Unreleased HomePod gets new firmware update


HomePod is finally ready for its debut.
Photo: Apple

Apple hasn’t even started to sell its new HomePod smart speaker yet, but it just came out with a new firmware update for people already testing the device.

The HomePod software update was released alongside iOS 11.2 beta 1 this morning. Registered developers can’t see the update in Apple’s portal, but it’s downloadable for current HomePod users.

The HomePod update also has been online, making it available to the public. Apple’s last unreleased HomePod update revealed a number of details about the iPhone X ahead of the handset’s announcement.

This update likely contains fewer spoilers than the last one, which turned into a massive leak as developers dug into the code to ferret out secrets about Apple’s upcoming iPhone X.

The latest firmware should give devs some new information about the HomePod and its features ahead of its launch.

HomePod is already in testing at a number of Apple employees’ homes. Apple plans to start selling the Siri-powered smart speaker in December for $349.



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