HomePass for Storing Homekit Setup Codes →

Zac Hall:

Deciding how to manage all of those eight-digit setup codes is one challenge every HomeKit enthusiast faces. Accessory makers warn that misplacing codes can make it impossible to set up devices again in the future, and not all accessories include a copy of the code on devices.

HomePass is a brand new iPhone and iPad app designed to solve that problem by easily storing all of those eight-digit codes for you, and creating new entries in the app is super easy.

Simply grant HomePass access to your HomeKit configuration and the app can detect what smart home accessories are already connected. From here you can find the correct accessory description which includes the room assigned through HomeKit, then reference your setup label to manually type in the eight-digit code.

HomePass includes built-in iCloud, too, so your codes are synced between iPhone and iPad and automatically backed up in case you lose your iPhone. After accumulating over 40 HomeKit accessories over the years, locating all of those setup codes was a pain after resetting my HomeKit configuration and starting over after moving last year.

Seems worthwhile indeed.

Apple’s clever new HomePod ad

Tom Warren for The Verge:

The YouTube and TV ads debuted two days ago, and it’s already amassed nearly 5 million views on YouTube alone. I’ve had it on repeat ever since. I’d normally drop a fancy new song into a playlist on Spotify, but Anderson .Paak’s Til It’s Over is nowhere to be seen on the rival streaming music service just yet. That’s not the case with Apple Music, where you can happily stream the latest single until your heart’s content.

I haven’t cared about Drake or Chance the Rapper’s Apple Music exclusives in the past, but there’s something about this latest Anderson .Paak track that gets my feet moving (almost) like FKA twigs’. It’s the first time I’ve felt like I’m missing out not having an Apple Music subscription, and that’s exactly how Apple wants me to feel. That makes Apple’s HomePod advertisement a clever Apple Music ad in disguise, one of Apple’s latest masterstrokes of marketing.

Interesting that the song choice maybe more strategic in choice then first thought.