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iRobot’s new software update makes your old Roomba smarter

The updates are focused on the i3 and i3+ Roombas.

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iRobot is pushing out a new Genius 4.0 update that ushers in a slew of new features primarily aimed at making its older robot vacuums smarter. 

The bulk of the updates is focused on the company’s lower-priced line of i3/i3+ Roombas and brings things like Smart Maps, room labels, and the ability to tell the vacuum to clean a specific area of the home. 

On top of that, the company is adding other customization and convenience features like Siri Shortcut integration, do not disturb, customizable schedules, and a child and pet lock function that prevents your pets or kids from accidentally setting the vacuum to clean.

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On top of the rollout of Genius 4.0, the company is doing some house-cleaning and renaming the Roomba i3 and i3+ to Roomba i3 EVO and Roomba i3+ EVO.

With the name change comes a new lower price. The Roomba i3 EVO now sells for $349 while the Roomba i3+ EVO retails for $549, respectively. 

The company also included an update that adds clothing and towel avoidance to the Roomba j7 and j7+ line. The feature detects and avoids clothing and towels left on the floor. This adds to the list of things the j7 and j7+ can avoid, which includes shoes, socks, cords, headphones, and pet waste.   

All in all, this seems like a solid update, especially for folks with an older i3 or i3+ Roomba. It’s always comforting to see a company roll out over-the-air updates to products that sit in its lowest-tier of offerings.

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