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.

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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.

Related Roundup: HomePod

Top Rated Comments

keys Avatar
29 months 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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TwoBytes Avatar
29 months ago
So where is the list of ambient sounds to choose from?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Cybertruck20 Avatar
29 months 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
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iOS Geek Avatar
29 months 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.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GregJohn Avatar
29 months 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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chrisdazzo Avatar
29 months 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.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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