When Apple announced HomePod mini last year, the company said it was working on a new feature that would conveniently stream music, calls, and podcasts from iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 to a smart speaker. Today, with the release of iOS 14.4, this feature has finally been implemented.
The new feature builds on the functionality of the Apple U1 ultra-wideband chip, which, in addition to the HomePod mini, is used in the iPhone 11 and 12. In theory, streaming music, podcasts and calls to the HomePod mini should now perform better as the U1 chip helps the iPhone detect when they are. in the immediate vicinity of the column. To highlight this, Apple has added new visual and tactile feedback effects. In addition, users will now see personalized listening suggestions and playback controls on their iPhone as they move closer to the speaker. You don’t even need to unlock your phone to do this.
In addition to the updated version of AirDrop, this is the first feature to take advantage of the capabilities of the U1 chip. It is also expected to be used to interact with AirTag search trackers, which Apple will reportedly unveil later this year. Installing the latest update for HomePod mini is available today.