New reports emerge that the IKEA Smart Blinds release are delayed again by the company according to the Verge.
However regular readers of this site will already know this news based on a post back in January, but because of supply issues.
Update – Launch in Europe in August and US in October. More information here
IKEA had been because of release the KADRILJ and FYRTUR smart blinds in February but pulled the plug at the last minute with no explanation formally.
The mainstream media now report that the reason the IKEA Smart blinds face delays is to allow them more time to make them “Smart.”
“Ikea says that the delay means that the smart part of the blinds which is the ability to control them with the Ikea Trådfri smart home app. Along with Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant will be available at launch, instead of in a later firmware update.”
But wait, Ikea has confirmed these as working with the Tradfri gateway and app according to the product page.
IKEA UK PR also confirmed to us that the blinds would support HomeKit at launch. So what is going on, what is the real story here?
IKEA Tradfri Smart blinds release delay reason?
So what’s going off? Why the different messages for the delay in the IKEA Tradfri smart blind release?
I believe that the delay results from software related issues just like the delay to the IKEA control Outlet.
The delay has nothing about adding functionality; it is about getting the smart features working correctly.
While I get that the Tradfri team want to get things right, but, Someone needs to take control of the messaging about smart products. As based on the last two months the social media teams are pushing lots of misinformation.
However, whatever it is, delays the IKEA Smart blinds release, and it could be August before we see them hit the shelves.
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