The iPad will no longer be able to be used as a home hub after the launch of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura and HomePod 16 software this fall, Apple confirmed today.

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As discovered in ‌iOS 16‌ code of MacRygter contributor Steve Moser, Apple says that ‌iPad‌ will no longer be supported as a home hub. This information will be displayed in the Home app after updating to ‌iOS 16‌.

A home hub is required to take advantage of features like receiving accessory notifications and allowing other people to control your home. You will not be able to see shared homes until these homes have also been upgraded to the latest HomeKit. iPad will no longer be supported as a home hub.

As Apple drops support for ‌iPad‌ as a home hub, users must have a HomePod, HomePod mini or Apple TV to take advantage of features enabled by a hub, such as remote access to accessories with Siri and the use of location-based automation features.

Apple’s ‌iOS 16‌ preview website suggested that ‌iPad‌ would not be able to be used as a home hub, but this was not confirmed until now, because in the first ‌iPadOS 16‌ beta, it was still possible to set up a ‌iPad‌ as a home hub . “Only ‌Apple TV‌ and HomePod are supported as home hubs,” the website states.

The wording of 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 ‌iPad‌ will no longer function as a home hub, but it may be related to Apple’s upcoming Matter smart home standard implementation across platforms.

Coming later this year, Matter will let HomeKit users add more smart home accessories to their ‌HomeKit‌ setups.

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