Apple will now not allow you to use an iPad as a house hub to regulate HomeKit equipment beginning with iOS 16, MacRumors experiences. 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 house,” textual content within the Dwelling app reportedly reads. “You will be unable to view shared houses till these houses are additionally upgraded to the newest 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 house hub whenever 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 is perhaps disappointing, there’s some excellent news on the good house entrance for iOS 16. The replace will embrace an all-new Dwelling 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 good house connectivity commonplace with broad business 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.