Apple's next HomePod should be closer in terms of dimensions and audio quality to the discontinued full-size one rather than the smaller and cheaper HomePod mini.
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'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 Beats Pill+ speaker is making a comeback after being discontinued recently, with a new limited-edition model arriving later this week.
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.
With iOS 15, HomePod gets several new features like creating a stereo pair from two HomePod minis, controlling media playback on your Apple TV with Siri on your HomePod and much more. Here's everything new, enhanced and improved in HomePod Software version 15.
The HomePod lacks a screen so troubleshooting errors that might occur over time requires using your iOS or macOS device. Should your Siri-powered speaker stop responding to your requests, restarting it may help resolve the issue. Follow along with our quick tutorial in which we'll show you how to restart your HomePod or HomePod mini wireless speaker.
If you don't have optional AppleCare+ extended warranty for the HomePod mini, Apple will charge you a fee of $79 per an out-of-warranty repair of the new $99 Siri-powered speaker — which is only $20 cheaper vs. buying a new one. Apple announced the new HomePod mini a month ago in an effort to widen the addressable market for its smart speakers. The full-size HomePod wasn't updated last month and continues to retail for $299.
Aside from the new iPhone 12 family, Apple's upcoming October 13 “Hi, Speed” event will serve as a launchpad for a smaller, more affordable HomePod speaker model, according to a serial leaker who also cautioned against a second-generation update to the current model.
Sonos' wireless speaker system is receiving the Sonos S2 operating system update this month. It will bring "new features, usability updates, and more personalization moving forward... to enable higher resolution audio technologies for music and home theater." But, not all Sonos products will receive the benefit. More concerning, if you have a collection of mixed compatible speakers, you may need two apps to enjoy your hardware.
As rumored back in January, Apple's Siri-powered HomePod smart speaker has gone on sale in India, a 1.35 billion people market, where it's sold for below the regular US pricing.