Today Logitech announced a new beta firmware update for their Circle 2 HomeKit enabled cameras. Version 8.2.43 of the firmware, will be pushed out over the coming week, according to the company’s support page, to anyone that has signed up for beta firmware testing. The latest firmware doesn’t need to be requested if you’re already testing the current beta firmware.
The update continues its push towards HomeKit Secure Video compatibility, and aside from bug fixes, the company has also stated that two new functions will now be exposed to HomeKit for what the company describe as ‘advanced users’, although there’s no mention of what exactly constitutes an advanced user on the page. Still, these two new functions – HomeKit access to the occupancy and light sensors – are described on the website thus;
Circle 2’s PIR based “Occupancy Sensor” is accessible in HomeKit for advanced users.
- In the Home App – it can be used as an alternative to the motion sensor for automations and notifications (not recordings).
- This sensor only works in areas where the camera’s view is unobstructed (will not work when the camera is placed behind a window).
Circle 2’s ALS based “Light Sensor” is accessible in HomeKit for advanced users.
- In the Home App – it can be used to view light level values in LUX.
Other bug fixes and improvements.
This goes a long way to show that the company are still considering the Circle 2 as a viable product, despite both rumours of a new device coming, based on a shortage of the current camera in some locations, as well as the camera having been around for nearly two years at this point.