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Is HomeKit's New Architecture Making A Return WIth iOS 16.3?

Apple released iOS 16.2 in the middle of December – delivering a simultaneous update to a new HomeKit architecture. Apple had promised that the new digital foundation would function more efficiently and reliably than the previous version. However, no more than a few days after the release of iOS 16.2, various error reports began to seep through the cracks: Invites were impossible for users, devices and scenes were missing – or the update itself wouldn't even install.

Such serious problems have become very uncommon since Apple's beta program, and it's still unclear exactly why the prerelease version didn't manage to bust these massive errors affecting many users. Shortly before 2022's Christmas holidays, Apple withdrew the new HomeKit architecture, making an update no longer possible.



A New Go At It In iOS 16.3?
For several days now, reports on social media have stated that Apple is yet again digitally delivering the new HomeKit architecture – but this only applies to users on the current prerelease version of iOS 16.3:

It appears as though not all users are receiving the request for the new update. Interestingly, even some users who had already transitioned to the new HomeKit architecture have still received this notification – suggesting that a new migration is necessary.

Problem Source Remains Foggy
An update to HomeKit's architecture is on Apple's list of most pressing problems due to the many users affected by problems with the most recent update. However, the source of these issues remains unclear. Especially noteworthy is the fact that not all users and their devices seem to be equally affected. Whilst some have massive difficulties, others have none.

To Make A Direct Transition... Or Not To, That Is The Question
Should Apple take another shot at releasing the architecture with iOS 16.3, we do not recommend users make a direct transition. Instead, we recommend that users wait for the first reports to see whether the company has conquered the digital implement's previous problems. Diagnosing problems with HomeKit is considerably time intensive, making a little patience for the wait advisable – especially should the user in question not currently have any issues. However, for those already negatively impacted by the new HomeKit's architecture, immediately updating to the 16.3 version may be quite sensible.

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