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

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It seems that 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.

Aside from stating that the architecture would be available “soon,” Apple hasn’t given a timing. We expect an iOS 16.4 beta after the launch of iOS 16.3 and it is likely that the architecture update will appear in this beta. We don’t yet know when the beta will come, but it could be as early as this week.

With the launch of the second-generation HomePod, Apple mentioned that the Sound Recognition feature, which will appear in a spring update, would require the revamped Home architecture, but we might see the architecture update before Sound Recognition is released.

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

The first release of the new Home architecture caused some “HomeKit” devices in “HomeKit” setups to be lost or stuck in “Configuring/Upgrading” status. It also caused invites to share the home with others to fail, and it broke ‌HomeKit‌’s secure video recording for some.

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