11 May 2020
Earlier this week, Apple updated HomePod smart speaker with a new firmware update HomePod 13.2. The update brought a couple of major features including multi-user mode but unexpectedly, it also ended up bricking some of the units. Many affected users shared their ordeal on various online platforms like Reddit and Twitter as their Apple smart speakers became non-functional. While Apple did not offer an official comment on the situation, it has now released a new software update.
The new HomePod 13.2.1 update is said to fix the HomePod bricking issue. There are no special steps to be followed and the update can be installed like any other normal rollout. Once the update is installed successfully, your bricked HomePod should get revived and start working like nothing actually happened.
It should be noted that this new update is available only for affected units. One can check for the update by visiting the Home app on one's iOS device. The app has a dedicated Software Update setting which shows whether you have any new updates available to download and/or install. Alternatively, you can follow the same procedure via the Home app installed on your Mac device as well.
This new update brings all the newly added features from the HomePod 13.2 version. One of the biggest changes is the support for multi-user mode where you can add up to six users. HomePod will offer personalized experience depending on the particular communicating with the speaker by recognizing his/her voice.
There is a new Handoff feature that makes it convenient and faster for you to switch the currently playing music, video or audiobook sound from iPhone to the HomePod. All you will need to do is to bring your iPhone closer to the smart speaker and your iOS device will show a notification asking for a confirmation to make the switch.