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Apple updates HomePod software, but a flagship feature is still missing

Apple’s iOS 11.3 update has landed for iPhone and iPad, but the firm has also rolled out updates for the Apple Watch, Apple TV and the first boost for the HomePod speaker.

Let’s start with HomePod. The Siri-enabled smart speaker has received its first update since it went on sale at the end of February.

Unfortunately, the update doesn’t bring AirPlay 2 functionality, which will eventually enable multiple HomePod devices to be paired for whole home audio or stereo sound.

Apple released the speaker minus the feature, but it was expected to arrive shortly thereafter. It’s now a month and counting…

9to5Mac reports the ‘audioOS’ update can be nabbed from within the Home app or iPhone and iPads running iOS 11.3.

So far it doesn’t appear there are any noticeable changes, but we’ll update this story should any new features become apparent.

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Elsewhere, Apple has released watchOS 4.3 for Apple Watch, which does gift additional functionality to HomePod owners.

Once installed, Apple Watch owners will be able to control the volume and playback on HomePod speakers.

The official release notes also promise the update will:

  • Restore ability to control music on iPhone
  • Use any orientation for Nightstand charging mode
  • Siri watch face now shows progress towards closing Activity rings and when new songs are added to Apple Music mixes
  • Resolves an issue where Activity achievements were incorrectly awarded for some users
  • Fixes an issue where Siri music commands were not working for some audio devices

Finally, tvOS 11.3 has landed for Apple TV. It brings the frame matching tech previously reserved for the 4K version to owners of the 4th-gen Apple TV. Again, there’s no sign of AirPlay 2 compatibility.

The Apple TV also appears within the Home app for iPhone and iPads running iOS 11.3.

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