One of the key new features of iOS 16.2 and macOS is coming 13.1 is the ability to upgrade to a new home app architecture. While Apple hasn’t shared details about what exactly the changes are, the company says the update offers “improved performance and reliability” for HomeKit accessories.

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The home architecture update requires all devices accessing the home to be updated to the latest version of the operating system, so many users have yet to make the jump, but users who have upgraded have reported some issues. Amid those reports, it now appears that Apple has removed the option for users to update the architecture of its Home app.

issues reported by users they include ‌HomeKit‌ devices stuck in an “updating” or “setup” state, devices disappearing entirely, Home Sharing invitations with other users failing, HomeKit Secure Video recording does not work, and more.

Upgrading to the new Home app architecture is a user-initiated process in the Software Update section of the Home settings in the Home app, and as of a few hours ago, the upgrade option no longer appears in the app. As a result, users who have not yet moved to the new architecture will not be able to do so until Apple re-enables the option. Users who have already upgraded will remain on the new architecture and will not be able to go back to the old one.

We will update this article if Apple shares any additional information on the situation.

(Thanks, Aaron!)

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