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Apple Releases 14.1 Software for HomePod With Intercom and HomePod Mini Support

PsykX

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Is the Intercom feature a rebranded version of Walkie-Talkie (Apple Watch)?
What are the differences, except for being supported on more devices?
 
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Lenny Pelullo Slade

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My goodness. It is sad how poor reading and comprehension of what’s been read has become these days. The patch notes for
HomePod 14.1 includes intercom.
iOS 14.1 does not include intercom.

Considering the countless review articles and videos that state “iOS 14.1 has been released bringing intercom, etc.,” I think we could be forgiven for expecting it to be available as presented by Apple on all (CarPlay, iOS, HomePod, watchOS) when it becomes available on one. Also, some people have it in the Home app and some don’t ... thus, confusion.
 
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CarlJ

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Do people even know what basses and tweeters are anymore?
Yes. Basses are stringed instruments that play low notes, or singers who sing the low notes. Tweeters are speaker drivers that play high notes. And woofers are speaker drivers that play low notes.
 
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CarlJ

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What I really want in the HomePod is the ability to stream audio from arbitrary URLs. Would that be so hard to add, Apple? (no, I don’t want to rattle off the URL to Siri, just let me add it on my iPhone, and then ask HomePod to stream it by name).
 
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NMBob

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Yes. Basses are stringed instruments that play low notes, or singers who sing the low notes. Tweeters are speaker drivers that play high notes. And woofers are speaker drivers that play low notes.

See? Most people didn’t even catch that. :)
 
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subjonas

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But can the HPM play Blu-ray?
The inability to play Blu-ray audio is probably the main reason for me that homepods aren’t able to be full-on home theater speakers. (The other lesser reason for me is that homepods can’t do instantaneous audio for things like video mirroring, navigation sounds, and games...and maybe karaoke haha—all of which require no audio delay.) Ideally though, rather than homepods supporting Blu-ray audio input directly, I wish the entire Blu-ray video/audio playback could be routed into the Apple TV and controlled by an Apple TV app.
 
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MiamiC70

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The inability to play Blu-ray audio is probably the main reason for me that homepods aren’t able to be full-on home theater speakers. (The other lesser reason for me is that homepods can’t do instantaneous audio for things like video mirroring, navigation sounds, and games...and maybe karaoke haha—all of which require no audio delay.) Ideally though, rather than homepods supporting Blu-ray audio input directly, I wish the entire Blu-ray video/audio playback could be routed into the Apple TV and controlled by an Apple TV app.
Who still uses media in 2020 and why when you can stream so much easier?
My CDs, DVDs and Blu-Rays have sat untouched for almost a decade at this point.
 
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CJ Dorschel

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I've tried checking for this update dozens of times but none of my HomePods are showing it in the Home app. Still lists 13.4.8 as the most current. Am I missing something?
 
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subjonas

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Who still uses media in 2020 and why when you can stream so much easier?
My CDs, DVDs and Blu-Rays have sat untouched for almost a decade at this point.
This is a whole other topic to go into, but for one thing I can’t stand the poor quality compression of streaming.
 
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iGeneo

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I got the two first screenshots, but my Home app still has the + symbol where the wave symbol you are pointing at is.

EDIT: Saw that you had to manually enable it per person in settings. How utterly unintuitive!
It walks you through it the first time
 
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iAssimilated

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Mine HomePod magically updated itself to 14.1.

I only asked because the Home app on my iPad (which was updated to 14.1) showed I had updates for my Homepods, where as the Home app on my iPhone (which was on 14.0.1 at the time) did not show any updates.
 
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I7guy

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I only asked because the Home app on my iPad (which was updated to 14.1) showed I had updates for my Homepods, where as the Home app on my iPhone (which was on 14.0.1 at the time) did not show any updates.
Interesting. I tried the previous day to update my homepod and the message the latest version was installed...13.4.8?

The next day, I decided to try again, only to find the homepod updated itself to 14.1. Strange stuff.
 
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CJ Dorschel

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Is the device you are checking from updated to iOS 14.1?

i have a number of iPhone 11 Pro’s and iPad Pro 11’s and HomePods and all users have full access (editing, updating, etc) so this is the oddest thing:

I was able to get it updated but only using one of my iPhone 11 Pro’s running iOS 14. My iPhone 11 Pro running iOS 14.2 (I’m a developer) and my iPad Pro 11 on iPadOS 14.1 would not update them.

They’re all updated and I updated all my devices aside from one iPhone to iOS 14.2 Beta 4. Intercom is working. Only thing I wish Apple would add is the ability for live streaming intercom conversations instead of saving and playing back an audio file. Would be a nice feature for third party API’s to use with front doorbell cameras, allowing Intercom to work with HomeKit.

I sent an message to all devices with the option of everywhere and a family members Apple Watch broadcasted my message while she was shopping. She had no idea what was happening lol
 
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JosephAW

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Has anyone noticed that when you send jpeg photos to another iMessage user it comes in on their side as heic format?
Can't seem to find a way to turn it off in messages and when the recipient saves it to camera roll it's still heic.
Not all users like this format for long term archival or device compatibility. It's being forced down our throats.
 
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