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First public beta of HomePod Software 16 doesn't support all HomePods

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What you need to know

  • Apple has released the first public beta for HomePod Software 16.
  • It's the first time that Apple has offered a public beta for the HomePod lineup.
  • The public beta is only available for the HomePod mini.

Today, Apple rolled out a public beta for the HomePod first the first time ever.

In addition to releasing a public beta for the rest of its software, the company also seeded the first public beta of HomePod Software 16. While the HomePod lineup has received developer beta updates for years, this is the first time that Apple is bringing a public beta to the HomePod.

Unfortunately, the public beta for HomePod Software 16 isn't available for all HomePod models. According to Apple, the public beta will only be available for the HomePod mini. The original HomePod, which was released in 2018 and discontinued awhile ago, will not be supported with the new public beta.

As outlined by 9to5Mac, you'll need an iPhone or iPad running the iOS 16 or iPadOS 16 public betas in order to install the HomePod Software 16 public beta.

To install HomePod Software 16 public beta, users need a HomePod mini and either an iPhone or iPad running iOS 16 or iPadOS 16. From your device of choice, go to the Home App > Home Settings > Software Update > HomePod Beta Updates and enroll the HomePod mini you want on the Beta program.

While it's sad to see the original HomePod be left behind, the rumors continue to grow that Apple may release a brand new HomePod later this year.

Joe Wituschek
Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.