Apple confirms iPad will no longer be considered a HomeKit hub with iPadOS 16

With the upcoming arrival of iOS/iPadOS 16, users will no longer be able to rely on their iPads to act as a HomeKit hub.

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When deploying the final versions of iOS/iPadOS/tvOS 16 and macOS Ventura, the various systems will display the message a hub is required to take advantage of features such as receiving accessory notifications and allowing others to control your home. You won’t be able to see shared homes until they are also upgraded to the latest version of HomeKit. iPad will no longer be supported as a home hub.

Apple confirms that the iPad will no longer be considered  as a HomeKit hub with iPadOS 16

This information was already within the footnotes of the official Apple website, the iPads will no longer be able to play the role of HomeKit hub/concentrator, allowing for example to control compatible devices when the user is no longer at home, sending notifications, automations or even sharing the management of a home, and will have to leave this role to HomePod, HomePod mini and AppleTV.

Apple confirms that the iPad will no longer be considered  as a HomeKit hub with iPadOS 16

In the second beta of iPadOS 16, the Settings still allow you to choose an iPad as a hub, but the option is disabled by default. Apple certainly wants consolidate the HomeKit user experience by removing the hub role from a battery-operated deviceand which can therefore no longer play its role if the user forgets to put it to recharge before leaving the home.

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