Apple’s HomePod to get new features this fall

Apple's webpage for the HomePod has listed some new, upcoming features for the speaker. Among them:

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  • The ability to hand off a phone call, song, or podcast from your iPhone or iPad to the HomePod. Just hold your iOS or iPadOS device next to HomePod and whatever you’re listening to will continue to play seamlessly on HomePod.

  • Live radio station support for over 100,000 stations. You can ask Siri to tune it to a particular station.

  • Ambient sounds, such as ocean waves, forest birds, rainstorms, and more. 

  • Multi-user support. Together with Siri, HomePod will be able to learn and recognize up to six different voices and create a personalized listening experience for everybody at home. So when they say “Hey Siri, play some music” they’ll get a mix of songs customized just for them — picked from Apple Music based on their listening history and personal preferences. And with Personal Requests, they can access their own messages, reminders, lists, and calendars, and make and receive phone calls.