Amazon Acquiring Video Doorbell Maker Ring, but HomeKit Support is Still Coming

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Amazon is acquiring Ring, the company that makes a range of WiFi-enabled home security products that include video doorbells, reports GeekWire. The two companies are expected to officially announce the acquisition news later this afternoon, but provided a statement to GeekWire.
    Many customers who own Ring products have been eagerly awaiting integration with Apple's HomeKit platform, and though Amazon is purchasing the company, Ring has this afternoon promised on Twitter that support is still coming. According to Ring, HomeKit support is being tested for Ring Pro and the Floodlight Cam, with the company promising to offer details on a release date following once testing is completed.

    HomeKit support is a feature that Ring has been promising for some time. In October, for example, Ring said bringing HomeKit support to its Ring Pro and Floodlight Cam was an "ongoing project" but had "been delayed." Ring support for Amazon's Alexa products has been available for months now.

    Ring has been offering video doorbells for several years now, and recently expanded its product lineup with additional cameras and a new range of connected lights added to the Ring lineup through an acquisition of Mr. Beam.

    Amazon has recently become interested in smart home-related companies, and back in December, purchased Blink, another company that offers home security cameras and video doorbells. Amazon has also released its own home security camera, the Cloud Cam.

    Amazon's interest in smart home products stems from its Amazon Echo line of products, which offer Alexa integration and allow users to control their third-party smart home devices. Alexa works with many of the smart home products on the market today.

    Article Link: Amazon Acquiring Video Doorbell Maker Ring, but HomeKit Support is Still Coming
  2. tigres macrumors 68040


    Aug 31, 2007
    Land of the Free-Waiting for Term Limits
    Wow, this surprises me. Love RING products. Amazon will rule the world someday it seems.
  3. Goldfrapp macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2005
    I remember Doorbot (now Ring) getting rejected on Shark Tank. They've come a long way, I'd say.
  4. timborama macrumors 6502


    Oct 12, 2011
    This is good. Maybe Amazon can fix the issues with Ring. It’s a great product, but not without some issues. HomeKit support is inconsequential.
  5. SD449 macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2012
    Glad I returned mine as an Apple lover and a current google home user this is exactly what I wanted to avoid.

    I am only trying to buy products that (already) support both systems, Philips Hue, Tado at the moment and I am strongly considering the Logitech Circle 2
  6. jdillings macrumors 68000

    Jun 21, 2015
    I'm sure it will come eventually but with Amazon buying it, expect Amazon to press pause on adding HomeKit support for a few years and drag out the wait for it as long as possible like they did with the Amazon app for Apple TV.
  7. EatinPonies macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2016

    I chose a Ring Pro simply because they are the industry leader on this thing and HomeKit support was a no-brainer for them to support, even though they had done nothing but say "It's coming!" for literally 2 years now.

    Now that Amazon has them, am I *really* supposed to believe their crap still? They were on very thin ice with regards to delivering what their customers were asking for, and this honestly looks like it will be the final nail in the coffin for HomeKit support. They can say "I promise!" all they want but it's worth nothing at this point.
  8. SithNerfHerder macrumors newbie


    Feb 27, 2018
    Well it looks like the RingPro will never have HomeKit support now....guess I need to start shopping for a new doorbell cam.
  9. magicschoolbus macrumors 6502a


    May 27, 2014
    Amazon will rule us all; and our politicians will do nothing about it in fear of a smear campaign in the AmazonWashingtonPost

    Apple's time has ended. It's Amazon's turn now.
  10. blackjackmark macrumors 6502

    Apr 19, 2010
    I was just thinking over the weekend when I got one that I wished Apple would buy them.
  11. Jimmdean, Feb 27, 2018
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2018

    Jimmdean macrumors 6502

    Mar 21, 2007
    I got one of these just before Christmas, but haven't installed it yet due to the season. I'm normally not a fan of Amazon stuff, but at least this is not inside the house. Is there even a better option right now that is more compatible with the Apple ecosystem?

    I'm a big fan of Blink - looks like their video doorbell comes out soon.

    ---doh--- Amazon bought them too... lol
  12. FelixDerKater Contributor


    Apr 12, 2002
    Nirgendwo in Amerika
  13. veeco3110 macrumors 6502


    Aug 29, 2007
    brick nj
    How do you figure apples time has ended?
  14. OldSchoolMacGuy macrumors 601


    Jul 10, 2008
    When their own doorbell didn't sell, might as well buy someone making a product well beyond and integrate it with your services.
  15. Rorosbutt macrumors 6502

    Mar 6, 2013
    They are probably buying for Rings patents. You think amazon couldn’t come up with a ring of their own? Money is in intellectual property
  16. utwarreng macrumors 6502


    Aug 8, 2009
    Call me a skeptic but I see this working out about as well as Google acquiring Nest. Stifled innovation, long product update turn around times, lackluster software updates. How disappointing
  17. BaggieBoy macrumors 6502


    May 29, 2012
    Hopefully the fee for storing video in the cloud will become a Prime "benefit.
  18. jamesnajera macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2003
    Will amazon now watch for my amazon packages to be delivered safely? :p
  19. mark-in-mk macrumors 6502


    Mar 24, 2011
    Probably, integrate QR code reading software to the Ring, and the Amazon door lock thingy and youve got an integrated solution that lets you watch your parcels being delivered.
  20. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Dammit. I just got a Ring Pro for Christmas and the Floodlight cam a couple weeks ago. I don’t want Amazon snooping on me!! And there is no way they’ll get HomeKit now. Hopefully we can at least get IFTTT at some point.

    I bought a Nest at my old house and then Google bought them. Luckily it wasn’t long after that when we moved and I bought an Ecobee, but now Ecobee is putting that Alexa crap into all their new products!

    I also bought that iGrill from iDevices and then Weber bought it. I’m tired of all these companies selling out and ruining things.

    I was pretty well set on buying Ring’s new security system, but not any more!

    I love buying stuff from Amazon, but I don’t trust them when it comes to snooping on me. I use Ghostery and 1Blocker to keep sites from tracking me around the web, but they do have my purchase history. Given all the talk about Amazon and the CIA I’m worried about them monitoring my house 24/7. I’ll have to snoop the packets going out from those devices from time to time.

    The doorbell cam was a gift for my wife because she runs a daycare in our basement and wants to check on who is at our door from time to time and had trouble hearing the doorbell most times. The back camera was for peace of mind and monitoring wildlife that would sneak into our yard (mostly raccoons) so I could humanely trap and release them in the country because they rip up the grass out of my yard leaving large bald patches. Now I have no idea what to replace them with.
  21. Bswails macrumors regular

    Jul 28, 2016
    Anyone else feel like Alexa and google for the home and Siri for the speaker? I want HomeKit to work because I am a Apple user but it’s looking like a big mountain for Apple to climb
  22. Volusia macrumors 6502


    Jun 8, 2016
    Central Florida
    Amazon already bought a competitive brand, Blink. I am using three Blink cameras and am very satisfied. Looks like they want to corner the market...
  23. vipergts2207 macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2009
    Columbus, OH
    Netatmo makes a HomeKit compatible floodlight camera.

    This is why all my smart home products have been compatible with HomeKit on day one. I’m not going to wait around on empty promises.
  24. xpxp2002 macrumors regular

    May 3, 2016
  25. EW800 macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2012
    Oh, this makes me sick... I’ve been using the Ring Spotlight Cam for about two months now and love it. I was so close to purchasing another, but not sure now. I suspect this may not be good for consumers.

    Any idea what will happen to Ring employees? I’ve called Ring Support a couple of times and have been amazed by support - top notch. I just don’t see that happening under Amazon...

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