Graphics in iOS beta provide details about HomePod as device gets FCC approval

Apple’s HomePod has been granted FCC approval amid speculation that a release is imminent, and developer Filipe Espósito has uncovered a set of graphics in the latest iOS beta that hints at some of the device’s functionality, AppleInsider reports. The public FCC document leaves out guides and photos — which will be available to the public on July 17, likely well after the speaker is already available to customers. But the embedded iOS graphics have provided some hints about the new device’s functions, like providing custom responses tailored to multiple users or disabling voice control temporarily (possibly for situations like parties where voice controls could become a nuisance). The set of icons also features ones that represent water, temperature, a spinning fan and assorted other environmental items that likely tie into HomeKit controls.


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