With the release of iOS 12, Apple HomePod will get new features including multiple timers, direct calling and locating user phone, according to French Apple blog iGeneration.
Users will be able to ask HomePod to make phone calls, set multiple timers, “Find my iPhone,” play voicemail, change HomePod Wi-Fi connection, among other tasks.
Now HomePod owners can transfer their phone calls to the speaker after picking up the call. However, they cannot ask Siri from HomePod to make a phone call on the speaker directly. Google Assistant, on the other hand, can already make calls via Wi-Fi to users’ Google contacts.
“Find My iPhone” feature allows users to ask Siri on the HomePod to locate their lost devices; multiple timers help homeowners in the kitchen when they want to track the time during cooking; and Siri can provide information on food and nutrition as well as searching for songs based on a paragraph of lyrics.
Apple has released iOS 12 beta test to developers. And the new features of HomePod was discovered based on software testers’ findings.
When HomePod gets these new features, it will catch up with Amazon Echo and Google Home to some degree. It is going to be a good news for HomePod owners.
Another finding in the iOS 12 beta is that HomePod will support Spanish and French languages. Apple has made its smart speaker available in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, France and Germany. The speaker, however, only supports the English-speaking Siri. French language support is likely to integrate HomePod more closely into the French market. Meanwhile Spanish support may bring the smart speaker to more markets – Spain and Latin America.
Apple did not make any announcement on HomePod at its annual developer event this June, where the company unveiled the latest iOS 12. It will hold another hardware event in September for its new iPhone. The company could provide more information on HomePod then.