Ikea’s smart plug worth $10 now available for purchase

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Ikea announced back in August 2018 that they plan to release a power outlet (smart plug) in October 2018 that’s worth USD 10. The said power outlet is part of the Tradfri smart product line.

But Ikea had some problems in the launching of the power outlet. Those became available in stores in the US and the UK a month late. Also, according to 9to5Mac, they came without the Apple HomeKit support.

The smart plug is affordable for its price. It lets the user turn on and off their appliances using a magnetic remote control, which is part of the USD 15 control outlet kit.

If your household appliances are not yet set up in the Tradfri ecosystem, the USD 30 Gateway can be purchased, so you can control the smart plug using the Tradfri app.

The USD 30 Gateway is also used to connect other Tradfri smart devices like lights and motion sensors to virtual assistants namely: Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, and Alexa (Amazon).

Tradfri team posted on Reddit that there’s no timeline yet for the Apple HomeKit integration, but when it happens, it will be available via a Gateway update.

Dear TRÅDFRI friends,

I regret to inform you that the update that was supposed to enable the TRÅDFRI Control Outlet to be controlled through Apple HomeKit has been postponed. We have discovered an error in the update that potentially could have had a negative impact on the user experience. We have therefore decided to postpone this update until we can ensure that it is of highest quality possible. It is our highest priority to get this right and release the update as soon as possible.

Going forward we want to create the most stable and reliable Home Smart system on the market. This is why we have decided to raise our demands on updates even further. We want to cater to all types of smart homes, big, small, technical advanced, and to those who are new to the world of Home Smart technology. This creates a lot of demands on the TRÅDFRI system, and we are ready to make sure we meet these demands.

Again: We sincerely apologize for the delay and hope that you understand our reasoning behind it. Your customer experience was the top priority in making this decision.

If you have any questions, please reply in this thread and I’ll try to answer them to the best of my ability.

Best regards, Oscar IKEA TRÅDFRI Team