The second-generation HomePod launched as we speak will supply a Sound Recognition characteristic that permits the speaker to detect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm sounds and ship a notification to the person’s iPhone if both of these sounds are recognized.

Apple Increasing Sound Recognition Characteristic to New HomePod and HomePod Mini With Software program Replace Later This 12 months
Apple says Sound Recognition shall be obtainable on each the brand new HomePod and the prevailing HomePod mini in a software program replace that shall be launched “later this spring,” which means the replace must be obtainable by June on the newest. It is unclear if the characteristic can even be rolled out to the first-generation HomePod launched in 2018.

Apple warns that the characteristic shouldn’t be relied upon “in circumstances the place customers could also be harmed or injured,” or in “high-risk or emergency conditions.”

Sound Recognition on HomePods would require Apple’s up to date Residence app structure, which is quickly unavailable after some customers skilled points after putting in the replace. It is not clear when the replace shall be made obtainable once more.

Sound Recognition was first launched on the iPhone in 2020 and might detect all kinds of sounds on that gadget, together with a doorbell, working water, a child crying, a automotive horn, a door knock, a cat meowing or canine barking, and extra. Apple’s announcement doesn’t point out if HomePods can even have the ability to detect these different sounds, or if the characteristic shall be restricted to smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on the audio system.

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