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


As discovered in ‌iOS 16‌ code by MacRumors contributor Steve Moser, Apple says the ‌iPad‌ is no longer 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 such as receiving accessory notifications and allowing other people to control your home. You won’t be able to view shared homes until those homes are also upgraded to the latest HomeKit. iPad is no longer supported as a home hub.

With Apple dropping support for the ‌iPad‌ as a home hub, users must have a HomePod, HomePod mini, or Apple TV to take advantage of hub-enabled features like accessing accessories remotely with Siri and using location-based automation features.

Apple’s ‌iOS 16‌ preview webpage suggested that the iPad‌ could not be used as a home hub, but this has not been confirmed as of yet because in the first ‌iPadOS 16‌ beta, it was still possible to set up an ‌iPad‌ as a home hub. “Only “Apple TV” and HomePod are supported as home hubs,” the website reads.

The wording in the code 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.

Later this year, Matter will allow HomeKit users to add more smart home accessories to their ‌HomeKit‌ setups.

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