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iPadOS 16 no longer allows iPads to be used as HomeKit hubs


HomeKit devices can no longer be controlled from an iOS device running the next iPadOS 16 operating system.

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Using the Home app on an iPad running the iPadOS 16 beta, Apple displays a message highlighting the change: “To take advantage of features such as receiving accessory notifications and allowing other people to operate your home, you’ll need a home hub. Before you may see shared homes, they must also be upgraded to the most recent version of HomeKit. A home hub for iPad will no longer be supported.”

The outcome is that Apple TV, HomePod, and HomePod mini will be the devices to utilize as HomeKit hubs in order to enable capabilities like managing smart devices via Siri after a full release of iPadOS 16 — practically the iPad equivalent of iOS 16.


Why does this matter?

This downgrading is significant for two reasons. As a first step, Apple consumers who had been using their tablet as a home hub may no longer be able to. As a result, if customers don’t already own an Apple TV or a HomePod mini, they may now need to purchase one in order to utilize the Home app to operate their smart home.

Second, this could be a sign of a new HomePod, which is expected in late 2022 or early 2023. Customers should be able to choose from a variety of products rather than being limited to only two. It’s only an educated guess at this point in time. Apple has yet to comment on the possibility of a second HomePod.

The future of Apple Home

During Apple’s WWDC 2022 keynote, the topic of smart homes was prominent. For iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura, the Home app has been completely overhauled by the firm. As a result of this updated software, it should be easier to setup and manage all of your smart home devices, as well as deliver an improved user experience.


Apple is also a member of Matter, a smart home device interoperability standard. Various smart home gadgets should be better able to work with the Apple Home app as a result of this.

For the most recent information on iOS 16 and Apple Home, check back with Tom’s Guide.


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