The HomePod is really good at a few things. Unfortunately, working in a hotel room with hotel WiFi is NOT one of them. Just like the Apple Watch, that pesky interstitial WiFi login screen trips it up, which I guess shouldn’t be surprising. I’m going to attempt using Personal Hotspot sometime down the road and see if this can be bypassed. Until then, here are a few more observations on Apple’s new toy.
Yesterday’s Podcasts app caught my interest with its note about Siri integration. If you’ve got the app installed and a few podcasts downloaded, you can now command Siri to start playing them for you. You can make a general request like “play podcasts”, but also get more specific, like “play Welcome to Night Vale” (which is a hilarious podcast, by the way).
This isn’t anything terribly new to frequent users of the iOS music app. After all, you can already do this with artists, albums, and song titles. However, this does mark the first time I’ve seen an app update include Siri integration — which is a pretty big surprise to me, as all previous Siri-related updates I know of happened alongside major iOS releases.
I’m hoping this is a sign that Apple is starting to re-think their stance on Siri. We have a lot to gain by making more apps and functions accessible via Siri, and I’m really hoping to hear more about this in June at WWDC.