Become a MacRumors Supporter for $25/year with no ads, private forums, and more!
  • Did you order new AirTags? We've opened a dedicated AirTags forum.

MacRumors

macrumors bot
Original poster
Apr 12, 2001
52,464
14,157



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.

homepod-duo-800x457.jpg

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.

Article Link: Upcoming HomePod Software to Add Call Support, Multiple Timers, Find My iPhone, Lyric Search and More
 

SBlue1

macrumors 68000
Oct 17, 2008
1,727
2,022
Needs to recognize different family
members.

I was wondering how it would know who is asking since both me and my wife have separate iCloud accounts like most have. Will it read my mails, messages, contacts and so on or hers? Now I get it, it is useless for one half of the household!
 
  • Like
Reactions: ikir
Comment

OldSchoolMacGuy

Suspended
Jul 10, 2008
4,197
9,049
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:

  1. Say "Hey Siri, stop listening.""
  2. When Siri asks you to confirm, say ""Yes.".
Using the Home app:

  1. Launch the Home app on your iPhone or iPad Home screen.
  2. Tap on the Rooms tab, bottom middle.
  3. Swipe to the Room that contains your HomePod.
  4. Long press (or firmly press) on your HomePod.
  5. Tap Details.
  6. Toggle Listen for "Hey Siri" off.
 
Comment

PickUrPoison

macrumors G3
Sep 12, 2017
8,131
10,720
Sunnyvale, CA
Its available and it’s called Sonos Beam
The Beam is a sound bar that’s over 2 feet in width, yet only has a single tweeter. And it doesn’t have the advanced DSP required to do beam forming, unfortunately. I don’t think it’s that great a substitute for HomePod, and it’s more expensive as well.
 
Comment

dontwalkhand

macrumors 603
Jul 5, 2007
5,630
1,794
Phoenix, AZ
Family support! I can't do anything with this with personal requests turned off, but it'll be nice if everyone can use it with their own personal requests. No, Apple, I am not putting 6 Homepods next to each other because its one per person.
 
  • Like
Reactions: hagar
Comment

ereddekopp

macrumors newbie
Nov 9, 2006
13
12



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.

homepod-duo-800x457.jpg

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.

Article Link: Upcoming HomePod Software to Add Call Support, Multiple Timers, Find My iPhone, Lyric Search and More
[doublepost=1536799852][/doublepost]Give them time people...this is how Apple has always and continues to develop products. Remember when the iPhone came out and it did not have an App Store or MMS? I've used the "others" tech and they throw solutions in before they are fully baked. The Echo did not recognize separate users out of the gate and their device and solution is still spotty at best. Siri has improvements to be made, but I marvel sometimes at how far it has come. Numerous times I have misspoken when telling her a HomeKit command and changed what I was saying midway through and she has disregarded my mistake and performed the task I asked. That is impressive. MANY of the 3rd party integrations into the Amazon Echo require you to speak those trigger words EXACTLY or she just gives you the finger.

I am sure multi-users is on Apple's radar. But they like to perfect what is in the product first, get the next piece perfected and then add that. It's, again, what and how they do things. I would rather wait for them to get things right then have them slapping features on just to appease folks.
 
Comment

G5isAlive

macrumors 65816
Aug 28, 2003
1,314
2,040
The Beam is a sound bar that’s over 2 feet in width, yet only has a single tweeter. And it doesn’t have the advanced DSP required to do beam forming, unfortunately. I don’t think it’s that great a substitute for HomePod, and it’s more expensive as well.

Do you own either? Or just going off specs. I own both. If I had to choose just one I would choose the beam. The price difference is not large, and it does sound great. But more importantly it’s connection options are far superior. That’s my opinion after owning both. I do not say the same about sonos one.
 
Comment

DaveOP

macrumors 68000
May 29, 2011
1,531
2,200
Portland, OR
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."
This already works, I use it every day.
[doublepost=1536810567][/doublepost]
Do you own either? Or just going off specs. I own both. If I had to choose just one I would choose the beam. The price difference is not large, and it does sound great. But more importantly it’s connection options are far superior. That’s my opinion after owning both. I do not say the same about sonos one.
What do you find far superior about the beam? I have a Playbar and find the sonos software absolutely awful. We use it for the TV, but other than that it would be gone. My HomePod stereo pair sounds much better and is far easier to use.
 
Comment

PickUrPoison

macrumors G3
Sep 12, 2017
8,131
10,720
Sunnyvale, CA
Do you own either? Or just going off specs. I own both. If I had to choose just one I would choose the beam. The price difference is not large, and it does sound great. But more importantly it’s connection options are far superior. That’s my opinion after owning both. I do not say the same about sonos one.
I don’t really appreciate the name, as I think it’s an attempt to imply it’s something it’s not. It’s fine for a sound bar, but you consider it great for music? Maybe paired with a sub. If I wanted Sonos I’d rather spend the extra money for a play:five.
 
  • Like
Reactions: G5isAlive
Comment

Diatribe

macrumors 601
Jan 8, 2004
4,231
25
Back in the motherland
Needs to recognize different family
members.

This. And Google even lets households speak in different languages to the Google Home... it is not even funny how far ahead Google is with this. Too bad I won't accept the privacy implications of owing Google products or I would've bought one a while ago. Apple seriously needs to step up their game.
 
Comment

ereddekopp

macrumors newbie
Nov 9, 2006
13
12
This. And Google even lets households speak in different languages to the Google Home... it is not even funny how far ahead Google is with this. Too bad I won't accept the privacy implications of owing Google products or I would've bought one a while ago. Apple seriously needs to step up their game.
[doublepost=1536833520][/doublepost]Hence why Google is ahead...all it costs is your privacy. Digital assistants are much easier to develop further when you don’t care about your customer. Apple’s been putting a lot into their Siri development of late, but it’s still a harder road for them and sticking to their privacy stance. Siri has been getting better, just not getting credit for that. Shortcut features is one aspect. It’s machine learning is also impressive. I got in the car today, as I do every day, to go to work and once my Carplay connected it started playing a Sirius show I listen to every morning on my way in. So I think more big things are coming.
 
Comment
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.