Apple today released the first beta version of an upcoming macOS 11.3 update to developers for testing purposes, and among other features, the new software adds the option to set a pair of stereo-paired HomePods as the default audio output.
In current versions of macOS, HomePods set as stereo pair in the Music app or AirPlay however, they must be manually selected via the themAirPlay interface.
With macOS Big Sur 11.3 beta one HomePod the stereo pair is displayed as a single option in the audio output list rather than displaying each HomePod separately as before. Choosing a pair of HomePods as an audio option plays the sound in stereo mode by default.
Support for stereo paired HomePods first 9to5Macand the site says the feature isn’t working consistently yet, so Apple still has some work to do. Using paired HomePods this way works well for music and videos in apps, but system audio will continue to play through built-in Mac speakers.
Stereo paired HomePods can currently be set as an audio output option. iPhone, iPad, and Apple TVhence the update brings the same functionality to the Mac. Stereo pairing is available with two HomePods or two “HomePods” mini, but with the “HomePod” and HomePod mini cannot be matched together.
There are many new features in the MacOS Big Sur 11.3 update, including new customization options for Safari, optimizations for using iOS apps. M1 New features for Macs, Reminders, Apple Music, and Apple Newsand support for the latest console controllers. More details could be macOS Big Sur 11.3 found in our article.