Alongside iOS 12 beta 2, Apple also released the second beta of tvOS 12 with Dolby Atmos support earlier this week. Unlike iOS 12 and watchOS 5, tvOS 12 is a relatively minor upgrade that only brings about some notable new improvements. One such improvement which has now been discovered in tvOS 12 beta 2 is the ability to set HomePod as a permanent audio out source on the Apple TV.
Apple’s Siri-powered smart speaker, HomePod, is now available in Canada, France and Germany. Apple had first launched the HomePod earlier this year in the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom.￼
Back in May, it was rumored that Apple was planning on launching its first smart speaker, the HomePod, in Canada, France, and Germany before the end of June.
Earlier today, Apple released iOS 11.4 to the public, which, among other things, brought with it official support for AirPlay 2.
Earlier today, Apple officially released the iOS 11.4 update to the masses. With it, the company welcomed new additions like AirPlay 2.
Apple’s first smart speaker, the HomePod, went on sale in the United States earlier this year. And now the company has determined a launch window for additional markets.
Apple will be releasing iOS 11.4 later today along with a software update for the HomePod which will add multi-room and stereo support to the speaker. The update will also mark the release of AirPlay 2.
With WWDC just over a couple of weeks away, Apple’s personal assistant Siri has started teasing the event and has potentially dropped hints at some of its major upcoming changes. When you ask Siri about WWDC, it responds with “La la la, Siri is getting a brand new voice!” which clearly points to the digital assistant getting a new voice.
The HomePod launched earlier this year with a price tag of $349, putting it at a pretty competitive price point to speakers that Apple feels are comparable in sound quality — and not so much due to its baked-in smarts.
The rumors regarding Apple’s first smart speaker haven’t been great, painting a picture that suggests the device isn’t doing so well in the sales department.