By Mikey Campbell Friday, June 14, 2019, 02:41 pm PT (05:41 pm ET)
Following Apple’s unveiling of HomeKit Secure Video features at the Worldwide Developers Conference earlier in June, Logitech on Friday announced support for the forthcoming technology will be rolled out to wired versions of its popular Circle 2 camera. Quietly announced in a post to Logitech’s online forum, HomeKit Secure Video will be released to existing Circle 2 owners as a free update later this year. The forum entry was spotted by HomeKit Hero earlier today.Detailed onstage at WWDC 2019, HomeKit Secure Video enables on-device image processing via at-home Apple products, and secure data storage with iCloud. In the case of security cameras, footage is first sent to a host device like an iPad, Apple TV or HomePod for on-site analysis like people recognition and activity alerts. The image data is then encrypted, sent to iCloud and stored for later viewing. Apple allows users to keep 10 days’ worth of recordings in iCloud without the cache counting against storage allotments. Single camera support is offered for iCloud customers subscribed to a 200GB iCloud storage plan, while a 2TB plan nets support for up to five cameras.Logitech, Eufy and Netatmo were announced by Apple as companies offering support for HomeKit Secure Video when the framework launches alongside iOS 13 this fall. Netatmo was first to confirm compatibility earlier this month, saying its upcoming Smart Video Doorbell, Smart Indoor Camera and Smart Outdoor Camera will support the platform this year. For Logitech, the addition of HomeKit Secure Video addresses one of the biggest gripes with the Circle 2, an otherwise stellar device that AppleInsider in May ranked as the best HomeKit camera available.
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