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# 259891 29-Oct-2019 07:19
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Finally!!!

 

"Apple today is releasing the HomePod 13.2 software update with several new features, including multiple users support, Handoff and Ambient Sounds. The update was announced in June at WWDC 2019, but was postponed until October.

 

The multi-user mode allow the HomePod to recognize up to six different voices in the home, and personalize its responses accordingly. You will be able to access each user’s individual music library and do user-specific tasks through Personal Requests like sending messages or setting todos.

 

The new music handoff feature makes it easier to switch between the device in your hand and the HomePod speakers. Just bring your phone close to the HomePod and a notification appears on the Lock screen asking if you want to play on HomePod.

 

With Ambient Sounds, users can play white noise sounds directly on their HomePods, including ocean waves, birdsong, rainstorms, and more.

 

Check the full release notes below:

 

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"

Apple releasing HomePod software update with promised voice profiles, Handoff features, much more

 

 

 

Anyone else own an HomePod and excited about this new release? We have four of them, one set in stereo pair, and then one in the study and one in the kitchen. Will be specifically interested in seeing how well it can differentiate my voice from the wife's.

 

Also sleep timer! Exciting.





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  # 2344667 29-Oct-2019 07:59
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I own a pair of them and they’re fantastic, been looking forward to this update for a while now.




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  # 2345708 29-Oct-2019 10:10
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Updated mine this morning. Was nice to have the handoff feature. Worked seamlessly. Wish Apple would officially launch them here in NZ. 


 
 
 
 


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  # 2345746 29-Oct-2019 11:27
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Finally! Looking forward to updating mine tonight.

 

I did just read on MacRumors that several people have had issues with the update (or more specifically, their HomePods are going into an endless reboot cycle after updating). Wonder if I should wait for an "update to the update" later today/tomorrow.




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  # 2345753 29-Oct-2019 11:41
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Benjip:

 

Finally! Looking forward to updating mine tonight.

 

I did just read on MacRumors that several people have had issues with the update (or more specifically, their HomePods are going into an endless reboot cycle after updating). Wonder if I should wait for an "update to the update" later today/tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

Yeah! I updated mine remotely. I hope they're not bricked! Will report back when I get home tonight.

 

Also, genuinely confused why they are not officially sold here. They're amazing.

 

Waiting for a Black Friday special - will probably buy another 2-3 if they hit the $249/$199 USD mark. 





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  # 2345801 29-Oct-2019 12:47
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  # 2345812 29-Oct-2019 13:24
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premiumtouring:

 

Waiting for a Black Friday special - will probably buy another 2-3 if they hit the $249/$199 USD mark. 

 

 

Where do you buy yours from?

 

The one I have was bought from Apple Australia and forwarded by a friend, but would feel better about not bothering friends to help out with things like that.


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  # 2345836 29-Oct-2019 14:21
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jarledb:

 

premiumtouring:

 

Waiting for a Black Friday special - will probably buy another 2-3 if they hit the $249/$199 USD mark. 

 

 

Where do you buys yours from?

 

The one I have was bought from Apple Australia and forwarded by a friend, but would feel better about not bothering friends to help out with things like that.

 

 

I'd love to know this too. I bought mine from Dick Smith (aka Kogan) a couple of years ago, it was a parallel import from Australia and took about six weeks to arrive!


 
 
 
 




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  # 2345839 29-Oct-2019 14:27
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jarledb:

 

premiumtouring:

 

Waiting for a Black Friday special - will probably buy another 2-3 if they hit the $249/$199 USD mark. 

 

 

Where do you buys yours from?

 

The one I have was bought from Apple Australia and forwarded by a friend, but would feel better about not bothering friends to help out with things like that.

 

 

I keep an eye on the various deals that hit 9to5Toys and the Costco mailer - then buy online and have the stuff sent to the inlaws in LA. This year should be interesting.





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  # 2345952 29-Oct-2019 18:01
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JaseNZ:

 

Yup some people having issues.

 

https://www.macrumors.com/2019/10/28/new-13-2-update-bricking-some-homepods/

 

 

Seems that the update has been pulled, if the bottom if that article is accurate.








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  # 2345953 29-Oct-2019 18:03
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Fortunately not bricked! Sound quality seems improved too.




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  # 2346117 29-Oct-2019 22:43
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I wonder why some are fine but others are not would they not be all the same hardware.

 

Gotta suck these days regardless of if you are apple or not but putting out OTA update's can really suck if there is a glitch in there somewhere. I know I would be really pis*sed if I had to return an item because it has been bricked from an OTA update.

 

How would you get on here if they are not supported here but you have bought one in ??





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  # 2346118 29-Oct-2019 22:55
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Good question! Seeing as they’re not sold here I held off updating for that reason until a new update is released.




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  # 2346895 31-Oct-2019 16:46
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New update released, seems to work well.





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  # 2348472 5-Nov-2019 14:49
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Best thing for me is the ability to say "play Radio New Zealand National", and get the livestream straight away, with no faffing around with apps on the iPhone and hand-offs etc. 




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  # 2353716 15-Nov-2019 08:55
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Did anyone else find interacting with Siri with voice recognition turned on quite funny? It literally said to the wife "Who are you?" and "I don't recognise this voice".. Sounding borderline rude. Once we set the wife up - the recognition has been pretty accurate and she hasn't asked who is speaking since.

 

As a side note: I'm selling a couple of my Black HomePods if anyone is interested. Perfect condition in the box, literally new. $450 +shipping (if you're not in Auckland). PM me if keen.





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