iOS: How to Let Your Friends Control HomePod Music

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

Apple Tweet on HomePod

The next time you invite your friends over to chill, here’s how you can let them control HomePod music, so everyone can listen to their favorites.

How to Set a Room for Your Apple TV and HomePod for AirPlay 2

· Jeff Gamet · How-To

AirPlay 2 room settings for HomePod

You updated to iOS 11.4 on your iPhone or iPad, tvOS 11.4 on your Apple TV, and HomePod 11.4 on your HomePod so you have AirPlay 2 support. Now you need to assign rooms to your speakers so you can control where you’re playing music. Here’s how.

Apple at Cannes, Essential Reality, 2nd HomePod and AirPlay 2 vs. Soundbar - ACM 464

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Apple Senior Vice President Angela Ahrendts is going to be interviewed at Cannes Lions, but the person interviewing her is an Apple employee. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet think that’s a little weird. In hindsight, they also think it’s weird that Andy Rubin thought he could make money making Android hardware, an Essential(ly) bad idea. In the third segment, Jeff helps Bryan spend money when picking between a 2nd HomePod and a soundbar now that AirPlay 2 is here.

How to Turn On HomePod Personal Requests

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

Personal Requests settings for HomePod on iPhone

Siri on HomePod can check your Calendar thanks to the HomePod 11.4 software update. You’ll have to enable Personal Requests first, which takes just a few steps. Here’s how to do it.

Apple Releases HomePod 11.4 with AirPlay 2 Support

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

HomePod with iPhone and AirPlay 2

Along with iOS 11.4, Apple released HomePod 11.4 on Tuesday. The update adds AirPlay 2 support, finally bringing multi-room support and stereo speaker pairing to Apple’s smart speaker.

Apple's Siri Says She's Getting 'Smarter' at WWDC [Update]

· Bryan Chaffin · News

Siri's New Voice

So far, Siri has revealed she will be getting a new voice, and she hinted at what may be a new HomePod. Perhaps most importantly, on one test, she told me she was getting smarter. [Updated with additional info.]

The Voice Assistant War: Alexa and Google Assistant Versus Siri

· Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Apple HomePod, Amazon Echo, Google Home smart speakers

We’re still in the early stages of voice assistant technology so we can’t declare a winner yet, regardless of which you prefer. Based on what we’re seeing, however, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are putting Apple’s Siri in a serious catch up position.

The Myth of the Failing iPhone X and Other Earnings Report Notes - ACM 460

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet discuss the myth of the failing iPhone X, where that myth comes from, how it’s sustained, and how Apple’s own data says otherwise. They also talk about how Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri tried to dispel those reports during Apple’s quarterly conference call with analysts. They also look at the indicators that HomePod, on the other hand, isn’t doing well, and Tim Cook’s continued insistence on focusing on sound quality when we really want a capable home assistant. They cap the show with some perspective on just how much money Apple is paying out to shareholders.