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Smart home device maker iDevices acquired by Hubbell

Yes, I read your review of Wall Switch and agree again…the price does not justify the product. I won’t be buying these anytime soon, though you may have talked me into the Eve Light.
Full disclosure, our 3 iDevices original Switch plugs I bought at a sizable discount ($40 off for two; $25 off the 3rd). Beyond that, I purchased the outdoor switch ($10 off), an item which has no equivalent competitor.
Which segues to my bigger point: seeing companies like Hubbell entering the market admits to the obvious exploding popularity of IoT products; so that’s good for HomeKit. It’s just as a long time Apple customer, it always disappoints me to see us become marginalized by alternatives (Windows, USB, Alexa) that limit our choices, increase the prices, and leave us at the mercy of a supporting company’s terms & policies.

Posted by David_SC on April 27, 2017 at 12:22 PM (CDT)

Smart home device maker iDevices acquired by Hubbell

While I agree that HomeKit itself carries a premium, it seems that iDevices has an extra premium over many competing HomeKit products that’s just hard to justify.
We published our review of the Wall Switch yesterday, for example, and it was difficult for it even to receive our limited recommendation when you consider that it’s almost twice the price of competing solutions. Elgato’s Eve Light switch does the same basic job for half the price, and although I do admit that iDevices’ Wall Switch has some advantages, it’s difficult to see those advantages being worth a $50 price premium per switch — especially if you’re looking to install several of them.
Then there’s Lutron’s Caséta system (my personal favourite of the bunch). Your initial investment will run you $190 for a starter kit, but that gives you two dimmers and two remotes along with the bridge, after which you’re paying only $60 per switch/dimmer to add additional ones. The included remotes also provide for a three-way switch configuration with a single $60 switch (plus the cost of a bit of mounting hardware for the second one), whereas with iDevices you’d need to buy two separate iDevices Wall Switches at $100 each and then pair them.
With iDevices’ original Switch, the $10-$20 premium over competing plug-in devices was understandable for the night light, but it’s really hard to ignore what they’re charging for the wall switch.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on April 26, 2017 at 4:41 PM (CDT)

Smart home device maker iDevices acquired by Hubbell

You’re right about the pricing with iDevices. Had I started there only, I might never have gotten on board HomeKit. But starting with Ecobee3 thermostats and MyQ garage door opener, I quickly accepted the premium for the incredible convenience. The app really swung me after that…just something about its features and performance that seems better.
I’m only reading tea leaves as to Hubbell and they definitely could become a major player in HomeKit IoT products. It’s just that the press release only spoke of Echo (Alexa) about the voice management feature, and while that’s thin, it seems just enough to give pause in the in the bigger battle of Alexa vs Sire vs Google, where it feels like Apple is losing ground.

Posted by David_SC on April 26, 2017 at 4:28 PM (CDT)

Smart home device maker iDevices acquired by Hubbell

Interesting. I sort of look at it the other way in terms of iDevices’ app, but it’s just a matter of what you’re used to. I’ve started using Apple’s Home app almost exclusively, switching over to Elgato’s Eve app primarily for collecting environmental data (since there’s no HomeKit API for that yet), and configuring advanced rules (Elgato’s app still provides the most advanced support for rules of most of the apps I’ve seen).
Personally, I’m hoping that Hubbell makes iDevices’ products more economical. They’re good products, but right now, most of them are overpriced for what they actually offer; iDevices seems to feel that adding a night light to devices like Switch, Socket, and now Wall Switch can justify the price premium. While that’s not too bad on a device-by-device basis, it does become a barrier when somebody is looking at equipping their entire home, especially when competing products are coming in at half the price.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on April 25, 2017 at 5:43 PM (CDT)

Smart home device maker iDevices acquired by Hubbell

As a very satisfied and impressed customer of iDevices’ products and app, this announcement certainly brings trepidation. Hubbell is huge and such acquisitions by these companies are to push into markets otherwise not worth directly investing. Therefore, I’m concerned on whether Hubbell will narrow iDevices’ scope to high-return features…such as Alexa at the expense of further HomeKit development.
I feel iDevices’ app works better and more fluidly with HomeKit than Apple’s own Home app. It makes using and managing HomeKit much more worthwhile. I’d hate to see this possibly dissipate due to Hubbell’s “big picture” agenda.

Posted by David_SC on April 25, 2017 at 11:06 AM (CDT)

Apple delays 'Carpool Karaoke' release to 'later this year'

Delaying? I bet Cook or someone with a brain saw a finished episode of this truly bad idea and decided it never makes the light of day.

Posted by justmewhoelse12 on April 25, 2017 at 10:52 AM (CDT)

Apple execs remain optimistic about Apple Pay, despite slow uptake

Worth noting that Apple has faced concerted action by three of four major banks here in Australia, wanting to create their own NFC apps and avoid Apple Pay. So most people’s credit cards aren’t working. To date, only the fourth national bank and American Express have adopted Apple Pay.
Many people think the banks’ concern centred on Apple’s fees for service. Anyway, the regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, has just decided that the other three banks’ joint action was reducing competition. So maybe matters will improve now.

Posted by Martin Johnson King on April 10, 2017 at 3:47 PM (CDT)

Unboxing the new 9.7-inch iPad

I missed it - thanks, I’ll take a look

Posted by David Burnham on April 6, 2017 at 8:40 AM (CDT)

Unboxing the new 9.7-inch iPad

In case you (or anybody else) missed it, we posted the full review on Monday morning….
http://www.ilounge.com/inde…

Posted by Jesse Hollington on April 6, 2017 at 8:27 AM (CDT)

Apple releases minor iOS 10.3.1 security update

The rumour is that 10.3.2 may end support for 32 bit devices — specifically the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c. This was based on the fact that the first iOS 10.3.2 developer beta doesn’t appear to be available for those models at this point.
This doesn’t appear to be the case for 10.3.1, which is by all estimations a minor update that was already in the pipeline when Apple released the 10.3.2 beta.
The discontinuation of 32-bit apps might come with iOS 11, but that’s mostly speculation with no firm evidence beyond a warning that comes up in iOS 10.3 for 32-bit apps stating that they “will not work with future versions of iOS.” Of course, since iOS 10.3.1 and iOS 10.3.2 are both “future versions of iOS” that could include iOS 10.3.2, or it may be iOS 11, or it could just be Apple paving the way so that there are no surprised when they eventually do pull the plug.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on April 4, 2017 at 8:38 AM (CDT)

Apple releases minor iOS 10.3.1 security update

Thanks for sharing such an informative post.I saw an article saying that 10.3.1 will remove support for 32 bit apps. Are 32 bit apps working in 10.3.1? I may be forced to upgrade to an iPhone 7 now just so I can remain on 10.3.0.

Posted by Janet Scott on April 4, 2017 at 8:09 AM (CDT)

Apple bidding on Toshiba's flash memory division, cuts ties with Imagination Technologies

Possibility for a Rockstar Consortium type of agreement?

Posted by j03 on April 3, 2017 at 2:04 PM (CDT)

Apple pulls over-the-air iOS 10.3 update for iPhone 5, 5c; iOS 10.3.2 seems to end support for them

I was able to update the 5 & 5C via iTunes

Posted by jozefd14 on March 30, 2017 at 7:11 PM (CDT)

Unboxing the new 9.7-inch iPad

Funny!

Posted by Tiggara on March 30, 2017 at 6:21 PM (CDT)

Unboxing the new 9.7-inch iPad

ok thanks, I’ll keep an eye out for that more detailed review.

Posted by David Burnham on March 30, 2017 at 12:48 PM (CDT)

Unboxing the new 9.7-inch iPad

That’s it.  You just popped in here to bitch?  WTFx2!

Posted by Svender on March 30, 2017 at 11:49 AM (CDT)

Unboxing the new 9.7-inch iPad

As we noted, it’s a “quick first look.” We’ve traditionally done this for just about every new Apple product as soon as we receive them, as with battery and performance testing it takes a couple of days to get a proper review done.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on March 30, 2017 at 6:17 AM (CDT)

Unboxing the new 9.7-inch iPad

No review.  You literally just opened the box.  That’s it?  WTF!

Posted by David Burnham on March 30, 2017 at 5:07 AM (CDT)

Apple pulls over-the-air iOS 10.3 update for iPhone 5, 5c; iOS 10.3.2 seems to end support for them

Well that’s crap! I have a perfectly good phone that works great and now I won’t be getting updates! I’ll ride this phone till everything stops working.

Posted by Yankeegator on March 29, 2017 at 5:15 PM (CDT)

Apple releases iOS 10.3 with Find My AirPods, Siri + CarPlay improvements

Biggest change most won’t notice is the move to APFS (Apple File System), which is quite significant IMO. Anyway my 7 plus updated no problem (also love the addition of night shift to MacOS Sierra).

Posted by decafjava on March 28, 2017 at 5:07 AM (CDT)

Report confirms legitimacy of at least some of the stolen iCloud credentials being held for ransom

It’s pretty clear there has been no new breach.

Posted by MXJ222 on March 24, 2017 at 7:19 PM (CDT)

Apple confirms iCloud and Apple ID systems have not been breached in response to hacker threat

Yup, likewise. Of course, as with most “hacks” like this, there are still a lot of people who are vulnerable due to poor security practices. I definitely know people who reuse passwords and haven’t changed them in a decade, so this at least makes for an opportunity to hopefully inspire those folks to start exercising more responsible security practices — hopefully not the hard way.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on March 23, 2017 at 10:20 AM (CDT)

Apple confirms iCloud and Apple ID systems have not been breached in response to hacker threat

Not sure if anyone took this particular threat seriously. I’ve had 2FA on for awhile anyway…

Posted by decafjava on March 23, 2017 at 10:00 AM (CDT)

Apple unveils new upgraded entry-level 9.7" iPad, replacing iPad Air 2

Thanks for catching that. We actually did notice the 128GB model as well, but somehow in the midst of all of the updates today, it got missed somewhere along the way.
You actually can see the prices if you go into the “Models and Pricing” section on the main iPad page. You won’t be able to place an order yet, but the prices are all there. The 128GB model starts at $429 for Wi-Fi only, with the Wi-Fi + Cellular versions at $130 for both models, pretty much as before.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on March 21, 2017 at 9:48 AM (CDT)

Apple unveils new upgraded entry-level 9.7" iPad, replacing iPad Air 2

The website also lists a 128 GB model, but since they aren’t on sale yet, you can’t see the price.

Posted by Ted on March 21, 2017 at 9:40 AM (CDT)

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