Homepod 16.3 Release Date: Temperature and Humidity Sensing, Find My Improvements, Audio Tuning and More

Apple released new 16.3 software for the HomePod, HomePod 2nd Gen, and HomePod mini today, after yesterday’s releases of iOS 16.3, iPad OS 16.3, tvOS 16.3, watchOS 9.3, and macOS Ventura 13.2.

Software version 16.3 for the HomePod, as detailed in Apple’s release notes, includes several improvements. It enables the second-generation HomePod and the HomePod mini to sense temperature and humidity, which may then be utilized in other automated systems in the home.

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Homepod 16.3 Release Date: Temperature and Humidity Sensing, Find My Improvements, Audio Tuning and More

Home app users now have access to remastered ambient noises that can be incorporated into scenes, automation, and alarms, as well as the ability to schedule recurrent Home automation using voice commands made with Siri. When requests are made for smart home accessories that are in a different room or do not display a visual change, Apple has added a unique confirmation tone that will play.

You can now ask Siri on your HomePod where your friends and family are thanks to the Find My integration. The first version HomePod has upgraded volume controls for finer adjustments at lower volumes, while the second generation HomePod has optimized audio tuning for improved clarity when listening to spoken content like podcasts and audiobooks. Here are Apple’s complete update release notes.

Homepod 16.3 Release Date
Homepod 16.3 Release Date

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, automation, 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 automation 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

Unless disabled, the HomePod will automatically update its firmware, but you can also update it manually from within the Home app by following the steps outlined in our HomePod update guide.

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Frequently asked questions

Will Apple release a new big HomePod?

An improved version of the larger HomePod that Apple cancelled in 2018 is scheduled to be released by the company in 2023. Supposedly, the S8 chip from the Apple Watch Series 8 will be included in the updated HomePod, allowing for quicker performance on Siri requests and new features.

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Will HomePod continue to be supported?

For $350, you could purchase the original HomePod that Apple unveiled at WWDC in 2017. It was discontinued in 2021 after being succeeded by a more reasonably priced variant in 2020. Apple still releases firmware upgrades for the ancient gadgets, and will continue to do so indefinitely.



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