Fear not, Arlo Ultra camera owners, you'll get HomeKit support too

But you'll have to wait a little longer

Arlo Ultra to get HomeKit
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Arlo has just rolled out Apple HomeKit support for Arlo Pro and Arlo 2 home security cameras, but what about the Arlo Ultra? Well, it's coming.

The company’s director of product, Greg Falgiano, confirmed on the Arlo forums that support for the Arlo Pro will also come "by Q4 of this year". They're just waiting to get the certification from Apple.

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So that's great, but a lot of users have also been curious as to whether Arlo will support Apple's HomeKit Secure Video, which was announced at WWDC this year. Secure Video offers an alternative way to store captured video, encrypting everything before locking it in Apple's iCloud. Netatmo, Logitech and Eufy are among the names supporting the feature, but Arlo says it won't.

"Arlo does not currently plan to support Apple HomeKit Secure Video," said Falgiano, "but we will support a range of other features that will enable Arlo cameras to participate in then HomeKit ecosystem."

HomeKit Secure Video will require at least a 200GB iCloud storage plan for a single camera and up to 2TB for five cams, and you'll get up to 10 days of recording included. Footage will be sent to the cloud via your HomeKit hub - an Apple TV, iPad or HomePod - where it will be analyzed to determine what's been captured (is that a human or a cat?) before being beamed into iCloud, where Apple says no one, not even itself, can see it.

Finally, Falgiano said that arming/disarming Arlo cameras through HomeKit, a feature many users have requested, won't be enabled any time soon. The restriction lies on Apple's end, Falgiano explained, which prevents any smart home cameras ‚Äď not just Arlo's ‚Äď from having the option.

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