Apple releases HomePod software version 15.1.1 with fix for Podcasts playback

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Apple has released software version 15.1.1 for HomePod mini and HomePod that fixes an issue where Podcasts could fail to play.

The HomePod and HomePod mini software is normally updated alongside other operating systems, but Apple has released a specific update to address issues with Podcasts playback.

Apple previously updated the HomePod software on October 25 to introduce lossless playback and Dolby Atmos music. These features were promised in an earlier release but were delayed.

The new HomePod mini colors are now available to order. There are now five colors available including blue, orange, and yellow.

Owners of the HomePod or HomePod mini will be automatically updated to the new software version if no action is taken. Those who want to install the update right away can initiate the update by opening the Home app, tapping the Home icon in the top left corner, selecting "Home Settings" then "Software Update."