Apple HomePod house owners, beginning at the moment, will be capable of use the newly introduced “Intercom” characteristic to ship messages between their HomePod good audio system. The characteristic, which arrives by way of a software program replace, brings this and several other different new options to Apple’s good audio system, together with these launched at Apple’s occasion final week the place the corporate debuted its $99 HomePod mini.
Of those, Intercom is probably the most notable replace, because it helps the HomePod catch as much as rival good audio system, like these from Apple and Google, which have provided comparable broadcast messaging programs for years.
However in Apple’s case, Intercom doesn’t simply ship a person’s voice message — like “dinner’s prepared!” or “time to go!” — throughout the household’s HomePod audio system. It’s additionally meant to work throughout Apple’s machine ecosystem, by including help for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and even AirPods and CarPlay.
This may very well be a aggressive benefit for HomePod, notably as a result of Amazon — which leads the U.S. market with its reasonably priced Echo units — now not has its personal smartphone enterprise.
Nevertheless, Apple says Intercom’s expanded help for different units isn’t being rolled out at the moment. As a substitute, it would arrive by additional software program updates later this 12 months.
To make use of Intercom, HomePod house owners with a number of units can say issues like:
“Hey Siri, Intercom, Has anybody seen my glasses?”
“Hey Siri, inform everybody, Dinner is prepared.”
“Hey Siri, Intercom to the kitchen, Has the sport began?”
And to answer, customers can say one thing like “Hey Siri, reply, Sure.”
Along with the brand new help for Intercom, the software program replace additionally introduces deeper integration with Apple Maps and iPhone, the flexibility to set and cease timers and alarms from any HomePod, the flexibility to proceed listening to a podcast with multiuser help, and extra.
The deeper integration means HomePod house owners can now ask Siri for details about site visitors circumstances, in addition to close by eating places and companies. A Siri suggestion will then routinely seems in Maps in your iPhone so the route is obtainable as quickly as you get within the automotive.
HomePod house owners can even now ask Siri to go looking the online, which then sends outcomes to the iPhone.
Two different new options will arrive later this 12 months, together with the flexibility to attach one HomePod (or extra) to Apple TV 4K for stereo, 5.1 and seven.1 encompass, and Dolby Atmos for motion pictures, TV, video games and extra.
The opposite upcoming characteristic, referred to as Private Replace, will quickly allow you to ask Siri “what’s my replace” or “play my replace,” to get all the information it’s essential to begin your day, together with information, climate, calendar occasions, and any reminders.