HomePod 12.1 update with stability and quality improvements now available

Apple today released the iOS 12.1 software for its Siri-powered HomePod speaker, which according to the official changelog includes general improvements for stability and quality.

Your Apple wireless speaker will automatically download and install the update.

If you have elected to install HomePod software updates manually, apply the over-the-air update by opening the Home app on your iPhone or iPad, then tap the Home tab and hit the icon in the upper-left corner to access the hidden settings.

TUTORIAL: How to manually update the software on your HomePod

Next, choose Software Update underneath the Speakers heading and wait a little until you see the update, then tap the button labeled Download and Install which does just that.

The new HomePod software arrives following yesterday’s public release of major iOS 12.1, tvOS 12.1 and watchOS 5.1 software updates which brought multiple new features.

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watchOS 5.1 beta was however pulled over bricking some watches but should return shortly.

Today brought first developer betas for the minor iOS 12.1.1, tvOS 12.1.1 and macOS Mojave 10.14.2 software updates that promise to bring additional security and bug fixes. Apple’s point OS releases have traditionally been short on outward-facing new features.

Curiously enough, the macOS Mojave 10.14.2 beta was soon pulled for unknown reasons.