Apple Releases iOS 11.3 Update for the HomePod

Apple today released updates for iOS, tvOS, and watchOS, and now it has also called in new software for its first smart speaker, the HomePod.

Apple has officially released an update, as part of the iOS 11.3 launch, that will bring an update to the “audioOS” software that’s running on the HomePod. This is the first update to the smart speaker since the device went on sale back in February of this year. Unfortunately, at the time of publication, there is no word on what the new software update brings to the HomePod, or if there are any new features included in the mix.

It has been rumored that Apple would include AirPlay 2 support to the smart speaker with this update, though, so it is possible that the feature is part of the new update. The release notes for the new update don’t actually go into any detail in what’s included, so we will have to wait and see for now.

To update, the new software should automatically be installed if you have iOS 11.3 installed on your iPhone and your HomePod set up. The new software can also be manually updated by going into the Home iOS app, selecting your HomePod, and then selecting the Software Update option. This will check to see if you’re running the newest available software, and, if not, update the smart speaker.

Do you own a HomePod? If so, are you going to update your speaker as quickly as you can, or wait and see if there are any issues that crop up with the device’s first major update?