Apple recently seeded the second beta update of iOS 16 which includes a new menu to select which HomePod mini speaker will receive the “HomePod Beta Updates” in the Home app.
The new iOS 16 update announced at the WWDC 2022 event features a new Home app that is designed to deliver a more seamless and quick experience to manage users’ smart home devices. The simple and clean UI of the redesigned app includes support for Matter standard-enabled devices, a new Main tab to glance at the entire home in a view, categories like climate, and more. The new Home app now also includes an option to manage HomePod Beta Updates expected to launch next month.
The new HomePod Beta Updates options will only appear for users with HomePod beta profiles
Currently, public beta testers and even developers can not install HomePod iOS 16 beta and the only way to install is by being invited through the AppleSeed program. But starting next month, Apple will also release the HomePod beta. Therefore, the tech company has added a new menu to manage HomePod Beta Updates for multiple HomePod mini speakers.
The new menu only appears when an individual has installed a HomePod beta profile. Users can easily select which HomePod(s) will receive the beta update simply by enabling the toggle for each speaker.
At the moment only HomePod mini speakers appear in the new beta managing menu, maybe because the original HomePod can not be restored through a Mac in case the beta update causes an issue.
iOS 16 beta 1 also included a reference to a new HomePod model which is internally codenamed “AudioAccessory 6”. The discovery corroborates a report by Mark Gurman from Bloomberg that the tech giant might launch a new smart speaker model later this year or early 2023.