Apple’s first smart speaker, the HomePod, recently passed through the FCC in the United States, which suggests the device’s launch could be right around the corner.
If you were wanting to see what the settings screen might look like for Apple’s newest device, then the folks over at iGeneration have a quick look at what you should expect as a future HomePod owner. The HomePod has been in the testing phase out in the wild for select employees for quite some time now, and with the launch happening soon the publication was able to get some screenshots of what the settings will have to offer.
Apple is not planning on launching a dedicated app for the HomePod, seeing it more as a HomeKit-based accessory. As a result, HomePod will have its own settings available within the Home app for iOS. Owners will be able to control certain elements of the HomePod, including turning on and off the LED touch surface on the top of the smart speaker.
The settings will also let owners control touch sensitivity, the speed of voice feedback, and more. Owners will also be able to control sound effects related to Siri, the digital personal assistant baked into the device.
The most interesting revelation from the screenshots are confirmation that the HomePod will support multiple user’s by hearing distinct voices. The report indicates that Apple will tie a default voice (which is tied to an Apple ID) to one individual, and that other voices in a family will also be supported for certain commands. For instance, it looks like only the primary voice will be able to send a message through iMessage, while others in a family can control music playback.
The HomePod was delayed beyond its initial late-2017 launch, with an expected arrival date in the early half of 2018. As mentioned above the smart speaker was approved by the FCC earlier in January, which points to a launch happening soon.
It was recently discovered that the HomePod will also support specific scenes, which can mute the speakers and microphones depending on the user’s instructions.
It’s nice to get a look at what’s coming down the pipe, even if there’s nothing all that surprising in the mix. The fact that the HomePod will support multiple users right out of the gate, while apparently limited, is still a nice addition for the smart speaker — especially considering the competition already supports this feature in their own smart speakers.
With the $349 price tag, do you plan on picking up a HomePod when it launches?