The iOS 16 Home app is paired with a revamped HomeKit experience [Video]

The iOS 16 Home app is paired with a revamped HomeKit experience [Video] ...

With a completely new design, the Home app gets a lot of attention on iOS 16 with a new UI and iconography, customizable sections, fresh wallpapers, and more.

The Home app has been waiting for some tweaks for a while, and this year, Apple is delivering a substantial update for the HomeKit experience.

What''s new in the iOS 16 Home app, and how does it work?

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Here''s a sneak peek at what''s new in the iOS 16 home app.

The iOS 16 Home app''s default layout now includes:

  • New top category buttons
  • HomeKit cameras are at the top of the app, below are Scenes and Favorites
  • Then youll see your other devices organized by Room
  • Most of the HomeKit device icons have been either totally updated or given a slight refresh

My Ecobee smart thermostat, our HomeKit-enabled ceiling fans, Temperature and humidity are all shown in this tapping the Climate Top category, as well as Scenes that include any of these Climate devices.

One of the most notable enhancements in the Home app is a significant shift in how the buttons work in order to control HomeKit devices.

You might tap a device tile to turn it on or off and long-press to get the more detailed control UI with things like colors, sliders, and fine grain control.

The buttons in the iOS 16 Home app are recognizable as this:

  • Tap on the far left (circle icon) to turn devices on and off
  • Tap on the middle or right side of a button to see the detailed control UI
  • Long-press to see edit/customizability options and device details

Another new feature is the ability to resize device buttons, which is a bit hidden, but heres how it works:

Apple has moved all of the settings and other customization options to the top of iOS 15 debunked.

The top right corner of the icon on the + comes with the option to add an Accessory, Scene, Automation, Room, People, or a New Home.

The ability to reorder sections in the iOS 16 home app is a major improvement. As shown in the image above, Reorder Sections lets you customize the whole organization. And choosing Edit Home View lets you reorder devices in a given category (previously available in iOS 15).

Unseen wallpapers, the one shown off in the screenshots below, are all available for free, but you may still use a custom photo. All of the included wallpapers appear to be new.

  • Tap the three-dot circle in the top left corner of the Home app
  • Choose Home Settings
  • Swipe to the bottom
  • Tap Choose from Existing under Home Wallpaper, then the built-in options are at the top

Additional information may be found here:

  • Automation tab and experience are mostly the same
  • Rooms are now found under the three-dot icon in the top right corner
  • The Discover tab remains at the bottom of the Home app to get new ideas
  • iPads will work as downgraded Home hubs
    • Apple says iPad can still be a home hub in iOS 16, as long as the new HomeKit features dont Matter to you
  • Matter integration coming later this year
  • Apple says iPad can still be a home hub in iOS 16, as long as the new HomeKit features dont Matter to you
  • Apple says iPad can still be a home hub in iOS 16, as long as the new HomeKit features dont Matter to you

What are you most excited about with the new iOS 16 Home app? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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