August have just announced an update to their popular pie-shaped smart lock, but with a couple of differences. First of all, the lock no longer uses bluetooth for its main connection, but Wi-fi. This means the August Connect Wifi bridge they also sell will no longer be required for those out of reach of their Home Hub (Apple TV, HomePod etc). The other difference is down to size; the lock is overall 45% smaller in volume, and 20% slimmer than the current model, the August Lock Pro. As it uses wifi, the battery arrangement has changed from four AA batteries to two CR123 batteries, also commonly referred to as half AA batteries.
The company’s DoorSense technology is retained, and will still work with the three main smart home ecosystems. The lock comes in two finishes new finishes – Matt Black and Silver (previously the company offered Silver and grey options), and have also opted for a new design for the turn part of the lock itself. No date or price have been issued so far, but we expect the price to be in line with previous offerings.