people don't need to buy additional hardware. It works with HomeKit and other connectivity standards rather than replacing them.
Companies can inject Matter into devices via Wi-Fi, Thread, or Bluetooth Low Energy. Matter also supports Ethernet.