The iPad will no longer be able to be used as a home hub following the launch of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura and HomePod 16 software this fall, Apple confirmed today.

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As discovered in ‌iOS 16‌ by MacGossip associate Steve MoserApple says the “iPad” will no longer be supported as a home hub. This information will be displayed in the Home app after updating to iOS 16.

The Home Center is required to use features such as receiving notifications about accessories and allowing others to control your home. You won’t be able to browse shared homes until those homes are also updated to the latest HomeKit. The iPad will no longer be supported as a home hub.

As Apple has ditched the iPad as the home hub, users will need to have a HomePod, HomePod mini, or Apple TV to use the hub features such as remote access to accessories with Siri and location-based automation.

Apple’s “iOS 16” preview page suggested that the “iPad” would not be able to be used as a home hub, but so far this has not been confirmed as in the first beta of “iPadOS 16” it was still possible to set the “iPad” ”As the home center. “Only Apple TV and HomePods are supported as home hubs,” the website reads.

The wording in the code found in the second beta “iOS 16” suggests that Apple is removing the Home Hub feature from “iPad”. The company has not explained why the “iPad” will no longer function as a home hub, but this could be related to Apple Matter’s upcoming cross-platform implementation of the smart home standard.

The Matter, coming later this year, will allow HomeKit users to add more smart home accessories to their “HomeKit” setup.

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