Apple pulls new Home app architecture in iOS 16.2

12/23: Apple issued a statement explaining the issue:

“We are aware of an issue that may impact the ability for users to share Home in the Home app. A solution will be available shortly. In the meantime, we’ve temporarily removed the option to upgrade to the new Home architecture. Users who have already upgraded will not be affected.”

Original story below.

One of the new features of iOS 16.2, which was officially released to all users this month, is the new Home app architecture. According to Apple, this new architecture makes using HomeKit accessories more efficient and reliable. However, the company has now withdrawn the option to upgrade to the new architecture, as users have complained about problems with HomeKit.

Users can no longer update the Home app to the new architecture

Unfortunately, although the new architecture was expected to improve user experience, it has become a nightmare for some users. As noted by MacRumorsIn iOS 16.2, the Home app no ‚Äč‚Äčlonger offers the option to update to the new architecture. This comes after multiple reports from users experiencing issues with their HomeKit accessories after the upgrade.

Some people say their HomeKit devices got stuck in “updating” or “configuring” statuses, while others reported that their accessories just disappeared from the Home app. There are also reports of people no longer being able to share their homes with other users and HomeKit Secure Video is no longer recording.

Apple hasn’t said a word about removing the upgrade option in the Home app, so we don’t know when the company plans to bring it back either. It is also unclear what will happen to users who have already updated their home app to the new architecture.

The new Home app architecture was introduced with the first beta of iOS 16.2, which was released to developers in October. Even in the final version of iOS 16.2, before the feature was removed, the upgrade was optional. One of the requirements for upgrading the Home app to the new architecture is that all Apple devices are signed in to iCloud and running the latest versions of iOS, macOS, and tvOS.

Perhaps the feature will return with iOS 16.3, which is currently in beta and is expected to be released to the public sometime between February and March 2023.

Have you encountered problems with HomeKit accessories after upgrading the Home app to the new architecture? Let us know in the comment section below.

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