Apple Releases New 11.4.1 Update for HomePod

Alongside the release of iOS 11.4.1, the latest update to the iOS operating system, Apple has also released new 11.4.1 software that's designed for the HomePod.

The new HomePod software will be installed automatically on the HomePod after you update to iOS 11.4, but you can also manually update and check your software version by following the instructions in our HomePod software how to.


According to Apple's release notes, the 11.4.1 update for the HomePod includes "general improvements for stability and quality," with no further details provided.

The new software comes over a month after Apple released the 11.4 update for the HomePod, which introduced stereo support and multi-room audio functionality through AirPlay 2.

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10 weeks ago
Yes! It fixed it! HomeKit commands are now instant again.

My HomePod also had an issue with it going hard of hearing for no reason. Sometimes my HomePod could hear me whispering from across the room, other times I would have to shout at it while standing a couple of metres away. Both of these problems are now fixed.
Rating: 8 Votes
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10 weeks ago

They ruined the homepods bass is not like when it first came out, just give us a eq setting

Sooner or later they will and have to include an EQ setting
Rating: 5 Votes
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10 weeks ago
Hope it fixes the reliability of stereo pairing. I've had to re-pair them about once every two weeks.
Rating: 4 Votes
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10 weeks ago
I wonder if this changes the sound signature again?

Happy I can update all remotely from work. Let’s see if they sound different when I get home.

Rating: 3 Votes
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10 weeks ago
I literally can't comprehend how people want more bass on this thing. I had to return it because it shook the **** out of my apartment even on low volume. :D
Rating: 3 Votes
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10 weeks ago

Happy to see this update. Siri on my HomePod has gotten noticeably slower in the past couple of days. Issuing a HomeKit command used to be instant. Now, Siri says "just a second", sometimes multiple times, before the command is executed.

That is likely to be something in the Siri server since the problem came on spontaneously, but maybe it was an incompatibility from an update made to the Siri server to work with the OS update that has now been released.

I have noticed this too - more false triggers and less success in hearing the trigger when I actually use it
Rating: 3 Votes
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10 weeks ago
Its much louder now
Rating: 2 Votes
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10 weeks ago

Hope it fixes the reliability of stereo pairing. I've had to re-pair them about once every two weeks.

I’ve had no trouble with the stereo pairing, but talk (podcasts, NPR, etc) on the stereo HomePods via AirPlay 2 sound weird - out of synch
Rating: 2 Votes
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10 weeks ago
Happy to see this update. Siri on my HomePod has gotten noticeably slower in the past couple of days. Issuing a HomeKit command used to be instant. Now, Siri says "just a second", sometimes multiple times, before the command is executed.

That is likely to be something in the Siri server since the problem came on spontaneously, but maybe it was an incompatibility from an update made to the Siri server to work with the OS update that has now been released.
Rating: 1 Votes
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10 weeks ago

Happy to see this update. Siri on my HomePod has gotten noticeably slower in the past couple of days. Issuing a HomeKit command used to be instant. Now, Siri says "just a second", sometimes multiple times, before the command is executed.

That is likely to be something in the Siri server since the problem came on spontaneously, but maybe it was an incompatibility from an update made to the Siri server to work with the OS update that has now been released.



I've had this same thing happen on 11.4....and since I'm at work, i haven't been able to test the fix, but can tell you that force quitting the home app on my iPhone would fix this lag...so I think it had something to do with communicating back to the Home app after a length of time of inactivity.
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