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Tag Archive for ‘HomePod Mini’

‘Giving Up on Siri and HomePod’ ➝

A great collection of thoughts about Siri and the HomePod, put together by Michael Tsai.

To add my two cents, I’ve disabled “Hey Siri” on every device in the house. I didn’t really find myself triggering it accidentally often, but any number of false positives is enough to be annoying. The real kicker, though, was that I didn’t like the idea of the microphone always being on.

At this point, my Siri usage has been relegated to telling one of our HomePod minis to turn off a box fan, setting timers on the kitchen HomePod, and occasionally asking Siri to start a web search on my iPhone when one of my hands is busy tending to Caleb.

➝ Source: mjtsai.com

HomePod Mini ➝

Many of us have wanted a device like this from the very moment the original HomePod was announced. I have two HomePods in my house — one in the kitchen and one in our son Josh’s room. I think we’ll probably end up with at least two of these HomePod Minis.

I’m not sure exactly where the Minis specifically will end up because we’ll probably juggle around our existing HomePods a bit. But I know I want a smart speaker in my home office and in our living room.

The Intercom feature sounds neat, too:

With more than one HomePod in the house, you can easily communicate with your family members by voice using Intercom. Ask Siri to send your message to the whole house or to individual rooms — and everyone can easily respond.

Throwing a message to my wife from the kitchen while she’s in Josh’s room sounds fantastic. It’s one of those features that seems so unbelievably obvious once you hear about it.

➝ Source: apple.com