Back when he ad the HomePod mini Apple last year said it was working on a feature that would allow you to seamlessly transfer music, calls, and podcasts between your iPhone 11 or iPhone 12 and the smart speaker. With the arrival of iOS 14.4 earlier today, you can finally check it for yourself.
The new functionality builds on the transfer functionality already available on the company’s smart speakers. It takes advantage of Apple’s ultra-wideband (UWB) U1 chip built into both the HomePod mini and the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 lineups. In theory, transferring music, podcasts, and calls between devices should work better. since the U1 chip is there to help the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 detect when they are near the HomePod mini. At the very least, there are new visual and haptic feedback effects to make everything feel more polished. You’ll also see personalized listening suggestions and playback controls automatically appear on your iPhone when you get closer to the speaker. In the latter case, it is not necessary to unlock your phone first.