One of the main novelties of the second generation of HomePod is also available in HomePod mini, albeit in a hidden way. Both speakers in particular They have a humidity and temperature sensor.to allow Siri to provide us with much more accurate data and, in addition, be able to automate certain connected accessories based on temperature or humidity levels in the environment.
In the case of HomePod mini sensor is not active, despite the fact that the component has always been there since the launch of the speaker, which, remember, was in 2020. In fact, he is still in the same state. However, Apple has confirmed that the situation will change soon.
Specifically, HomePod mini’s temperature and humidity sensor will be activated when iOS 13.6 is released next week. So it’s best to wait until Apple officially starts distributing this version, but if you want the thermometer available right now, You can update your speaker to beta 13.6 by following these steps.
Update HomePod mini to enable hidden temperature sensor
First of all, go to the home app from your iPhone and tap on the three-dot menu that appears at the top of the screen. Then, click “Home Settings” and then to the “Software Updates” section.. Finally, click “HomePod Beta Update” and turn on the switch on HomePod mini.
The version will be downloaded automatically, so all you have to do after activating the beta is Wait a few minutes while HomePod mini installs the update. You can check if it has already been updated to version 16.3 by following these steps.
- Open the Home app and press and hold the button on HomePod mini.
- Click HomePod Details.
- Swipe down and tap on the gear icon that appears in the corner.
- Scroll down to the “Version” option and check if “16.3 Beta” is displayed.
Once you have the version available, temperature and humidity control will appear at the top of the Home app, and you can set Siri commands like “what’s the temperature” or “what’s the humidity in the environment.” On the other hand, you can also set the connected accessories to activate at a specific temperature or humidity level.
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