Along with a raft of new software updates including iOS 11.4.1, Apple has today released a new software update for the HomePod, too.
Bringing it up to software version 11.4.1, this is the third update to become available for Apple’s smart speaker and aims to add improve stability and quality to the audio device.
Apple only recently released version 11.4 of the HomePod software that brought with it new features such as AirPlay 2 and the ability to add an extra HomePod for stereo listening, but this latest release brings with it a much more generic round of changes; the release notes that go along with this 11.4.1 release simply say that “11.4.1 includes general improvements for stability and quality.”
While we’ll take any improvement, especially considering the audio quality of the HomePod is already pretty impressive, we’d still prefer something a little more specific as far as the release notes are concerned.
If you want to get this update onto your HomePod then you can either wait for it to happen automatically or fire the installation off manually via the Home app on your iOS device. You can check out our detailed instructions on how to update HomePod firmware here: How To Update Apple HomePod Software / Firmware To Latest Version.
Importantly, the update is downloaded by the HomePod itself, meaning the instruction for it to update can be done from anywhere and at any time, even when the iOS device initiating it is not on the same WiFi network.
Apple’s HomePod has experienced a stuttering start to life in the Apple ecosystem and while few would argue against its audio quality, it’s Siri and its inability to do many of the things Amazon Echo users take for granted that has left many people cold. This, plus its relatively high price tag, has left the HomePod with something of a stop-start launch that looks set to continue unless Apple can make some serious improvements to Siri, which hopes will be done via iOS 12 and its Siri Shortcuts feature.
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