Tag: HomePod

HomePod mini can now be powered with some 18W USB adaptors

When the HomePod mini was released, it came with an included 20W USB-C charging brick which is used to power the speaker and when users got their hands on it, it was quick revealed that the 18W brick that came with the iPhone 11 Pro last year was not quite enough power for it. In doing so, the HomePod would glow red / orange on the top display, indicating an […]

HomePod update now out, version 14.2.1

This week, Apple released a minor update for the HomePod and HomePod mini with version 14.2.1, which so far Apple has said offers “general performance and stability improvements.” The update is out as of Monday and should automatically update on the HomePods, otherwise it can be updated via the Home app on iOS, iPadOS and macOS.

HomePod mini is now available in Mexico and Taiwan

The HomePod mini launched in a handful of countries early last month and now it is expanding to more, much quicker than the original HomePod did. As of yesterday, it has launched in Mexico and Taiwan with China coming later on. When the HomePod launched on 6th November, it was available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Spain, the UK, and the US. In Mexico the HomePod […]

The original HomePod has been jailbroken

In a report from 9to5Mac today, the original big HomePod has been jailbroken by L1ngL1ng on Twitter and the Checkra1n team. The team so far have got partial access to the HomePod’s command line, but the possibilities of what could be achieved are quite large. Hello Homepod, meet checkra1n. Huge thanks to @DanyL931 for helping to get this running. pic.twitter.com/FjH7253RFR — L1ngL1ng (@_L1ngL1ng_) November 19, 2020 Now the team have jailbroken […]

The HomePod mini does work with 5GHz WiFi

When Apple announced the HomePod last month, the spec sheet on the Apple website suggested that the HomePod mini has an older version of WiFi, 802.11n which is the last version of the standard to both mean 2.4GHz and 5GHz. When Apple said it supports that version it was never clear if the HomePod mini supports dual band, which wouldn’t be surprising as the chip it is running is the […]

Apple releases HomePod software 14.2 with support for Dolby Atmos

Yesterday, Apple also released version 14.2 with support for Home Theater mode with the Apple TV 4K which works with Dolby Atmos. It also adds support for Intercom between iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods and CarPlay. HomePod will automatically update, unless it has been turned off. HomePod can be manually updated via the Home app on iOS, iPadOS or macOS. Release Notes Software version 14.2 includes support for new ‌Siri‌, […]

HomePod mini, iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max go up for pre-order tomorow

Late last month, the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro went up for pre-order and up for sale and customers already have the new phones. At the iPhone event, there was actually four new models unveiled, and the two other models, the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max go up for pre-order starting tomorrow, 6th November. At the same time, the new HomePod mini goes up for pre-order […]

HomePod updated to 14.1 – adds Intercom support

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, […]

HomePod will soon support Dolby Atmos

When the HomePod mini launched earlier this week, Apple added a new comparison page which sat the existing HomePod and the new HomePod mini side by side and the only couple differences are the lack of spatial awareness on the mini and the lack of a new feature called “Home cinema with Apple TV 4K.” This new cinema feature is only on the larger HomePod and only works with the newer Apple TV 4K […]

HomePod will soon be able to be the default audio source for Apple TV

HomePod has long been able to be the audio source for an Apple TV and it works rather well, thanks the great sound quality of the HomePod but one little niggle is that it couldn’t be set as the hard default output for the Apple TV, as it would occasionally unpair and you’d need to reselect it. Thankfully in the upcoming iOS 14.2 and tvOS 14.2 updates which are currently […]