Apple saw fit to release iOS 15.1 recently and alongside the big update HOmePod 15.1 Software Update for HomePod and HomePod mini. The new version brings some major audio improvements that you should definitely check out. Scroll down to read more details on the topic.
New HomePod 15.1 software update brings lossless audio and Dolby Atmos to the table
As mentioned earlier, Apple also released iOS 15.1 and macOS Monterey to the general public for all compatible iPhones and Macs. If you own Apple’s HomePod and HomePod mini, you should definitely replace them with the latest software update 15.1. This is because the new version arrives with support for Dolby Atmos Spatial Audio and Lossless Audio.
If you have installed software update 15.1 for your HomePod or HomePod mini, lossless audio and Dolby Atmos can be enabled from the Home app. All you have to do is open Home settings, tap on Media, and then tap on Apple Music under Media. Now just enable Lossless Audio and Dolby Atmos.
Note that Apple’s release notes mention that the HomePod mini cannot play Spatial Audio. However, to stream audio content with spatialized sound, you can connect HomePod mini to your Apple TV 4K. This will activate the feature on the smaller HomePod. It’s worth mentioning that it’s not sure if this is a bug or if Apple intended it for the smaller speaker.
Still, both features are available on the larger HomePod with the new software update 15.1. Other than that, there is no way to install HomePod updates manually on your speaker and it will update automatically. You can always check the Home app if the Dolby Atmos and Lossless Audio features have arrived.
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