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HomePod 12.1.1 Update and Shortcuts 2.1.2 Released, But No Sign of watchOS 5.1.2 Yet

Alongside the public release of iOS 12.1.1, macOS Mojave 10.14.2, and tvOS 12.1.1, Apple today released a companion 12.1.1 software update for the HomePod and updated its Shortcuts app for iOS 12 to version 2.1.2.


The software update for HomePod is a relatively minor one, adding Siri support for Cantonese and Mandarin in China and a Cantonese dialect in Hong Kong ahead of the HomePod's release in those regions in early 2019. In addition, the LEDs on the top of the HomePod will now illuminate during Group FaceTime calls.

The new HomePod software will be installed automatically on the HomePod upon updating to iOS 12.1.1 on a paired iPhone, but you can also manually update and check your software version by following these instructions.

Shortcuts 2.1.2, a free update on the App Store, features a new "Post to Tumblr" action, iCloud sync improvements, localization improvements, and a long list of bug fixes per Apple's release notes:
  • Fixed an issue where the screen describing which apps and services are used by a shortcut may not appear when downloading a shortcut
  • Fixed an issue that caused shortcuts with the Open App or Play Sound actions to fail when Siri is used to run the shortcuts
  • Fixed an issue where shortcuts with Repeat with Each actions may freeze when they're run from the widget or Library tab
  • Fixed an issue where the Phone Number action may not understand phone numbers that contain commas (pauses) or have long extension codes
  • Fixed an issue where the Show Directions action may not work when it's run from the Shortcuts Today View widget on the Lock screen
  • Fixed an issue where the Add New Reminder action doesn't work when a time or location isn't entered
  • Fixed an issue where the Send Payment action may not appear to finish when making Apple Pay Cash payments
  • Fixed an issue where the Ask for Input action's default answer field for dates wouldn’t support 24-hour time
  • Fixed an issue where the Get Name of Emoji action showed the emoji name in English when the device is set to another language
  • Fixed an issue where some shortcuts may show an error message when they're run from Search
  • Fixed an issue where shortcuts may fail to download web pages with long Unicode titles
  • Fixed an issue where the Run Editorial Workflow action doesn't pass a result
Last week, MacRumors revealed that the publicly released version of watchOS 5.1.2 will enable ECG functionality on Apple Watch Series 4 models, but there is no sign of that software update so far today.


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5 days ago at 11:19 am
watchOS is the one we are all waiting for...
Rating: 11 Votes
5 days ago at 11:20 am
Considering the last update bricked my Series 4... go ahead and triple check Apple.
Rating: 10 Votes
5 days ago at 11:19 am
I'm watching out for watchOS.
Rating: 9 Votes
5 days ago at 12:30 pm

Apple will kill the HomePod soon or they need to figure out something new. This thing is pretty much useless.

Wholeheartedly disagree. I use mine all the time. Its a speaker. Improve Siri and its on par with Amazon and Google. The only difference is the HomePod sounds great.
Rating: 7 Votes
5 days ago at 11:42 am
I love being able to update the HomePods while at work. Wish the same could be done with the Apple TV
Rating: 4 Votes
5 days ago at 11:30 am
Of course the update that we all been waiting for is the one that's not released yet.
Rating: 4 Votes
5 days ago at 08:01 pm

Wholeheartedly disagree. I use mine all the time. Its a speaker. Improve Siri and its on par with Amazon and Google. The only difference is the HomePod sounds great.

Not sure what revolutionary features people expect out of a speaker. Seriously. It’s a speaker. The smartness will be improved over time, but if people are looking to have their socks blown off by it...wtf kinda expectations do they have?
Rating: 3 Votes
5 days ago at 12:37 pm

Yeah, waiting for watchOS 5.1.2, but stable is critical since you can't restore it like you can with an iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV.


Actually you can - if you have an ibus:

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At about 2:25 in the video look closely at itunes when he plugs his apple watch into his computer.

itunes changes to reveal a hidden feature of itunes ability to do a complete restore of the apple watch, just the same way it can restore ios and apple tv devices.

He then proceeds to do the complete restore of the apple watch.
Rating: 3 Votes
5 days ago at 11:41 am

Shortcuts 2.1.2, a free update on the App Store, features a new "Post to Tumblr" action

So, there's only a limited window for creating and using some ... fanciful shortcuts, in the weeks between this Shortcuts update being released, and the date when Tumblr stops letting people post porn.
Rating: 3 Votes
5 days ago at 11:29 am
Good to take some extra care since watchOS 5.1 bricked my Series 4...
Rating: 3 Votes

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