The iPad will no longer be able to act as a hub for HomeKit
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The iPad will no longer be able to act as a hub for HomeKit

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You may need to invest in additional hardware this year.

If you use HomeKit with connected objects at home, you probably know that having what Apple calls the hub is essential for controlling the system on the go . In short, it is a hub that can take the form of an Apple TV, an iPad or a HomePod or HomePod mini speaker and links all your smart devices via Wi-Fi from your home.

With the update to iPadOS 16 however, tablets will no longer be part of this list. The developer does not specify why, but we imagine that the portable nature of these products makes them potentially inoperative with HomeKit if you take them with you and they become disconnected from your home network.

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Apple doesn’t specify what will happen to iPads already used as hubs with the Home app . However, it is likely that a new version of the platform arriving around September will put an end to this capacity. It is indeed around this date that Apple’s next consumer operating systems will be deployed after being presented at the Worldwide Developer Conference.

Until then, you can always try to protect yourself against a possible incident by investing in an Apple TV . They are currently two in number in the Apple Store: on the one hand the 4K model (from 199 euros) and on the other hand the HD box (from 159 euros).

On the speaker side, the HomePod is no longer on the shelf except at third-party retailers. Its small format, the HomePod mini, is however available in five different colors from Apple and for 99 euros. And reductions are regularly offered in third-party shops.

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Good to know: the impossibility of using the iPad as a hub does not change the controls of the Home app, which remains accessible on the App Store. You can therefore always trigger your air conditioner or close the blinds of your windows remotely from the touch screen of the tablet.

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