Apple Releases HomePod Software 15.4
Alongside iOS 15.4, iPadOS 15.4, and tvOS 15.4, Apple today released a new 15.4 update that's available for the HomePod and the HomePod mini. The 15.4 update is the fourth major HomePod software update since version 15 was released, and it comes more than a month after the launch of HomePod software 15.3.
The HomePod 15.4 software update brings support for captive WiFi networks, so that users can connect to a HomePod on a network that needs additional steps to sign in. Apple has also added a new Siri voice.
HomePod software is installed automatically on the HomePod unless the feature is disabled, but the HomePod can also be manually updated in the Home app by following the instructions in our HomePod update how to.
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Santa delivered one this past x-mas for my 8-yo daughter. She loves it. Every morning, she wakes and asks Siri the weather and then dresses accordingly. By default, she has become the household weather report. She is constantly playing music, that she chooses - building independence and developing her music tastes along the way. The other day, I walked into her room and she was painting to classical music. I hear her asking Siri what words mean or other queries. IDK, from my use case of one, it's already paid for itself several times over. It's been such a hit, I wouldn't be opposed to having a few others scattered around the house. I find the fidelity on par with other speakers in its class. While it's not live concert caliber, I have never once thought about a lacking fidelity when it's been playing. If anything, I've impressed with its sound, in her room for, its size.
Now one thing I would like to see Apple offer, is a wireless version. That, for me, would be an insta-buy.
(Such networks generally have a required registration procedure to get on the network, and there's generally no other network available - yeah, back in the day, we had some kids' parents try to get the cable company to come install cable TV and networking - that didn't go over well.)
Now to update my original HomePods.