Apple Releases New 11.4.1 Update for HomePod

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    Alongside the release of iOS 11.4.1, the latest update to the iOS operating system, Apple has also released new 11.4.1 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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    According to Apple's release notes, the 11.4.1 update for the HomePod includes "general improvements for stability and quality," with no further details provided.

    The new software comes over a month after Apple released the 11.4 update for the HomePod, which introduced stereo support and multi-room audio functionality through AirPlay 2.

    Article Link: Apple Releases New 11.4.1 Update for HomePod
     
  2. penajmz, Jul 9, 2018
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    I wonder if this changes the sound signature again?

    Happy I can update all remotely from work. Let’s see if they sound different when I get home.

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  3. Bbqthis macrumors 6502a

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    Hope it fixes the reliability of stereo pairing. I've had to re-pair them about once every two weeks.
     
  4. Ted13 macrumors 6502a

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    I’ve had no trouble with the stereo pairing, but talk (podcasts, NPR, etc) on the stereo HomePods via AirPlay 2 sound weird - out of synch
     
  5. ipedro macrumors 601

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    Happy to see this update. Siri on my HomePod has gotten noticeably slower in the past couple of days. Issuing a HomeKit command used to be instant. Now, Siri says "just a second", sometimes multiple times, before the command is executed.

    That is likely to be something in the Siri server since the problem came on spontaneously, but maybe it was an incompatibility from an update made to the Siri server to work with the OS update that has now been released.
     
  6. cknibbs macrumors regular

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    I have noticed this too - more false triggers and less success in hearing the trigger when I actually use it
     
  7. ipedro macrumors 601

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    Yes! It fixed it! HomeKit commands are now instant again.

    My HomePod also had an issue with it going hard of hearing for no reason. Sometimes my HomePod could hear me whispering from across the room, other times I would have to shout at it while standing a couple of metres away. Both of these problems are now fixed.
     
  8. MacBird macrumors 6502a

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    Same here with radio stations via AirPlay. I sometimes have to re-press the check mark button to fix it.
     
  9. ipedro macrumors 601

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    Install the update. It fixes it!
     
  10. archvile macrumors 6502

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    Mine was starting to do the same thing, glad to see they have addressed this.
     
  11. DeepIn2U macrumors 603

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    Say whaaaa?! Man that’s dope! How you able to do this? Is AppleTV set as your Home device in HomeKit?
     
  12. MacBird macrumors 6502a

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    It says improvements for quality, I would not be surprised if that refers to sound quality.
     
  13. MaaK macrumors newbie

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    I think the sound HAS changed. Bass is a little less hard in my opinion. Listened to two songs and they sound slightly different. Not sure if I like it that way. Maybe it is just something I have to get used to. But in my opinion they changed the way it sounds...
     
  14. dan9700 macrumors 68030

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    They ruined the homepods bass is not like when it first came out, just give us a eq setting
     
  15. MaaK macrumors newbie

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    Sooner or later they will and have to include an EQ setting
     
  16. archvile macrumors 6502

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    You just do it from the Home app, tap the Arrow in the top left and scroll down to Speaker updates.
     
  17. Polaroid macrumors 6502a

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    My HomePod is on 11.3 and says no new updates....?
     
  18. iObama macrumors 6502a

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    And when they do, I will buy one to replace the one I returned. :)
     
  19. archvile macrumors 6502

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    Is your phone updated? Not sure if it's like the Watch where it has to be updated first and then the update will show. If not, then it should at least be on 11.4 by now if automatic updates is turned on in the Home app.
     
  20. Polaroid macrumors 6502a

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    On the latest beta build o_O
     
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    Same - and yes... What is funny though is that you have to go to edit your home, rather than the device itself.
     
  22. Jason.childs macrumors newbie

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    I've had this same thing happen on 11.4....and since I'm at work, i haven't been able to test the fix, but can tell you that force quitting the home app on my iPhone would fix this lag...so I think it had something to do with communicating back to the Home app after a length of time of inactivity.
     
  23. archvile macrumors 6502

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    Which beta, 12 or 11.4.1?

    If it’s 12, then that’s probably why, since there is no HomePod 12 beta.
     
  24. Polaroid macrumors 6502a

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    on 12, but surely the HomePod should show latest update...? It never showed 11.4 before I was on 12 :/
     
  25. DaveOP macrumors 65816

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    I am on iOS12 and had no issues updating the homepod to 11.4.1 through the Home app.

    To the other poster, did you install any beta profiles or anything on your homepod previously?
     

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