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  • iPhone Controlled August Smart Lock to Arrive in Apple Retail Stores This Week


    The August Smart Lock which is created by popular designer, Yves Béhar has been made available at Apple Retail Stores. The Cupertino California company is selling the HomeKit-connected device at all of its locations across the US. The units sell for $249.99 and are said to be available in Apple’s retail locations across the US starting this week.

    It appears that the August Smart Lock will remain exclusive at retail to Apple Stores for now. The smart home accessory maker said its partnership with Apple is ideal because the company is “committed to building world-class products and providing an excellent consumer experience at their stores.”

    It should be noted that orders for the August Smart Lock will also be available through the company’s online store at the same price though it is currently backordered. The company first began shipping to preorder customers back in August but not all pre-sales have been fulfilled prior to its retail launch. The company recently stated in its blog that this was a “tough call,” but that retail is a difficult market for startup companies. The company continued by stating the following:

    "The main reason we are going to retail is because many of our early supporters have consistently asked for alternatives to a purely-online purchasing experience. They'd like to see the product in person, understand the installation requirements and ensure the look and feel fits with their home."

    For those of you who don’t know much about it, the August Smart Lock looks somewhat like a large puck that shares many similarities with Nest’s Learning Thermometer, sans the display and touch controls. The lock is accessed wirelessly via Bluetooth Low Energy and an iOS app meaning users can share virtual keys with family and friends from an iPhone. Furthermore, digital keys can also be customized for various uses such as only working at certain times or on certain days.

    Furthermore, August claims compatibility with a wide variety of deadbolts and promises quiet operation, a feature that many other competitors in the space lack. The device is made of metal and runs on four AA batteries which reportedly last six months and are able to operate in the event of a power outage. If the unit malfunctions, a rotating collar inside the lock acts as a physical backup, allowing users to unlock the deadbolt with a regular key from the outside. Last but not least, the hardware is compatible with Apple’s new HomeKit developer tools in iOS 8 which allow Siri to control and monitor smart home accessories.

    What do you think of the device? Will any of you be purchasing the August Smart Lock? Share your thoughts below!

    Source: August (blog) via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone Controlled August Smart Lock to Arrive in Apple Retail Stores This Week started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Is it still possibly to unlock physically?
    1. robbpell's Avatar
      robbpell -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpidermanAPV View Post
      Is it still possibly to unlock physically?
      a rotating collar inside the lock acts as a physical backup, allowing users to unlock the deadbolt with a regular key from the outside.
    1. Jj2345's Avatar
      Jj2345 -
      Too much money!!
    1. stulaw11's Avatar
      stulaw11 -
      WAY too expensive. A regular deadbolt lock with a key is well under $50.

      $99.99, ok that would be fair. $250 is twice what the high end of the price point should be. I bet this thing costs a whole $20-30 tops to make with the lock and the electronics.
    1. Bo Troxell's Avatar
      Bo Troxell -
      With the cost and the tech involved I felt more info was needed for me as a consumer want to buy such a pricey product. So I searched their website and found how much more bang for the buck you get besides a nifty Keyless entry system. I found this.
      Seems the companion app shows August’s encrypted locking technology is safer than keys that can get lost and codes that can be copied.
      Total Control
      You control when people have access to your home. For example you can issue a key that works 24/7 for a family member, or one that works a couple of hours a week only for your cleaning person.
      Log Records
      You can see a Log of who’s entered and exited—and exactly when they did—remotely from your phone or computer.
      Always On
      It doesn’t matter if your power, cable or Wi-Fi goes down. August uses 4 AA batteries that keep it running in any circumstance. When the batteries get low we'll even send you reminders.

      This is pretty slick and I think your getting a unique protection with high tech data too. I like it.
    1. holyshnikes's Avatar
      holyshnikes -
      Quote Originally Posted by stulaw11 View Post
      WAY too expensive. A regular deadbolt lock with a key is well under $50.

      $99.99, ok that would be fair. $250 is twice what the high end of the price point should be. I bet this thing costs a whole $20-30 tops to make with the lock and the electronics.
      All this stuff is too expensive. I would love to upgrade my home equipment with iPhone control, but I'm not spending that coin on it.
    1. stolenpentium's Avatar
      stolenpentium -
      $125-$150 is the sweet spot.
    1. rodnutz's Avatar
      rodnutz -
      I really like this one and was thinking about getting it when it hits the market, but yeah they are WAY to expensive.

      http://www.gojiaccess.com/
    1. kickerman65's Avatar
      kickerman65 -
      I'd pay $100 tops. But these are way too expensive.
    1. noop's Avatar
      noop -
      Kwikset makes something very similar. Bluetooth phone unlocking, a digital key (looks like a usb stick) unlocking or a regular key. Starting price 129.00 up to 279.00 I've seen them at best buy a few weeks ago.
    1. kukuchiau's Avatar
      kukuchiau -
      Why apple exclusive? Why so expensive? Why unproven?

      Just use this:

      https://lockitron.com/
    1. Ambi_Valence's Avatar
      Ambi_Valence -
      Quote Originally Posted by blkcadi View Post
      With the cost and the tech involved I felt more info was needed for me as a consumer want to buy such a pricey product. So I searched their website and found how much more bang for the buck you get besides a nifty Keyless entry system. I found this.
      Seems the companion app shows August’s encrypted locking technology is safer than keys that can get lost and codes that can be copied.
      You didn’t see the…….users to unlock the deadbolt with a regular key from the outside.
    1. Bo Troxell's Avatar
      Bo Troxell -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ambi_Valence View Post
      You didn’t see the…….users to unlock the deadbolt with a regular key from the outside.
      I did. That is an optional way to enter.
    1. Ambi_Valence's Avatar
      Ambi_Valence -
      Quote Originally Posted by blkcadi View Post
      I did. That is an optional way to enter.
      That was quick. My point is that I suspect people will still carry keys in case something goes wrong with their electronics, or give them to other family members. Suddenly it’s no more secure?
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      it's still not secure thieves enter by breaking in, generally; they don't just see an August smart lock and go 'oh I give up they have one of those techy gadgety lock thingumabobs; I'll stop my life of crime forever!!!'
    1. Airbrushkid's Avatar
      Airbrushkid -
      It sounds hackable.
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      The iPhone is expensive and we all still buy it. People will buy this.
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      Quote Originally Posted by noop View Post
      Kwikset makes something very similar. Bluetooth phone unlocking, a digital key (looks like a usb stick) unlocking or a regular key. Starting price 129.00 up to 279.00 I've seen them at best buy a few weeks ago.
      I have several of the kwiksets. Mine are controlled thru my security system but can accept other modules as well. Way cheaper than $250!
    1. buggsy2's Avatar
      buggsy2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by blkcadi View Post
      or one that works a couple of hours a week only for your cleaning person.
      Your $8/hour cleaning person has an iPhone?

      These SOBs are clueless.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Yeah, I think I will stay away from this one. Wait for gen 2 to see how much more secure it SHOULD be.