During the launch of HomePod mini during Tuesday’s Apple event, the company introduced an upcoming new element called Intercom compatible all Apple devices except Mac. Intercom will allow family members to interact with each other wherever they are in the home, with the ability to exchange spoken messages via HomePod speakers. If a family member is in the garden or away from home, they can still avail Intercom on their iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and even CarPlay. Apple sources claim the following-
A new Intercom feature offers a quick and easy way for family members to connect with each other at home. One person can send an Intercom message from one HomePod to another — whether in a different room, a specific zone, or multiple rooms throughout the home — and their voice will automatically play on the designated HomePod speaker. Intercom works with iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods, and CarPlay, so everyone in the household can get Intercom notifications and send Intercom messages from the backyard or on their way home.
In the most advanced HomePod beta software, the setup process explains that users can say “Hey Siri, Intercom,” followed by their message, and then select which HomePods and/or personal devices the message should be forwarded to. Other options include “Hey Siri, tell everyone,” and “Hey Siri, reply…” in response to a message.
On personal devices, Intercom messages are notified with the option of listening to the audio message. Users can also decide when Intercom notifications are delivered to their iPhone (Never / When I’m Home / Anywhere) and can choose who can use Intercom via the Home app if they have remote access. Apple is also incorporating an accessibility option that transcribes spoken messages on personal devices. The Intercom feature will be available in upcoming software updates, which are likely to roll out along with the launch of HomePod mini on November 16.