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Apple rolls out new update for HomePod and HomePod mini

The Apple HomePod and HomePod mini (above) are receiving new software. (Image source: Apple)
The Apple HomePod and HomePod mini (above) are receiving new software. (Image source: Apple)
Apple is rolling out software version 17.5 for the HomePod and the HomePod mini. The release notes provide few details about what is new, though users have already begun to report possible changes. While many units will receive the update automatically, some users must manually trigger the installation process.

The Apple HomePod and the HomePod mini have received a new software update, version 17.5. Apple’s change log for the latest software states that there have been performance upgrades and the device’s stability has been improved. However, the company has not provided further details as to what changes have been made. 

Some HomePod users who have tested their devices since the update report that performance is about the same, with no new significant issues. However, previous problems with Siri and device connections do not appear to have been resolved. It has also been suggested that bass levels have increased for second-generation HomePods, that the Sound Check feature has been fixed and that Siri is now more responsive. The release has been pushed to eligible devices automatically; if you have automatic updates disabled, you can trigger the update via the Home app. Many users noted this was a fast and smooth update, which was not the case for other recent releases.

The update follows version 17.4, launched in March, which allowed Siri to learn your favourite media service. This meant that users no longer needed to include the name of the preferred app in a voice command to start playing music. It is unclear when the next software version will arrive for Apple HomePod and HomePod mini devices.

The release notes for HomePod software version 17.5. (Image source: Apple)
The release notes for HomePod software version 17.5. (Image source: Apple)
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Polly Allcock, 2024-05-16 (Update: 2024-05-16)