HomePod – smart speaker from Apple is already available in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and has not long since arrived in Canada, France and Germany.
At the moment HomePod offers less some interaction possibilities compared to its direct competitors, Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa, but soon its features will be expanded. A private beta version of HomePod OS 12.0, which will presumably be released in the fall, revealed that there are several new releases for Siri on HomePod.
This beta version integrates phone call features that allow the user to initiate and answer calls directly from the HomePod, the Find My iPhone command and multiple timer support.
In addition to dialing numbers and answering incoming calls, HomePod will also allow you to listen to voicemail messages and search the call history. Apple also stated that the HomePod will be able to participate in FaceTime group calls only in audio mode at WWDC.
The Home app also now includes a ‘fix Wi-Fi’ button (exact translation is not clear). Tapping this makes the Apple HomePod connect to the same Wi-Fi network as the paired iPhone; this was impossible before without fully resetting the HomePod. In fact, with the current HomePod firmware, a user cannot even know what SSID they are connected to.
Of course, these features being in private beta could also be postponed to future versions of Apple HomePod OS.