Apple Releases New HomePod 16 Software To Everyone

Apple has today released the latest version software 16 that powers the HomePod and HomePod mini to the world. The update, which has been in beta testing since June, is now available for download by those who have the smart speakers in their homes.

This update, based on iOS 16 and tvOS 16, comes on the same day that both of those releases were also made available to the public.

Unlike those releases however, Apple hasn’t gone into too much detail about what these updates have to offer. In fact, it’s gone into almost zero detail, instead deciding to simply say that the release includes general performance and stability improvements.

Those who want to install the new update on their HomePod or HomePod mini have two options. Those with automatic updates enabled can wait for the release to be downloaded and installed while anyone who can’t wait can initiate things manually.

The Home app is the place to go to do that, but given the lack of big new features we’d suggest just waiting for the HomePod to manage the update itself.

Apple also released watchOS 9 today, while the iPadOS 16 and macOS 13 Ventura updates aren’t set to arrive until some point next month. It’s thought that the iPadOS 16 update was delayed to allow Apple to fine-tune the new Stage Manager multitasking interface, while macOS updates tend to arrive in October anyway.

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