HomePods are shipping with a ‘beta’ build of iOS

People in Australia, the UK and USA are starting to receive their pre-ordered HomePods and getting to experience its sound quality in person for the first time. We wrote before about how HomePod updates will be controlled by the Home app on iOS, but we didn’t know which version of iOS they would be running from the factory.

HomePods are arriving to customers with iOS 11.2.5, build 15D59 installed. The interesting thing about it is that this is technically a beta.

This particular build was released the same day as iOS 11.2.5 beta 7, part of the “living on beta” program that Apple was running with employees.

We should probably see the first public HomePod update soon, with a new build of iOS 11.2.5 or when iOS 11.3 ships. It’s unclear whether Apple will have developer and/or public betas for HomePod.

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HomePod is Apple’s effort to “reinvent home music" and features a 7 tweeter array, a 4-inch woofer and is powered by Apple’s A8 chip. The device acts as a standalone way for users to interact with Siri, Apple Music, and more.

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