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

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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
  2. cmaier macrumors G4

    Jul 25, 2007
  3. nepalisherpa macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2011
  4. Trik macrumors 6502

    Jan 18, 2011
    Washington, DC
    Considering the last update bricked my Series 4... go ahead and triple check Apple.
  5. centauratlas macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2003
    Yeah, waiting for watchOS 5.1.2, but stable is critical since you can't restore it like you can with an iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV. Hopefully it will come today though!
  6. tzm41 macrumors regular


    Jul 11, 2014
    Boston, USA
    Good to take some extra care since watchOS 5.1 bricked my Series 4...
  7. BoricuaHec01 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2012
    Chicago, IL
    Of course the update that we all been waiting for is the one that's not released yet.
  8. user1234 macrumors 6502


    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
  9. CarlJ macrumors 68030


    Feb 23, 2004
    San Diego, CA, USA
    So, there's only a limited window for creating and using some ... fanciful shortcuts, in the weeks between this Shortcuts update being released, and the date when Tumblr stops letting people post porn.
  10. bbednarz macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2017
    I love being able to update the HomePods while at work. Wish the same could be done with the Apple TV
  11. rwilliams 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.
  12. rmoliv macrumors 6502a

    Dec 20, 2017
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    macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    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.
  14. ersan191 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2013
    Can't restore it on Apple TV 4K either, fwiw
  15. rtr1985 macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2012
    ECG "feature" available "later this year." Lol.
  16. Gorms macrumors 6502


    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.
  17. Spongmincer 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.
  18. DinkThifferent macrumors newbie


    Oct 18, 2018
    The Netherlands
    Finally I can ask Siri to post my Nude Selfies to Tumblr
  19. oliversl macrumors 65816

    Jun 29, 2007
  20. 212rikanmofo macrumors 68000

    Jan 31, 2003
    Love these HomePod updates! Keep them coming! This speaker is getting better each time!
  21. GIZBUG macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
    Chicago, IL
    Should be good to go by the time version 2 comes out then.......then it will be time to buy!
  22. sza macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2010
    Apple will kill the HomePod soon or they need to figure out something new. This thing is pretty much useless.
  23. bbednarz macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2017
    Wholeheartedly disagree. I use mine all the time. Its a speaker. Improve Siri and its on par with Amazon and Google. The only difference is the HomePod sounds great.
  24. rtr1985 macrumors 6502

    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).
  25. nwcs macrumors 68000


    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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