At today's "Gather Round" event at the Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California, Apple CEO Tim Cook highlighted some new features that are coming to the HomePod through a software update set to be released next Monday.

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The HomePod will gain a number of new features with the software update, which is going to come alongside iOS 12, tvOS 12, and watchOS 5.

  • Search for your favorite songs by lyrics using Siri
  • Create multiple timers
  • Make and receive phone calls right from the HomePod
  • Ping your iPhone or any of your Apple devices to find them in your home

HomePod is also going to work with Siri Shortcuts, a feature coming in iOS 12. According to Cook, Siri Shortcuts will "open up a world of apps" for HomePod.

Many of these new features are additions that HomePod users have been hoping for. The HomePod has been the butt of jokes for not being able to support more than one timer at once, and while it could be used as a speakerphone previously, the new phone call functionality will expand its usefulness as a standalone communication device.

All of Apple's fall software updates are set to be released on Monday, September 17, with the exception of macOS Mojave, which will see a release on September 24.

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Top Rated Comments

OldSchoolMacGuy Avatar
58 months ago
just make a homepod without siri. I just want a nice Apple AirPlay2 speaker
You know you don't have to use it, right? You can simply use it as a speaker system if you like.

Using your voice:

[LIST=1]
* Say "Hey Siri, stop listening.""
* When Siri asks you to confirm, say ""Yes.".

Using the Home app:

[LIST=1]
* Launch the Home app on your iPhone or iPad Home screen.
* Tap on the Rooms tab, bottom middle.
* Swipe to the Room that contains your HomePod.
* Long press (or firmly press) on your HomePod.
* Tap Details.
* Toggle Listen for "Hey Siri" off.

Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Stike Avatar
58 months ago
I so wanted Calendar access. Just want to say "Hey Siri! What have I got on today?" and "Hey Siri! Remind me to call Jim tomorrow morning."
Calendar support has been added. I just asked my HomePod what's on the calendar for the weekend, and it started narrating my entries...
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
k2director Avatar
58 months ago
Needs to recognize different family
members.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BWhaler Avatar
58 months ago
Still won’t buy it. Strangled by Siri.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Lidar Avatar
58 months ago
Still a no-go for me until family support is added.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
OldSchoolMacGuy Avatar
58 months ago
Some nice additions. Certainly stuff people complained about it not having.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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