What you need to know
- Ikea has delayed HomeKit support for its smart blinds.
- The company's Twitter account said that support will be coming "early next year".
- This is the latest in a long series of delays for the FYRTUR smart blinds.
Ikea's smart blinds seem to be suffering from yet another delay. Reported by HomeKit Hero, the FYRTUR smart blinds (opens in new tab) have apparently been delayed HomeKit support until "early next year".
When the company's UK Twitter support account was asked when customers could expect HomeKit support to be available, a representative responded that "the HomeKit functionality should be added to the blinds early next year."
Hi, the HomeKit functionality should be added to the blinds early next year.
DanHi, the HomeKit functionality should be added to the blinds early next year.
Dan— IKEA UK Support (@IKEAUKSupport) December 7, 2019December 7, 2019
This is just the latest setback for Ikea's smart blinds. The product was originally announced at the beginning of the year but suffered multiple delays. It finally found itself a release date in October, but was still not available in all stores.
Thankfully, Ikea does have a good track record of making good on its promises of HomeKit support, even if they are tardy with the release. The company's smart plug was originally promised HomeKit support upon release, but once again it launched without the feature. Support was thankfully added a few months later.
The FYRTUR smart blinds are available now to order online (opens in new tab) and in stores and are currently one of the most affordable ways to get your home outfitted with smart blinds. They also do support some smart home ecosystems while we await HomeKit support. You are currently able to control the blinds with Ikea's Home Smart app (opens in new tab) as well as with the Google Assistant. For those wanting to control everything with the Home app, however, we continue to wait until "early next year".
Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
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