Several new features are included in iOS 16.2, such as Apple Music Sing, new widgets, and compatibility for 5G in India. The new Home app design, which Apple claims to improve the experience of utilizing HomeKit accessories more effectively and trustworthy, was one of the major outstanding features of iOS 16.2. The decision to delay the possibility to switch to the new architecture has been made by the firm in response to consumer concerns about problems with HomeKit.
New Home app architecture makes it more reliable
On a device running iOS 16.2 beta, the Home app now prompts users to decide whether to upgrade their app to the new architecture when it is launched for the first time. Apple claims that the new Home architecture for managing supported devices is “much more efficient and dependable.”
But, the update is not required right now. That’s because it has an impact on some users’ experiences. For instance, the new design mandates that Software 16.2 be installed on all devices, including the HomePod. In addition, Apple has previously said that the new Home app design will prevent the iPad from serving as a HomeKit hub.
Open the Home app, select More Options from the menu, and then select Home Settings if you’re ready to switch to the new architecture. Choose “Software Update” from the menu, then “Home Upgrade Available” from the banner. Once more, iOS 16.2 beta-equipped iPhones and iPads are the only devices that can use this.
Apple officially launched iOS 16.1 on Monday, introducing the Matter standard to customers. The new standard intends to make smart home devices compatible across many platforms and is endorsed by businesses like Apple, Amazon, and Google.
Users Experiencing Issues with Home App on iOS 16.2
Several customers have reported that the “updating” or “configuring” page on their HomeKit devices is frozen. While some customers have reported satisfaction with the upgrade, others have complained that their accessories have vanished from the Home app. Also, several customers have complained that the HomeKit Secure Video function is having some problems and that they are unable to share their homes with other users through the app.
Regarding the removal of the upgrade option from the Home app, Apple has not issued a statement. Although the function has been eliminated, it is unclear when the business intends to reinstate it. What will happen to customers who have already updated their Home apps to the new architecture is another unknown.
Although the new Home app architectural feature’s return date is unknown, we anticipate it will be corrected with the release of the following iOS 16.3 Beta. Nevertheless, because iOS 16.2 is not planned to be released to the general public until between February and March 2023, customers on the stable version who have already updated their Home app architecture would be stuck with it.
iOS 16: Latest version
The most recent version of iOS 16 is iOS 16.3.1, which was released on February 13 and included crucial security upgrades as well as bug fixes. The update also enhances iCloud settings, Siri’s Locate My feature, and crash detection on the iPhone 14. (There is also an update for iPads running iPadOS 16.3.1.)
Apple released iOS 16.3 on January 23, 2023. Support for Apple ID security keys and the introduction of Enhanced Data Protection to customers outside of the United States are two of its standout features. Also, it includes compatibility with the brand-new HomePod II. Bug fixes and security updates were also included.
More about iOS 16.2
The new Freeform app, which was first unveiled back in June at WWDC 2022, is now available on iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2. Users of this program may collaborate on a shared canvas to write and draw. According to 9to5Mac, when Emergency SOS is unintentionally activated, users of the new program will be prompted to provide feedback to Apple.
Live Activities have been improved as a result of the changes. Users of iPads now have access to Stage Manager’s functionality for an external monitor thanks to iPadOS 16.2. At this time, it’s unclear when the public will be able to access the update.