HomePod

Apple has added frameworks for FaceTime to tvOS for Apple TV and HomePod

Apple discontinued the full size HomePod last week, which was quite a surprise but it seems Apple might already be working on a new version, likely with a screen. Rumours suggested that like the Echo Show from Amazon, a new HomePod with a screen would offer support for FaceTime and likely have cameras. Some news that was shared with MacRumors yesterday points towards some details found in the source code of tvOS […]

HomePod mini has some unused sensors for temperature and humidity

Apple launched the new HomePod at the tail end of last year and according to news today, from Bloomberg the HomePod mini looks to have more functionality hiding underneath than Apple originally advertised. Something that Apple did when the HomePod mini was announced, was advertise the functionality of the U1 ultra-wideband (UWB) chip, then add the functionally later on down the line via a software update. On the teardown from […]

Apple discontinues larger HomePod, is now focusing on HomePod mini

Today, Apple has surprised everyone with the news that the larger HomePod is being discontinued as of now. Apple will still be providing the HomePod for sale through its own online store as well as other third party locations, while stocks last. Apple has said that going forward, focus is being moved to the newer HomePod mini which is significantly less expensive at £99 / $99 vs the £279 / […]

HomePod update now out, version 14.4

Today Apple has released 14.4 for HomePod and HomePod mini with the most notable features coming to the HomePod mini. The update adds support for more U1 Ultra Wideband features, such as haptic and audible effects when you bring the iPhone near to the HomePod mini, as well as audio suggestions. U1 features are only on newer iPhone models, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini and […]

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 […]

HomePod mini delivery times slip into next year in Europe and UK

The HomePod mini went on sale earlier this month, alongside the iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 mini and within not much time, the estimates for delivery had slipped a few months ahead but now this week, estimates for delivery stretch into January 2021. Here in the UK for example, if you ordered one today the delivery date is ’15 Jan – 21 Jan.’ This is the case too […]

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, […]