HomePod software version 14.1 released with new Siri features, Intercom, and other improvements

by Ashish

Apple recently seeded the 14.1 software update for HomePod along with the iOS 14.1 and iPadOS 14.1. The update brings support for the Intercom, adds new features to Siri, and other improvements. The new intercom feature allows you to speak to anyone within your home using devices such as iPhone, iPad, HomePod, and other Apple devices.

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The update also brings new features to Siri on HomePod. Siri can now perform several new tasks such as add music to your alarm, stop the alarm, timers, and media across the HomePod speakers, and many more. Here’s the full release note of the update.

Full changelog of the update:

Software version 14.1 includes support for HomePod mini and new Siri and Intercom features. This update also includes bug fixes and improvements.

HomePod mini

  • Setup and automatically transfer your Apple ID, Apple Music, Siri, and Wi-Fi settings to HomePod mini

Siri

  • Siri suggestions appear in Maps when you ask HomePod for information about a location
  • Web search requests to HomePod can be sent from HomePod to your iPhone
  • Siri can now stop alarms, timers, and media across HomePod speakers
  • Voice recognition support for Podcasts for multiple users in the home

Intercom

  • Ask HomePod to make announcements to other HomePod speakers throughout your home
  • Intercom to all HomePod speakers
  • Intercom to a HomePod in a specific room or zone

Other improvements and fixes

  • Add music to your alarms and wake up to your personal song, playlist, or radio station from Apple Music
  • Fixes an issue where stereo pairs can sometimes play out of sync
  • Improves reliability when using Siri to control multiple speakers
  • Optimizes Siri performance

How to update your Home Pod using iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

By default, The update is automatically installed on your HomePod, but you can also check for update and to download this update manually through iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch follow these steps:

  1. Make sure that your device is updated to the latest version of iOS or iPadOS.
  2. On your device, open the Home app
  3. Tap Home in the upper-left corner
  4. Tap Home Settings
  5.  Software Update
  6. Tap Install Updates Automatically to turn automatic updates on or off
  7. If there’s a new update, tap Install

This will install the update on all of your HomePod speakers you have set up in your home. Software Update will also tell you if your HomePod is already up to date, and show you the installed HomePod software.

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