Apple starts selling HomePod (2nd generation) and HomePod mini in Denmark.
HomePod and HomePod mini will be available in Singapore starting April 6.
Apple Newsroom: Apple introduces HomePod and HomePod mini in Singapore
Reference: HomePod and HomePod Mini Launching in Singapore Next Month
Apple releases tvOS and HomePod software 16.3.1. This is purely bug fix release, nothing interesting is referenced in release notes.
Following the yesterday's updates to iOS and other platforms Apple now updates tvOS and HomePod software to 16.3.
Most notable feature would be enabling humidity and temperature sensors in HomePod mini.
HomePod software updates include:
Following announcements on new Mac hardware Apple today announces update to HomePod.
Second generation HomePod gets S7 chip, UWB, temperature and humidity sensors. HomePod also gets Matter smart home standard support.
HomePod second generation follows design of original smart speaker while getting sound quality improvements too. However, it is noted that original HomePod could not be combined as stereo pair with second generation.
HomePod mini apparently also has temperature and humidity sensors. And those will be enabled with upcoming software update.
Sound Recognition feature comes to both new HomePod and HomePod mini to listen for smoke alarms in the house.
Apple Newsroom: Apple introduces the new HomePod with breakthrough sound and intelligence
Apple publishes iOS/iPadOS 16.3 beta 1, macOS 13.2 beta 1, watchOS 9.2 beta 1 and tvOS 16.3 beta 1. No corresponding Xcode beta is there yet.
iOS 16.3 and macOS 13.2 beta 1 bring support for hardware security keys for Apple ID second factor announced recently. iOS beta also now shows guidance on HomePod handoff process.
Apple Developer: Get ready with the latest beta releases
Beta download: Operating Systems
Following recent RC Apple now releases iOS/iPadOS 16.2, macOS 13.1 Ventura, watchOS 9.2 and tvOS 16.2. Xcode 14.2 is also released.
HomePodOS received corresponding update (which is required for Home updates and Matter support).
Apple also releases security bug fixes for previous OS releases - iOS 15 and macOS 11 Big Sur and macOS 12 Monterey.
This update brings several important updates:
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Apple announces HomePod mini availability in Finland, Norway, Sweden in December 13. South Africa joins December 19. Denmark and possibly other countries to follow in spring.
Apple Newsroom: HomePod mini er tilgjengelig fra neste uke (no)
Apple releases major updates to iPadOS and macOS. iPadOS 16.1 and macOS 13 Ventura bring several notable features:
iOS 16.1, watchOS 9.1 and tvOS 16.1 are also released today. HomePod software is also updated to 16.1 version.
These updates also bring:
Interestingly, Apple Card Savings Account was not introduced with iOS 16.1. It is now expected to be added later.
Also Apple releases Safari 16.1 for older macOS releases.
iOS 16.1 brings support for SKAdNetwork 4.0. Update provides more details on ad performance, better analysis of web ads leading to App Store pages.
Xcode 14.1 gets second Release Candidate so far.
Beta download: Applications
Release notes: Xcode 14.1 RC2 Release Notes
After several beta versions and RCs, Apple finally releases iOS/iPadOS 15.6, macOS 12.5, watchOS 8.7 and tvOS 15.6. HomePod 15.6 software is also released.
Operating systems add improvements for sports live programming in TV app and fix some issues in all platforms, including critical security fixes.
HomePod software adds support for more Siri voice recognition languages.