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Alongside the public release of iOS 12.1.1, macOS Mojave 10.14.2, and tvOS 12.1.1, Apple today released a companion 12.1.1 software update for the HomePod and updated its Shortcuts app for iOS 12 to version 2.1.2.


The software update for HomePod is a relatively minor one, adding Siri support for Cantonese and Mandarin in China and a Cantonese dialect in Hong Kong ahead of the HomePod's release in those regions in early 2019. In addition, the LEDs on the top of the HomePod will now illuminate during Group FaceTime calls.

The new HomePod software will be installed automatically on the HomePod upon updating to iOS 12.1.1 on a paired iPhone, but you can also manually update and check your software version by following these instructions.

Shortcuts 2.1.2, a free update on the App Store, features a new "Post to Tumblr" action, iCloud sync improvements, localization improvements, and a long list of bug fixes per Apple's release notes:Fixed an issue where the screen describing which apps and services are used by a shortcut may not appear when downloading a shortcut
Fixed an issue that caused shortcuts with the Open App or Play Sound actions to fail when Siri is used to run the shortcuts
Fixed an issue where shortcuts with Repeat with Each actions may freeze when they're run from the widget or Library tab
Fixed an issue where the Phone Number action may not understand phone numbers that contain commas (pauses) or have long extension codes
Fixed an issue where the Show Directions action may not work when it's run from the Shortcuts Today View widget on the Lock screen
Fixed an issue where the Add New Reminder action doesn't work when a time or location isn't entered
Fixed an issue where the Send Payment action may not appear to finish when making Apple Pay Cash payments
Fixed an issue where the Ask for Input action's default answer field for dates wouldn't support 24-hour time
Fixed an issue where the Get Name of Emoji action showed the emoji name in English when the device is set to another language
Fixed an issue where some shortcuts may show an error message when they're run from Search
Fixed an issue where shortcuts may fail to download web pages with long Unicode titles
Fixed an issue where the Run Editorial Workflow action doesn't pass a resultLast week, MacRumors revealed that the publicly released version of watchOS 5.1.2 will enable ECG functionality on Apple Watch Series 4 models, but there is no sign of that software update so far today.

Article Link: HomePod 12.1.1 Update and Shortcuts 2.1.2 Released, But No Sign of watchOS 5.1.2 Yet


macrumors 6502a
Mar 3, 2009
  • Fixed an issue where the Get Name of Emoji action showed the emoji name in English when the device is set to another language
Oh no. I liked this "bug". This is going to be a problem
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macrumors 68040
Apr 8, 2009
Raleigh, NC
Shortcuts using Siri has been broken for days. It’s like Siri has no idea that my Shortcuts exist anymore. And I do NOT want to delete and recreate 40 Shortcuts.
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macrumors G5
Jun 27, 2007
I hope they fixed Siri Shortcuts bugs with recognizing words and actions that don't start. I created a shortcut in Overcast called "Techmeme" that I use to start that podcast. This is usually how that goes:

"Hey Siri, Techmeme" becomes:

"Hey Siri, text meme" … "To whom would you like to send it?"
"Hey Siri, text me" …
"Hey Siri, tech me" … "I'm sorry but I don't understand."
I think sometimes it even comes up as "Tech Meme" as two words and doesn't work.

When it does finally recognize it, it says it's starting to play it, but it never plays. I have to do it a second time and then it always starts the second time. It's really dumb.

The reason I don't have it set to "Play Techmeme" is because it tries to play it from the podcast app. I like using Overcast because it shortens pauses and speeds up audio and syncs between devices so I can keep track of what I've listened to. I like the interface better too and how you can customize everything. If I set it to "Hey Siri, Techmeme Ride Home" (the full name of the podcast) it tries to get directions to my house. It's so dumb I hate it the most. So far it has been kind of a disappointment.
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macrumors 6502a
Aug 30, 2012
Have a weird issue where all my shortcuts suddenly stopped working last night. HomeKit commands still worked but despite still showing in settings, Siri played dumb to all other shortcuts. Tried restarts. Nothing. hopefully some combination of updating things today fixes it.


macrumors newbie
Jul 2, 2018
Anyone got any idea if they will ever add support to ask for any radio station? This is a really basic feature that seems to be available on the Amazon and Google speakers, even the budget ones. It would be a massive improvement if they could add it, for me anyway.


macrumors 6502a
Dec 21, 2010
Apple will kill the HomePod soon or they need to figure out something new. This thing is pretty much useless.
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macrumors 6502a
Sep 17, 2012
Apple Watch 4: advanced health features that may save your life.**

**AW4 will only maybe save your life later this year (“year” not to be defined as this calendar year, rather, just some year in the future).


macrumors 68030
Sep 21, 2009
I finally got CarPlay in my Mazda yesterday. How do you do shortcuts while in the car? I tried to do it through the Siri button on the car but it didn’t know what I was wanting to do. Figured there must be a trick to it...
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