Apple has formally launched iOS 14.Four and an identical replace for its HomePod mini speaker, including the long-promised ultra-wideband (UWB) handoff function that may enable newer iPhones to extra seamlessly switch music, calls, and podcasts between the 2 units.
Whereas each the unique HomePod and the HomePod mini have supported handing off music for a while, the smaller gadget incorporates a U1 ultra-wideband chip that guarantees to make it even simpler to switch content material over from an iPhone 12 or iPhone 11 gadget. The brand new U1-enhanced performance additionally provides extra options, together with new visible and haptic suggestions. The U1-based system additionally will give the choice to indicate listening strategies if you deliver your telephone shut and show media controls in your iPhone with out requiring you to unlock it first.
The ultra-wideband handoff function was initially showcased when the HomePod mini was first announced, nevertheless it wasn’t included with the unique launch. As an alternative, Apple promised that it might be accessible later in 2020 (a deadline that the corporate has barely missed).
To benefit from the brand new replace, you’ll want a HomePod mini that’s been up to date to the newest software program, together with a U1-equipped iPhone 11 or iPhone 12 gadget that’s working iOS 14.4. The unique HomePod isn’t appropriate with the brand new performance, although, attributable to its lack of a U1 chip.