If you own a HomePod, then you already know that it’s more
than just a fancy speaker. You can use HomePod and Siri to set up timers while
you cook, get the local weather, and catch up on your favorite sports teams.
So, if you need to translate a language, of course, Siri can help. Here’s how to use Siri to translate on your HomePod.
Apple on Wednesday announced a successor to the AirPods earphones, available to order starting today ahead of in-store availability next week.
The HomePod isn’t all about playing songs with Apple Music or setting multiple timers when you’re cooking dinner. If you enjoy podcasts, you can listen to them on your HomePod too.
Choose a new show from the Apple Podcasts store, catch up on
episodes you’ve missed for podcasts you subscribe to, and control the podcast
playback easily with Siri.
Here’s how to listen to podcasts on HomePod with Siri.
You can customize your HomePod to respond to your “Hey Siri” commands. So, what if you want to use a different language? Many people speak more than one dialect these days. For instance, say you speak both English and Spanish and you’re having a group of friends over who all speak Spanish? Change the HomePod so everyone can talk to Siri.
Or, what if you’re just learning a second or third language?
Giving commands in that other dialect to Siri for HomePod could be a great way
Along with being able to change the language on your
HomePod, you can also change Siri’s voice. You might prefer a male voice with a
British accent or a female voice with an Australian accent. This is easy to
change as well.
This tutorial shows you how to change both the language and
Siri’s voice on HomePod.
The latest iPhones and iPads are now so power efficient that you can effectively say “Hey Siri” whenever you want and have instant hands-free access to your virtual assistant; but that’s not the case with some of Apple’s older devices. Those such as the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus require that you be tethered to a power source for Hey Siri to work.
Albeit inconvenient, the chips in the aforementioned devices aren’t as power-efficient as those found inside of devices today; consequently, always-on Hey Siri would have an adverse impact on your battery performance. But if battery life is no object to you, then you can forcefully-enable Hey Siri on these handsets with a free jailbreak tweak dubbed HeySiri by iOS developer Julio Verene.
A setup card in the iOS 12.2 beta confirms Apple's working on a new AirPods version with a built-in Hey Siri that could launch around iOS 12.2's release in a matter of few weeks.
While Siri is a convenient digital personal assistant that you can access simply by saying "Hey Siri," it’s not for everyone. Maybe you don't use the feature at all, or maybe you're tired of all the false positives being triggered. If so, here’s how to disable Hey Siri on iPhone and iPad.
Whether you’re working on many projects at once, cooking a big dinner, or just have a ton of tasks on your plate, timers can be life-savers. And with your HomePod, it’s never been easier to set several timers.
This tutorial shows you how to set multiple timers on your HomePod.
If you have two HomePods that are paired to create a stereo setup, only one of these HomePods will be used to listen to your voice queries. When saying a command such as "Hey Siri, what time is it in London?", only that HomePod will be listening to you although the other HomePod might be physically closer to you.
As far as I can tell, there is no way to manually select what HomePod is the dominant one during the initial pairing process, but there is a way to swap which one will actively listen to you once the stereo pair has been created.
If you truly want to go hands-free with your iPhone or iPad, enlist the help of Siri when making calls and enable the speakerphone at the same time. With these two features working hand-in-hand, you don’t have to lift a finger to call someone.
Here’s how to make a call on speakerphone with Siri on iPhone and iPad.
Depending on how you use Siri throughout your workflow, you might find a new free jailbreak tweak called AutoDismissSiri by iOS developer Andreas Henriksson to be an advantageous supplement to your jailbroken handset.
Just as the tweak’s name implies, AutoDismissSiri adds a timeout period to the Siri interface. That said, if Siri would idle on your device for a specific amount of time, then the interface closes automatically.
Apple today refreshed its MacBook Pro notebook lineup with the latest Intel chips, twice the RAM and other goodies, including an enhanced version of the company's second-generation T2 coprocessor that now brings “Hey Siri” to the Mac platform for the first time.