As we wrote earlier in the news about the update of the closed beta OS 12 for HomePod, Apple added the ability to make calls, simultaneous installation of several timers and search the text of the song. In addition, the voice assistant Siri has received support for several other languages. We tell about the most interesting.
Now, HomePod can find a song if you use a few lines from the song. If the column can not find the exact audio recording, it will include something similar. The search itself for the fragment is not a technological breakthrough, but it indicates the desire of Apple to develop ecosystem management, with the help of voice. Apple notes that HomePod works in conjunction with Apple Music, which includes a list of 50 million songs.
Support for calls via HomePod
To make a call using the column, the user only needs to ask Siri to open the phonebook and select the desired contact. Also, you can call and phone number. Note that the call is made from the iPhone, and then redirected to the column and independently HomePod call still can not.
Simultaneous installation of several timers
Perhaps the key innovation will be the ability to install several timers at once. This can be useful when cooking in the kitchen or when planning two or more tasks. Previously, a similar function was only available from Alexa, and this is one of the most popular chips of the voice assistant from Amazon.
In addition, HomePod will support Spanish in the US, Spain, and Mexico, as well as support for French in Canada.
Most likely, all this feature set will be available September 17, along with the official launch of iOS 12.