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Workaround for the HomeKit shortcut bug in iOS 15 / tvOS 15 (with examples)

What is the HomeKit shortcut bug introduced in iOS 15 / tvOS 15? The latest version of iOS 15 and tvOS 15 (at the time of writing) broke the use of conditionals (if-statements) in HomeKit automation shortcuts when it comes to three different inputs: The brightness level of a light The light level measured by …

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Workaround for the HomeKit shortcut bug in iOS 15 / tvOs 15

UPDATE: It appears that the bug has been fixed with iOS 15.1 / tvOS 15.1 / HomePod Software Version 15.1. There is a workaround for the HomeKit shortcut bug in iOS 15 / tvOS 15. The problem occurs in shortcuts using for instance brightness percentages values (of lights) or brightness lux values (from sensors) in …

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Some HomeKit Automations (using shortcuts) are broken in iOS 15 / tvOS 15

It seems like some HomeKit Automations are still broken in the release version of iOS 15 / tvOS 15. For instance, HomeKit shortcuts using conditional if statements where the brightness off a room (with a lux meter / motion sensor), or even the brightness of a lamp is checked, these conditionals are always interpreted as …

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The power of the Format Date function and how to use it for shortcuts using time of day or sunrise/sunset (part 1)

In this post I want to spotlight the Format Date function, which is very useful and makes using time in shortcuts a breeze. I’ll explain how you can use it with a shortcut example. What is the Format Date function? 🤔 The Format Date function formats date values as the name implies. However, it also …

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Building a shortcut using conditionals with sunrise minus one hour, time of day and room brightness

Keith, a reader of this blog, had a rather interesting problem he was trying to solve, and as I was taking a look at it, I thought the solution could help many with how to break down a trickier problem into smaller bits. What do we want to do? Use a Hue Motion Sensor to …

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What is the maximal duration for a HomeKit shortcut?

There have been some questions in the comments about what the longest possible duration a HomeKit can run. For what purpose would you need to use a shortcut that takes many minutes you might ask. Well, especially if you’re using motion sensors (or other sensors) for turning things (most probably lights) on and off, you …

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Customize your switches with a label printer

Using a label printer to customize your HomeKit compatible switches and buttons

When you get into HomeKit accessories, you’ll probably get a few smart switches or buttons to control your lights and other devices so that you don’t have to use your voice or phone every time you want to turn on a light. You also have the idea that this will make everything more spouse and …

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How to use a motion sensor to turn your lights off with HomeKit (but giving you a warning first) – More advanced version

In this post, we’ll have a look at how we can use a motion sensor to turn your lights off with HomeKit, but not before giving you a warning before doing so. I suggest that you start by looking at an earlier post about how to use a motion sensor to turn on and off …

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Where will HomeKit / the smart home be in 10 years?

This is my prediction on where HomeKit and the smart home will be in 10 years. I admit it is quite optimistic and perhaps even borders on science fiction, but I do think a lot will have changed in 2030. I’ll start by listing the reasons for the change. The impact of artificial intelligence (AI) …

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