The HomePods should not be missing in the update marathon of systems for all hardware platforms. One day after iOS 14.3, Apple released the corresponding system version on HomePod and HomePod mini. The installation takes place automatically, unless the user has explicitly deactivated the option. Unfortunately, Apple only makes very general comments in the release notes for the update. The company only documents general performance and stability improvements – Apple’s standard text for all updates if no specific changes are to be broken down. There is still no feedback as to whether the sometimes shaky network stability of the HomePod mini is a thing of the past (we reported:). Incidentally, if you are wondering what the closest relative of the HomePod OS is: An adapted version of tvOS has been working on the Smart Speaker since spring (see: )
Microsoft with a lot of Mac updates
In addition to the major system updates Apple has been distributing since Monday, there are numerous other updates to report. A particularly well-known third-party provider has now jumped on the M1 and 11.1 train – at the beginning of November Microsoft had promised support soon, well is it so far. Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote are now all coordinated with the new hardware architecture. As “universal” apps, Intel compatibility is of course still required.
At the same time, Microsoft revised the appearance of the programs in order to adapt them to the new design language from macOS Big Sur. There is also an important improvement for Outlook users: As an additional innovation, the suite brings support for iCloud accounts for the first time. However, users still have to wait for a native M1 version from Teams, which is currently being executed via Rosetta. According to Microsoft, they are working on the porting, but there is no release date yet.