Yale, long known for its old-school locks, updated its Assure smart lock series Thursday. In addition to being 30% smaller than the original Assure smart locks, the new Assure Lock 2 models work with HomeKit and Siri voice control.
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Yale Assure Lock 2 series for HomeKit
Yale said the four new locks, which feature a streamlined installation process, offer a choice of three colors, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connectivity, keyed and key-free versions, and touch screens or touch pads.
You can control the lock with your iPhone or Apple Watch using the Yale Access App. It lets you lock or unlock remotely, set regular or guest passwords, know the access history and check whether the door is locked at any time.
You can control the Wi-Fi-enabled versions of the lock from anywhere. But you have to be there in-person for the Bluetooth versions. They’re limited by your device’s Bluetooth range.
Or you can add the Yale smart Wi-Fi module, sold separately for $79.99, to your Bluetooth lock. The module adds remote access and helps the lock sync with other smart home automation systems and products, like Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Philips Hue smart lights.
Yale said it also plans to release a version of the Assure Lock 2 that works with Z-Wave wireless mesh networking standard. But it offered no release date.
The Bluetooth Yale Assure Lock 2 costs $160 with keypad and $180 with touchscreen. The Wi-Fi version costs $240 with keypad and $260 with touchscreen. The Wi-Fi module is $79.99.