HomePod, Apple’s smart speaker, could get new phone features this year, allowing you to initiate phone calls.

Right now users can transfer an iPhone call to HomePod, but initiating the call using Siri isn’t possible. French site iGeneration is reporting this might change; if the report is accurate the feature will roll out alongside iOS 12 later this year. Users will be able to ask Siri to start a phone call on the HomePod, and to answer incoming calls.

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Another potential highlight: HomePod will be able to handle multiple timers at the same time.

None of this is confirmed by Apple, so take it with a grain of salt. To be honest it’s kind of ridiculous people who bought a $350 smart speaker had to wait for these features at all, considering how long the Amazon Echo and Google Home have offered them. Still, if you have a HomePod, this is potentially very good news.

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