HomePod 13.1 Features Coming Soon: Radio Stations Support On Sep. 30, Ambient Sounds This Fall, More
Apple didn’t say anything about HomePod during its big iPhone event on September 10th, but that didn’t stop it from updating the product’s page on apple.com. No new features are ready just yet, but they’re coming “later this fall” at least.
One of those new features is the radio stations that were mentioned during WWDC.
They’ll land on September 30th, but things like support for multiple users as well as a new white noise feature that hasn’t been mentioned before. It’s the multi-user support that will be missed most, though.
being able to have Siri responses tailored to individual users is something that we’ve been asking for ever since the HomePod was first announced. It’s also a feature that Amazons Echo already has, making it look like it’s missing a common feature. The day that ships will be a very good one indeed.
The new white noise feature, called Ambient Sounds, will do exactly what it sounds like. Users can listen to various sounds including rainstorms and ocean waves. This can be done directly from the HomePod rather than using an iPhone or other device as the source.
Relax with Ambient Sounds — featuring the soothing sounds of ocean waves, forest birds, rainstorms, and more.
Apple also says that its music handoff feature is still coming, just later this fall. That should make it easier and more seamless when switching from listening to music on one device to a HomePod.
There’s no saying exactly when most of this will arrive, but hopefully it won’t be too long. Something seems to have gone very wrong with Apple’s fall software updates this year. And we’d imagine HomePod would be at the bottom of the list of priorities.