The insights into iOS 14 also reveal a few interesting details about the future of HomeKit. Accordingly, Apple is also working on noteworthy functional extensions and improvements.
According to the Apple blog 9to5Mac, the early version of iOS 14 in circulation, which is only intended for Apple’s internal use, suggests that lighting control, camera integration and audio performance via Apple TV will be improved in autumn.
“Night Shift” for house lighting
With a view to lighting control, Apple plans to add the option of automatically adjusting the heat level of the lighting to the time of day. Similar to what we know from Night Shift on Mac or iOS devices, the living room lighting could be colder and brighter during the day, for example, while reduced after sunset and shining in warmer tones. At the moment this can only be adjusted manually, iOS 14 should bring a function with which the light can gently adapt to the course of the day.
Face detection cameras and new audio options
In the future, HomeKit should offer extended functions for the recognition of people for integrated cameras. HomeKit Secure Video is also said to offer the option of sending notifications in connection with the detection of certain people.
The HomeKit functions of Apple TV are to be expanded by the option of permanently selecting an external speaker such as the HomePod as audio output. So far, this has to be repeated regularly via the AirPlay settings.
In connection with reporting on the details hidden in this iOS 14 version, we have repeatedly pointed out that these are by no means confirmed functional extensions for iOS 14.
It is quite possible that some of these functions have been tested by Apple, but have not (yet) been finally implemented.