The HomePod software update is a relatively small update that adds Siri support for Cantonese and Mandarin in China and a Cantonese dialect in Hong Kong before the release of HomePod in these regions in early 2019. Also LEDs on top The HomePod now lights up during Group FaceTime calls.
The new HomePod software is automatically installed on the HomePod when you update to iOS 1
Shortcuts 2.1.2, a free update to the App Store, includes a new "Post to Tumblr" action, iCloud synchronization enhancements, location fixes, and a long list of fixes according to the Apple Release Notes:
- Issue where the screen that describes which apps and services are used by a shortcut may not be displayed when a shortcut is downloaded
- Fixed an issue where shortcuts to the Open App or Play Sound actions failed when Siri was used to run the shortcuts
- Fixed an issue where shortcuts to "Retry With" could freeze on every task if they were executed through the widget or the Library tab
- Fixed an issue that might cause the phone number action to fail to understand phone numbers that include commas (pauses) or long extension codes
- Fixed an issue that could cause the Show Instructions action to fail when executed in the Shortcuts Today widget on the lock screen
- Fixed an issue where the Add New Reminder action will not work if a time or location is not entered
- Fixed an issue where the Send Payment action might not be completed on Apple Pay Cash payments
- Addressed an issue where the default answer-to-date response field did not support 24-hour time
- Fixed an issue that caused the Get Emoji Name action to display the emoji name in English if the device was set to a different language
- Fixed an issue that caused some links to show an error message when executed by Search
- Addressed an issue where shortcuts to downloading web pages with long Unicode titles might fail
- Fixed an issue that would cause the Perform Editorial Workflow action to fail.
Last week, MacRumors found that the publicly-released version of watchOS 5.1.2 will enable the ECG feature on models of the Apple Watch Series 4. This software update is still not noticeable.