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Apple updates HomePod software to version 16.3

2023 January 24
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Just yesterday, Apple released iOS & iPadOS 16.3, and it provided some insight into some of the user experience changes users would expect to see if they had a HomePod or HomePod mini in their home.

On Tuesday, Apple followed up by releasing HomePod firmware 16.3, which as you might come to expect, falls hand-in-hand with yesterday’s iOS & iPadOS 16.3 software updates.

The full change log for HomePod software version 16.3, is provided 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 sensing measures your indoor climate with HomePod (2nd generation) and HomePod mini
– Remastered ambient sounds are more immersive and can now be added to scenes, automations, and alarms in the Home app
– Find My on HomePod now enables you to ask Siri for the location of friends and family, if they have shared it with you
– Recurring Home automations can be set up using just your voice
– Siri confirmation tone will now play to indicate when smart home requests are completed for accessories that may not visibly show a change or are located in a different room
– Audio tuning optimizes spoken content such as podcasts for even greater clarity on HomePod (2nd generation) and HomePod (1st generation)
– Updated volume controls on HomePod (1st generation) give you more granular adjustments at lower volumes

There are two ways HomePod and HomePod mini users can update the software on their Apple-branded smart speaker. The first is to wait for an automatic software update, which happens if you have automatic software updates turned on. Assuming you don’t, then you can install the update manually via the Home app on your iPhone or iPad.

The latest HomePod software update comes around a week after Apple released its new HomePod 2nd generation.

Have you updated the firmware on your HomePod yet? Let us know in the comments section down below.

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