Apple HomePod will soon get calling and some other neat features

New skills will roll out on 17 September

HomePod is about to learn new tricks
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Spare a thought for the HomePod, which only got a few seconds of fame at Apple’s big September event. However, in those few seconds we learned it’s about to get a bunch of new great features, all of which will go live on 17 September.

First, you’ll be able to make and receive calls, like you can on the Google Home. You can ask Siri to call a name from your contacts or read the number out. Incoming calls can also be directed to the HomePod when you’re in the house, which you can ask Siri to answer. You’ll also be able to check missed calls by asking, “Hey Siri, who just called?”

Read this: 21 essential HomePod tips and tricks

Siri Shortcuts, a new feature in iOS 12 on the iPhone, is also going to let apps work with the HomePod. This will let you create custom routines, so you could say, ”Hey Siri, I’m home” to trigger a routine that switches on your lights, turns up your smart thermostat and starts playing your favourite playlist.

Speaking of Siri tricks, the new update lets you search for song by lyrics, so you can simply say, “Hey Siri, play the song that goes…” Not only are Siri’s DJ skills improving, but it’ll be more proficient in the kitchen post-update as you’ll be able to set multiple timers too.

Finally, the HomePod is getting a feature for locating your iPhone. You’ll be able to ask it to ping your device should it fall down the back of the sofa yet again.

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