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Apple Shares Official HomePod User Guide

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Now that the HomePod is available in Australia, where it is Friday, February 9, Apple has shared its official HomePod User Guide, providing an overview of all the features for new HomePod owners.

The guide offers a detailed walkthrough on getting the HomePod ready to use out of the box, with information on HomePod controls, HomePod settings, and using AirPlay.


There are also dedicated sections for Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and News, which outline all of the Siri commands you can use with the HomePod, such as "Hey Siri, play some party music," or "Hey Siri, add this song to my library."

A "Control your home" section of the guide walks users through using Siri commands to control HomeKit devices and it includes details on using HomePod as a home hub, an automatic function, while an "Assistant" section includes even more Siri options.

On HomePod, Siri can send messages, read messages, and create notes and reminders for the person who owns the HomePod, and there are tools included to turn off these kinds of personal requests if someone else also uses the HomePod.

Siri can also offer up general knowledge, provide traffic information, set alarms and timers, share the weather, provide details on sports games, do unit and math conversions, and translate English into French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish.

Many of the Siri commands outlined in the HomePod User Guide will be familiar to you if you already use Siri on iOS devices, but the guide is still worth looking through while you await your HomePod delivery just to get familiar with the setup and the controls.

HomePod is already available in Australia and is set to launch in the UK and the United States soon.

Article Link: Apple Shares Official HomePod User Guide
 

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So, confirmation you need iOS with bluetooth enabled to set up. Airplay section only mentions iOS devices can play audio to it.

Anyone just trying to use a Mac to use one of these? I guess time will tell how that goes.
 
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I find it interesting that Airplay 2 is hrere with it not released yet. Maybe it will drop very soon.
 

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Now that the HomePod is available in Australia, where it is Friday, February 9, Apple has shared its official HomePod User Guide, providing an overview of all the features for new HomePod owners.

The guide offers a detailed walkthrough on getting the HomePod ready to use out of the box, with information on HomePod controls, HomePod settings, and using AirPlay.


There are also dedicated sections for Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and News, which outline all of the Siri commands you can use with the HomePod, such as "Hey Siri, play some party music," or "Hey Siri, add this song to my library."

A "Control your home" section of the guide walks users through using Siri commands to control HomeKit devices and it includes details on using HomePod as a home hub, an automatic function, while an "Assistant" section includes even more Siri options.

On HomePod, Siri can send messages, read messages, and create notes and reminders for the person who owns the HomePod, and there are tools included to turn off these kinds of personal requests if someone else also uses the HomePod.

Siri can also offer up general knowledge, provide traffic information, set alarms and timers, share the weather, provide details on sports games, do unit and math conversions, and translate English into French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish.

Many of the Siri commands outlined in the HomePod User Guide will be familiar to you if you already use Siri on iOS devices, but the guide is still worth looking through while you await your HomePod delivery just to get familiar with the setup and the controls.

HomePod is already available in Australia and is set to launch in the UK and the United States soon.

Article Link: Apple Shares Official HomePod User Guide
Awesome!! Cannot wait to get four of mines for all four rooms in the house. So excited!!
 
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So can it set alarms with specific Apple Music songs/playlists/stations?
 
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they're really emphasizing the "Hey Siri" aspect in the doc. I'm already surprised Hey Siri isn't constantly going to the wrong device with various iPads, iPhones, Apple Watches, etc... around here. With a bunch of these speakers now too I wonder how well it will intuit which Siri I'm intending to speak to.
 
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they're really emphasizing the "Hey Siri" aspect in the doc. I'm already surprised Hey Siri isn't constantly going to the wrong device with various iPads, iPhones, Apple Watches, etc... around here. With a bunch of these speakers now too I wonder how well it will intuit which Siri I'm intending to speak to.

According to The Loop:
"Siri polls all of your devices over Bluetooth to figure out which device should handle your request. Everything being equal, HomePod will respond. However, the system is smart enough to know if HomePod or another device should answer.

For instance, if you raise your wrist and say, “Hey Siri,” the combined devices will assume you want Siri on your Apple Watch. If you’re using your iPhone, then you probably want that device to respond. If you’re just sitting, not touching any device, then HomePod will take over."
 
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According to The Loop:
"Siri polls all of your devices over Bluetooth to figure out which device should handle your request. Everything being equal, HomePod will respond. However, the system is smart enough to know if HomePod or another device should answer.

For instance, if you raise your wrist and say, “Hey Siri,” the combined devices will assume you want Siri on your Apple Watch. If you’re using your iPhone, then you probably want that device to respond. If you’re just sitting, not touching any device, then HomePod will take over."

Brilliant, thank you!
 
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Anyone just trying to use a Mac to use one of these? I guess time will tell how that goes.

Can confirm it works as an AirPlay destination from iTunes, and also shows up in the Sound system settings as an output device.
 
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I'm glad they illustrated how to change the settings for your $350 Hallway HomePod. I assume the process is the same for your Walk-in Closet HomePod, Mudroom HomePod, Attic HomePod, Dog House HomePod, Shed HomePod and Back Staircase HomePod?

What if I want stereo HomePods in my Mudroom? Do I have to change the settings for each one individually?

On an unrelated note, where would you recommend I find a quality payday loan?
 
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It seems this is no good for families or couples, as it seems that we can’t set reminders for the group, for example. This is either a big lacking or a failure to communicate features well.
 
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It seems this is no good for families or couples, as it seems that we can’t set reminders for the group, for example. This is either a big lacking or a failure to communicate features well.

"All requests that require access to Contacts, Messages, Reminders, and Notes are handed off to your iOS device for processing, regardless of who’s speaking."

"If others are using your HomePod and you don’t share their taste in music, you might want to turn off Use Listening History."

I'd say it's a big lacking. Weren't there rumors HomePod would support multiple users? Too bad…
 
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