iPads may lose their sensible house hub talents in iOS 16

Apple will now not allow you to use an iPad as a house hub to regulate HomeKit equipment beginning with iOS 16, MacRumors studies. Textual content apparently present in iOS 16’s second developer beta by MacRumors contributing author Steve Moser spells out the change.

“A house hub is required to make the most of options like receiving accent notifications and permitting different folks to regulate your property,” textual content within the House app reportedly reads. “You will be unable to view shared houses till these houses are additionally upgraded to the most recent HomeKit. iPad will now not be supported as a house hub.”

If the change goes into impact because the discovered textual content suggests, it means you’ll want to make use of a HomePod, HomePod mini, or Apple TV as your property hub if you improve to iOS 16. Apple didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. However as MacRumors factors out, the corporate’s iOS 16 preview webpage says that “solely Apple TV and HomePod are supported as house hubs,” which to me signifies that Apple is certainly planning to take away assist for iPads.

Whereas the change may be disappointing, there’s some excellent news on the sensible house entrance for iOS 16. The replace will embody an all-new House app with options like a brand new classes part and a redesigned house tab. And a later iOS 16 replace will add assist for Matter, the brand new sensible house connectivity normal with broad trade assist that’s set to arrive someday this fall. That upcoming Matter assist might present a clue as to why Apple is dropping iPad house hub assist: whereas no iPads assist Thread, a wise house networking protocol utilized by Matter, the Apple TV 4K and the HomePod mini do.

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