August Smart Lock Finally Begins Shipping to Customers

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    After a long delay, the August Smart Lock is finally shipping out to preorder customers beginning today. First introduced in May of 2013, the August Smart Lock is a Bluetooth-based iPhone-compatible locking system designed by Jason Johnson and notable designer Yves Béhar.

    The August Smart Lock, which allows users to unlock their doors with their iPhones, is crafted from anodized aluminum and looks similar to a standard home lock. It comes with several different faceplates and deadbolt adapters to fit the majority of locks on the market, functioning on four AA batteries.

    Like competing products from Lockitron and Kevo, the lock can be programmed remotely to let in visitors through an accompanying iPhone app. It's also designed to monitor when guests enter and it can be customized with specific timers.

    Initial preorders of the August Smart Lock, which originally had an estimated shipping date of November or December 2013, were available for $199, but the retail price of the lock is now $249.99. The company plans to fulfill orders for the lock over the course of the next few months, with new orders displaying a prospective shipping date of "late October."

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  2. macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2013
    Seems expensive, I definitely don't need this
  3. macrumors 68040


    Jan 24, 2005
    St. Louis, MO
    Finally is right. I'm excited. I preordered on Oct. 3 of last year, so hopefully I'll get the confirmation email soon.
  4. macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2014
    Don't really see why this made it onto mac rumors...
  5. macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2011
    The internet of things have arrived. I think this is a huge part of the reason why Apple is making the iWatch.
  6. macrumors 6502


    Jan 6, 2013
  7. macrumors 68000

    Mar 5, 2012
    Central California
    Hmm I must of stumbled on an advertisement site..
  8. macrumors 65816

    Oct 14, 2013
    Don't need this. Expensive and not really necessary.

    I'll skip this and wait for September.
  9. macrumors regular


    Jun 12, 2005
    It's compatible with Android.

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  10. macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2009
    Still technically true if nobody you allow in uses an Android phone;)
  11. macrumors regular


    Aug 21, 2012
    Trust me on this one ! Locks and anything wifi or internet = hacking! Don't trust it!
  12. macrumors newbie


    Jan 28, 2011
    The Great White North
    But you can lock pick a traditional (Dumb) lock, at least this one tells you when someone unlocks your door.
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 15, 2006
    Good thing every person I associate with including my plumber have smartphones?
  14. macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2007
    Wow, this looks way nicer than the Kevo I was going to buy. Will keep my eyes on real world use as a lot of peeps complain about Kwikset smart lock and virtual keys.

    Hoping real world use matches their great promo video.

    I for one am personally happy MacRumors posted this. Hadn't heard of it until I saw this post.
  15. macrumors 68000

    Jun 19, 2013
    This actually made me laugh out loud.
  16. macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2013
    Don't get too excited. This lock doesn't connect to the internet directly. It uses Bluetooth to talk to your smartphone only.
  17. macrumors 68020


    Apr 2, 2011
    New Jersey
    So how can it be programmed remotely and how can it inform you if the lock is opened? I would think it has to have some other kind of connectivity, no?
  18. macrumors member

    Aug 24, 2003
    Keep seeing reports on this saying they are not sure or are hoping homekit will be supported. They were in the Center spot on the homekit partners graphic flashed on stage at the keynote!

    Can't wait for mine to come, this with homekit/Siri = magic!

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  19. macrumors member


    Jul 24, 2014
    I think it's cool, but how many people will actually be trying this? So far this thread contains just one person who pre-ordered it...

    I don't know about you guys, but I'd rather spend the $200 on the next iPhone, not the door.

    I'd rather buy a Nest than an electronic door lock, just in terms of iHome priorities. Then lights. Call me old fashioned, but keys are cheap and I'll take em.
  20. macrumors 6502


    Jul 20, 2014
    Frankfurt, Germany
    Such an interesting concept. Hopefully the next iPhones get NFC.
  21. macrumors 65816

    Sep 19, 2007
    left coast, US
    Has anyone clicked on the "Order summary" link in their pre-order email (from months ago)? I pre-ordered at the price of $199, yet the link is now showing $249. I'm going to be mighty peeved if they charge an extra $50 to my credit card.
  22. macrumors 65816

    Sep 19, 2007
    left coast, US
    Heh. OK, maybe I'm the second person here who pre-ordered an august lock. I'm not sure how good of an idea this is, but I would like some automated lock solution that mounts on the inside without changing the outside (the deadbolt outside is fully exposed to the elements and is in direct, hot sunlight).

    However, in the meantime, I now have a home automation system with an old, non-trendy wifi thermostat, a controllable keypad deadbolt lock (Schlage), numerous door sensors (including a garage door sensor), a couple of motion sensors, and a few controlled lights. Keys may be cheap, but you can lock yourself out of the home (I've done this twice :eek:), and being able to enter without keys is very nice. (And, no, I don't like hiding keys in the yard.)
  23. macrumors 68030

    Nov 13, 2011
    people still locking their doors?

    thought we'd got past all this dishonesty and theft stuff
  24. macrumors 68030

    Nov 10, 2007
    I'm the third, apparently. And I have a Nest thermostat, Nest smoke detector, Wemo light switch, and Hue lights.
  25. macrumors member

    Aug 24, 2003
    I preordered. I have hue and nest protect as well. Was going to get the nest thermostat but after the google-thing I have decided to wait see and possibly get the Lyric.

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