Apple Releases New 12.2 Software for the HomePod

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot

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    Alongside the iOS 12.2 update that was introduced following Apple's services-focused "It's Show Time" event, Apple has also debuted a new 12.2 software update designed for the HomePod.

    The new HomePod software will be installed automatically on the HomePod after you update to iOS 12.2, 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 the release notes for the update, the new software for the HomePod is minor in scale and designed specifically for university or enterprise users.
    There are no other features that appear to be included in the HomePod update. Right now, the HomePod is available in the United States, UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Mexico, China, and Hong Kong. For more details, make sure to check out our HomePod roundup.

    Article Link: Apple Releases New 12.2 Software for the HomePod
     
  2. Bazooka-joe macrumors 68020

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    Yep, safely downloaded an hour ago to my Homepods
     
  3. nutmac macrumors 68040

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    This is the first HomePod update that I can recall using delta update. 419 MB download from 12.1.3.
     
  4. dan9700 macrumors 68030

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    Big file size for one minor update wonder what else is changed
     
  5. gregglesspiked macrumors newbie

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    HomePod needs way more than a minor update, it needs an overhaul. Siri is pathetic
     
  6. JesseDee macrumors newbie

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    Agreed....this is why Alexa even got its foot in my doorway....Apples SLOW SLOW SLOW progress on SIRI and Homepod
     
  7. ColdShadow macrumors 65816

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    HomePod is useless without Bluetooth support,I really don’t understand the reasoning why Airpods support bluetooth but not HomePod?
     
  8. UltimaKilo macrumors 6502

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    Yep, the amazing sound is not enough. Why pack an A10 in the thing if it's not being taken advantage of?
     
  9. Remy149 macrumors regular

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    If you are 100% in Apple ecosystem you have no need for Bluetooth. Ironically even everyone in my social circle also use Apple devices. Airplay 2 is wonderful I own a HomePod and a Sonos surrounded system.
     
  10. Debauch macrumors member

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    Until they fix the personal requests issue my speaker is nothing more than a glorified speakerphone.
     
  11. 69Mustang macrumors 604

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    Most people aren't 100% in the garden. What's ironic about your social circle using Apple device?

    Imo, the HP should have had BT and additional I/O. It would have made a good sounding speaker into a well rounded product with mass appeal. Mass appeal which would have only served the expressed goal of increasing Services revenue. A missed opportunity imo.
     
  12. Canyonero macrumors member

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    Got my second HomePod this week. Bought one at launch and wanted the stereo sound. It’s truly great. Never use it for its Siri capabilities (although I’ve noticed Siri getting smarter on my phone...Giannandrea’s results already showing?) but as a speaker and the way it interfaces with my Apple TV and phone is great. Much better than anything else I’ve found on the market.
     
  13. ipedro, Mar 25, 2019
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    Works perfectly for me.

    Psst... I’m gonna let you in on a secret**... You can install “Skills” on HomePod. I order food on my HomePod, I start meditation sessions with Headspace on my HomePod, I log my water intake and food consumption in Waterminder and myfitnesspal apps on my HomePod, I record voice clips in my Day One journal on my HomePod, I check off habits in Streaks on my HomePod, and play Pandora and Tunein radio on my HomePod, aaaand I even get the news from Google News, yep, you guessed it: all on my HomePod.

    Siri Shortcuts have been out since September. They’re the same as Alexa Skills and in just 6 months, there have been hundreds of them added.

    **not really a secret. I don’t know how so many people have managed to ignore that Siri Shortcuts work as a way to expand HomePod’s capabilities like Alexa Skills do for Amazon Echo.
     
  14. shahzebjiwani macrumors newbie

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    Anyone know if this functionality is available on the homepod as of this release? I have it connected to my AppleTV and would love this functionality!

    "Update your Apple TV to tvOS 12.2, and your iOS device(s) to iOS 12.2, and you’ll be able to control what’s on your Apple TV with a lot more granularity. As MacRumors notes:

    “tvOS 12.2, when paired with iOS 12.2, is designed to allow users to ask Siri to play specific media on an Apple TV from an iOS device. You can, for example, ask Siri to play Modern Family on the TV in the living room, or Pitch Perfect on the TV in the bedroom. This feature is available for music, TV shows, and movies.”"
     
  15. jdmagoo1 macrumors regular

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    It’s pretty amazing that people invest so much money into homepods but don’t take the time to learn about the above! I use HomePod to turn on on none Apple HomeKit enabled sprinkler system and my non HomeKit enabled outlet switches.

    It’s as easy as saying ‘hey siri’ Turn on the fence pop up sprinklers. Or, ‘hey siri’ Turn on the mozzy zapper. You can even save different phrases for the same thing!

    All through Siri shortcuts and homepod
     
  16. ipedro macrumors 601

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    That’s the thing. Most of the people who criticize HomePod, don’t own one. They just repeat the criticisms they hear from other people and around and around it goes.
     
  17. jdmagoo1 macrumors regular

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    With Siri Shortcuts and HomePod there’s not much more you can do with Alexa or google home. Not sure why you don’t set this up
     
  18. JonLa macrumors 6502

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    Can I set an alarm to wake me with something from Apple music yet (rather than the default jingle)? Is that possible using Siri Shortcuts?

    The shortcuts I tried just went to my iPhone but I was just trying to get it to play BBC Radio...
     
  19. ColdShadow macrumors 65816

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    but why not provide the Bluetooth option?
    and why are Airpods different than Homepod?
    That’s my question.

    even with 100% Apple ecosystem bluetooth will be useful.various scenarios..for example maybe you want to connect a portable game console to the speaker (HomePod) or even quickly connect the TV,etc,etc..HomePod simply is useless in many situations while a non-Homepod Bluetooth speaker (Bose,JBL,etc) can easily do that.

    Apple Ecosystem is limited to computer,iPad,iPhone) but a wireless speaker could and should cover much more.

    I have a MacBook,iPad,iPhone,Apple Watch,Airpods but I still bought a Bose Bluetooth speaker instead of Homepod (similar price) because lack of Bluetooth in HomePod makes it limited and in many cases useless.
     
  20. danmart macrumors 6502a

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    I think there are several parts to the answer:
    • AirPods are for use ‘on the move’ and need the lowest energy connectivity. That is Bluetooth.
    • HomePods are for static use, primarily, so warrant a more stable and always-on connectivity. That’s WiFi.
    • HomePod is primarily intended as an end-point for Apple Music, other use-cases are secondary to that. WiFi provides direct internet connectivity.
    I like HomePod, I have them in five different rooms. Being able to just talk to Siri for Apple Music or access to HomeKit is pretty cool (to me...)

    For both devices you need to be in the Apple ecosystem to get the best value.
     
  21. Digital Dude, Mar 26, 2019
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    I have three HomePods and I will be adding more. Being disabled; they do come in handy, but they seem rather underdeveloped compared to amazon alexa. I can't understand why Appple seems to be dragging their feet with Siri.
     
  22. zchrykng macrumors member

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    They really aren't the same. The most important difference, from my perspective, is that they don't work at all if the paired phone is out of the house, this might be acceptable if you are single, but is completely useless if you have a spouse and/or children using it while you are away. And it is impossible to make a phone of anyone other than the homeowner's the paired phone, at least last time I checked.
     
  23. danmart macrumors 6502a

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    Multi-user is the next thing Apple really needs to address. In an iPhone-centric world single user is fine, but with ‘true’ cloud services you need to support different users at the same device.
     
  24. imola.zhp macrumors 6502a

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    So they can inflate the price.
     
  25. ipedro macrumors 601

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    I’m sure that’s coming down the pipe. It really is the next obvious priority. HomePod has been getting progressively better over point upgrades and server side Siri updates but the next full update that’ll be announced at WWDC will likely address remaining concerns. I think that multi user and voice ID are at the top of the list.
     

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