iPhone: Apple halts iOS 16.2 update for Home app after glitch leaves HomeKit devices broken

San Francisco-based Apple has now stopped the iOS 16.2 home architecture update and added it to an internal issues list, which is usually reserved for widespread and noticeable issues.

Earlier this month, the company released iOS 16.2, which came with an option to update users’ Home app. But it seems there was a problem. The update has been causing systemic issues on users’ HomeKit devices and settings.

Apple claimed the update would improve the Home app experience, but a MacRumors report said many users found their HomeKit devices, scenes, and settings broken after the update.

In June, Apple previewed the new architecture and it became available as a user-initiated option in an update to the Home app following the release of iOS 16.2.

The widespread flaw forced Apple to pull the update. However, the tech company added the Home app update to an internal database of hardware and software issues, a rare move for a software-related issue, according to the report.

Furthermore, Apple claims that its latest update improves the performance of the Home app by offering “faster and more reliable performance,” along with some design tweaks.

It’s unclear when Apple will fix the issues with the update and make it available to users again. Meanwhile, the premium smartphone maker is reportedly thinking of re-evaluating the iPhone 15 lineup next year.

The tech giant is concerned about the sales performance of the iPhone 14 Plus, the 6.7-inch non-Pro variant of the iPhone 14 line. The MacRumors report said this has caused the company to think of ways to re-strategize its lineup. of iPhone for the next year.

Apple will differentiate between professional and non-professional iPhone models, or reduce the price of the Plus model in the line. If the latter happens, the price cut for the standard iPhone is also expected to go down.

Previously, media reports had claimed that Apple’s in-house A17 chip, which is expected to be used in the yet-to-be-released iPhone 15, will focus on improving battery life rather than processing power. Additionally, the iPhone 15 series will include four models, with greater feature differences than the iPhone 14, and all models will feature USB-C charging ports.

Last month, it was reported that the tech giant’s upcoming iPhone 15 smartphone is likely to feature a titanium chassis with curved rear edges, which will replace the existing boxy design. The rear edges of the iPhone 15 are expected to be rounded to create a new edge, similar to the bottom edges of the cases on Apple’s 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models.

(With input from IANS)

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