Apple is at the moment testing a HomePod software program replace that allows new proximity primarily based interactions with iPhone fashions outfitted with the corporate’s U1 Extremely Wideband chip.
Whereas Apple doesn’t sometimes concern HomePod beta software program to builders, a tester who has entry to the upcoming HomePod 14.4 replace described how the brand new function will work in a Reddit publish on Wednesday.
Based on the transient rundown, bringing an iPhone inside about one foot of HomePod mini invokes a haptic faucet and an on-screen banner that shows the tune at the moment taking part in on the good speaker. Bringing the gadgets nearer collectively will increase haptic depth and tempo, whereas transferring them aside decreases suggestions prominence.
When performing a tune Handoff from HomePod mini to iPhone, the banner expands right into a close to full-screen “platter,” or UI panel, that features album paintings, playback controls and extra. The brand new functionality seems to meet Apple’s promise of a “magical” Handoff expertise that gives audio, visible and haptic suggestions cues to create the phantasm that the 2 gadgets are bodily linked. Apple stated the function would arrive in a future HomePod software program replace.
The complete course of is powered by U1 chips built-in into iPhone and HomePod.
Launched with iPhone 11 final yr, the specialised Extremely Wideband silicon makes use of radio pulses to detect, vary and work together with different U1 gadgets which can be in shut proximity. Apple first carried out the spatial consciousness expertise in iPhone’s directional AirDrop perform, and the U1 is rumored to be the spine of but to floor FindMy options and a so-called AirTags monitoring accent.
MacRumors noticed the Reddit publish earlier immediately.
As we speak’s HomePod 14.4 beta software program was distributed alongside the primary iOS 14.4 beta, suggesting that the 2 updates can be launched on the similar time. Apple beforehand stated the superior haptic expertise would launch earlier than yr’s finish.