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HomePod 16.3 software beta adds humidity and temperature measurement to HomePod mini, Find My, Audio Tuning and more

HomePod 16.3 software beta adds humidity and temperature measurement to HomePod mini, Find My, Audio Tuning and more
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Apple today released a new HomePod 16.3 software beta that will accompany iOS 16.3, iPadOS 16.3, tvOS 16.3, watchOS 9.3 and more macOS Ventura 12.3 versions. The update adds support for the new HomePod and HomePod Mini Features announced today alongside the surprise launch of the second-gen HomePod.

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Installing HomePod software 16.3 will support temperature and humidity measurement on both the “HomePod mini” and the second generation HomePod.

As we highlighted this morningHomePod mini features an inactive temperature and humidity sensor that Apple is finally enabling, allowing temperature and humidity settings to be used for home automation and device activation.

Ambient sounds have been redesigned to be more immersive and can be added to scenes, automations, and alarms in the Home app, and recurring home automations can be set up with Siri commands. Apple also added a unique confirmation tone that plays when making smart home requests for accessories that are in a different room or have no visible change. find mine With integration for HomePod, you can also ask Siri for the location of friends and family.

On the larger 1st and 2nd generation HomePod models, optimized audio tuning offers improved clarity for spoken content like podcasts and audiobooks, and on the 1st generation HomePod there are updated volume controls for more granular adjustments at lower volume levels. Apple’s full release notes for the update are below.

HomePod software version 16.3 includes support for new features for your HomePod. This update also includes bug fixes and stability improvements.

– Temperature and humidity measurement measures your indoor climate with HomePod (2nd generation) and HomePod mini
– Revamped ambient sounds are more immersive and can now be added to scenes, automations, and alarms in the Home app
– With Find My on HomePod, you can now ask Siri for the location of friends and family if they’ve shared it with you. Recurring home automations can be set up with just your voice
– Siri confirmation tone now plays to indicate when smart home requests are complete for accessories that may not have a visible change or are in a different room
– Audio tuning optimizes spoken content like podcasts for even more clarity on HomePod (2nd gen) and HomePod (1st gen)
– Updated volume controls on HomePod (1st gen) give you finer adjustments at lower volume levels

The HomePod 16.3 update is scheduled for release sometime next week and can be installed on HomePods with devices running iOS 16.3, iPadOS 16.3, or macOS Ventura 13.2. The updates bring new features to existing HomePods and enable features for the second-generation HomePod, which launches February 3.

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