Signify, the parent company of Hue, will give the Philips Hue Bridge a Matter update in the first quarter of next year. However, interested developers can already try it out today. The integration into HomeKit via Matter brings a decisive advantage.
Matter has officially launched and over the last week numerous companies have announced updates and new devices. The Philips Hue Bridge has already received the Matter certification and is now awaiting the corresponding update, which should be released early next year.
With a developer account, however, Matter can be tried out today. If you also have Zigbee lights from other manufacturers, such as by Osram or Ikea connected to the bridge, these will also be displayed in Apple’s smart home platform after the update and adding them to HomeKit again, as reported by our colleagues from Caschy’s blog .
At this time, Homebridge is required for this feat, which could be complicated for many normal users. Since the Matter certification in the case of Philips Hue does not apply to individual lamps, but to the Hue Bridge, all devices successfully connected to the bridge also appear via Matter afterwards.