Apple confirmed today that the iPad won’t be able to be used as a home hub after the release of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura, and HomePod 16 this fall.


As discovered in ‌iOS 16‌ code by Mac rumors contributor Steve Moser, Apple says ‌iPad‌ will not be supported as a home hub. This information will be displayed in the Home app after updating to ‌iOS 16‌.

A home distributor is required to take advantage of features such as receiving accessory notifications and allowing others to control your home. You will not be able to view shared homes until those homes have also been upgraded to the latest version of HomeKit. The iPad will no longer be supported as a home hub.

With Apple dropping support for ‌iPad‌ as a home hub, users will need a HomePod, HomePod mini, or Apple TV to take advantage of hub-enabled features, such as accessing remote accessories with Siri and using location-based automation features.

Apple’s ‌iOS 16‌ preview webpage suggested that the ‌iPad‌ would not be able to be used as a home hub, but that hasn’t been confirmed yet because in the first beta build of iPadOS 16‌, it was still possible to set the ‌iPad‌ as a home hub. “Apple TV‌ and HomePod are only supported as home hubs,” the website reads.

The wording in the code in the second beta of ‌iOS 16‌ indicates that Apple is removing the Home Hub functionality from the ‌iPad‌. The company hasn’t explained why the ‌iPad‌ won’t work as a home hub, but it could be linked to Apple’s upcoming cross-platform Matter smart home standard app.

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

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