iOS 16 Introduces Entirely Overhauled Home App to Focus More on Reliability and Ease of Use

The Home app on iOS is getting a major overhaul with iOS 16, with Apple saying it's doubling down on reliability and ease of use.

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Apple says it has made changes to the "underlying architecture" of the Home app to enable "faster, more reliable performance, especially for homes with many smart accessories."

With the new Home app redesign, all users' rooms are displayed on one single page, with easily glanceable widgets that showcase current accessories and their status. Pressing on a room takes users to a dedicated space with more details and controls.

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Along the top of the Home app, users get quick information at categories, such as how many lights are currently on, the temperature range across their house, what doors are unlocked, and more.

Categories are even more helpful, however, when they're tapped. When users tap on a specific category, such as security and cameras, they're shown all the active cameras around their entire home on a single page.

The Home app is also gaining new Lock Screen widgets that provide easy information right on the Lock Screen. ‌iOS 16‌ is currently available to developers and will be available to all users this fall.

Related Roundups: iOS 16, iPadOS 16

Top Rated Comments

fwmireault Avatar
7 weeks ago
This app redesign was long overdue
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CheffyDude Avatar
7 weeks ago
The overhaul is useless without a Siri overhaul. I get tired of asking Siri to turn on "all lights" and then she plays The Thermadors song "All Blights" Siri is so stupid.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
xpxp2002 Avatar
7 weeks ago
I'm more excited about this "rearchitected" Home app that's supposed to be more reliable than anything else in iOS 16. Not only is it long overdue, but reliability is probably the single biggest problem holding back HomeKit. I'd love to showcase more HomeKit stuff to friends and family, but it's embarrassing when Siri goes into one of her states where she refuses to execute automations or won't respond to requests.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
huges84 Avatar
7 weeks ago
I am an early tech adopter, built many PCs, have been using an iPhone since the 3G. And still, I struggled to grasp the design of the existing home app. Even at first glance this redesign seems way better. Hopefully it really is. With this and the Matter support, we may see Apple-compatible smart home devices take off
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Rychiar Avatar
7 weeks ago
Can’t wait
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TonyC28 Avatar
7 weeks ago

Thank God, the old one is an embarrassment. Easily one of the worst apps I've used.
Check out Google’s Home app if you want to appreciate Apple’s a little more.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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