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New Images for Internal Testers Show HomePod Settings Interface, Volume Controls and more.

Apple’s first ever smart speaker, the HomePod, is probably the most anticipated speaker ever. And thus, many details about the device have continued to trickle out. Today, new images from employees testing the HomePod in France reveal how you’ll manage the speaker’s settings.

A series of screenshots appeared on the website  iGeneration which tells us how we’ll adjust HomePod in Apple’s Home app for iOS.

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Unlike the Apple Watch, HomePod won’t have a standalone management app, but rather behave more like a HomeKit accessory. Some of the more rudimentary settings include the ability to turn on and off HomePod’s LED touch surface, press to speak to Siri, and toggle Siri sound effects.

The screenshots tell us that the HomePod will be highly customizable, unlike other Apple products, with granular settings for speed of voice, pressure sensitivity, and more.

HomePod’s touch surface can also be used to show volume controls when not displaying an animated Siri waveform.

Yesterday, new icons discovered in iOS 11.2.5 revealed that HomePod will likely support HomeKit scenes for muting Siri. We also heard rumblings that Apple is working on multi-user support for HomePod, which has been further corroborated by today’s images.

Yesterday, new icons discovered in iOS 11.2.5 revealed that HomePod will likely support HomeKit scenes for muting Siri. We also heard rumblings that Apple is working on multi-user support for HomePod, which has been further corroborated by today’s images.

iGeneration also explains that multi-user support has been tested by Apple employees in France since at least December, and will allow the device to differentiate between a primary voice (with assigned Apple ID) and other members of a family. The voice associated with AppleID would be able to send messages via Siri whereas anyone can control the music.

Apple’s HomePod was first expected to be released this past December after being introduced at WWDC 2017, but was delayed late in the year. Just recently, the speaker received clearance from the FCC, and initial shipments of the device have left the factories of Apple suppliers. HomePod is expected to go on sale in early 2018 at a cost of $349.

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