This means test labs will be able to receive product certification along with test frames, tools, and reference design SDKs. This will allow companies to not only release new products certified for Matter connectivity but also update their existing products to support Matter. This first release of Matter supports many of the most popular categories of smart home accessories. Lighting and electrical, HVAC controls, window coverings and blinds, security sensors, door locks, media devices such as TVs, controls as devices and applications, and bridges.
The years-long effort to introduce the new smart home standard Matter has taken a big step forward. The Connectivity Standards Alliance, along with its members, today announced the official launch of the Matter 1.0 standard and certification program. This opens the door to official product certification for the first Matter accessories, and the latest iOS 16.1 beta will add support for this technology. In today’s press release, the Connectivity Standards Alliance announced Release Matter 1.0.
More than 280 companies are members of the Matter group, including well-known companies such as Apple, Amazon and Google. Matter Standard (originally called CHiP) was first announced in 2019 with a target release date of 2020. The release date was then pushed back to 2021, then to mid-2022, and now it’s finally rolling out. Today’s announcement of the official release of Matter 1.0 comes as Apple added initial support for Matter accessories in his iOS 16.1 beta. As it stands, Apple’s implementation of Matter has many quirks and bugs.
Many of which may be fixed in the public release of Matter 1.0. In fact, the latest iOS 16.1 beta 3 removed the Matter interface in the Settings app (see above). According to Apple’s release notes, Matter’s underlying technology is still in beta. Since then, the number of Matter bugs has dropped significantly with each new iOS 16.1 beta release.