Apple issues tvOS 15.6 to the public with under-the-hood improvements

in General Discussion edited July 20
Apple has released tvOS 15.6 and HomePod software version 15.6 to the public with bug fixes.

The public release of tvOS 15.6 features under-the-hood bug fixes and improvements. Apple has not provided any information on any public-facing features.

HomePod software version 15.6 adds Siri voice recognition for Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, and Japanese. It also includes software and stability improvements.

As with all releases of tvOS 15, it is compatible with Apple TV HD, and both generations of Apple TV 4K.

With the quiet announcement of tvOS 16 at WWDC 2022, major software features are expected to arrive later this Fall.

Earlier on May 25, Apple released tvOS 15.5.1 as part of a strategy to fix HomePod issues. Since both the HomePod and Apple TV devices share a release and build number for the software, an update was released for the Apple TV as well despite offering no new public-facing features.

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  • Reply 1 of 4
    The last update, either for ATV or for HomePod, basically nuked all the HomePod audio reliability

    I have two pairs of old-school HomePods, each pair connected to a ATV 4K, and set to do stereo audio with Atmos where applicable. In the last few months, I have one or the other of the HomePods in each pair disconnecting, or playing audio uncontrolled by ATV remote, etc. It is a constant project restarting and resetting the HomePods and ATVs to get things in alignment again. None of them chime off the doorbell, either.
  • Reply 2 of 4
    davendaven Posts: 646member
    When I read the part about supporting Mandarin, I thought it would be cool if you could use Siri to learn a new language by translating phrases. So I asked Siri to translate a phrase into Mandarin and it does it. I’m sure that functionality has been there a long time but it was fun to learn about it. 
  • Reply 3 of 4
    entropysentropys Posts: 3,707member
    I wonder if it fixes the problem of randomly dropping sound levels on ATV.
  • Reply 4 of 4
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,505member
    entropys said:
    I wonder if it fixes the problem of randomly dropping sound levels on ATV.
    Mine have never done that.  I have the paired large HomePods connected to Apple TV 4K.
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