Ring could finally support Apple HomeKit later this year, meaning iPhone, iPad, Mac and HomePod users will gain native control of Ring’s line-up of doorbells and cameras. Many expected Ring to quietly shelve plans for HomeKit support after Amazon acquired the company, but a listing on Apple’s website shows that Ring recently had its products certified for use with HomeKit.
According to the certification, unearthed by Twitter user @mrdanielfeo, both the Ring Spotlight Cam and Ring Video Doorbell Pro have received HomeKit certification. That means we’re now just waiting on a software update for those products to officially add HomeKit support. Once that’s done, users will be able to bark commands at Siri and control their Ring products, just like they’ve been able to do with Alexa.
HomeKit support is not just about being able to control devices through Siri, but it also means users will see the Ring products in the Apple Home app. This app should allow users to view the live feed from any certified Ring product, while they should also be able to arm and disarm the cameras without needing to open the Ring app. The Apple Home app also allows for the custom creation of scenes, meaning when a user triggers a camera, the app could automatically turn on a Philips Hue lightbulb, for instance.
Ring is still not commenting on HomeKit support for its devices, although it shouldn’t take too long for the company to roll out a software update. The Amazon-owned firm may be waiting to make a big song and dance about the announcement, however, and there’s no better place for that than Apple’s annual developer’s conference, WWDC, which conveniently takes place next month.