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Apple HomePod gets the ability to make phone calls and a bunch of new features with OS 12

You'll soon be able to make and receive calls on your HomePod. (Source: Slashgear)
You'll soon be able to make and receive calls on your HomePod. (Source: Slashgear)
The upcoming OS 12 update for the Apple HomePod is slated to bring a slew of new features to the smart speaker including the ability to make and receive calls when paired with an iPhone and set multiple timers. With the upcoming MacOS Mojave update, the HomePod can also be controlled directly from the Mac.

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The Apple HomePod will be getting some iOS 12 love and this will be a major update for the capabilities of the smart speaker. French site iGeneration has discovered that the iOS 12 beta update for the HomePod enables several features, which makes the HomePod more competitive with other smart speakers from Amazon and Google. 

The update will bring a host of new features but probably the most important one would be the ability to make and receive calls from the HomePod when paired with an iPhone. Not only that, you'd also be able to redial, search call logs, listen to voicemail or dial emergency. The HomePod will also be able to use the 'Locate my iPhone' and manage multiple timers. Those using FaceTime can use the HomePod to take part in a FaceTime call as audio-only participants.

The upcoming MacOS Mojave update will enable controlling the HomePod directly from the Mac. iGeneration reports that the HomePod will be getting a new feature called 'Force Fix your Wi-Fi network', which will make it easier to change the connected Wi-Fi network and force the HomePod to use the same Wi-Fi network as the iPhone. Currently, the user has no idea to which SSID the HomePod has connected to.

Calling features are not necessarily new. Google Home owners in the US and Canada had calling abilities close to a year ago while Amazon Alexa currently supports device-to-device intercom with dialing features expected to arrive soon. Apple hasn't revealed a timeline as to when HomePod owners can expect the OS 12 update but it should be around the same time when iOS 12 lands on iPhones. Do note that the above features are still in beta and can be pushed to future releases if not complete. 

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2018-07-23 (Update: 2018-07-23)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.