Apple’s HomePod will be able to make and receive phone calls, search for lyrics and speak Spanish

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Apple’s HomePod smart speaker is stealing some features from the iPhone.  

The tech giant announced that users will soon be able to use their HomePod to make and receive phone calls, just by asking Siri. 

HomePod owners will have to wait a little longer to do so, however, as the updates aren’t available just yet. 

Many expect the updates will arrive September 17th, the same day iOS 12 will officially debut.

 

The updates were snuck in by CEO Tim Cook at the end of Apple’s big hardware event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, after the firm revealed an entirely new lineup of smartphones, including the iPhone XR, XS and XS Max. 

Apple says the HomePod’s new calling feature delivers ‘crisp and clear audio quality.’  

‘To make a call, simply ask Siri to call someone from Contacts or say the number to call,’ Apple said in a statement.

‘Incoming calls are automatically directed from iPhone to HomePod — just ask Siri to answer the phone — and for missed calls, it’s as easy as asking, “Hey Siri, who just called?” 

‘Using the audio picker on iPhone, calls can be moved from HomePod to iPhone at any time,’ the firm added. 

And that’s not the only feature pegged to arrive as part of the update.  

The HomePod will also include support for Siri Shortcuts, which allow users to set custom commands for apps. 

‘For example, “Hey Siri, good morning” could run a morning routine and order coffee from the coffee shop’s app, turn on the kitchen lights from the Home app and share the first few calendar appointments for the day – all with one simple, customizable command,’ Apple explained. 

Cook said on stage that this update will also let users set multiple timers and use the HomePod to help you find your iPhone or iPad if it gets lost around the house. 

‘Set a timer for the cake, another one for lasagna and another one as a reminder to dim the lights – using just your voice,’ Apple said. 

The Find My iPhone feature is also available on the Apple Watch.         

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