Ring announced DoorBell Pro HomeKit support way back in June 2016. And, over the years, the company has continually stated that they have been eagerly waiting to release HomeKit compatibility (us, too). Anyone who’s followed the Ring account on Twitter has been greeted with the following response time and time again.
Our priority is to ensure our neighbors have the best experience with our products — sometimes this can shift when features will be available. We're eager to bring HomeKit compatibility, and other exciting integrations, and will share information on timing as soon as we have it.
— Ring (@ring) May 11, 2019
Despite the same repeated PR spin, there looks to be some actual movement on the Ring HomeKit front as @mrdanielfeo spotted two new entries in Apple MFI program, specifically the Ring Doorbell Pro and Spotlight Cam. Apple recently removed the restriction of needing a physical security chip for HomeKit products and now allows for software based authentication. In doing so, Apple’s hope is to speed up HomeKit adoption without requiring companies invest in new and pricier hardware.
— Daniel Feodorov (@mrdanielfeo) May 12, 2019
Having Ring HomeKit compatibility for the doorbell and spot light would allow for not only motion detection to kick off automations, but also allow iOS users to bypass the Ring app and answer their doorbell directly from the Home app.
With WWDC just around the corner, could all the Neighbors’ HomeKit dreams finally come true?