Schlage announces first Apple Home Key-compatible smart lock

schlage announces first apple home key-compatible smart lock

The Schlage Encode Plus is the first Apple home key smart lock. | Image: Schlage

At CES 2022 this week, lock manufacturer Schlage announced it is launching the first lock in North America to support Apple’s Home Key. The Schlage Encode Plus Smart WiFi Deadbolt is an updated version of the popular Schlage Encode WiFi smart lock, adding an NFC chip for the Home Key function, as well as a Thread radio to support HomeKit over Thread.

Home Key, introduced with iOS 15, lets you store a digital door key in your Apple Wallet and lock and unlock your door by tapping your device on the lock, similar to how Apple Pay or Apple Transit works. The system uses the iPhone’s or Apple Watch’s NFC chip to authenticate a user.

The Schlage Encode Plus will be available in spring 2022 for $300 (that Plus moniker comes with a $50 price…

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