iOS 16.4 Beta Re-Adds HomeKit Architecture Upgrade

iOS 16.4 Beta Re-Adds HomeKit Architecture Upgrade
iOS 16
Feb 2023

The iOS 16.4 beta that Apple provided to developers today appears to reintroduce the HomeKit architecture update that was pulled from iOS 16.2 due to a wide range of ?HomeKit? bugs that it added.


There were signs that the ?HomeKit? architecture would be reintroduced in iOS 16.4 as early as January, as Apple has been working on it behind the scenes for some time now. Apple has prepared an updated version of the update, presumably with fewer bugs that will impact ?HomeKit? users.

The new ?HomeKit? architecture is meant to improve the reliability and efficiency of communication between smart home accessories and Apple devices, and it is something that Apple has been developing since iOS 16 was announced at WWDC in June 2022.

The initial launch caused some ??HomeKit?? devices to go missing from ??HomeKit?? setups or to be stuck with a "configuring/updating" status. It also resulted in invitations to share the Home with others failing, and it broke ??HomeKit?? Secure Video recording for some.

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