Last year, Apple made waves by announcing its first home speaker at its WWDC event in June. The HomePod marks Apple’s first steps into the smart home speaker market where Google and Amazon now dominate. What sets the HomePod apart from its competitors out there lies in its excellent audio quality.
The speaker was originally due for public release in December 2017, but was delayed to 2018. On February 9, Apple officially launched the HomePod to the public following the launch event back in June 2017.
Apple’s smart speaker features built-in Siri support and works perfectly with Apple Music, thus allowing users to enjoy their favorite music tracks and get news reports. However, there is something missing that prevents it from getting the perfect score.
In this article, we have compiled a list of five things the HomePod cannot do. For some background, Apple’s smart speaker is now available in the US, UK and Australia and there is no word on worldwide release.
Check your calendar
With Siri support, the HomePod can do a lot of things ranging from sending messages to editing reminders. However, you cannot check your calendar with your home speaker, which is a little bit disappointing. Tech experts say that Apple may add a feature that allows you to ask for your daily agenda in future updates in order to compete with Google Home and Amazon Echo.
At the launch event, Apple introduced a lot of skills and features alongside its smart speaker. However, not all of them were ready when Apple announced it last month. One such feature lies in the ability to create a stereo pair.
According to Apple, the HomePod include an option that allows its owners to connect up to two HomePod speakers to create a stereo pair. However, it was nowhere to be found at launch. Apple states that the feature will make its debut in future updates.
In reality, there are third-party apps out there that bring the feature to HomePod owners. You can use an app called AirFoil that allows you to create a stereo HomePod pair with some simple steps.
Multi-room support is another feature that we are waiting on. As the name implies, the feature allows you to create a multi-room setup between multiple devices using the HomePod. There is no word on whether Apple will add the feature in upcoming updates or not, but you now can use some third-party apps to get multi-room support.
If you are expecting to make your HomePod a Bluetooth speaker, then you may be a little bit disappointed. With the HomePod, you only can stream your music between Apple devices using AirPlay. This means that you cannot pair the speaker with your Windows or Android devices to play music.
Make phone calls
There is no direct way to make a phone call using the HomePod, as you need a helping hand from an iPhone. All you need to do is to connect your iPhone to the same Wi-Fi network as your HomePod. Once you are done, you can make your phone calls and your HomePod acts as the output.
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