HomePod phone call support is definitely in the pipeline
One feature we’ve always suspected was coming sooner rather than later, especially after reports of closed beta tests last week, is direct phone call support. Now it’s practically guaranteed that the general iOS 12 release this fall will enable the technology on the Apple HomePod, helping it catch up to Amazon Echos and Google Homes.
We don’t have a lot of details on the execution right now, as the operating system’s latest developer beta build simply offers a glimpse at a fourth feature in the HomePod’s personal requests setup UI. You can’t actually try out the smart speaker’s Phone functionality just yet, although the only real question about it is call quality.
Of course, this is a high-quality product overall that’s managed to impress the vast majority of reviewers and early adopters with its audio performance, so there’s no reason to expect anything less than a high sound standard for both initiated and received voice calls. Oddly enough, there’s no sign of multiple timers in iOS 12 beta 5, although that doesn’t necessarily mean the feature is delayed or not happening.