The new Home app architecture is one of the new features of iOS 16.2, which was officially released to all users this month. According to Apple, this new architecture improves the efficiency and dependability of using HomeKit accessories. However, the company has now removed the option to upgrade to the new architecture due to user complaints about HomeKit issues.
The Home app can no longer be upgraded to the new architecture
Unfortunately, while the new architecture was supposed to improve user experience, it has turned out to be a nightmare for some. According to MacRumors, the Home app in iOS 16.2 no longer supports upgrading to the new architecture. This follows numerous reports of users experiencing problems with their HomeKit accessories following the upgrade.
Some users claim that their HomeKit devices became stuck in “updating” or “configuring” states, while others claim that their accessories simply vanished from the Home app. There have also been reports of people being unable to share their Home with other users, as well as HomeKit Secure Video no longer recording.
Apple hasn’t said anything about the removal of the upgrade option from the Home app, so we don’t know when it will be reinstated. It’s also unclear what will happen to Home app users who have already updated to the new architecture.
With the first beta of iOS 16.2, which was released to developers in October, the new Home app architecture was introduced. The upgrade was optional even in the final version of iOS 16.2 before the feature was removed. To upgrade the Home app to the new architecture, all Apple devices must be logged into iCloud and running the most recent versions of iOS, macOS, and tvOS.
Perhaps the feature will return with iOS 16.3, which is currently available as a beta and is scheduled for public release between February and March 2023.
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