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    As a smart speaker, HomePod comes with built-in Siri support, so you can use it without ever touching it, but Apple did include a touch panel at the top of the device that supports several gestures.

    HomePod gestures can activate Siri, control the volume of what's playing, skip to the next song, pause/play and more. All of the touch gestures you can use with the HomePod are below.

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    Volume

    Volume up - Tap on the "+" button to raise volume by one level, or touch and hold to increase the volume by several levels.

    Volume down - Tap on the "-" button to lower the volume by one level, or touch and hold to decrease the volume by several levels.

    Playback

    Pause or resume playback - Tap in the middle of the HomePod to pause your music and tap it again to unpause.

    Go to the next track - When a song is playing, double tap in the middle of the HomePod to skip a song.

    Replay the previous track - When a song is playing from a playlist or an album, triple tap in the middle of the HomePod to go back to the previous song that was playing.

    Siri

    To activate Siri, place a place a finger on the top of the HomePod and hold it there until the visual Siri waveform appears. From there, you can speak your Siri command.

    Other Available Gestures

    Dismiss an alarm - If an alarm is going off on the HomePod, tap in the middle of it to stop it.

    Activate VoiceOver - If you have VoiceOver enabled in the Accessibility settings, double tap to activate it. With VoiceOver enabled, all other gestures will require one extra tap, so pausing, for example will require two taps.

    End a call - When using your HomePod as a speakerphone, you can end a call by tapping on the green light on top of the HomePod.

    Switch calls - If you're using HomePod as a speakerphone on a call and a second call comes in, you can touch and hold on the green light to put a hold on call. Switch between calls by double tapping.

    Article Link: How to Use the HomePod's Physical Controls
     
  2. myscrnnm macrumors 65816

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    Am I the only one who finds these controls unintuitive and confusing? They put a display on the top of the HomePod. Why not just utilize a proximity sensor to display context-specific controls when you approach the device?
     
  3. Polaroid macrumors 6502a

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    Pretty sure you are the only one lol. Apple has used these controls for years on the headphones and iPods.... simple enough.
     
  4. democracyrules macrumors 6502a

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    Excellent guide!! Thank you, MR!!
     
  5. Arran macrumors 601

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    True, but that was through necessity: There was only one mechanical button, so it was necessary to learn morse code click combinations.

    That all seems inappropriate on a device with a big color touchscreen. And since this is a shared device intended for common areas, what if your houseguests don't know about the secret click combos? Seems user-hostile. Seems like a wasted opportunity.
     
  6. miniyou64 macrumors 6502

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    Lets just make controls on this different than Air pos and everything else. “It just worls!”
     
  7. dontwalkhand macrumors 601

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    There’s always Siri.
     
  8. Laowai184 macrumors member

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    You can also say, "Hey Siri, stop the alarm" if you're tied up (like when you're cooking and using a timer etc.)
     
  9. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

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    Perhaps. It doesn’t seem confusing to me at all.
     
  10. CPx macrumors 6502

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    The entire glass plate is the "middle button," besides the volume buttons. So you can tap near the sides of the plate if you want, to play or pause music.
     
  11. robertosh macrumors 6502a

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    It was a good opportunity to resurrect the click wheel!
     
  12. Branmonkey macrumors newbie

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    I get that they are the same controls but I'm with you... why not just have some of the options on the display? I feel the display is not used at all... Such a beautiful display and all it does is display + and - I mean really?
     
  13. Brookzy macrumors 601

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    It isn’t really a display, it’s just a small LED array in the centre, covered by a panel that blurs the light to make it look like a nice glowing orb.

    The volume controls are simply one LED each.

    So only a very small area of the top of the HomePod has the potential to illuminate, and even then it can only display vague shapes and colours rather than symbols.

    (Fun fact: I noticed today that there must be an ambient light sensor hidden somewhere because the brightness of the volume controls changed to the room lighting. That’s a really nice touch!)
     
  14. Branmonkey macrumors newbie

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    I wondered... but somebody mentioned it as a OLED Display so that confused me a tad. Regardless there's a much larger portion where the Siri graphics show that could be potentially used correct?

    I also loved somebody saying to bring back the click wheel... made me think of how you turn up the echo LOL
     
  15. Brookzy macrumors 601

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    The small LED array in the middle with a panel that blurs the light is the Siri graphics thing.
     
  16. Arran macrumors 601

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    You're right. On close inspection it's not a screen at all. Just a few colored LEDs and a diffuser.

    That's a bit limiting. I was secretly hoping a future software upgrade might support coverflow. I like visuals. No chance of that happening now.
     
  17. Beerstalker macrumors 6502

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    I agree, seems like they could have easily had Skip Forward and Skip back on the North/South portions of the screen (assuming you consider +/- the East and West) and Play/Pause as one button in the center.

    I also wish they would have used the standard figure 8 power cable like they do on the Apple TV, Airport Express, Airport Extreme, etc. Would have been nice to be able to buy a shorter cable so I don't have 4' of it wrapped up in a coil next to the speaker on my kitchen counter.

    That said I am pretty impressed with the sound and am overall happy with it. I probably won't bother buying any more until I see what kind of firmware updates are made etc. Then I could see picking up a couple more for my kids' rooms. Would also be nice if they made a bit smaller/cheaper version better suited for bathrooms etc.
     

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