Apple Debuts Updated Software for HomePod With Call Support, Multiple Timers, Find My iPhone, Lyric Search and More

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    Alongside the release of iOS 12, the newest update to the iOS operating system, Apple has also released new version 12 software that's designed for the HomePod.

    The new HomePod software will be installed automatically on the HomePod after you update to iOS 11.4, but you can also manually update and check your software version by following the instructions in our HomePod software how to.

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    As Apple CEO Tim Cook said during the company's "Gather Round" event last Wednesday, the software update introduces several new features that HomePod users have been hoping for since the speaker was first released back in February.

    The update lets you use Siri to search for your favorite songs using song lyrics, and it lets you create multiple timers. It also allows you to make and receive phone calls right from the HomePod.

    The HomePod could previously be used as a speakerphone, but after the update, it will be able to be used to place and answer phone calls without the need to transfer a call from the iPhone.

    HomePod will be able to ping your iPhone or any of your other Apple devices so you can find them in your Home, and it works with Siri Shortcuts, a new feature introduced in iOS 12. Apple's full release notes for the HomePod software update are below:
    For more on the HomePod, make sure to check out our HomePod roundup.

    Article Link: Apple Debuts Updated Software for HomePod With Call Support, Multiple Timers, Find My iPhone, Lyric Search and More
     
  2. dan9700 macrumors 68020

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    now this is what ive been waiting for can now call from these :)
     
  3. retrospek macrumors 6502a

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    Anyone else seeing this download ? As I'm not (through the Home app)...
     
  4. Donga120 macrumors 6502

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    Force close the app and reboot phone. And look on the actual speaker settings rather than the Home Settings.
     
  5. dvdlovr24 macrumors 6502

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    Mine just popped up a couple of minutes ago. I'm in Georgia (US).
     
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    Any support for 802.11x Enterprise networks?? For college / Uni students these sound great but can’t be used due to the networks
     
  9. dan9700 macrumors 68020

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    omg why does it say Just to Confirm every time I ask it to call someone, thats gonna bug me, it does it every time I try to call using homepod
     
  10. CamiMR macrumors 6502

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    Has the sound signature changed again?
     
  11. dan9700 macrumors 68020

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    Just testing as we speak, it sounds wider sound on my stereo pair but it could be a plecebo
     
  12. darthbane2k macrumors 6502a

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    My HomePod cannot see an update and yeah I’m running iOS 12 on my devices
     
  13. dan9700 macrumors 68020

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    this is annoying the just to confirm every time I call using it arghhhh
     
  14. Eduardo75890 macrumors regular

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    How long did it take to update? It’s been 15 minutes since I let it download
     
  15. Squuiid macrumors 65816

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    Updating my HomePod remotely from the office. Nice!
     
  16. MacBrim macrumors newbie

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    is it possible to stream in stereo from and Mac without iTunes? would love to airplay 2 Spotify
     
  17. dan9700 macrumors 68020

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    it just was downloading then installed done both at same time
     
  18. chucker23n1 macrumors 68000

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    So is multiple timers coming to iOS as well? (It appears the answer is no? Would really love it on my phone.)
     
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    I’ve got mine updating at home from work. That’s a nice feature... now they just need to have a multi user mode where it will use the iCloud account of the user talking. That will complete the usefulness of the device I think.
     
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    How does it work with Siri shortcuts? I just tried saying a number of different shortcuts to the HomePod that work just fine on my iPad, but Siri just gives me some weird answers and starts playing music or reading the news..
     
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    Hope they add a notification option to tvOS to show who's calling - asking who's calling takes way too long and it goes to voicemail.
     
  23. dan9700 macrumors 68020

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    I wish nope no airplay 2 even on macOS Mojave
     
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    Does this fix the random Popping noise when the speaker is in standby?
     
  25. darthbane2k macrumors 6502a

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    How does one create shortcut to play music on the actual HomePod?
     

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