Sunday, June 23, 2024

The Apple HomePod just got a potentially life-saving feature

Making good on its promise (opens in new tab), Apple is giving its HomePod line of devices the ability to detect smoke and carbon monoxide alarms via its Sound Recognition tool. Yes, that includes the discontinued first-gen HomePod model.

When it detects an alarm going off, the HomePod will immediately send a notification to either your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch device informing you of the potential emergency. You can then tap those notifications on either an iPhone or iPad to double-check if everything’s okay. It could be a false alarm, after all. The device will then announce to everyone in your house that you’re checking in.


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