Apple has just rolled out a new update for the HomePod, which brings the device up to version 13.2.1. The update follows shortly after the 13.2 update, which did not go according to plan for the company. In fact, multiple users reported that the update “bricked” their devices, which means it caused it to stop working.
The company was quick to pull the update as a result, and then get to work on this new update to eliminate what was causing it to kill certain devices. The update is live now and is accompanied by patch notes that are identical to the 13.2 update:
“iOS 13.2.1 provides support for new HomePod features:
– The ability for HomePod to recognize the voices of different family members to provide a personalized experience
– Handoff music, podcasts, or phone calls by bringing your iPhone close to HomePod
– Add music to your HomeKit scenes
– Play relaxing high-quality soundtracks with Ambient Sounds
– Set sleep timers to fall asleep to music or Ambient Sounds“
Of course, this does nothing to help those who downloaded the 13.2 update and find themselves with a bricked device. As a result, those users have been instructed to contact Apple, who will work with them to get them a replacement unit. It remains to be seen how long of a process this will be, but it will at least get those impacted HomePod users back in action at some point without money coming out of their pockets.