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tvOS 17.1 beta expands Enhance Dialogue to all HomePod models

Published Oct 4th, 2023 11:56AM EDT
tvOS 17.1 expands Enhance Dialogue to all pair of HomePod models
Image: Sigmund Judge/X

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With tvOS 17, Apple added Enhance Dialogue for Apple TV 4K users. To take advantage of this feature, users need the newer set-top boxes in addition to a pair of HomePod 2 speakers. Now, according to X user Sigmund Judge, Apple is seemingly extending this feature to original HomePod and HomePod mini models, too.

With Enhance Dialogue, it helps Apple TV users hear more clearly what’s being said over effects, action, and music in a movie or TV show on Apple TV 4K by separating the dialogue from the background noise and bringing it forward to the center channel.

Now, with tvOS 17.1 beta, it seems Apple is expanding this feature to all HomePod models. As spotted by Sigmund Judge, he and Rasmus at FlatPanels discovered this change after updating a pair of HomePod mini and an Apple TV 4K to the latest beta of tvOS 17.1/HomePod Software Version 17.1.

That said, while it seemed tvOS 17.1 wouldn’t bring new features, it’s actually adding a function that will really improve watching people’s favorite TV shows and movies.

With tvOS 17, Apple added a major revamp to Apple TV users. For the first time, the Apple TV hardware integrates with the iPhone camera with the Continuity Camera feature on the new system.

In addition, Apple Music Sing also integrates with Continuity Camera so Apple TV users can see themselves onscreen and add “entertaining filters” while singing. 

Even though iOS 17 didn’t get a revamped Control Center as it was rumored, the Apple TV with tvOS 17 did. The new Control Center focuses on making things easier for the Apple TV. From there, you can see the system status, the current time, and the active profile. It also makes connecting Bluetooth devices or checking your Home accessories easier. Bringing the new UI to multiple platforms, a new Control Center interface is also available in watchOS 10.

You can learn more about tvOS 17 below.

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.

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