Apple has finally released the promised fall update for its HomePod smart speaker with iOS 13.2, which allows the speaker to keep different voices apart for good support for multiple users. The new features were originally to be delivered alongside iOS 13, but were delayed in September.
After updating your HomePod, the speaker can tell up to six different voices apart, with personalized music, calendar, reminders and messages for that specific person. (In other words, you don't have to worry about your roommates sending joke messages through your HomePod.) Other smart speakers such as the devices powered by Google Assistant have supported similar functionality for years, but it's nice to finally catch up with Apple.
Also new with iOS 13.2 is a transfer function that allows you to seamlessly transfer music, podcasts or phone calls directly from your iPhone to your HomePod by placing the phone close to the speaker. There is also a new "Ambient Sounds" function for playing different types of white noise and sleep timers to fall asleep to music or Ambient Sounds.
The complete logbook with new HomePod functions can be found below:
iOS 13.2 offers support for new HomePod functions:
The ability for HomePod to recognize the voices of different family members and thus offer a personalized experience
Hand over music, podcasts or phone calls by bringing your iPhone close to HomePod
Add music to your HomeKit scenes
Play relaxing, high-quality soundtracks with Ambient Sounds
Set sleep timers to fall asleep to music or ambient noise