The Aqara Smart Lock U100 is one of the few smart locks compatible with HomeKit’s Home Key feature in Apple Wallet. | Image: The Verge / Jennifer Pattison Tuohy
Budget smart home gadget manufacturer Aqara is at CES, where it announced a new LED light strip, presence detection sensor, video doorbell, and smart door lock. Besides being affordably priced, several of these products are compatible with Apple HomeKit and will also support Matter further down the line.
First up is the Aqara Video Doorbell G4. It’s the first battery-powered video doorbell to work with Apple’s HomeKit Secure Video in the US and comes with a separate USB-C powered Chime that doubles as a Wi-Fi extender. The G4 supports wired power like its competitors, the Belkin Wemo Video Doorbell and the Logitech Circle View Doorbell.
However, while Belkin and Logitech’s offerings only work with Apple Home ecosystem, the G4 also…