Apple Releases 14.4 Software for HomePod With New U1 Features for Mini – MacRumors

Apple Releases 14.4 Software for HomePod With New U1 Features for Mini – MacRumors

Apple today released a new 14.4 software update for the HomePod, with the update coming over a month after the 14.3 software release that brought performance improvements and bug fixes.

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Today’s update introduces new U1 Ultra Wide band functionality between the HomePod mini and devices that have a U1 chip like the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 models.

Software version 14.4 includes bug fixes and the following new features with an Ultra Wideband (U1) equipped iPhone.
– Hand off music with visual, audible, and haptic effects from ‌iPhone‌ to ‌HomePod mini‌
– Get personalized listening suggestions on ‌iPhone‌ when it is next to ‌HomePod mini‌
– Media controls automatically appear without having to unlock ‌iPhone‌ when it is close to ‌HomePod mini‌

The update adds visual, audio, and haptic effects when songs are transferred from a ‌‌HomePod mini‌‌ to a U1-enabled ‌iPhone 11‌ or ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌. When an ‌‌‌iPhone‌‌‌ is near the ‌‌‌HomePod mini‌‌‌ it begins a soft haptic touch rhythm that gets faster and faster as the ‌‌‌‌iPhone‌‌‌‌ gets closer until the interface to transfer a song between the ‌‌‌‌HomePod mini‌‌‌‌ and the ‌‌‌‌iPhone‌‌‌‌ opens.

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