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iOS 16.3 guides users on using Handoff from iPhone to HomePod


Apple on Wednesday released the first beta of iOS 16.3 to developers, and one of the new features coming with the update is the ability to use physical security keys to protect Apple IDs. But in addition to that, Apple is also tweaking the system to help and guide users on how to transfer and control music from iPhone to the HomePod.

Guide on how to Handoff from iPhone to HomePod with iOS 16.3

Handoff from iPhone to HomePod is not a new feature. In fact, it has been available since the original HomePod, which was discontinued in 2021. With the HomePod mini, the feature works even better and more precisely, thanks to the U1 chip. All you need to do is bring your iPhone near your HomePod to transfer a song, podcast, or call.

To help users become more familiar with this feature, Apple has included a new guide in iOS 16.3 that shows HomePod owners how to do just that.

Now, those who have a HomePod set up in their account will see this new guide after updating to iOS 16.3 (which is currently in beta). iOS explains that users can bring their iPhone close to their HomePod to see playback controls or to move audio between the devices. Here’s what the system says:

Bring iPhone close to HomePod to view controls, or when playing music, to move music between iPhone and HomePod.

You can bring iPhone near HomePod again later to view controls or transfer music.

This is a small change, but at the same time, it helps users learn more about what they can do with the HomePod. Earlier this month, the company expanded the availability of the HomePod mini to three more countries: Sweden, Finland, and Norway. Apple also confirmed that the HomePod mini will soon be available in South Africa.

According to rumors, Apple plans to introduce a new HomePod model in 2023. References to this model were found in the iOS 16 code by 9to5Mac.

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