Wallflower turns an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch into an interactive control panel on the wall, for everyone to use.
* Version 1.0 is meant for everyone who has a few HomeKit devices in one location and looks for a controller for that room or zone. Future versions will significantly broaden the scope of the app.
* Wallflower is optimized for running 24/7 on your wall.
* Based on HomeKit: It supports lights, thermostats and ACs, switches, outlets, contact sensors (doors, windows), and sensors for temperature, humidity, air quality, particulate matter, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carbon dioxide, light intensity, air pressure and noise. There's more to come.
* The interface is optimized to be looked at from far away. When it is not in use for a while, some elements are hidden, and colorful themes turn dark. They show up again, when you approach the device. When it's dark in the room, Wallflower can turn the display way down.
* All sensor data is drawn into the same graph: Values from multiple sensors are merged intelligently.
* All issues for your smart home (like empty batteries, network problems, …) are conveniently displayed on the top.
* There is no tracking in the app. And no extra analytics beyond the anonymized basics that the AppStore provides for the users that opted in. There's no invasive 3rd party frameworks either. We don’t want your data, your home is yours, and yours alone.
* Settings are protected against unauthorized tinkering via a passcode or - if your device supports it - with your face or fingerprint. And after a while of not using it, it turns back to the main screen.
* Wallflower makes a great wall clock. While it's kind of a placeholder right now for future functionality, it's likely to be the most accurate wall clock you own.
* There are multiple themes shipping with the app, which demo Wallflowers flexibility: If you contact us, we can build a theme, with your own colors, your corporate font, a custom watch face or even provide hand tailored icons for your devices.
* We optimized for all possible screen sizes and orientations, polished animations, made sure it works on old devices, created icons and even localized the power outlets, so you see the symbol that’s familiar in your country.
* You can get the latest and greatest iPad Pro, but Wallflower also runs on older devices. Get a used or low-end iPad or even an iPod touch. Wallflower even runs on iOS 9, though with a reduced feature set.
Wallflower is supported by a yearly subscription. We know that nobody likes them, so:
- Get it if you like the *current* functionality, which is great for room control and visualizing sensors.
- Or get it if you want to support us in broadening our mission to full home control and beyond, and want to enable us to develop Wallflower into the app you've waited for.
In both cases: Wallflower is meant to be used every day. We think subscriptions are ok then.
You can see and try everything without a subscription, but you can’t control devices. There is a free trial period that unlocks everything, so you know what you are getting into without risk.
Price may vary by location. Subscriptions will be charged to your credit card through your iTunes account. Your subscription will automatically renew unless canceled at least 24 hours before the end of the current period. You will not be able to cancel the subscription once activated, but you can turn off auto-renew. After purchase, manage your subscriptions in the App Store account settings. Any unused portion of a free trial period will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription.
$47.99 annually, includes 14 day free trial. That equals $4/month, and the duration helps it to run smoothly on the wall without surprises.
We recommend the $7,49/month option with no fee trial only for users who want a shorter commitment, or want to support us even more.
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This is the first small post-release update, here’s what’s new:
- Added a more convenient way to ask for additional symbols
- Added a few symbols you requested
- Fixed a crash in Settings for device groups
- A humidity sensor that is part of a thermostat, no longer issues a temperature warning
- Some cosmetic changes
If you have feedback and suggestions, the best way to do that is via mail or the feedback option in the settings. App Store reviews are not a good place to have a conversation, so please keep use them for, well, app reviews :-)
Ratings and Reviews
Forcing someone to pay 48$ for an app that comparable to others for far less is ridiculous. It's a little better then himekit and runs 24hr.
Demands a subscription
This is an app that I would have given a one-time payment for, but they’re demanding you pay a subscription.
Developer Response ,
We didn’t want to make an app where we launch with a splash, have a few months of resources to build additional features, and then it dies off. We’ve seen it a thousand times with apps you pay once, but the reality is that after launch the work just begins. A subscription enables us enhance the app in the long term. And we can only do this with our users subscriptions: We didn’t take Venture Capital, we don’t have ads and there is no tracking at all. We do not have any data on our users.
If you like the concept, we’d appreciate if you come back in a few months and have another look. With some luck, we’ll have survived besides all the 1-star reviews and people who post that they don’t pay, and we might have just made it into an app that you’ll consider paying for.
And btw, we don’t lock you in. Subscribe, use the test period, pay the first year, deactivate auto-renewal and after the first year re-consider if it was worth it and you want to do it again. If you don’t, all your smart stuff still continues working, everything is as before.
Attention to detail
From a design perspective, this app is wonderful (even if I may have tweaked some of their decisions). I understand the reasoning for making the screen default to a single room, but really appreciate that they allowed zones to also be used as default — in an open concept home it’s essential to see the kitchen alongside dining, etc.
Beyond being “just a skin” on HomeKit (which is a ridiculous statement— I’ve been keeping the default Home app open on an iPad for the last year, and Wallflower blows it away), there are a couple additional features I like, the coolest of which is how the app uses the camera to detect light and faces, in order to brighten or change colors. It’s also convenient that the app itself forces the screen to stay on (so people don’t have to fiddle with any auto sleep settings), and I realize it’s silly, but having a clock there is actually useful. I also like the subtle error indication that shows if devices can’t be updated.
People moaning about the price is to be expected. If you want to see what happens to apps with a one time fee, just take a look at Status Board by Panic (a very well respected and award-winning app maker) — the app cost $15 or $20, was beautiful, and was nonexistent a year or two after launch, because there wasn’t enough incoming cash. Seems to me that if you’re spending half a grand on an iPad and a nice wall mount (not to mention thousands on hubs, bulbs, etc), then $48/year is a steal. Even the previously-free tile board apps for SmartThings now charge a monthly fee. Leaving a 1-star review because you [incorrectly] disagree with a business model is the epitome of bad karma.
In summary, the app is beautiful, the first version is already great for my use case (a wall mounted iPad using HomeKit as a front-end for Home Assistant), and I’m looking forward to seeing what the developers add to it.
To the developers: consider split screen support on iPads in lieu of some modularity. I’d hate for you to invest in, say, Sonos support when I could just as easily run the Sonos app side by side with yours! Keep up the good work!
Developer Response ,
thanks for the great review, we really appreciate it! That's why we make the app.
As Wallflower supports a huge amount of devices and screen sizes (yes, even split screen!) and people have extremely different smart home setups, we'd love to hear more about how our design is looking for users. If you want, send us a screenshot via mail, and we can see if we can "tweak the design" a bit. We're having no tracking in the app, so we rely 100% on user feedback.
As for the split screen: It's supported, but some older iPad models don't support split screens at all. Maybe that's the issue here?
- nxtbgthng GmbH
- 34 MB
Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2019 nxtbgthng GmbH
- In-App Purchases
- Yearly Subscription $47.99
- Monthly Subscription $7.49
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.