A software update rolling out today to June intelligent ovens will add automatic settings for over 30 of Whole Food’s 365 Everyday Value products.
June’s first- and second-generation ovens will be eligible for today’s software update, which will add automatic settings for over 30 of Whole Food’s 365 Everyday Value products as well as a selection of other meals from the company.
All users will have to do is find the food on the oven’s control panel, press the specific Whole Foods button, and the machine will set the time, heat, and so on.
Adding a specific Whole Foods section will likely mean better results and more specific cooking instructions, but it doesn’t feel particularly “smart” to have to select the specific meal from another menu, as opposed to the oven “knowing” the meal that’s just been placed in it.
Still, in a crowded market, partnering with the grocery giant, which is owned by Amazon, could help June stand out. Some Whole Foods stores in California this month will start selling the June and an accessories bundle for $799. June will also bring its $599 second-generation oven to Amazon at the beginning of 2019.
Amazon announced its own connected microwave with Alexa support last month, but it comes in at a much more affordable $59.