Apple Plans to Let Public Beta Testers Download HomePod Software for the First Time

While Apple makes iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS betas available to its public beta testing group, the HomePod software updates that are beta tested are limited to a select group of invite-only testers. That's set to change with the latest round of betas, as Apple plans to let public beta testers test the HomePod 16 software.

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On its Apple Beta Software Program website, Apple lists HomePod software version 16 as one of the betas that are coming to public beta testers later in the year. It is listed right alongside iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura, and tvOS 16.

New public betas for iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura, tvOS 16, HomePod software version 16 and watchOS 9 are coming soon. As a member of the Apple Beta Software Program, you can take part in shaping Apple software by test-driving pre-release versions and letting us know what you think.

As of right now, there is no HomePod 16 software beta available to developers, so it is possible that Apple plans to release both a developer version and a public beta version later in the summer. Apple previously said that public beta testers will get access to the betas starting in July.

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Top Rated Comments

CarAnalogy Avatar
10 weeks ago
All HomePod software is beta.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sciomar Avatar
10 weeks ago
I would never let a beta version touch my OG HomePods, some of the releases have been bricking them as is.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
0194839 Avatar
9 weeks ago
They’ve found references to an unreleased HomePod hidden in the iOS16 beta code. It’s called “AudioAccessory6”. Hopefully it turns out to be a bigger HomePod instead of an upgraded mini.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
IamTimCook Avatar
10 weeks ago
All I want from future HomePodOS is the ability to leave my HomePods in stereo paired config as the default speakers for my Mac.
Fairy inconvenient to have to reselect the HomePods as speakers after every wake from sleep or power on.
Apple please give me this. ?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
exoticSpice Avatar
10 weeks ago
Please be careful with HomePod betas, they might kill you.

Yes, kill you with their bugs
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
_Spinn_ Avatar
9 weeks ago

They’ve found references to an unreleased HomePod hidden in the iOS16 beta code. It’s called “AudioAccessory6”. Hopefully it turns out to be a bigger HomePod instead of an upgraded mini.
Now this is exciting. Hopefully we see news of this device sooner rather than later.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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