There are a number of important reasons to upgrade to iOS 10.2 now that it is officially showing as a public-facing update, but if you are a fan of home automation and the connected home, and regularly make use of Apple HomeKit-enabled accessories, then iOS 10.2 is definitely likely to appeal.

That key feature addition means that any iOS device upgrading to 10.2, and running the Home app with connected HomeKit devices, will instantly begin receiving notifications directly on that device from more accessory types that support the feature.

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These new notifications support could come in from a motion sensing device alerting the user that movement has been detected, or it could be from a door or window sensor alerting the user about when a door or window is opened or closed.

Apple hasn’t made a song-and-dance about this, but it seems that part of the latest update is to ensure that notification support is now available for more HomeKit accessory types than before. Apple’s official 10.2 changelog in relation to the HomeKit additions reads:

Adds notification support for HomeKit accessories including window coverings, occupancy, motion, door/window, smoke, carbon monoxide, and water leak sensors.

Adds notification support for HomeKit accessories when software updates are available to HomeKit accessories.

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And just like how it has been for previously supported accessory types, device owners can enable or disable notifications directly through the iOS 10 Home app via a 3D Touch or long press and hold on these newly supported accessory types in question. Head to Details at the bottom, and then scroll down to Status and Notifications to access this setting.

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Additionally, the upgrade for HomeKit support in iOS 10.2 also now means that users can instantly find out when software updates are available for the HomeKit accessories themselves. Rather than sitting on outdated software, or going to the ends of the earth to find if the manufacturer has patched or updated the device, Apple’s iOS 10.2 can now deliver that information directly to the connected iPhone or iPad from the Home app.

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