Fantastic Friday Read: iOS 16 Home app: Hands-on with the overhauled HomeKit experience [Video]
I have been an Homekit user for a couple of years now and have really enjoyed it. I tell people that some people build gaming PCs, others home servers…I enjoy tinkering and building out my smart home. I feel like it gives the home some personality and its great to always come home to the perfect temperature and your lights turned on to match even the change of the sun throughout the day. I love that I can give guests a virtual key when they visit that I can assign or revoke at any time. Its great to be able to to have ambient Siri everywhere in my home and I appreciate being able to grant guests access to my Homekit set up so they can have the same experience when they visit, but know that after they leave I don’t have to worry about them snooping on me or pranking me with my home. I have heard from people with much bigger home setups that the Apple Home app (Now Apple Home instead of Homekit), can become unwieldy at a certain size. This big update in iOS 16 appears to address some of that. I really like the shortcuts to common functions at the top that group certain accessories like lights into cohesive groups and things like temperature readings for thermostat are bigger and easier to distinguish and customize to how you prefer to set it up (Customization is really the big theme of iOS 16). I do hope that next year I can start refreshing my Apple Home with more Matter/Thread devices. I still have a lot of devices that work well, but they are much slower than some of the more modern devices since they have to reach out to the internet for requests instead of processing locally. Overall though, I do really enjoy Apple Home. Its something you can get into with just one or two devices, add to over time, and really customize to be as simple, automated, or anything in between. I think it makes my home more my own and I have really enjoyed it over the last few years.