Apple is believed to be adding some important facilities to a Siri-powered HomePod intelligent speaker, including a ability to make and accept phone calls.
That’s from French site iGeneration, that remarkable that it’s had a demeanour during a iOS 12-based program for a device, and has spotted a garland of new functions that’ll be enabled on it around a program update.
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If a news is accurate, you’ll shortly be means to trigger and accept phone calls on your orator (as prolonged as it’s interconnected with your phone), locate your iPhone, arrange out a inadequate tie between itself and your Wi-Fi network though requiring a reset, and set mixed timers.
Given that a HomePod arrived rather light on facilities when it first strike shelves in Dec 2017 for $350, distant some-more than you’d compensate for a Google Home or Amazon Echo (but a bit reduction than Google’s $400 Home Max).
Apple did supplement support for streaming around AirPlay 2, as good as multi-room audio control, behind in May – though that took months after a HomePod became available. Meanwhile, a rivals have frequently gained additional functionality with visit updates, including intercom and call support, and a ability to listen for follow-up voice commands. The miss of features, joined with a vast cost tag, might have been to censure for dismal HomePod sales in a past few months.
It isn’t transparent accurately when a HomePod will get this update, though it can’t come shortly enough. We’ve contacted Apple to learn some-more and will refurbish this post if there’s a response.