Apple's HomePod 12.1 Software Missing for Most HomePod Users [Update: Fixed]

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    Apple has been updating the HomePod software alongside major iOS updates, so it was something of a surprise when iOS 12.1 was released yesterday with no accompanying HomePod 12.1 software to go along with it.

    As it turns out, though, there is a HomePod 12.1 update, it just appears to be bugged for those who updated their HomePod to the version 12 software after updating to iOS 12.

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    On Reddit, a user who purchased a brand new HomePod running HomePod software version 11 was able to update to the 12.1 software, which apparently includes stability updates and bug fixes.

    On Twitter, developer Khaos Tian said that Apple is offering up the HomePod update with an internal URL that prevents people from downloading it.


    Apple may be able to fix this HomePod software issue relatively easily, so we could see the HomePod 12.1 software become available for download shortly.

    Update: Just after this article was posted, Apple made the HomePod 12.1 software available. It can be downloaded from the Home app on the iPhone and the iPad by tapping on the house-shaped icon in the upper left, tapping on "Home Settings," selecting your home, and choosing the "Software Update" option.

    Article Link: Apple's HomePod 12.1 Software Missing for Most HomePod Users [Update: Fixed]
     
  2. abi12a macrumors newbie

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    Thought that was odd myself, someone dropped the ball at Apple on this one
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    Well that was quick, available now
     
  3. jsmith189 macrumors 65816

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    Hahaha, good timing on Apple's part with the update!
     
  4. nwcs macrumors 68000

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    I was wondering why there wasn’t an update yesterday. Now I know...
     
  5. macduke macrumors G4

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    Even Apple didn't know it was bugged and we're just now getting the story a day later. Just goes to show how few people have Homepods. If this were any other Apple device people would be all over asking where the update is.
     
  6. john991 macrumors 68000

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    Mines showing no update to 12.1. I’m running 12.0. Rebooted phone and HomePod no go.

    Strange.
     
  7. Mike MA macrumors 68000

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    Just thinking, hope that HomePods can’t brick as massively and non repairable as the Apple Watch does.
     
  8. decypher44 macrumors 6502

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    Man, Apple is having a bad week!!! What’s going on over there??
     
  9. Return Zero macrumors 6502a

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    Manually checking and installing these updates on my living room HomePods while I'm away at work doesn't seem like it will ever get old.
     
  10. SantaFeNM macrumors member

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    Mine was doing the same. Had to swipe down on the Software Update page and then it showed up.
     
  11. john991 macrumors 68000

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    Thanks that fixed it. :)
     
  12. BMcCoy macrumors 68000

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    3.05 GB.
    That seems like a full OS install rather than an incremental update. Does the HomePod update differently from other iOS devices?
     
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    yeah its coming in at 3.05gb seems like there should be changes
     
  15. bbednarz macrumors 6502a

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    Wish the Apple TVs could do this too!
     
  16. madKIR macrumors 6502a

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    - Hey, Tim, it looks like we’ve never uploaded the update for the HomePod.
    - for home what?!
    - you know that speaker that we released at the beginning of the year
    - oh...
     
  17. Chrjy macrumors 6502a

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    https://www.macrumors.com/2018/08/02/homepod-estimated-3-million-sales/

    I wish I had this few sales!!
    I'd feel that 3 million (few) sales would be a nice problem to have!
     
  18. MrGimper macrumors 603

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    “But we announced it soooo long before the launch, it’s officially obsolete now and that’s why I forgot about it”
     
  19. jimothyGator macrumors 6502

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    Still not there for me, even after swiping down.
     
  20. mattburley7 macrumors 68040

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    make sure you have automatic updates turned on. mine would not find the update unless this was switched to on.
     
  21. sshambles macrumors 6502a

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    Don’t know about anyone else, but I refuse to update the software for this device given the feedback about the changing EQ for the Bass on it in the first update. I don’t want software to mess with a decent hardware device. Anyone else not updating theirs?
     
  22. madKIR macrumors 6502a

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    They've already tweaked the sound multiple times through many different updates. I have to say that it sounds way more balanced than what it used to when it first launched. However, I haven't tried 12.1 yet, but I like the sound in the previous update.
     
  23. macduke macrumors G4

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    Well, that's a drop in a bucket compared to everything else they make, and only an estimate. Perhaps "how few people have HomePods" was the wrong language. Perhaps I should have said "how few people use their HomePods."

    Whatever I guess. I'm still not sold on it. Not useful enough yet. Maybe in a few years.
     
  24. tgara macrumors 6502a

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    I just updated. Finally saw 12.1 this afternoon, it was missing yesterday.

    BTW, a single update request updated BOTH of my HomePods. Did not need to do each update independently.
     
  25. Aston441 macrumors 65816

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    Wow not only did I forget HomePod exists, Apple did too.

    I suspect HomePod future is grim.
     

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