Apple removes Home app architecture upgrade from iOS 16.2

After reports of numerous bugs and issues, Apple has removed the Home app architecture upgrade feature from iOS 16.2, iPadOS 16.2, and macOS Ventura 13.1 updates. As per Apple, this upgrade brings improved performance and reliability to HomeKit accessories, however, the reality has been anything but.

Those who had been unfortunate enough to update their Home app to the new architecture have been reporting issues with devices not responding, entirely missing from the app, sharing not working, and more. 

iOS 16.2 home app

Home app upgrade in iOS 16.2

Alongside Matter support, the new Home app in iOS 16 received visual upgrades that make it easier to manage multiple rooms in a home, with multiple devices. The interface features different categories and highlights important information such as climate, lights, security, footage from cameras, scenes to prepare the house for when you arrive or wake up, and more. The updated Home app was made available for iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Apple also included an optional Home upgrade feature which is listed as an underlying architecture change that improves the performance and reliability of accessories. However, users have reported tons of issues, specially those with multiple devices and complex setups.

Apple has not shared whether it has ceased the upgrades due to the reported issues, but if we had to guess, that would be the primary reason. It is unclear as to when Apple will reintroduce the upgrade, and what it means for users who have already upgraded their Home app.

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