February 3, 2023

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Apple apparently pulls through the new iOS 16.2 Home app architecture upgrade

Apple has removed the option to upgrade to the new HomeKit architecture on devices running iOS 16.2. The change follows multiple reports of issues and problems with the Home app after installing the upgrade.

Apple spokeswoman Emily Ewing confirmed the change in a statement to The Verge:

“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.”

The new Home app architecture was one of the key features of iOS 16.2, with Apple claiming the upgrade was “more reliable and efficient”. MacRumors first discovered this week that the Home app in iOS 16.2 no longer offers the option to update to the new architecture within the Home app settings. Several reporters from The Verge have also confirmed that the upgrade option is not available on their devices.

The new architecture was first introduced in October in the iOS 16.2 beta as an optional upgrade ahead of the December 13 release of iOS 16.2. Both the beta and public versions required Apple devices signed in to iCloud to run the latest versions of iOS, macOS, and tvOS. The upgrade is not automatic when iOS 16.2 is installed on a phone, but requires a manual process through the Home app.

The update has caused problems with missing devices and adding multiple users for some

Reddit users who downloaded the optional upgrade prior to its removal reported issues such as: B. The app starts other members from a home account and cannot add them again. Users on the MacRumors forum have reported that they are unable to invite users to share the Home, HomeKit‌ devices are stuck and displaying an “updating” status, and some accessories disappear from the Home app entirely. Users who have already upgraded cannot go back to the previous version of the app.

Update 23 Dec 2022 2:15pm ET: Added confirmation and explanation from Apple spokesperson. Added links to Apple’s updated support pages.