Today Apple has released an update iOS 12.1.1 for iPhone and iPad, which also contains several improvements for the wireless smart speaker HomePod.
What's new in HomePod 12.1.1
Users in China and Hong Kong can now use HomePod with full access to all speaker features thanks to an update.
Also read: How to use HomePod for hands-free conversations
If you are using the speaker HomePod for group FaceTime conversations, you will notice that the speaker LED will now light up while the conversation is in progress.
Here's what it says in the postscript to update HomePod 12.1.1:
- Support in China and Hong Kong.
- The LED on HomePod turns on during FaceTime conferences.
Previous updates HomePod
The previous update HomePod contained song search by lyrics, the ability to start a call through a column, support for multiple timers at the same time, support for Commands Siri and the Find function iPhone.
The first bug fix HomePod was released back in March. May saw the biggest update with stereo audio support for multiple HomePod, support for AirPlay 2 and the ability to manage the calendar via Siri.
How to update the firmware HomePod
To install the update, open the Home app on your iPhone or iPad with iOS 12.0 and newer, and then click the icon in the upper left corner to reveal hidden options.
Also read: How to update software on HomePod
Select Software Update and check if there are updates available. The current firmware version HomePod is displayed at the bottom.
If an update is available for your speaker, click Install and follow the onscreen instructions.
The current firmware version HomePod can be viewed in the settings iCloud on the device with iOS or in the Home application – click on HomePod in the list with 3D Touch or long press.
Apple has released other updates today: iOS 12.1.1, tvOS 12.1.1 and macOS Mojave 10.14.2.