August Announces Next-Generation $279 HomeKit-Compatible 'Smart Lock Pro'

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    August today announced the launch of several new smart home access products, including the August Smart Lock Pro, a redesigned August Smart Lock, and a new version of the August Doorbell Cam.

    According to August, the August Smart Lock Pro is the "most advanced smart lock on the market" with support for HomeKit, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Z-Wave Plus. It includes DoorSense, an integrated sensor that lets users know if the door is open or closed when away from home. DoorSense is also able to lock the door instantly when the door is closed, an update from previous devices that required users to set the door to lock after a set time.

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    Smart alerts, a beta feature, will let users know if the door has been left ajar for a set amount of time, and the lock will soon be able to deliver alerts about specific activities during a set timeframe, such as children arriving home from school in the afternoon.

    With HomeKit support, the Smart Lock Pro can be monitored from inside the Home app and it works with Siri commands like "Hey Siri, unlock my front door." It can also be used in combination with other smart products in Scenes and geofencing enables automatic unlocking when you arrive home or leave home.

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    August sells the Smart Lock Pro with the August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge, which combine together to allow users to control and monitor their front door from anywhere. August charges $279 for the Smart Lock Pro bundle.
    The August Smart Lock, priced at $149, is designed to be a more affordable option for those looking to install a smart lock. It includes all of the features of previous-generation August Smart Locks, including the new DoorSense feature, but offers a simple new design with a traditional thumb turn to lock and unlock the door. It does not support HomeKit.

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    Both the August Smart Lock and the August Smart Lock Pro replace the interior side of most standard deadbolts, leaving the exterior door hardware the same so a standard key can continue to be used.

    Rounding out August's list of new products is the $199 August Doorbell Cam Pro, a new version of the Doorbell Cam. There's no HomeKit support in the Doorbell Cam Pro, but the updated camera features a built-in flood light for color night time video and motion detection alerts when something's happening at the front door. A new feature called HindSight adds a few extra seconds to the beginning of a video recording so you can see what's happening just before motion is detected.

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    August has also built improved video quality into the Doorbell Cam Pro for crisper video recording, and August Video Recording lets users replay, download, and share recordings from the August app. The Doorbell Cam Pro replaces an existing doorbell button and it offers a USB dock for easy setup ahead of installation.

    The August Smart Lock Pro and the August Smart Lock are available immediately in silver and dark gray, while the Doorbell Cam Pro can be pre-ordered and will begin shipping out in October.

    Article Link: August Announces Next-Generation $279 HomeKit-Compatible 'Smart Lock Pro'
     
  2. gildorn macrumors newbie

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    nice! door open sensing is the one thing I feel my August Smart Lock is missing.
     
  3. farewelwilliams macrumors 68000

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    looks like a huge hockey puck stuck on a door wtf
     
  4. thisisnotmyname, Sep 18, 2017
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    I had been a fan of August for quite a while but I'm getting frustrated with them. I'm on my third keypad in just over a year and have a doorbell cam that is now unresponsive as well (it won't even ring the doorbell right now). Their customer service team also seems to be lacking (although generally those posts stick to scripts their team seems to not have any knowledge outside of what's on the screen, e.g. Completely non-technical people). It's too bad really, I was very happy with the initial products but over time the lack of quality control is really showing.

    Edit: also their geo-fencing only seems to work when I have the Apple Watch on. No idea why but every time I am wearing my watch (which is most of the time) my doors will automatically unlock. Any time I don't have the watch on I have to use the keypad to get in.

    Edit 2: the lack of HomeKit on their entry level strikes me as the type of product management move I really dislike, purposely hobbling an otherwise capable device just to get people to buy the more expensive model. That wouldn't be a hardware limitation and the code was already developed. Not a customer friendly move at all August.
     
  5. sirgromit macrumors member

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    I’ve paired my August Smart Lock with an ElGato Eve Door and Window sensor to achieve this exact functionality. Works very well!
     
  6. ilovemyibook macrumors 6502

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    I'd like to get one, but the lock looks ridiculous in the pictures I've seen. The lock looks good in the product pictures, but on the door it looks so stupid.
     
  7. x-evil-x macrumors 68040

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    Is the actual lock updated or did they just throw the sensor in the package deal? I use my appletv for HomeKit hub so not sure the sensor will help me any?
    I have gen two august smart lock. Seems to always tell me my batteries are low even though I just replaced them. Auto unlock works the majority of the time but it's glitchy sometimes it won't work.
     
  8. WilliamG macrumors G3

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    Battery life really is terrible. Not to mention you can get locked out of your house when the batteries die unless you open the August app often so it can notify you. If you just home the Home app and never the August app, you’d never know the batteries are low.

    August needs to fix their software because there are so many issues there.
     
  9. wesley96 macrumors 6502

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    It may be just me, but I was quite surprised and disappointed when I found out in another MR forum thread that the (now previous generation) August Locks did not have the capability to know whether the door was closed or not on its own. It's a function my conventional keypad lock already has, so I thought the oversight wasn't very "smart", so to speak. Good thing it has now been addressed.
     
  10. Blakjack macrumors 68000

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    You'd think they would have made the darn thing thinner jeez.
     
  11. hendot macrumors newbie

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    *yells at homepod through the front door*
    Hey Siri! Open the damn door!
     
  12. d4zza macrumors member

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    I just don't get why ordinary home owners would want this. I'm all for technology making things more convenient, but I'm also involved in Cyber Security and wouldn't trust anything that could make my home or me more vulnerable.
     
  13. swm macrumors regular

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    it's probably just me, but i find it ridiculous to have a door with such a big window that has actual visual on the lock itself - so you will know exactly what type of device you'll dealing with - promoting a "security" solution?
    but hey, you could just bust the glass in, and you're in...
     
  14. kingpushup macrumors regular

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    Yep, I sense this was omitted then so as to include now, if they needed an “update” to deliver and had nothing else. I have August and it is quite glitchy - shoestring budget. A few separate friends have had theirs break or stop working, so could be an “update” is needed to convince users to buy new, since theres been no luck far as I have heard with customer service replacing/repairing. Sad, but seemed like a cool company to invest in by buying the earlier product. Just wish they would have had more confidence - invested more in building a real company with real customer service expectations and real upgrades. Welp.
     
  15. spazzcat macrumors 68030

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    August most likely will not allow this on the HomePod, just like it isn't allow on Echo or Google Home.
     
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    Everything is "pro" now. The word is losing it's meaning. I mean....a "pro" door lock?! :confused: What the...what?
     
  17. az431 macrumors 6502a

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    These August locks have always looked and worked horrible. Half the time they don't detect your presence and the lock does not open. They chew through batteries in no time at all, and as most people have pointed out it looks like a huge can of tuna fish stuck to the door. The customer service is among the worst, and simply points the finger at the customer for whatever goes wrong.

    A door lock needs to be reliable (as in work 100% of the time), be easy to use, and complement your home. The August lock have never met any of the these three requirements. I switched to a Schlage, and it has been trouble-free for a year.

    The only thing I miss about the August is the geofence that would automatically open then door (without authorizing HomeKit), but as I noted that only worked half the time, the other times I'd have to find the key.
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  18. M.PaulCezanne macrumors 6502a

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    They just need to hope stapling a coffee can to your door becomes a fashionable look and they should be ok.
     
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    I do not like these. The hockey puck feels cheap, which it most certainly isn't. The action feels cheap on the demo units.

    Batteries. Can we get a mechanism that has AC power? Or at least a long lasting rechargeable battery?
    Anything that actuates the motion of the bolt is going to go through batteries.
    I use a keypad lock, but the person is the one that moves the bolt. They keypad just makes it possible. Batteries last about a year. That, I can live with.

    I saw a kickstarter for a floor mounted lock that used AC power, but it never seems to have shipped (at least last I checked).
     
  21. wesley96 macrumors 6502

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    The keypad lock I have (which is linked with the Samsung Smart Home Net, so it can be unlocked from the home control panel) moves the bolt by itself when the password is entered. It runs on eight AA alkaline batteries and they last about a year.
     
  22. Fall Under Cerulean Kites, Sep 19, 2017
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    August wishes it was only the size of a hockey puck. Try stacking two hockey pucks on top of each other. That’s still smaller than the August lock.

    In fact, an August lock is over 41% larger than two hockey pucks stacked.

    August = 3.39” dia x 2.22” thick
    Hockey Puck = 3” dia x 1” thick

    No thank you, August.
     
  23. WilliamG macrumors G3

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    That argument is faulty. Look, if you have a huge glass window you’re doing it wrong anyway. But the August Smart Lock doesn’t replace your lock. If anything, it should be called the August Smart Latch, since that’s all it replaces.

    To install, you remove the thumb latch and install the August lock in its place. That’s it. Your existing Schlage etc lock is still your security.
     
  24. BrentD macrumors 6502

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    I'd say you forgot a key decimal point in your 41 inches larger comparison.
     
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    Oops. Should have been 41%
     

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