Apple’s HomePod, which will compete with smart speakers such as the Amazon Alexa and the Google Home, has been rumored to launch for a little while now. Some fresh hints, however, make us believe that the release is close, including a recent approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The approval only reveals that the HomePod will be a wireless smart speaker, but it also confirms that the hardware should be ready for launch.
The next hint are all the new scene icons in the iOS 11.2.5 beta update, first spotted by Filipe Esposito from iHelp BR. One of the icons shows Siri being turned off on one speaker, which can be useful when you don’t want Siri to disturb you while you’re doing important stuff. Esposito also thinks that the HomePod will support several voices, and that seems realistic considering that both Google Home and Amazon Alexa support such a feature. Multiple users have also been supported on Mac devices in the past.
We can’t be 100% sure about this before an official source confirms it, so we should take this information with a grain of salt. It’s going to be interesting to see how the HomePod will be compared to other smart speakers out there, but we know that Apple products usually get a lot of attention no matter what. What’s your thought about the upcoming HomePod?
According to the Home app assets, users with HomePod will be able to create "scenes" that disable Siri temporarily. It will probably be very useful for parties. pic.twitter.com/k2gPc50Kmr
— Filipe Espósito (@filipekids) January 21, 2018