Logitech Circle 2 security camera gains HomeKit support
Well-known gadget maker Logitech introduced the Circle 2 home security camera earlier this summer and promised HomeKit support, and yesterday they made good on their promise with a software update.
The Logitech Circle 2 is a unique security camera that has many versatile mounts available. You can even just plug it right into an outlet and aim it exactly where you want it. It's an indoor/outdoor camera, offers a super-wide 180° viewing angle, fully weatherproof and comes in both a battery and wired-version. As it turns out, however, Apple has a restriction on HomeKit cameras that they must be wired-only. 9to5Mac received confirmation on this from Logitech and mentioned it in their reporting, thus only the wired-version of the Circle 2 camera can get HomeKit compatibility. Of course, Apple could loosen this restriction in the future.
Logitech's Circle 2 becomes only the second HomeKit-compatible security camera to become available, after the D-Link Omna 180 which arrived on the market earlier this year. The Circle 2 offers cloud recording options, which the D-Link does not, and has a number of customizable alerts, person detection and the ability to send you a "recap" of the day to save you from browsing hours of footage.
The new HomeKit capabilities lets you ask Siri to see the live view of the Circle 2 and it will pop-up on your iOS device or even Apple Watch, and use motion alerts from the camera to trigger other HomeKit scenes, lights and devices. As each HomeKit device category gets filled out, the entire platform gets more compelling. Once you get enough of these products setup and triggering scenes and more in your home, it really becomes fairly powerful. Especially because the entire system is essentially built right into many existing Apple devices.