Here’s how you’ll update your HomePod software

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HomePod will get software updates just like your other Apple devices.
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Apple will issue software updates for HomePod with important bug fixes, performance improvements, and (hopefully) new features. Here’s how you will update yours.

HomePod doesn’t have a display; there are a few touch-sensitive buttons for controlling media playback, while Siri takes care of everything else. You can’t ask the virtual assistant to update your HomePod software, however.

Here’s how you update HomePod

HomePod runs a custom version of iOS — like Apple Watch or Apple TV — which means it will get updates alongside iOS. In addition to bug fixes and improvements, it’s likely Apple will add new features to Siri (which will be limited at launch) over time.

These updates will be issued and installed through the Home app on iOS, 9to5Mac reports. You’ll get an alert when an update is available, and you’ll be able to issue them to individual HomePods, to every speaker on your network, or to specific stereo pairs.

HomePod update interface
HomePod’s software update interface.
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Apple will offer automatic updates, too — but it’s not yet clear how those will be handled.

HomePod’s first new feature

HomePod’s first big new feature, which will arrive alongside iOS 11.3 this spring, is support for pairing two HomePod speakers for stereo sound. Those who were lucky enough to preview the device early say this setup is a big improvement to an already awesome experience.