October 27, 2018

The Apple HomePod hasn’t been selling as well as the company hoped, however, the software update will definitely make the device more appealing. This purposefully designed speaker, which creates a rich, nuanced sound that challenges its size, adds a number of new features such as improved Siri voice assistant, the ability to make and receive phone calls, ’Search by lyrics‘, set multiple timers, identify callers and supports more languages.

Designed to be seen and heard:

The HomePod gives the highest-fidelity audio quality whether placed on a shelf, in a corner or in the center of a room. It delivers an unmatched listening experience with a stereo pair that allows a wider, more immersive soundstage than any regular stereo speakers.

At the event on 12th September, which included the expanded line of iPhones and launching of a new series of Apple Watch, the company also declared the forthcoming release of HomePod OS 12. The update not only supports the standard fixes for any problems but has expanded capacities for its smart speaker, including support for voice calls.

New HomePod Features:

The HomePod software update brings the following functionality and new features, few updates were announced by Apple, others have appeared in the iOS 12 beta and are awaited. 

  • Trigger Siri Shortcuts through the HomePod, this will make a big difference to how HomePod works with our Home Automation accessories as we can set off chains of events with a single command. For instance, if we said “goodnight” Siri will automatically turn down the heating, turn off the lights, and close the blinds (if we have the right HomeKit accessories). 
  • We can place phone calls directly via HomePod (previously we used to take a call on our iPhone and then connect it over to the HomePod). 
  • We can now listen to voicemails on the HomePod. It will work with Find My iPhone so we can play a sound on that device in case it has been misplaced. 
  • Setting up more than one timer. One of the most frustrating flaws in the HomePod was that it won't let us set more than one timer - as we might have while cooking dinner, for instance. Apple has fixed that with the update. 
  • Changing the WiFi network the HomePod is connected to. As of now, the HomePod automatically joins the WiFi network of our iPhone. After the update, the HomePod can switch to another network as well. 
  • The HomePod will deliver audio from group FaceTime calls (as soon group FaceTime starts).
  • We can search for songs by Lyrics. So, in case we forget a song’s name, we could just say: “Hey Siri, play the song that goes …” And quote the lyrics that we remember.

Pricing and Availability:

The new sound of home is available in space gray and white at an Apple retail price of USD $349 in Canada, Australia, Germany, France, the US, and UK, and will be accessible in Spain and Mexico starting 26th October.

The Apple-designed high-excursion woofer is compatible with iPad Pro or iPod touch (6th generation), iPad Air or later, iPhone 5s or later, and iPad mini 2 or later. The iOS device used for setup must be updated to the latest version of iOS and it will automatically install new software updates.


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