All new with the next HomePod software update

During the WWDC21 keynote in June, Apple almost did not mention tvOS 15. And if the Apple TV software has been almost forgotten, what about the HomePod 15, which is a variation of the tvOS operating system?

Luckily, with the HomePod 15 Release Candidate, we’re able to confirm all the new stuff coming to Apple’s smart speakers starting next week.

This update, or “Software version 15” as Apple calls it, will be available for HomePod and HomePod mini. Along with bug fixes and stability improvements, here are the other new features:

  • Select a single or pair of HomePod mini as the default speakers for your Apple TV 4k for rich sound and clear dialogue;
  • Media playback controls automatically appear on your iPhone’s lock screen when a music-playing HomePod mini is nearby;
  • Set a lower bass level to enjoy music without disturbing neighbors;
  • Ask Siri to turn on your Apple TV, play a favorite movie, and control playback while you watch TV;
  • Siri automatically adjusts its speech level based on the room environment and the user’s volume;
  • Ask Siri to control smart home devices at a specific time, like turning off the lights in 10 minutes;
  • Extend HomePod access throughout your home by activating Siri voice control on compatible HomeKit accessories;
  • Package detection support with HomeKit Secure Video.

Unfortunately, one of the things we tested with a number of users during this beta was Lossless and Dolby Atmos with support for spatial audio, but that didn’t make the cut and, according to the notes version, Apple will not ship these features with HomePod software version 15.

Still, the company promises to support both of these technologies this year, so we’ll have to wait for a 15.1 update.

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