The new HomePod Software 16 is available in Apple’s public beta program for the first time, and you can download it today. However, at the June WWDC event, Apple didn’t reveal any new features coming to HomePods with a software update, so it probably has to do with things under the hood.
In fact, any updates will likely focus on preparations for the coming of the Matter smart home standard — set to arrive this fall — and support for Apple’s all-new Home app that comes in iOS 16. Along with Apple TV, HomePod mini is the centerpiece of the smart home ecosystem. HomeKit from Apple, and a hub will be needed to use Matter smart home accessories in HomeKit. So you might just want to give this a try if you are trying the public beta program for the Home app in iOS 16.
Currently, the public beta is only available on HomePod Mini Speakers. We don’t know yet if Apple’s full-size HomePod will be updated to 16. To get the software update on the mini, follow these steps:
- Sign up for the Apple beta program or sign in if you’re an existing member.
- Once logged in, tap Register your devices tab in the menu bar.
- Click HomePod in the list of trial programs.
- If you haven’t participated in the beta yet, you’ll need to register your iPad or iPhone and run the iOS 16 Public Beta on one of these devices. (You cannot download HomePod 16 without an iOS device running iOS 16.)
- Once you have the public beta on your iOS device, go to the Home app, tap the Home icon in the upper left corner, and go to home settingsscroll down and tap system update.
- Enroll the HomePod mini you want in the trial program (you can choose multiple if you have more than one).
- HomePod mini will be updated to the latest beta version.
- toggle on Automatic updates (found on previous screen) to install the latest beta software when it comes out.
This is beta software, and as such, you may encounter bugs or issues. You can download the Apple Feedback Assistant app to submit any issues you encounter. You can also restore your HomePod mini to factory settings with a USB-C cable and a Mac or PC if you no longer want to share.