After several months of work, Stefan Göhler releases version 4.11 of his popular iConnectHue application (App Store link) for iPhone and iPad this afternoon. Included are 700 individual changes and, of course, numerous new functions. The update is worthwhile especially for users with many rooms, zones and perhaps even several bridges.
The most important changes at a glance
- Extended grouping, “Groups” is now “Home
- Brightness change in group overview, light switch in group widget
- Presence editing, visitor mode
- Direct search in group and lamp lists
For whom are the new features available?
As a lot of work has gone into the update, the new features will not be available to all users. The new functions are available for all members or for all buyers with the 2022 upgrade, which can be purchased once for 2.99 euros. From my point of view, this is a fair deal for all those who do not want a subscription. Likewise, the new features are available if you bought iConnectHue after the release of version 4.10 – i.e. in the last few weeks.
The new functions in detail
Rooms, groups and zones can now be sorted not only by bridge, but also by type or mixed, for example when using multiple bridges. Each section has its own switch and can be folded for a better overview. Also practical: As a Pro member, you can have the lamps of the current location automatically displayed at the top if you live in several locations.
In the group overview, the current brightness and the group icon are now also displayed on the iPhone, the brightness can be adjusted by swiping up and down. “Pro users can now place a light switch in their group widget, for example to separate certain things from scenes, such as a plug that controls a fan,” the developer also shares.
Pro members can now also make use of a visitor mode. This leaves the lamps on even when all registered persons leave the residence. Thus, the light does not switch off automatically when the babysitter stays home alone with the children.