Eve for HomeKit app update adds macOS support, Thread, and more

Eve Energy Strip in use on a desk
Eve Energy Strip in use on a desk (Image credit: Eve)

What you need to know

  • The Eve for HomeKit app has been updated to version 5.0.
  • Latest update brings the powerful HomeKit app to M1-equipped Macs for the first time.
  • Other improvements include sidebar navigation on iPadOS, Eve Light Strip schedules, and an alternate icon.

Update: Eve has confirmed that the latest app version also brings Thread connectivity support to Eve Door and Window Sensors via a firmware update. More information about Eve's Thread rollout can be found here.

Eve Systems has announced the release of a new update to the popular Eve for HomeKit app on Thursday. Version 5 of the Eve for HomeKit app, available now on the App Store, adds support for the iPhone 12 line and the latest iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and macOS Big Sur features.

When Apple announced the changes coming to the Mac platform, we didn't think twice and immediately went to work to make sure Eve shines on the newest generation of Macs, as well. With Eve 5 and a Mac with a M1 chip, you can now enjoy all the power of a full-fledged HomeKit app with the comfort of your mouse, keyboard and big screen.

Eve For Homekit 5 on an iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Eve For Homekit 5 on an iPhone, iPad, and Mac (Image credit: Eve)

Headlining the release is support for macOS Big Sur for the latest M1-equipped Macs. Now for the first time, users can view, control, and manage HomeKit accessories, scenes, and automation, right from the comforts of macOS. The macOS version of the Eve for HomeKit also includes a new sidebar navigation system that puts favorites, accessory types, and rooms a click away.

Eve now utilizes the screen resolutions of iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max perfectly, and iPad users can admire a new, fully native sidebar. We've also thrown in a dark app icon alternative that you can enable by heading to Settings > Appearance.

Over on iOS, Eve for HomeKit 5 adds support for the iPhone 12 line of devices, including new screen sizes for the smaller iPhone 12 mini, and the larger iPhone 12 Pro Max. The iPadOS version of the app also includes the new sidebar navigation menu seen on macOS Big Sur. Both iOS versions also include the ability to switch the app's icon to a new dark alternative option.

Eve For Homekit App Privacy (Image credit: iMore)

If you've already invited Eve into your home, you may have already noticed that we never stop improving and looking for useful features to add. This release is no different, making the accessories you already own even better:

  • The schedule editor of Eve Thermo has been further improved.
  • Eve Light Strip now supports schedules.
  • The secondary information display for Eve Degree and Eve Room has been refined.

Other highlights include new scheduling options for the Eve Light Strip and the Eve Thermo, as well as tweaks for the way information is presented from the Eve Degree and Eve Room sensors. Finally, Eve has updated its App Store privacy details to reaffirm its commitment to user privacy by stating that it does not harvest personal data or use data for advertising purposes.

The Eve for HomeKit 5 updates and app are available now as a free download on the App Store on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS. The Eve Light Strip is available at various retailers, including Amazon, at a retail price of $79.95 for a 6.6-foot starter kit.

Christopher Close

Christopher spends most of his time writing and dreaming about all things HomeKit and the Home app. Whether it is installing smart light switches, testing the latest door locks, or automating his households daily routines, Christopher has done it all.