Apple's iOS 16, iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura updates lack support for using the iPad as a home hub, and upcoming Matter support may have something to do with it.
The 15.5.1 update fixes issues where music could stop playing on Apple's HomePod or the Siri speaker may lose its deep bass after a short time.
Apple is rumored to release an updated HomePod model in 2022 or 2023, but there may not be much innovation in hardware design for the Siri wireless speaker.
You can now ask Apple's Siri assistant to play songs and navigate music using the Tidal service on your iPhone or iPad, but it doesn't work with Siri on your HomePod.
Apple continues to work on a smart soundbar that would have a FaceTime camera for video calls and provide HomePod and Apple TV functionality.
Apple's iOS 15.5 software adds HomePod Wi-Fi signal bars to the Home app, which also now features a notification for critical alerts.
The newly released HomePod software 15.4.1 fixes Siri voice commands not working with some smart appliances that are compatible with Apple's HomeKit platform.
Apple's Siri-powered HomePod mini smart speaker with HomeKit is now available to purchase in the Netherlands, Switzerland and Belgium, in all colors.
Apple's iOS 15.4 software adds Dutch as a new Siri language option for HomePod voice recognition in the Netherlands, allowing multiple people to request personal information from Siri without invading the privacy of others.
Apple is bringing captive Wi-Fi support to HomePod with a pretty smart way to join captive Wi-Fi networks that need additional sign-in steps, like at hotels or dorms.
Updating your Apple wireless speaker to software version 15.3 will let you set up HomePod multiuser with Siri voice recognition in additional countries and languages.
Apple has allegedly prototyped (but never turned into a final product) a portable version of its HomePod speaker for outdoor use that ran on battery power.