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Withings scraps its Apple HomeKit security cam

Withings' Home Plus security camera has been axed due to a lawsuit between Apple and Nokia, a report claims.

Withings' Home Plus camera promised to be among the first HomeKit-enabled live-streaming devices.

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Withings has canceled the production of its Apple-HomeKit-enabled Home Plus security camera. A patent dispute between Apple and Withings parent company Nokia is the apparent cause, according to a report by 9to5Mac.

Withings' second-generation Home Plus camera was touted back in January as one of the first DIY security cams to work with Apple's HomeKit platform. HomeKit allows iPhone customers to access a variety of connected devices from a single, unifying Home app, as well as use Siri to control the devices via voice command. The addition of an Apple TV into the mix enables HomeKit customers to use Siri commands remotely.

The Withings Home Plus looked very similar to the first-gen Withings Home camera with a few key updates. A 1080p HD live streaming indoor home security camera, Withings Home (and the Home Plus) offer two-way talk, night vision, motion, sound and air quality alerts. In addition to being equipped with Apple's required MFi chip, the Home Plus model also promised to add support for an Android app, a 24-hour activity time lapse, a two-day event log and optional continuous video recording for a recurring monthly fee.

"Guided by our evolving business focus and strategy, we will not be releasing Home Plus, but will continue to provide Home with the software updates and improvements," a Withings representative told me. "We no longer have plans for HomeKit compatibility."

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