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Your Lock is Unreachable

Posted on Monday, November 27th, 2017

Dave!Honestly, I don't condone violence (well, except punching Nazis in the face, because that's what Captain America would do)... but I have a deep-in-my-soul feeling that everybody at Apple who is involved with the colossal fucking failure that is their "HomeKit" home automation technology should be executed.

Publicly.

By firing squad.

Without a blindfold.

It's the only way that tech companies are going to learn that you can't unleash half-baked, non-working, pile-of-shit tech on an unsuspecting public without paying the consequences...

Apple HomeKit Bulshit

I can run my entire home from my iPhone... except my locks. The only thing I can do with my locks is either remote-lock or remote-unlock. Because apparently anything more complex than that overwhelms HomeKit and it just goes non-responsive. My whole lock goes offline until I can get home and hold my phone next to the lock, thus bypassing HomeKit entirely.

The only thing I have that's Apple HomeKit enabled is my locks. The only home automation I consistently have trouble with is my locks. And I don't blame Schlage, because anything you submit for HomeKit has to be approved by Apple.

This is squarely on Apple's doorstep, and somebody needs to die.

And if Steve Jobs was still in charge, somebody probably would.

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  1. Ren says:

    I’m curious what falls into the “anything more complex” bucket? You didn’t mention viewing the lock’s status, but I doubt that’s it. What more beyond locking and unlocking is needed? I’m also confused by your image, which seems to be the Schlage app. I wouldn’t expect that to use HomeKit for its communication, so I’m not sure you can really let Schlage off the hook. I also think you may be giving too much credit to the Apple review of HomeKit-enabled devices. My impression is that it’s just a checklist, not a real review. Or maybe that is the issue and it should be a real review.

    My August locks work pretty well, though I do often get a message back from Siri that the lock didn’t respond. In that case, the lock may or may not have actually done what I told it to. This is almost always from my Watch, so there are extra variables. However, my main use of the lock is its automatic functions, which I’m still driving from the August app directly.

    That being said, I have a number of wall switches connected via HomeKit and they seem pretty flawless.

    Of course, given your experience with streaming video from Apple, maybe somebody at Apple just doesn’t like you. :-)

    • Daver says:

      I’ve tested this extensively. It’s the communication between AppleTV and HomeKit. They are well within range. I can lick and unlock. But any other function… like adding a user… times out the HomeKit link. This is not a Schlage issue. They are following what Apple gives them. And the approval, by the way is FAR from a checklist. It requires (required) a special chip and procedures, from what I understand. Both Apple mandated and controlled.

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