The Apple HomePod entered the smart speaker market a little later, at a much higher price than most competitors, and relatively light by comparison. Not to mention, it was also notorious for the destruction of wooden furniture. But with all this behind our backs – well, some people will probably still be reminded every time they look at their coffee tables, but Apple has been talking suspiciously quietly over the HomePod in the past few months.
However, according to French On the iGeneration website, which claims details about HomePod's iOS 12-based beta update, Apple has been working to add new features to its low-power smart speaker. There's a small list of new features we'll go through, but the most exciting (and useful) one has to be call support.
It's not a new concept, heck, Google Home and Amazon Echo speakers have been able to talk on the phone for some time now, but it's good to know that Apple finally brings the feature to the HomePod. According to iGeneration instead of having to initiate a call on your iPhone, you can make and receive calls using both the HomePod and the iPhone as the provider of cellular connections. [1
9659003] Another new feature that will be incorporated into the iOS 12 HomePod update is Find My iPhone
for Siri. As the name implies, you can locate your iPhone (if it's connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your HomePod) by simply picking it. Speaking of Wi-Fi: The update will also include a "Fix Wi-Fi" button for the Home app to make sure the HomePod and iPhone are connected to the same network and / or try to automatically resolve connectivity issues.
And finally a rather small but widely requested feature – multiple timers. On Amazon and Google speakers, you can set several timers for different things – for example, you can set one for a meal in the oven and another on the stove. This is currently not possible on the HomePod, but apparently the iOS 12 update will enable the feature.