To use these features, you need to set up your iOS or iPadOS device to make Personal Requests on HomePod. Route the audio of an existing call through HomePod Do either of the following: On your iOS or iPadOS device, tap Audio in the Phone or FaceTime app, then choose your HomePod.
To hand off audio, your device must have Bluetooth turned on and be on the same Wi-Fi network as HomePod. You must also turn on Transfer to HomePod in Settings > General > AirPlay & Handoff.
Ahead of these rumors, MacRumors contributor Steve Moser was combing through the tvOS 14.5 beta code and found that Apple has added FaceTime and iMessage frameworks, along with a new AVFCapture framework related to capturing images. It's also entirely possible that the iMessage, FaceTime, and AVFCapture frameworks introduced in tvOS 14.5 have an entirely different purpose that may be entirely unrelated to a HomePod and could remain hidden in the code or used for an unspecified feature coming to the Apple TV or the HomePod in the future.
Authoritative insider and Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman shared information about the future hybrid Apple device, which is an Apple TV set-top box with a built-in HomePod speaker and a camera for FaceTime video calls.
Following disappointing sales, Apple discontinued its original high-end HomePod in March, leaving many wondering if the company was working on a successor. Today's report also mentions that Apple is working on a concept for a future HomePod design that has an iPad connected via a robotic arm, which could follow users around a room during video calls.
He says the company might be working on a weird Frankenstein device that would be a home speaker running a TV OS and having a built-in camera. Gurman says this "combination product" would be "at the center of Apple's approach" to the living room, with HomePod minis "surrounding that throughout the home".
The company is working on a product that would combine an Apple TV set-top box with a HomePod speaker and include a camera for video conferencing through a connected TV and other smart-home functions, according to people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified discussing internal matters.
Now, the light on top of the HomePod will turn green, confirming it’s been connected to the audio of your call. Alternately, go back to your iPhone’s call interface and deselect HomePod from the audio option. When in speakerphone mode, you can easily manage multiple iPhone calls using the speaker.
For putting the current caller on hold in order to answer an incoming call, you just need to tap on the green light on top of the speaker. To end the current call, you need to tap and hold on the green light on top of the smart speaker. Of course, the Siri speaker may not yet be as versatile as some of its noted alternatives but it’s got the quality to be a fine contender.
Some of the features that I’ve found really adorable are the ability to create a HomePod stereo pair and the option to set up multi-room AirPlay 2 audio.
Apple today released the new iOS 12.1.1 software update for iPhone and iPad and it came with a pair of enhancements for the company’s Siri-driven HomePod wireless speaker. Customers in mainland China and Hong Kong can now use their HomePod and access the full set of features thanks to regional support for their country. The previous HomePod update brought lyric search, the ability to make phone calls from the speaker, setting multiple timers, support for Siri Shortcuts and a Find My iPhone feature.
Appel today also launched other updates, like iOS 12.1.1, tvOS 12.1.1 and macOS Mojave 101.4.2.
Reports of the new device were confirmed recently by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who’s had a reliable history with Apple information. “In any case, the combination product will probably be at the center of Apple’s approach, with HomePod minis surrounding that throughout the home,” he adds.