Apple releases minor software update for HomePod: this is how you install it

Apple has released a minor update to the HomePod. The company solves a number of problems in this. Learn how to install the HomePod 14.2.1 update here.

Update: HomePod 14.2.1 brings more stability

With a new software version (14.2.1), Apple provides its smart speakers with a minor update. In the release notes, the company talks about general performance and stability improvements. The company does not go into details, so it is unlikely that new features will be added. The update is available for both the original HomePod and HomePod mini.

Install HomePod 14.2.1 update

To install the HomePod 14.2.1 update, go to the Home app on your iPhone or iPad and follow the next steps. Note: you can only install the new software version if you have updated your iPhone or iPad to the most recent iOS / iPadOS version. Otherwise, the HomePod update will not appear.homepod-14-2-1 update

  1. Open the Home app;
  2. Tap the house icon in the top left corner of the screen;
  3. Go to ‘Software update’;
  4. An update is being searched. Follow the instructions on the screen to install it.

Why the HomePod is skipping software versions

The HomePod and HomePod mini-run on a specialized version of tvOS and, compared to other Apple operating systems, rarely receive an update. These updates generally contain bug fixes. Due to the close cooperation with, for example, the iPhone and Apple TV, the HomePod skips version numbers to stay in sync.

With the latest major update, HomePod 14.1, Apple added support for the HomePod mini and new features such as Intercom. With Intercom, you can record a message on one HomePod and send it to another (or more) in the house. The update also brought a number of improvements from Siri to the smart speakers.

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