Special tone generated by the Apple HomePod helps the smart speaker pair with an iPhone

Apple's HomePod smart speaker is going to launch in December. The smart speaker will be part of a tech category that has had quite a year. Besides the two most popular models, the Amazon Echo and Google Home, by the end of this year there will also be smart speakers from Microsoft (the Microsoft Invoke powered by Cortana), Sony (equipped with Google Assistant), and Apple's HomePod featuring Siri. Samsung also has a smart speaker on tap, possibly ready in 2018, and it will come with Bixby.

Apple's HomePod will feature an automatic pairing technology that will be based on a tone created by the HomePod and detected by a nearby iPhone. Last month (Wake up! It is now September) an iOS 11 beta version discovered that Siri will read out a four-digit authentication and pairing code, which is entered into the user's iPhone. What might happen here is that the HomePod tone triggers Siri into releasing the authentication and pairing code. Once you receive the code, it is entered into a nearby iPhone. Pairing is complete, no fuss, no muss.


Each smart speaker is essentially made up of a speaker (duh!) and a virtual personal assistant. Users can enable and disable smart home based appliances, stream music from certain apps, receive weather forecasts, sports scores, stock prices and access other information. Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa is now branching out and is available on the HTC U11, the Motorola Moto X4 and the Huawei Mate 9.

source: AppleInsider

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17 Comments

1. nikhil23

Posts: 442; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

aaand the pairing process be like "Give me more Money"... ...Apple device recognized. Pairing Successful

2. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

LOL... Stupid joke but funny

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I am curious as to how this sound pairing process will work if you have the TV or some music playing in the background? Or do you have to silence everything before pairing?

5. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Wrong platform, buddy.

6. cmdacos

Posts: 4201; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

He's not wrong. All platforms exhibit the same.

7. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Uh huh.

12. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

You don't say! :))

8. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Note that this device is not running Android.

13. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Android=Lags everywhere

4. murali_v_2000

Posts: 36; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

Add 1 to the obligatory, useless feature article mentioning Apple product. Looks like someone needs to meet a goal to get paid...

14. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

It's clickbait for fandroids. That's basically every article with the word "Apple" mentioned in this website.

15. imran86

Posts: 208; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

Stolen from $10 Chinese gadgets already a few years old.

16. CHP19

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 23, 2017

So.... something Chromecast already had in 2014.

17. JoshN

Posts: 202; Member since: Apr 01, 2015

Samsung have done this sort of thing forever using their amazing Smart Switch app ???

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