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Apple has released its latest HomePod 16.3 software update, bringing new features and improvements to the popular smart speaker. The update adds temperature and humidity sensing to the HomePod mini, allowing users to monitor the environment in their homes. Additionally, the update includes Find My support, allowing users to ask Siri for the location of friends and family.
One of the most notable new features in the HomePod 16.3 update is the new Siri confirmation tone. When users make smart home requests for accessories that may not visibly show a change or are located in a different room, the tone will let them know that the request has been completed. This is a welcome addition for users who have multiple smart home devices and want to know when their requests have been executed.
The update also brings improved volume controls to the original HomePod, allowing for more granular adjustments at lower volumes. Additionally, there are optimized audio tuning options for spoken content such as podcasts, which will provide greater clarity on both second and first-generation HomePod devices.
Ambient sounds have also been remastered to be more immersive and can now be added to scenes, automation, and alarms in the Home app. Users can also set up recurring Home automation using just their voice, making it even easier to automate tasks around the home.
HomePod and HomePod mini devices will automatically install new software updates by default, but users can check for updates manually in the Home app on iPhone. To install the latest HomePod 16.3 software update, users must first install iOS 16.3 on their iPhone.