HomePod 14.1 update brings support for intercom (Updated)

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Alongside iOS 14.1 and iPadOS 14.1, Apple today released new 14.1 software for the HomePod. This update includes support for the new Apple Intercom feature and HomePod mini.

Update – It would appear that to fully use Intercom, users also need iOS 14.2 on iPad and iPhone.

To use the new Intercom feature, you need a HomePod or the new HomePod mini when it arrives in November. You watch my full Apple Intercom walkthrough in the video below

Here is the full change log below for HomePod 14.1

Software version 14.1 includes support for ‌HomePod mini‌ and new ‌Siri‌ and Intercom features. This update also includes bug fixes and improvements.

‌HomePod mini‌

  • Setup and automatically transfer your Apple ID, ‌Apple Music‌, ‌Siri‌ and Wi-Fi settings to ‌HomePod mini‌

‌Siri‌

  • Siri‌ suggestions appear in Maps when you ask ‌HomePod‌ for information about a location
  • Web search requests to ‌HomePod‌ can be sent from ‌HomePod‌ to your ‌iPhone‌
  • Siri‌ can now stop alarms, timers, and media across ‌HomePod‌ speakers
  • Voice recognition support for Podcasts for multiple users in the home

Intercom

  • Ask ‌HomePod‌ to make announcements to other ‌HomePod‌ speakers throughout your home
  • Intercom to all ‌HomePod‌ speakers
  • Intercom to a ‌HomePod‌ in a specific room or zone

Other improvements and fixes

  • Add music to your alarms and wake up to your personal song, playlist, or radio station from ‌Apple Music‌
  • Fixes an issue where stereo pairs can sometimes play out of sync
  • Improves reliability when using ‌Siri‌ to control multiple speakers
  • Optimizes ‌Siri‌ performance

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