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Logitech unveils Apple HomeKit-compatible Circle View Doorbell

Logitech has announced the US$199.999 Circle View Doorbell, a wired video doorbell developed exclusively for Apple HomeKit. 

Featuring Face Recognition and Logitech TrueView video, Circle View Doorbell provides head-to-toe portrait video from just two feet away, true HDR to handle high-contrast scenes, and color night vision up to six feet away. The Circle View Doorbell is compatible with most existing wired doorbell systems. It also supports HomeKit Secure Video, giving you ways to customize your video recordings, notifications, storage, and sharing options.

With HomeKit Secure Video, a smart home platform available on more than a billion active iOS and iPadOS devices, intelligent detection is done securely and privately on your HomePod, the new HomePod mini, or Apple TV to determine when a person, animal, or vehicle is in the video. You can interact with Circle View Doorbell in the Home app or by asking Siri on supported Apple devices.

Face Recognition identifies people you tag in your Photos library or recent visitors captured by your camera or doorbell in the Home app. With Circle View Doorbell, you can use the Home app to be notified when people come to the door and receive smart notifications across your Apple devices — on your iPhone and Apple Watch while you’re away, or even an announcement on Apple TV and HomePod. 

You can even mute your home’s existing wired chime. Video streams and recordings using HomeKit Secure Video are processed on the home hub device, uploaded to iCloud, and are end-to-end encrypted securely to the Home app. These recordings do not count against your iCloud storage limit for photos, videos, and files.

To help consumers skip the hassle of installation, Logitech has partnered with HelloTech, an installation provider.  Customers also have the option to self-install if comfortable handling power tools and working with electrical systems. Circle View Doorbell supports existing systems powered by 8-24 V AC transformers with 10 VA or higher power. To ensure your existing doorbell meets the electrical requirements, visit Logitech’s compatibility checker.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.