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Apple may have held back its new home architecture

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It will improve HomeKit performance, Apple said. The Home app will get a lot snappier, he said.

But the move to Apple’s new Home architecture has proven to be a headache for many HomeKit users, and now Apple has apparently done away with the upgrade option.

Macrumors reported late Wednesday that the option to switch to the new Home architecture, which arrived as part of Apple’s iOS 16.2 update earlier this month, has apparently disappeared from the Software Update section of the Home app.

Apple has yet to publicly say anything about the apparent change. We’ve reached out to Apple for comment.

For now, that leaves HomeKit users who have yet to transition to the new Home architecture unable to do so. Likewise, there doesn’t seem to be a way for users who done make the move to go back to the old architecture.

Apple hasn’t detailed much about what precise improvements are included in the new Home architecture, other than to say that it is “more reliable and efficient”.

But almost immediately after the release of iOS 16.2, Apple Home users started reporting problems with their migration to the new architecture.

Some home users on Reddit have complained that their Apple home hubs stopped responding, while others said their HomeKit devices were stuck updating their status. Some have even found that theirs family members were not allowed back into their Apple homes.

Upgrading to the new Home architecture was optional in iOS 16.2, and those wanting to upgrade had to make sure their various home hub devices (like the Apple TV, HomePod, and HomePod mini) were updated to the latest software first.

That requirement may have limited the fallout from issues with the new Home architecture, and if Apple did indeed remove the upgrade option, it was a wise move.

However, a warning about Home’s developing situation would have been nice too.