Apple Home now supports robot vacuums

Apple Home now supports robot vacuums

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Support for robot vacuums is coming to Apple Home with iOS18. | Photo by Jennifer Pattison Tuohy / The Verge

Apple has announced that Apple Home will finally support robot vacuums with iOS 18. This was one of just a few updates to Apple Home announced at WWDC 2024. The others were guest access for door locks and hands-free unlocking, plus a new electricity usage features in the Home app, which is limited to Pacific Gas & Electric in California at launch.

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Apple didn’t provide many details about robot vacuums in the Home app, only stating in a press release that the devices can participate in automations and scenes and be activated with voice control using Siri.

However, the feature most likely comes through Apple Home’s support of Matter, which added support in Matter 1.2. Matter enables starting and stopping the robot, adjusting cleaning modes…

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