The Home app is getting a lot of attention in iOS 16 with a completely refreshed design. Additions and changes to the revamped experience include new UI and iconography, customizable sections, new wallpapers, smoother experience, and more.
The Home app has been ripe for improvements for quite some time and this year with iOS 16, Apple is delivering a major update to the HomeKit experience.
iOS 16 is currently available in beta for developers. The free public beta of iOS 16 is expected to arrive in July. Learn more about installing iOS 16 in our comprehensive guide.
iOS 16 Home app: What’s new and how does it work?
Here’s a detailed look at what’s new in the iOS 16 Home app…
New user interface and iconography
The default iOS 16 Home app layout now has:
- New premium buttons
- HomeKit cameras are at the top of the app, below are scenes and favorites
- Finally, you will see your other devices organized by room
- Most HomeKit device icons have been totally updated or slightly refreshed
For the new top-tier buttons, the new functionality includes displaying all HomeKit devices, scenes, and data associated with them.
For example, tapping on the top category Climate brings up my Ecobee smart thermostat, our HomeKit-enabled ceiling fans (Lutron Caseta), temperature and humidity, and scenes that include any of these devices.” Climate”.
Button Operation Changes
One of the notable updates to the Home app is a big change to the way the buttons work to control HomeKit devices.
In iOS 15 and earlier, you need to tap on a device tile to turn it on or off and long press to get the more detailed control UI with things like colors, sliders, etc. for precise control.
Now in the iOS 16 Home app, the buttons behave like this:
- Tap the far left (circle icon) to turn devices on and off
- Press the middle or right side of a button to see detailed control UI
- Long press to see editing/customization options and device details
Another new feature is the option to resize device buttons, it’s a bit hidden but here’s how it works:
In iOS 15, the option to access Home app settings was pretty buried. Now in the iOS 16 Home app, Apple has moved the general settings and other customization buttons to the top.
The + icon in the upper right corner includes the option to add a prop, scene, automation, room, people, or a new home.
A really nice improvement with the iOS 16 Home app is the ability to rearrange sections. As shown in the image above, “Rearrange Sections” allows you to customize the overall organization. And choosing “Edit Home View” lets you rearrange devices into a given category (previously available in iOS 15).
New iOS 16 Home app wallpapers
Another nice update is totally new wallpapers. The one featured in the screenshots above is one of them with 10 gorgeous gradient choices in total – of course, you can always use a custom photo too. All built-in wallpapers appear to be new.
- Press the three point circle in the top left corner of the Home app
- Picking out Home Settings
- Swipe to bottom
- Faucet Choose from Existing under Home Wallpaper, the built-in options are at the top
iOS 16 Home App Information
More details include:
- The tab and automation experience are mostly the same
- Coins are now under the three-dot icon in the upper right corner
- The Discover tab stays at the bottom of the Home app for new ideas
- iPads will work as downgraded home hubs
What are you most excited about the new iOS 16 Home app? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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