Following yesterday’s iOS 16.3, iPadOS 16.3, tvOS 16.3, watchOS 9.3, and macOS Ventura 13.2 updates, Apple today released new 16.3 software built for HomePod, second-generation HomePod, and HomePod mini.

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According to Apple’s release notes, ‌HomePod‌ software version 16.3 adds a number of new features. It enables temperature and humidity sensing for both the second-generation ‌HomePod‌ and ‌HomePod mini‌, so these readings can be used for home automation.

Ambient sounds have been remastered to be more immersive and can be added to scenes, automations and alarms in the Home app, and recurring home automations can be configured using Siri commands. Apple has also added a unique confirmation tone that will play when smart home requests are accepted for accessories that are placed in a different room or that don’t show a visible change. Find My integration for ‌HomePod‌ also lets you ask ‌Siri‌ for the location of friends and family.

For first- and second-generation larger ‌HomePod‌ models, optimized audio tuning provides improved clarity for spoken content like podcasts and audiobooks, and on first-generation ‌HomePod‌ there are updated volume controls for more detailed adjustments at lower volumes. 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 detection 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 lets you ask Siri for the location of friends and family if they’ve shared it with you
– Recurring home automations can be configured 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
– Sound mode 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

HomePod‌ software is automatically installed on ‌HomePod‌‌ unless the feature is disabled, but‌‌HomePod‌ can also be updated manually in the Home app by following the instructions in our HomePod‌ Update How-to.

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