At last year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple officially announced the HomePod, the company’s first ever smart speaker. The release of the HomePod marks Apple’s first steps into the smart speaker market where Amazon and Google now dominate. The HomePod was met with positive reviews at launch. However, it has seen a slow sales performance since the launch day.
Apple has a lot of work to do to rectify the situation. In fact, the company has been adding new features and skills to its smart speaker to boost its sales performance this year. Apple is expected to lower the price of the HomePod this year. The smart speaker now costs $349 on the market, making it one of the most expensive speakers out there.
In iOS 11.4, Apple finally added HomePod stereo pairing, allowing iOS users to pair two HomePods together to create a more immersive sound. The coolest part is that you can control your music playback without even leaving your room.
The public beta of iOS 12 is now available for users for testing purposes. However, it seems that Apple ignores the HomePod. Thankfully, things will change in the coming months. The iOS 12 update will add support for native phone calls to the HomePod. This is something we have been expecting to see for months.
According to Apple, the feature will be available in future iOS 12 updates. If you want to make phone calls with your HomePod, then you need to use your iPhone and use your speaker as the output. When the feature hits iOS 12, users will be able to make a phone call using the HomePod without the need for a nearby iPhone.
Besides, the HomePod will get support for Find My iPhone. Find My iPhone is a great feature that has been part of iOS since the days of iOS 5. The feature allows users to remotely track their iPhone, iPad, and Mac if it is lost or stolen. If this is the case, you will be able to locate your missing iPhone using your smart speaker. However, the feature requires an iPhone to work.
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