Apple has unlocked the Temperature and Humidity sensors of the HomePod mini and the new HomePod 2. But did you know that the new Climate Lock Screen widget of the Home app is able to provide even more granular temperature readings?
Climate Lock Screen Widget – How To
After updating iPhone, iPad, Mac to iOS 16.3, iPadOS 16.3, macOS 13.2 or later and your HomePod to OS 16.3 or later, the temperature and humidity sensors in the smart speaker are automatically activated!
A new Climate tab shows up by default in your Home app (tap here to fix it, if it’s not displaying). Temperature and humidity values are also displayed if you access the specific room in the Home app.
However, we’ve noticed that Temperature readings are shown with an accuracy of .5 degrees Celsius. This is not bad at all, but the HomePod can do better!
The Climate lock screen widget that’s now available for the Home app will show the current room temperature to the decimal! Here is how to:
- 1. Wake iPhone and touch & hold the Lock Screen to enter edit mode.
- 2. Tap Customize and select Lock Screen.
- 3. Tap the widget section available below the clock.
- 4. Scroll for Home and tap it.
- 5. Swipe-left for Climate and tap the widget to select it.
- 6. Tap outside of the add widget menu and hit Done in the top-right corner of the screen. That’s it! You’re now able to track your home’s realtime temperature and humidity from the Lock Screen.
Climate Lock Screen Widget .1 Decimal Incremets
Values are rounded in the Home app! For example, if the precise temperature reading is 20.3°C the home app will show 20.5°C. When the reading is 20.2°C the Home temperature reading will show 20.0°C.
However, this rounding isn’t applied to the Home Climate widget on the Lock Screen. It shows values with .1 increments!
We’re not sure if this is an iOS 16.3 RC bug or intended behavior, but having these granular readings makes the HomePod definitely more sophisticated. What do you think?
Climate Sensor Lock Screen Widget
If you decide to use the smaller Climate sensor widget, you should be able to switch between Temperature and Humidity by touching and holding on the widget after adding it.
However, this functionality appears to be broken at the time of writing (iOS 16.3 RC) and the sensor is stuck on the default Temperature reading.
Fact: Apple isn’t providing yet a Climate widget for the Home Screen, but this might change in subsequent iOS 16 updates!
Do you like the new HomePod temperature and humidity features! Do you have any questions or suggestions? Use the comments section!
Related: Home temperature and humidity sensors not working? Here is what you can do to fix them!