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Apple HomePod update brings phone calls and Siri Shortcuts

A free software update is coming for the Apple HomePod that will bring a smattering of useful new features around Siri voice control.

As well as asking Siri to play a certain song, you can now search by song lyrics. "Play the song that goes...", is the example Apple uses. The depth of Siri's song knowledge remains to be seen. 

Siri Shortcuts will meanwhile deliver multiple functions from one voice command, learning to trigger a series of tasks from a single command.

HomePod can now make and receive calls, too, routing calls from your iPhone or responding to a command to ring someone in your contacts.

Other new features  are the ability to set multiple timers and the addition of Find My iPhone on HomePod, allowing you to locate any iOS device within earshot of your Apple speaker. You'll be able to download the update on Monday 17th September.

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Joe Cox

Joe is Content Director for Specialist Tech at Future and was previously the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across print and online for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung, reported from CES, the Bristol Show and Munich High End for many years, and provided comment for sites such as the BBC and the Guardian. In his spare time he enjoys mixing vinyl and cycling.