Again when it announced the HomePod mini final 12 months, Apple mentioned it was engaged on a characteristic that may let you seamlessly switch music, calls and podcasts between your iPhone 11 or iPhone 12 and the sensible speaker. With the arrival of iOS 14.4 earlier today, you possibly can lastly test it out for your self.
The brand new characteristic builds on the handoff performance that’s already obtainable on the corporate’s sensible audio system. It takes benefit of the U1 ultra-wideband (UWB) chip Apple constructed into each the HomePod mini and the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 lineups. In idea, transferring music, podcasts and calls between gadgets ought to work higher for the reason that U1 chip is there to assist the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 detect after they’re in shut proximity to the HomePod mini. On the very least, there are new visible and haptic suggestions results to make every thing really feel extra polished. You’ll additionally see personalised listening strategies and playback controls routinely seem in your iPhone whenever you transfer close to the speaker. Within the latter case, there’s no have to first unlock your telephone.