Apple Releases 12.4 Software for HomePod With Support for Taiwan and Japan Launch

Monday July 22, 2019 10:16 AM PDT by Juli Clover

Alongside the release of iOS 12.4 with its new data migration tools for iOS devices, Apple today released a new 12.4 software update designed for the HomePod.

The new ‌HomePod‌ software will be installed automatically on the ‌HomePod‌ after you update to iOS 12.4, but you can also manually update and check your software version by following the instructions in our HomePod software how to.


According to the release notes for the update, the 12.4 software brings support for ‌HomePod‌ to Japan and Taiwan, where the speaker will soon be available for purchase.

There were no other mentions of bug fixes or feature changes in the release notes for the update.

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9 months ago
I currently have two Homepods (one for a year and the second for approx. three months) and neither have had me re-enter my password.
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9 months ago

I have 7 HomePods (three stereo pairs, and a single in the guest room) and my biggest complaint is they continually require re-entering of my Apple password.

I’m not sure whether it’s a time thing, or what triggers it, but sure enough the HomePod icon in the Home app prompts me to enter my password. (I have different logins for iCloud and iTunes Store, and it wants passwords for both accounts.)

It’s a real pain. Anybody else experiencing this?

Hopefully it’s not a “security feature” and rather a bug that might actually be fixed sooner than later.

I have 2 home pods (soon to be 3, all in different rooms). I have never had to re-enter my Apple password so I think it may be unique to your setup
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9 months ago

That’s not much for people outside Japan and Taiwan.


Kind lite on the info. Obviously, they would not have released it to everyone without some reason.
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9 months ago
Siri feels snappier
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9 months ago
I have the Homepod, and have it connected to my AppleTV. The reason why, is that the HomePod has superior sound quality, compared against my old Panasonic HDTV.

For reasons I cannot begin to understand, the connection between the AppleTV and the HomePod is erratic. Once connected, it works for a day or so. I can shut the TV down and go to bed; and the next day it's still connected when i get home from work, and watch TV.

But, after a few days - the system needs to be set back up again. One would think this would be fixed, like prior to release.
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9 months ago

Both HomePod owners rejoice.


Honestly, I feel like the only thing good about the homepod is the sound. The software/connectivity is garbage. Well I guess that's what we get for being first adopters.
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