Apple has confirmed that the iPad will not be used as a home hub in iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura, and HomePod 16 updates.
Currently, Apple users can set up HomePod, HomePod mini, Apple TV, and/or iPad as a home hub to control their HomeKit accessories while they are away from home. Through Home hub, users can automate their accessories to do what they want right away and also give access to their trusted friends or family.
The new Home app on iOS 16 will display the home hub information
In the iOS 16 beta 2 code, developer Steve Moser found that the iPad will no longer be supported as a home hub following its launch this Fall. Furthermore, the HomeKit accessories controls will be displayed in the new Home app. Apple confirmed the information in a statement.
A home hub is required to take advantage of features like receiving accessory notifications and allowing other people to control your home. You will not be able to view shared homes until those homes are also upgraded to the latest HomeKit. iPad will no longer be supported as a home hub.
After the launch of the iOS 16 update, users will need a HomePod, HomePod mini, or Apple TV to set up a home hub to access their HomeKit accessories remotely.
With the redesigned Home app on the upcoming iOS update, users will have a wider range of smart home accessories to choose from because of Matter standard support for HomeKit. The new simple and clean UI of the app will allow them to easily manage their accessories and view the entire home at a glance.