Apple releases tvOS and HomePod software 16.3.1. This is purely bug fix release, nothing interesting is referenced in release notes.
tvOS and HomePod software are updated to 16.3 today
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:
- 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 Sir 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
Apple announces next generation HomePod
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 Announces Second-Generation HomePod
- Apple unveils new full-size HomePod with refined design, new color, $299 price, more
- PSA: HomePod stereo pairs won’t work between first and second-gen speakers
- New HomePod & existing HomePod mini have temperature sensors
- Both HomePod and HomePod Mini Now Feature Temperature and Humidity Sensor
- HomePod mini software update will activate hidden sensor and Sound Recognition feature
- New HomePod Can't Be Stereo Paired With First-Generation HomePod
- Apple Expanding Sound Recognition Feature to New HomePod and HomePod Mini With Software Update Later This Year
- HomePod (2nd Generation)
Apple releases iOS 16.2 and other platforms
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:
- iCloud Advanced Data Protection;
- Support for Rapid Security Responses;
- Freeform application;
- Apple Music Sing;
- New Apple Watch workout modes;
- Apple Home reliability improvements;
- iPadOS external display support.
Apple Newsroom: Apple launches Freeform: a powerful new app designed for creative collaboration
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- Apple Releases watchOS 9.2 With Outdoor Workout Improvements, Crash Detection Optimizations, Noise App Tweaks and More
- Apple Releases tvOS 16.2 with Apple Music Sing, TV App Tweaks and More
- iPadOS 16.2 and Stage Manager for External Displays: Work in Progress, But Worth the Wait
- Apple Releases macOS Ventura 13.1 With Freeform, Advanced Data Protection, Find My Improvements and More
- Freeform Leverages the Freedom and Flexibility of a Blank Canvas
- Apple's Advanced Data Protection feature is here - what you need to know
- iPadOS 16.2 brings these improvements for Stage Manager, plus AirTag tracking alerts
- Hands on with Apple's Freeform collaborative brainstorming app
- watchOS 9.2 now available for Apple Watch; here’s everything new
- iOS 16.2 patches over a dozen security vulnerabilities, iOS 15.7.2 also available with fixes
- Apple Music launches collection of playlists with songs perfect for ‘Sing’ karaoke feature
- iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2
- macOS 13.1
- iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 Fix Over 30 Security Vulnerabilities
- Xcode 14.2 released with support for iOS 16.2, macOS Ventura 13.1
- Xcode 14.2 Release
- Apple Watch Ultra gains battery improvement with watchOS 9.2 and Multisport workouts
- New Apple Music Sing Playlists Now Available in iOS 16.2
- 9to5Mac Daily: December 13, 2022 – Everything new in iOS 16.2, macOS 13.1, and more
- iOS 16.2 Features: Everything New in iOS 16.2
tvOS and HomePodOS 15 beta 9 is released
Beta 9 for tvOS and HomePodOS are released. Not much is known, beta 9 is looking like bug fix for upcoming release.