Smart video doorbells equipped with HomeKit Secure Video are just now starting to hit the market. While they offer many great features and deep integration into Apple’s smart home platform, they are still plagued by inadequacies.
HomeKit Secure Video was a bold move for HomeKit. It became the first HomeKit feature that cost users money, requiring users to pay $2.99 or $9.99 for either 200GB or 2TB of storage, enabling up to five cameras to record ten days of footage to iCloud. Users weren’t required to use any third-party apps or rely on any third-party cloud servers. This inherently made putting cameras in your home more secure and less risky.