This week, Apple released iOS 14.1 and iPadOS 14.1 which contained a number of bug fixes and at the same time, 14.1 was released for the HomePod which adds support for the upcoming Intercom feature which isn’t yet on iOS. 14.1 also adds support for the HomePod mini.
Intercom on the HomePod allows users to broadcast to the home a recorded message and have it appear on everyones iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and CarPlay as well as direct to users AirPods ir they are wearing them. However in the current state, Intercom requires a newer version of iOS, watchOS and iPadOS in order to work so for now it only works between HomePods.
More HomePod features are due later this year, most likely when the HomePod mini ships in November. This includes Dobly Atmos support for the larger HomePod, a personal update which will give you a breakdown of the traffic, calendar appointments and any news.
HomePod updates are automatically downloaded, but they can be manually managed in the Home app.
Software version 14.1 includes support for HomePod mini and new Siri and Intercom features. This update also includes bug fixes and improvements.
– Setup and automatically transfer your Apple ID, Apple Music, Siri and Wi-Fi settings to HomePod mini
– Siri suggestions appear in Maps when you ask HomePod for information about a location
– Web search requests to HomePod can be sent from HomePod to your iPhone
– Siri can now stop alarms, timers, and media across HomePod speakers
– Voice recognition support for Podcasts for multiple users in the home
– Ask HomePod to make announcements to other HomePod speakers throughout your home
– Intercom to all HomePod speakers
– Intercom to a HomePod in a specific room or zone
Other improvements and fixes
– Add music to your alarms and wake up to your personal song, playlist, or radio station from Apple Music
– Fixes an issue where stereo pairs can sometimes play out of sync
– Improves reliability when using Siri to control multiple speakers
– Optimizes Siri performance