One of the major new features in iOS 16.2 and macOS Ventura 13.1 is the ability to upgrade to a new home app architecture. While Apple hasn’t shared details about the exact changes, the company says the upgrade delivers “improved performance and reliability” for HomeKit accessories.


Upgrading the home architecture requires all devices that access the home to be updated to the latest version of the operating system, so not many users have done this step, but users who have upgraded have reported some issues. Amid these reports, it now appears that Apple has removed the option for users to upgrade the architecture of their main apps.

Problems reported by users include “HomeKit” devices stuck in an “updating” or “configuring” state, devices disappearing completely, invitations to share the home page with other users, HomeKit secure video recording not working, 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 option to upgrade no longer appears in the app. As a result, users who have not yet migrated to the new build 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 cannot revert to the previous architecture.

We’ll update this article if Apple shares any additional information about the situation.

(Thanks, Aaron!)

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