What’s New in the Home App in iOS13 Developer Beta 5?

Apple has released the latest rounds of iOS13 for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV today, right at the two week mark from the previous builds. Developer beta 5 has brought with it some much needed bug fixes, cosmetic tweaks, and unfortunately, some regression with regards to automations and shortcuts. Apple’s tvOS beta update has also included a small reference to HomeKit as well. Let’s jump right in to the good stuff.

Refinements

The biggest visual changes in Beta 5 come in the form of new wallpapers for the Home App. Gone are the vibrant color gradient images and in their place are a total of 6 new wallpapers, each sporting a colorful vibe, similar to the ones introduced with iOS13.

Moving over to device icons, we found that the temperature sensor icon has been updated from the previous circle with the temperature displayed in the middle. This newly updated icon now sports a thermometer glyph, but it does not display the actual temperature if it is viewed within the “Home status” screen, tying into the issue regarding sensor data that we will cover later. The temperature is displayed when viewing a device with multiple sensors.

For accessories, we found that “suggested scenes” has been added when tapping on the “scenes” option. Now, by viewing an accessories settings and selecting “scenes”, the Home App will display a list of all the scenes that the accessory is used in, as well as some handy suggestions.

In the automations tab, we noticed that the icon for fans is now animated when reviewing the list. While this is a nice touch, we found that the icon is animated as being “on” even if the automation has the fan set to “off” which may cause some confusion. However, we do like the idea of the icons potentially representing their respective states for each automation, and we hope that Apple is working on this for future builds.

Splash Screens

No new splash screens found.

Bugs & Remaining Issues

Text alignment issues within the Home App, which were introduced in Beta 3, have been corrected and are no longer present. However, the bug that displays the credit card labeling when using the “I Don’t Have a Code or Cannot Scan” function is still present.

Credit card borders still displayed when using the “I Don’t Have a Code or Cannot Scan” option then going back to the scanner.

We are still disappointed to see that the display issue surrounding devices with multiple sensors has not been corrected. This means that devices such as the Onvis SMS 1 which has sensors for motion, temperature and humidity are not displaying the sensor data from the favorites or room tabs. For devices such as power strips, the device tile will display short mention such as “2 on 1 off”.

For camera’s Apple lists the following as a “Known Issue” for this build: “After viewing IP camera streams in the Home app, your device won’t sleep until you exit the app. (52981554)”

Shortcuts

Of course, the biggest change that comes with Beta 5 is the removal of automations from the Shortcuts App. Thankfully, Apple has listed this as a temporary removal in the update’s release notes under the “Known Issues” portion: “Shortcuts automations are temporarily unavailable. (53182885)”

Behind the Scenes

Spotted by 9to5mac’s Guilherme Rambo, the HomePod has a new set up dialog that unfortunately cannot be accessed as of yet due to the lack of a HomePod beta. This new screen is titled “Siri for Everyone” and it explains how the HomePod will be able to provide personalized responses for everyone within the home for queries regarding calendars, reminders, and more.

Apple TV

For the first time in the beta cycle, we have found a change in tvOS that references our favorite smart home platform. Within the settings menu, the AirPlay menu has been updated to include HomeKit within the title, and is now listed as “AirPlay & HomeKit”. Unfortunately, going into this menu only reveals the same options as before, with the only HomeKit option being for the assigned room for the Apple TV.

Comments or Questions?

We will be updating this list if we find any additional changes throughout the next few days. Find any changes that we missed? Let us know in the comments below, or on Twitter, @HomeKit_Hero

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