Apple with the iOS 16.2 update introduced an updated underlying architecture for HomeKit and the Home app, but it was pulled a week after release due to bugs and installation issues. At the time, Apple said the removal was temporary and that the upgrade option would “be back soon”.

It looks like Apple is almost ready to reintroduce the updated Home architecture, as the backend code indicates that Apple is preparing a “version 2” and testing it internally.

Other than stating that the architecture would be available “soon”, Apple has not provided any timeline. We expect an iOS 16.4 beta to follow the iOS 16.3 release, and the architecture update is likely to appear in that beta. As of now, we don’t know when the beta is coming, but it could be as early as this week.

With the launch of the second generation HomePod, Apple mentioned that the sound recognition feature coming in a spring update would require the revamped Home architecture, but we could see the architecture update before the release of sound recognition.

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Apple says the update improves the reliability and efficiency of communication between smart home accessories and Apple devices, and it’s something Apple has been working on since iOS 16 was announced at WWDC in June 2022.

The first version of the new Home architecture caused some ‌HomeKit‌ devices to disappear from the ‌HomeKit‌ settings or get stuck with a “configuring/updating” status. This also resulted in invites to share the house with others failing and broke ‌HomeKit‌ secure video recording for some.

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