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

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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16 weeks 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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16 weeks 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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16 weeks 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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16 weeks ago
Siri feels snappier
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16 weeks 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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16 weeks 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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16 weeks ago
Personally I feel that Siri’s listening and understanding capabilities have degraded over time. It’s really quite frustrating at times.
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16 weeks ago
Siri is an idiot. But the sound quality has improved.
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16 weeks ago
HomePod is by faaaaar my favorite Apple product of all time.
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16 weeks ago




Curious if you've reset your entire "Apple Home" automatons or fully rebuilt your Apple Home setup?


Actually, yes, I just did, although for a seemingly unrelated issue. So far, the password issue hasn’t reappeared, although it hasn’t been quite long enough to declare the problem solved.

I took my iPhone into the Apple store to have the screen replaced, and when I got home the entire Home setup was screwy. All kinds of accessories were missing. Maybe a coincidence, or maybe something happened at the Apple Store. I don’t know.

A similar thing happened about a year ago, like the home setup reverted to where it was several months prior.

This time I went for the nuclear option and ditched my 16-month-old Home setup, and created a new home with a different name.

I have two Hue bridges, and a bunch of other accessories — maybe 80 total — so starting from zero and building a new setup was a major pain that took days, what with scenes and everything.

So far, so good. Hopefully that solved the password issue for good.

I have found Apple’s HomePod/HomeKit support to be seriously lacking. It’s all geared toward basic nonsense, with nothing useful for folks with more complicated setups.


And next time my iPhone needs repair, I’ll be sure to disable the Home setting on the device, just in case.
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