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tvOS 16.4 and HomePod 16.4 bring stability improvements

Published Mar 27th, 2023 1:20PM EDT
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Apple has released tvOS 16.4 and HomePod 16.4 to all users. While the previous update for HomePod owners was quite packed, Apple hasn’t provided any release notes besides “stability improvements and bug fixes.”

This update comes alongside iOS 16.4, iPadOS 16.4, watchOS 9.4, and macOS 13.3. This is the first update to Apple TV and the HomePod after Apple unveiled the second generation of its larger smart speaker.

That said, tvOS 16.3 was full of features, including:

It enabled temperature and humidity sensors for the HomePod mini and HomePod 2 models. Interestingly, it was already known that the HomePod mini offered these sensors. Still, they have been disabled from the start, and Apple decided to launch them now alongside a new HomePod model.

In addition, that operating system update brought remastered ambient sounds by making them more immersive and also able to be added to the Home app’s scenes, automation, and alarms.

Find My on HomePod also enabled users to ask Siri for the location of friends and family members if they share that with you.

In addition, tvOS 16.3 brought these other features to HomePod users:

  • 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 the largest HomePod models;
  • Updated volume controls on HomePod (1st gen) give you more granular adjustments at lower volumes.

If we learn more about the small improvements Apple has made to the Apple TV and HomePod with tvOS 16.4, we’ll be sure to update this article.

José Adorno Tech News Reporter

José is a Tech News Reporter at BGR. He has previously covered Apple and iPhone news for 9to5Mac, and was a producer and web editor for Latin America broadcaster TV Globo. He is based out of Brazil.