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

“A home hub is required to take advantage of features like receiving accessory notifications and allowing other people to control your home,” textual content within the Dwelling app reportedly reads. “You will not be able to view shared homes until those homes are also upgraded to the latest HomeKit. iPad will no longer be supported as a home 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 own home hub while you improve to iOS 16. Apple didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. However as MacRumors factors out, the company’s iOS 16 preview webpage says that “only Apple TV and HomePod are supported as home hubs,” which to me signifies that Apple is certainly planning to take away help for iPads.

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

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