Apple seems to be preparing iCloud calendar integration into HomePod with the release of iOS 11.4. Ideally, this feature should have been supported on the HomePod right from day one, but nonetheless, Apple is finally getting around to adding it to its smart speaker.
Right now, Personal Requests to Siri on the HomePod is supported by the Messages, Notes, and Reminders app. However, the latest iOS 11.4 beta adds the calendar icon to the mix which points to an impending support for the Calendar app.
Apart from Siri, every other major voice assistant on the market has native calendar integration. Google Assistant on the Google Home and smartphone integrates with Google Calendar, and Amazon’s Alexa has iCloud calendar integration as well. Thus, it was shameful on Apple’s part that it shipped the HomePod without Calendar integration in Siri right from day one. With native calendar integration, HomePod owners would be able to check on their upcoming appointments and add new ones to their calendar by simply talking to Siri on the smart speaker.
Apple is expected to release the final version of iOS 11.4 later this month which should add Calendar support to Personal Requests for Siri on the HomePod.
HomePod sales have apparently been below expectations and given just how far behind Siri is on speaker, it does make sense. From a speaker viewpoint, the HomePod can rival far expensive Hi-Fi speakers but that alone is not good enough to justify its $349 price tag. Apple needs to make massive improvements to Siri on the HomePod to ensure it is as good as its competition which should then help spur the sales of the smart speaker.