Robin's ProLine Video Doorbell is the first to support HomeKit Secure Video
What you need to know
- Robin is the first to add HomeKit Secure Video to a doorbell.
- A new firmware update has been released.
- This is the first video doorbell to support HomeKit Secure Video.
Robin has today announced that it has received certification from Apple, allowing it to release a new firmware update that adds HomeKit Secure Video support to its ProLine Video Doorbell.
This is the first video doorbell to bring HomeKit Secure Video support to the market and while it surely won't be the last, there's something to be said for being the first.
The addition of HomeKit Secure Video means that all video recordings will now be stored in iCloud, allowing users to access them from an iPhone, Mac, or iPad.
Keeping all recordings in iCloud adds a level of privacy that most third-party vendors can't offer, especially at a time where many video doorbells are in the midst of multiple privacy scandles.
Those wanting to take advantage of this new feature will need to download the latest version of the Robin ProLine app from the App Store as well as update their doorbell's firmware, too.
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Here's a problem that I think should be addressed with this. If it ONLY uses HomeKit, that's locking you in to Apple products. Most people won't think about it that way, but where Apple should be regulated is this. Requiring the 200gig plan basically means you have to stay in the Apple Ecosystem. Not to mention the fact that you can't pay your AppleCard bill if you don't have an iOS device. I'm not pro-regulation, but this should at the very least be mentioned on the cameras, and arguably forced on AppleCard since that impacts your credit, and forcing you to buy a $329 device (iPads can pay the card right?) to pay your card off is criminal (assuming you only have one iPhone and it breaks).