Apple Releases iOS 11.2.5 with HomePod Support

Posted January 25, 2018

The Apple HomePod has a woofer that is designed by Apple.

With competition from other smart speakers heating up, it was starting to seem as though Apple was never going release its HomePod.

This week, screenshots from early testers of the HomePod started making their way online. HomePod can turn on the lights, raise the shades, set the desired temperature or make other adjustments and serves as the ideal home hub, enabling remote access and automations.

With the latest news, will you buy now or hold out?

Initially, the HomePod's microphones would always be turned on.

The latest update to iOS brings about support for HomePod where according to Apple's changelog, "Setup and automatically transfer your Apple ID, Apple Music, Siri, and Wi-Fi settings to HomePod". Even then there would be anonymous ID and encryption to protect users' privacy. Apple has forecast between $84bn and $87bn in revenue for the holiday - mostly driven by sales of its £999 iPhone X.

Voice-activated speakers have moved to the forefront in a battle over what some technology analysts see as the future of computing.

Apple is known for its staunch stance when it comes to privacy and this new feature seemingly reflects the tech giant's promise to keep users' data private. Apple is placing a big bet on HomePod, making your whole life more musical by providing access to one of the world's biggest music libraries in the cloud just by using the sound of your voice.

We recently learned that Apple had crossed the FCC regulatory hurdle and may release its HomePod smart speaker pretty soon. The pre-orders will first open in US, UK and Australia and it will later hit the stores.

Not only is HomePod support touted to be a major part of the iOS 11.2.5 update, Apple has also added features to Siri.

Here's what investors need to know about the HomePod's forthcoming launch. The initial batch is said to be about one million units. The long delay between the first announcement and the actual HomePod release date, however, is a challenge the HomePod will have to overcome. This puts its release more than three years after the Amazon Echo, and one year after the Google Home-the two of which now account for 94% of all smart speakers in use. It can also be used to control home accessories that are compatible with HomeKit.