tvOS 17 was released last month with several new features and changes, including FaceTime support, an updated Control Center, and VPN support. Enhance Dialogue is a new feature that went unnoticed in tvOS 17, and now it looks like it's coming to older HomePod models running the tvOS 17.1 beta.
Apple explains that Enhance Dialogue makes it easier to listen to dialogue in TV shows and movies by separating dialogue from background noise and sending it to the center channel. This means “users can hear what is being said more clearly despite the effects, action and music in a movie or TV show,” he says. This is according to Apple.
In the initial release of tvOS 17, Enhance Dialogue was only available on the second-generation HomePod in combination with Apple TV 4K. However, with tvOS 17.1 and HomePod Software 17.1, Apple appears to have expanded the Enhance Dialogue feature for HomePod mini and first-generation HomePod users.
This change was first spotted by our friend Sigmund Judge on Mastodon. This means that people using the 2018 HomePod or HomePod mini can now take advantage of Enhance Dialogue on Apple TV 4K. This feature is available in tvOS 17's built-in video player under Audio Enhancements. menu.
I think this is a really nice addition to tvOS 17, so I'm glad it's extended to HomePod mini and HomePod (2018). I just hope this change isn't a bug that Apple will fix in the next tvOS 17.1 beta.
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