The new HomeKit architecture makes a comeback in iOS 16.4

Cupertino, September 13, 2023

When iOS 16 was announced, Apple said it would introduce a new architecture for the Home app to improve the experience of using HomeKit accessories. The feature was officially released with iOS 16.2, but Apple quickly pulled it from the system after multiple reports that the new architecture caused compatibility issues with smart home accessories. Now this architecture is back with iOS 16.4.

The new Home app architecture is back with iOS 16.4. As noted by developers who have already installed the beta version of iOS 16.4, which was released on Thursday, the Home app is once again prompting users to upgrade to the new architecture. According to Apple, this new architecture makes the experience of using HomeKit accessories more efficient and reliable.

As before, the upgrade is optional and comes with some limitations. For example, all Apple devices registered with your iCloud account must be running the latest version of the operating system. When this option was first made available with iOS 16.2, users reported that their HomeKit devices were stuck in "updating" or "configuring" states. In some more extreme cases, the accessories simply disappeared from the Home app. Apple said at the time that it was aware of the issue and that a fix would be available soon. “In the meantime, we have temporarily removed the option to upgrade to the new Home architecture,” the company added.

Since iOS 16.4 is still beta software, we can't say for sure that the new Home app architecture will be made available to users with the official release of the software update. We recommend that developers using the latest iOS beta wait a little longer before upgrading to the new Home app architecture.

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iOS 16.4 also includes the ability to enable push notifications for web apps, dozens of new emojis, new shortcut actions, interface tweaks for Apple Music, and more. The first beta is currently only available to registered developers. Will you spot any changes in the current release of iOS 16.4 beta 1 or iPadOS 16.4 beta 1? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @Homekit.Blog.

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