Apple confirms iOS 16 will no longer support iPad as a home hub

Apple confirms iOS 16 will no longer support iPad as a home hub

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  • With Apple dropping support for the ‌iPad‌ as a home hub, users will need to have a HomePod, HomePod mini, or Apple TV to take advantage of features enabled by a hub, such as accessing accessories remotely with Siri and using location-based automation features. Apple’s ‌iOS 16‌ preview webpage suggested that the ‌iPad‌ would not be able to be used as a home hub, but it was not confirmed until now because in the first ‌iPadOS 16‌ beta, it was still possible to set an ‌iPad‌ as a home hub. “Only ‌Apple TV‌ and HomePod are supported as home hubs,” reads the website.

  • Following the release of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura, and the HomePod 16 software this autumn, the iPad will no longer function as a home hub, Apple announced today. Apple states that the iPad will no longer be supported as a home hub, as found in iOS 16 code by MacRumors contributor Steve Moser. After updating to iOS 16, this information will be seen in the Home app. To benefit from features like accessory notifications and letting others operate your home, a home hub is necessary. Until shared homes are likewise updated to the most recent version of HomeKit, you won’t be able to view them. As a home hub, iPad will no longer be supported.

The wording in the code found in the second beta of ‌iOS 16‌ suggests that Apple is removing the home hub functionality from the ‌iPad‌. The company has not explained why the ‌iPad‌ will no longer function as a home hub, but it could be related to Apple’s upcoming cross-platform Matter smart home standard implementation. An iPad has to be turned ON and/or plugged in to currently operate as a hub. Turn it off and hub capabilty goes away, unless it is plugged in. So the iPad was always just a so-so (at best) option for a hub seeing its limitations. If Apple was not willing to make it work while OFF and unplugged, then it really wasn’t that great of an option. I think a plugged in device that is always in the home is best for a hub, but I’m sure many others will start yelling for another class action lawsuit, as usual. If you want to complain at Apple, complain about the lackluster list of accessories that work well with HomeKit and the ridiculously low number of features offered within HomeKit. Amazon is kicking their Apple core hole in the home automation market.

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