You can play music on your HomePod through AirPlay without needing an active Internet Wi-Fi connection on the speaker itself but it doesn’t work out of the box without a little setup. This tutorial will teach you how to send audio to a HomePod using peer-to-peer AirPlay.
Provided you have turned on Apple’s useful Find My iPhone service for your devices, you can tell your HomePod to locate a misplaced device or play a sound to help you find it In this step-by-step tutorial, we show you how.
The LEDs on your HomePod will now illuminate when in a group FaceTime call. And as a cool bonus, customers in Hong Kong and mainland China can now enjoy their HomePod fully thanks to expanded regional support.
Apple’s Audio Software Engineering and Siri Speech Team explain how HomePod uses machine learning running on the 64-bit Apple A8 processor to filter out echo, reverberation and background noise when making spoken requests to Siri.