Apple reportedly retracting the iOS 16.2 Home app architecture upgrade

Cupertino, August 11, 2023

Apple has decided to remove the option to upgrade to the new HomeKit architecture on devices running iOS 16.2 due to reports of various problems and issues with the Home app after the upgrade. Apple spokesperson Emily Ewing confirmed this change in a statement to The Verge. Ewing stated, "We are aware of an issue that may affect users' ability to share the home in the Home app. A fix will be released soon. In the meantime, we have temporarily removed the option to upgrade to the new Home architecture. Users who have already upgraded will not be affected." The new Home app architecture was a highly anticipated feature of iOS 16.2, with Apple promoting it as being more reliable and efficient. However, users have noticed that the Home app in iOS 16.2 no longer provides the option to upgrade to the new architecture within the settings. This issue has been confirmed by several reporters at The Verge. The new architecture was initially introduced as an optional upgrade in the iOS 16.2 beta in October, ahead of its public release on December 13. Upgrading to the new architecture required users to be signed in to iCloud and manually perform the update through the Home app. However, users who downloaded the upgrade before it was removed have reported problems such as missing devices, difficulties adding multiple users, and other account-related issues. Users on the MacRumors forum have reported issues such as being unable to invite users to share the Home, freezing of HomeKit devices with an "update" status, and accessories disappearing from the Home app. Unfortunately, users who have already upgraded cannot revert to the previous version of the app.

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