Yale Assure 2 is on the way, with intelligent locks that are both functional and powerful, and upgrades are possible after the purchase

Yale Assure 2 is on the way, with intelligent locks that are both functional and powerful, and upgra ...

In the fall, Yale has announced that it will introduce a new range of Matter-compatible smart locks, which include upgrades to its existing Assure Lock range.

You''ll have the ability to open two of the models with your voice, iPhone, Apple Watch, keypad code, or physical key; the other two models have no physical key slot.

Matter refresher

One of the biggest benefits ofHomeKitis is that you can control all of your smart home devices via the Home app, as well as viaSiri.

Matter is a new technology designed to provide exactly the same benefits to devices, not just on the Apple platform, but across several other platforms, such as Google, Samsung, and Amazon. For Apple users, this means that if a device is Matter-compatible, then it is effectively HomeKit-compatible.

Matter devices can also talk directly to each other, but if your home Wi-Fi coverage is too bad, your commands may be sent from device to device.

Some existingsmart home items will befirmware-upgradeable to support Matter.

Yales upcoming Matter-compatible smart locks

The locks have a new look. Yale claims that the new versions are 30% smaller, but they are still large enough to be compatible with the majority of doors in the United States.

The locks will be available in the same three finishes as the previous models: black suede, oil-rubbed bronze, and satin nickel.

Anyone who is suited to opting for smart locks for techy and less-techny households would be well-advised to include a key slot, thus anyone being fazed about new technology may just continue to unlock the door with a key. However, if you do opt for a keyless model, you must have no hesitation about having a flat battery left you locked out. You may also apply a 9v battery to the contacts on the bottom of the lock to restore keyless entry.

Yale claims to have established a $160 price for keyless models, although the company hasn''t revealed the pricing of the whole lineup. You''ll be able to choose between Bluetooth-only and Wi-Fi models, with the latter being recommended for full HomeKit integration.

The locks will be firmware-upgradable after purchase. So, for example, if you chose a Bluetooth-only model, you may then have the option of adding Wi-Fi (for a refund).

The existing version, which we reviewed in 2018, was already quite pleased.

The Yale Assure Lock SL has almost everything you need to know about installing the smart lock on your door. Youll need to provide a screwdriver, and may need other tools depending on your door, but for the most part it should be a straightforward process [.]

The Yale Secure app can be installed, set the keypad, and set up HomeKit once the hardware installation has been completed.

Once everything is fixed (watch our video above for a step-by-step installation guide), it takes a few minutes to configure the master passcode and enable the iM1 network module via the exterior touchscreen keypad. Although the keypad lacks haptic feedback, the speakers will also provide keypad input instructions.

HomeKit support works exactly as anticipated, allowing users to control the lock using the Home app, via Siri commands or via automation.

The new models appear to be more attractive, and Matter support is a great addition for people with a large range of smart home devices, especially if your front door is weak.