Apple Releases New Software for HomePod Alongside iOS 13.2 With Handoff, Voice Detection for Different Family Members and Ambient Sounds

Alongside of the release of iOS 13.2, a major new update that introduces a long list of new features and changes, Apple has also debuted a new software update that's designed for the HomePod.

The new ‌HomePod‌ software will be installed automatically on the ‌HomePod‌ after you update to iOS 13.2, but you can also manually update and check your software version by following the instructions in our HomePod software how to.


After installing the software update, the ‌HomePod‌ will be able to distinguish between different voices for the first time. That means Siri is able to recognize the voices of everyone in the family, which will allow each person in the home to listen to their own music, playlists, radio stations, and more.

‌HomePod‌ now supports Handoff, so you can hand off music, phone calls, and podcasts from the iPhone to the ‌HomePod‌ and vice versa. If you come home from work, for example, and are listening to music on the iPhone, you can beam it right over to the ‌HomePod‌ so you can continue listening without missing a beat. You can also add music to your HomeKit scenes after upgrading to iOS 13.2.

The new software brings a new Ambient Sounds feature that lets you play relaxing soundtracks like rain falling, nature sounds, white noise, and more, plus you can set sleep timers to fall asleep to these new Ambient Sounds or to music.
iOS 13.2 provides support for new ‌HomePod‌ features:

- The ability for ‌HomePod‌ to recognize the voices of different family members to provide a personalized experience
- Handoff music, podcasts, or phone calls by bringing your iPhone close to ‌HomePod‌
- Add music to your ‌HomeKit‌ scenes
- Play relaxing high-quality soundtracks with Ambient Sounds
- Set sleep timers to fall asleep to music or Ambient Sounds
For more on the ‌HomePod‌, make sure to check out our HomePod roundup.

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3 weeks ago
These are all that I have found by playing one and then asking Siri to play the next one.
Ambient sounds: night, white noise, ocean, forest, fireplace, rain, stream
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3 weeks ago
So where is the list of ambient sounds to choose from?
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3 weeks ago


You can also just tap the phone on the HomePod and it will hand it off presumably.

Works like a charm, just hold your device near it for a split second and it works great
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3 weeks ago


So where is the list of ambient sounds to choose from?

I think it would be a good idea to have one as well. So far, I tested out Rain and I'm listening to Ocean Waves right now. Love it already! Definitely curious about how many there actually are.
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3 weeks ago
The much awaited and needed update from 12.4 is here. 13.2 now matches with iPadOS and iOS
just over 975mb


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3 weeks ago
Finally! Maybe Homepod Siri will finally recognize all those randomly-selected Homekit (Hue) devices that my Watch and iPhone turn on and off all the time... because she doesn't now!

Update: seems to have fixed the Homekit (Hue) device issues.
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3 weeks ago
I completely forgot about this. Hopefully this also fixes the issue with the HomePods not being staying connected to the Apple TV (and not even being usable for output from the WWE Network app).
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Surprise sleep timer for music is a fantastic addition. Been waiting on this forever!


If I can use this to somehow prevent music from playing on them between 11pm and 6am, this is a godsend.

...my cats like to hop onto the shelf they're on and as you know, cats are capacitive. I can't count how many times I've been woken up at 3am by death metal.
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3 weeks ago


I think it would be a good idea to have one as well. So far, I tested out Rain and I'm listening to Ocean Waves right now. Love it already! Definitely curious about how many there actually are.


how do you do this?
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3 weeks ago


how do you do this?

I asked Siri to "play the sounds of ______" and she responds with "here's _____ from ambient sounds". In addition to the two I mentioned before, I am now listening to "Forest". Those are the only three that I know the official names of, as those are the three mentioned on Apple's site. But the site also said "and more". Just have yet to figure those out!
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3 weeks ago
Finally. So excited to try the new features.
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