Apple upgraded the underlying architecture for HomeKit and the Home app with the iOS 16.2 update, and however, it was removed a week later due to glitches and installation issues. Apple announced that the upgrading option would “return soon” and that the absence was only temporary.
Backend code reveals that Apple is creating a “version 2” and testing it internally, suggesting that it is almost ready to debut the revised Home architecture.
— Aaron (@aaronp613) January 24, 2023
Apple hasn’t given a deadline other than to say that the architecture would be made available “soon.” Following iOS 16.3, an iOS 16.4 beta is anticipated, and the beta will likely include the architecture upgrade. The beta might arrive as soon as this week, although the exact date is still being worked out.
Apple did mention that the Sound Recognition functionality coming in a spring update will need the updated Home architecture when the second-generation HomePod was introduced. Even so, the architectural update can occur before Sound Recognition is available.
Since iOS 16 at WWDC in June 2022, Apple has been improving the dependability and effectiveness of communication between smart home accessories and Apple devices.
Some HomeKit devices disappeared from HomeKit installations or remained in a “configuring/updating” position after the first release of the new Home architecture. Several people’s attempts to share their homes with others failed, breaking the HomeKit Secure video recording.