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DeveloperApple Inc.
Written inC, C++, Swift, Objective-C, assembly language
OS family
Working stateCurrent
Source modelClosed, with open-source components
February 9, 2018; 6 years ago (2018-02-09)
Update methodFirmware-over-the-air
Kernel typeHybrid (XNU)
LicenseCommercial proprietary software
Official website{{#property:P856}}
Support status

audioOS (publicly called HomePod Software[1]) is an operating system developed by Apple Inc. for its smart speakers, the HomePod and HomePod Mini. It was launched alongside the release of the original HomePod, released on February 9, 2018.


After the release of the HomePod's first update, iOS 11.3, users complained online that the update had worsened their HomePod's bass and decreased its loudness, which was not alluded to in Apple's official release notes.[2] Dwight Silverman of the Houston Chronicle agreed with these observations, though Apple denied that the update contained any updates to the HomePod's equalization settings.[3]

The iOS 13.2 update had a bug which would brick HomePods if a system reset was attempted; Apple withdrew the update.[4]

audioOS 14.1 added the Intercom feature.[5]

In 2021, an Apple job listing referenced a non-existent "homeOS" operating system, echoing previous Bloomberg leaks about possible future Apple products for the living room that would merge the Apple TV and HomePod.[6][7][8]


audioOS's main user-facing features are AirPlay 2 and Siri.


Though it was initially a fork of iOS,[1] since version 13.4, it is a fork of tvOS.[9] Software updates are installed automatically over-the-air, but can also be installed manually through the Home app.[10]

While Apple publicly calls this OS "HomePod Software", the build manifest in .ipsw update files for the HomePod shows its name as "audioOS".[11][12]

Version history[edit]

Name Most recent version Release date
iOS 11 11.4.1 July 9, 2018
iOS 12 12.4 July 17, 2019
iOS 13 13.4.6 June 1, 2020
audioOS 14 14.7 July 19, 2021
audioOS 15 15.6 July 20, 2022
audioOS 16 16.5 May 18, 2023
audioOS 17 17.2 September 18, 2023
Legend:   Obsolete   Current   Beta

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 "About Software Updates for HomePod". Apple Support. Retrieved 23 January 2023.
  2. "Disgruntled HomePod owners say firmware update alters sound quality". AppleInsider. March 30, 2018. Retrieved 2023-01-23.
  3. Silverman, Dwight (2018-03-30). "Did the HomePod's software update tone down its bass? [Updated]". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2023-01-23.
  4. "Apple withdraws HomePod update after units are bricked". Macworld. Retrieved 2023-01-23.
  5. Cross, Jason (October 20, 2020). "Apple releases HomePod software update 14.1 with Intercom and other enhancements". Macworld. Retrieved 2023-01-23.
  6. "Apple Once Again Refers to Unreleased 'homeOS' in Job Listing [Removed]". MacRumors. November 3, 2021. Retrieved 2023-01-23.
  7. Axon, Samuel (2021-06-02). "Apple's "homeOS" slip fits with prior rumors about new smart home products". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2023-01-23.
  8. "Apple to Expand Smart-Home Lineup, Taking On Amazon and Google". 2023-01-18. Retrieved 2023-01-23.
  9. Espósito, Filipe (13 April 2020). "HomePod now runs on tvOS, here's what that could mean". 9to5Mac. Retrieved 23 January 2023.
  10. Keller, Joseph (14 March 2022). "How to install software updates for your HomePod or HomePod mini". iMore.
  11. Rambo, Guilherme (2018-03-29). "Apple releasing first HomePod software update alongside iOS 11.3 today (U: Now available)". 9to5Mac. Retrieved 2023-01-23.
  12. "OTA for the HomePod". Retrieved 2023-01-23.

External links[edit]

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