Apple’s good speaker HomePod hasn’t precisely taken off with customers because it introduced in February 2018, so rather few other folks will probably be disenchanted to be told that Apple has driven again a few of its expected device updates to 2 separate dates after the discharge of iOS 13. In step with an up to date HomePod product web page, some new options will now arrive on September 30, whilst others are coming at an unspecified level “later this autumn.”
On September 30, Apple will replace the HomePod with one new characteristic: reinforce for streaming 100,000 web radio stations. The addition successfully harnesses the accumulated choices of unbiased services and products iHeartRadio, Radio.com, and TuneIn, enabling HomePod customers to begin enjoying reside channels with easy voice instructions.
Larger options had been held again for the “later” fall replace. One will permit iOS and iPadOS gadgets handy off calls, songs, and podcasts to the HomePod simply by protecting their gadgets subsequent to the speaker. Every other guarantees to acknowledge as much as six other other folks by way of their voices, handing over customized track, messages, reminders, and get in touch with calls throughout the HomePod in accordance with the present person. This so-called “Non-public Requests” characteristic will it appears most effective be to be had in English to begin.
One fall wonder is a brand new characteristic referred to as Ambient Sounds, which is able to let the HomePod function a background noise generator with samples of “ocean waves, woodland birds, rainstorms, and extra.” Whilst third-party apps have presented an identical capability on iOS gadgets for over a decade, and may also be despatched to the HomePod over AirPlay, the built-in characteristic guarantees to make having access to the listening enjoy more straightforward for customers.
HomePod device updates had been at the beginning driven concurrently with iOS, because the speaker makes use of Apple’s A8 processor and runs a model of the cellular running gadget. Whilst iOS 13 will release on September 19, it is going to be adopted by way of iOS 13.1 and iPadOS 13 on September 30, at the side of the primary aforementioned HomePod replace.