Aqara: New Bulbs, The Mi Home App and HomeKit-based Alarms!

Our source in Shanghai, Eric, has updated us on the latest developments with Aqara and we’ve seen a few very interesting things so far!

First off is the new Aqara Tuneable White smart bulb, seems to be available now in China, via jd.com and AliExpress for around ¥79.00, which works out to roughly US$11.00 or UK£9.00. Currently the Chinese bulb only seems to support 220-240V at 50/60Hz, but there will undoubtedly be a 110-120v version forthcoming. It should go without saying that these bulbs will work with HomeKit, via the Aqara hub, being that these are Zigbee based.

Further to this, and following on from the unannounced update to the Mi Home app that now allows for the adding of the Aqara app, it would seem that a further update, either to the Aqara Hub, or the Mi Home app – or both – is due to drop on November 25th (don’t hold us to that, please!), which will then bring full support to the Aqara Hub via the Mi Home app.

The diagram above could be seen to suggest that Mijia/Xiaomi devices will work with HomeKit, which some already do via the Aqara Hub, but it’s doubtful at this point that the Robot Vacuum cleaner will be supported via the HomeKit framework, at least not on November 25th. It’s more likely that this diagram is being used to illustrate that you will be able to control both your HomeKit devices (D-Link Omna, Hue Bulbs, NanoLeaf Aurora) and your Mijia/Aqara/Xiaomi devices, all in one app.

The final piece of information we’ve seen some ‘circumstantial evidence’ of is that the speaker/alarm within the Aqara Hub, may eventually be getting HomeKit support! If you take a look at the image below, you can see a mockup of two screens, one of a iPhone and another of (we presume) a Xiaomi phone, running Apple’s Home app and the Mi Home app, respectively. But if you look closer, you can make out an icon for an alarm. Could this be the Aqara Hub’s built-in alarm? The Chinese text doesn’t specify that it is, but we strongly suspect it will be. Let’s hope.

Simon T Bramley

Editor - Musician, graphic designer and HomeKit aficionado, living in Taipei, Taiwan.

6 thoughts on “Aqara: New Bulbs, The Mi Home App and HomeKit-based Alarms!

  • 14th November 2018 at 12:10 am
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    Aqara home app was updated and there is a switch to expose the bridge in the mi home app now (in the bridge options).

    Switching it on doesn’t work yet, it says the firmware has to be the latest and then it forwards to the update screen which says it’s up to date. So it seems all the updates are coming in in pieces and we need all the pieces for it to work.

    Not very user friendly though, all those options not working and not a word why they are not working, but it seems we will get there eventually 🙂

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    • 14th November 2018 at 1:00 am
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      Hi Dries,
      Yes I had the same scenario today too. The Nov 25th update will hopefully ties everything together, although there may be another update before that.

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    • 14th November 2018 at 5:49 am
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      Do You know how long and how took such a HUGE corporation as Xiaomi to build app Xiaomi Mi Home? YEARS and still not done!

      And now they are saying probably all Aqara be moved to MiHome – ok – BUT – how we can know Xiaomi won’t slow down even more their servers for NOT THEIRS product in their app?!

      Something tells me we will end up with partly working Aqara App – Mi App and HomeKit – everything will work little bit BUT – NOTHING will fully work :/

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      • 14th November 2018 at 8:08 am
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        Just wait and see for yourself man.. there’s only one way to find out:)

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      • 14th November 2018 at 8:14 pm
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        There’s a simple solution to this if you think Xiaomi and Aqara are not good enough – just don’t use them. There seems to be some people that are less than satisfied with the rate at which Aqara are fixing stuff that’s broken, but there are also plenty of people that have no problems with their devices, so as I say, if you’re having problems with them, don’t use them.

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