Apple's tvOS 15.3 and HomePod software 15.3 updates ship with stability & performance impr...

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in iPod + iTunes + AppleTV edited January 26
Apple has seeded tvOS 15.3 and HomePod software 15.3 to the public, with the new updates focusing mainly on platform stability, bug fixes, and ecosystem improvements.




The tvOS update will be installed automatically, but it can be manually installed onto an Apple TV via the Settings app as well. Users can update their HomePods from the Home app on iOS or macOS.

Updates to tvOS are generally incremental maintenance releases, adding support for products and services while also improving the experience in small ways. Occasionally, the updates introduce new features, but at this early stage, it doesn't seem to be the case for this release.

In December, Apple Released tvOS 15.1, which added support for Apple Music Voice, Apple's new budget Apple Music plan.

The build number for tvOS 15.3 and HomePod software 15.3 is 19K547, up from 19K545 in the release candidate.

In October, Apple released tvOS 15.1 which introduced SharePlay to the public, and added a handful of new screensavers. SharePlay, which Apple announced during WWDC 2021, allows users to watch video content with others while on a FaceTime call.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 4
    My HomePod mini says it is downloading version 15.3.
    My regular HomePod says it is downloading version 15.2, even though it already has 15.2 on it. I hope it's a typo in the release information for that version of the HomePod.
  • Reply 2 of 4
    I had the same situation with my pair of HomePod minis indicating the download of both, 15.2 and 15.3. When the download was complete, the update only indicated 15.3 and when the process was complete, they were both updated to 15.3.
  • Reply 3 of 4
    ikirikir Posts: 127member
    Finally HomePod can recognized different voices in Italian too!
  • Reply 4 of 4
    JapheyJaphey Posts: 1,430member
    The article states that there were not any new features for tvOS. This isn’t exactly true. There is now a new “Up Next” cue available right the video player, negating the need to exit the app and return to the TV App in order to change whatever is being watched. Very handy, imo. Also in the video app is a new volume indicator. 
    Lastly, there is now support for using Apple TV on captive wifi networks, like hotels or dorm rooms. 
    edited January 28
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