HomePod mini’s voice recognition and support for multiple users are soon expanding to all of the markets where the Siri-powered smart speaker is available, Apple has confirmed.
- HomePod mini’s multiuser support will expand later this year
- The speaker will recognize multiple voices in more markets
- Another new feature is also coming to HomePod mini
HomePod mini multiuser support expanding later in 2021
The development is revealed as a side-note in Apple’s press release announcing the new HomePod mini colors. In it, the company acknowledges that expanded multi-user voice recognition is coming later in 2021 to all the markets where the Siri-powered speaker is sold.
Starting later this year, Siri is expanding support for multi-user voice recognition to all regions where HomePod mini is available so everyone in the home can enjoy music tailored to their taste profile, access their own playlists, use Personal Requests and more.
Apple wouldn’t precisely say when HomePod mini owners should be expecting the software update unlocking multiuser support in more countries. The company however did say that customers in the following countries will be able to purchase HomePod mini in one of the three new colors beginning next month:
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
We’re assuming HomePod mini will be getting expanded multiuser support in November.
There’s no mention of the full-size HomePod because it’s discontinued. That said, it’s safe to assume the software update bringing this functionality will be also provided for owners of the discontinued speaker. Read: How to set up multiuser support on HomePod
As of iOS 15, both the discontinued HomePod model and the $99 HomePod mini feature support for the automatic Siri volume function where the voice assistant automatically adjusts its speaking volume based on the room environment and volume of the user.