8 things that Apple’s HomePod smart speaker does not know how to do
We waited a long time, and still waited – the sale of “smart” HomePod column start on February 9. It has a lot of advantages: for example, the gadget can adapt to the characteristics of any room and use them in order to produce high-quality sound. But HomePod also has enough shortcomings. So in order …
1. You can not connect to Android-smartphones
If you want to listen to music via HomePod, you need an iOS device (iPhone, iPad or iPod touch). Here is the complete list of compatible devices:
- Starting from the iPhone 5s and ending with the iPhone X (iPhone SE is also supported)
- 12.9 inch iPad Pro
- 10.5 inch iPad Pro
- 9.7 inch iPad Pro
- iPad (5 generations)
- iPad Air and iPad Air 2
- iPad mini 2, 3, 4
- iPod touch (6 generations)
2. Does not distinguish the voices of different people
Yes, HomePod reacts to the voice commands of any person. But only because Apple (so far) has not taught the gadget to distinguish voices. As a result, you can not customize user profiles for family members or friends
3. Can not work with calendar
The Siri version, on which HomePod works, is inferior to the iPhone version in its capabilities. This is among other things manifested in the fact that Siri on the column is unable to connect to the user’s calendar in order to check events or create a new one. The key competitors in the face of Google Home and Amazon Echo have such an opportunity. Moreover, Echo synchronizes with your iCloud-calendar! For the sake of justice, in the future Apple will certainly correct this – sometimes really annoying – flaw.
4. Works badly with other music services (not Apple Music)
Of course, streaming services Spotify, Pandora and Tidal will work in conjunction with HomePod – there is simply no special convenience to expect from them. AirPlay will output any song from any music application on the speaker, but it will not work with Siri. As a result, you lose a bunch of features that actually make HomePod a column with a smart prefix. Only Apple Music, only hardcore.
5. Can not be connected to another device via AUX cable
… At least for the simple reason that there is no single output for connecting wires to HomePod.
6. Can not make calls on his own
Right now, if you have an iPhone in your hand, you can say “Hello Siri, call my mother” (and then, in English, see point 8) – and in a couple of moments, the dialing will start. With HomePod, although there is a version of Siri, it does not work out that way: all you can do is dial the number on the iPhone and manually output the call to the column. It turns out, all the same, it is convenient, but for this purpose, it is necessary to make superfluous gestures.
7. Siri version for HomePod is stripped down and does not know how to answer “general” questions
Unlike competitors in the face of Alexa and Google Assistant, the Siri’s HomePod version is not that smart. In what exactly is the virtual assistant option for the column “trimmed”, Apple does not explain, limiting itself to the statement that Siri on HomePod has only “general knowledge”. Most likely this means that she will not be able to play games, joke and answer unconventional questions. But competitors can