Along with the HomePod Mini, Apple also showed off a new feature for iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, and HomePod, called Intercom. This new feature has been billed an easy way to communicate with your family. I have been playing with this feature for the last couple of days and is a guide on how to set it up and how to use it across your Apple devices and my first thoughts.
To use the Apple Intercom feature, your Apple devices need to be running the correct firmware. Intercom requires you to be iOS 14.2 on your iPhone, watchOS 7.2 on Apple Watch, and HomePod mini 14.2. These updates are in beta at the moment, but Apple should launch them soon.
Unfortunately, at present, it doesn’t appear that the feature works on the Mac. Although to be fair to Apple, they didn’t say Mac would support it. But I could imagine this changing later down the line.
I also want to point out that this is beta and I will not be commenting on any of the bugs as that would be unfair. But right now, it’s working pretty well and I am sure Apple will improve things before the official launch.
Apple intercom detailed walkthrough and how to use it
HomePod mini will be available in white and space gray for $99/£99. It will be available to customers in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Spain, the UK, and the US. Preorders of the HomePod mini beginning Friday, 6th November. Shipping will start week beginning the 16th November.