One of the biggest announcements of WWDC 2022 is that the Apple Home app is getting a much needed ground-up redesign.
The new app changes how you navigate through the app and organize accessories, but the most important change is that you can now view your entire home from a single view. You no longer have to jump between menus to check things out – you can see each connected device with multiple camera views from a single page.
This is in contrast to the previous version of the app which has tabs for Home, Room, Automation and more. The new sections break down your accessories into climate, lighting, protection and more, and the multi-camera view makes it possible to live-view up to four cameras at once – with the option to scroll to see more.
If you want to keep an eye on your home while away, the ability to get live view without tapping and without having to wait for a specific feed to be loaded is a lifesaver. This improves the functionality of the home app, especially if you are used to using proprietary apps that take a long time to load.
Combined with the changes to the lock screen in iOS 16, this redesign makes HomeKit a much more attractive option than ever before. It does one thing Apple needs to do in the long run: make HomeKit easier to use and more efficient. What is needed now is a more integrated set of accessories that work with HomeKit.
On top of the Home app overhaul, Apple has announced that Home is now part of Matter. This means that HomeKit will soon be able to work with a much wider range of devices than ever before.
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