The official Apple Support YouTube channel has added several tutorial videos about HomePod. Each video is around a minute long, highlighting different features of Apple's smart speaker. New users and HomePod experts alike will find helpful tips along with links to related support documentation.
Sometimes you may want a little privacy even from your smart devices. Whatever the reason, you can deactivate the "Hey Siri" voice command on your HomePod so it's not always listening.
To disable the "Hey Siri" option on your HomePod navigate to the settings in the Home app on your iOS device, then tap the "Hey Siri" toggle so it is OFF. You can also simply just say "Hey Siri, disable Hey Siri." The HomePod will then ask you to confirm with a "yes" to disable the voice command feature.
The Apple HomePod is not waterproof. Apple suggests keeping your HomePod away from all sources of liquid. This means you should not store your HomePod in the kitchen near your sink, bathroom, and so on. Do not take your HomePod near swimming pools, spas, and so on.
Apple has released a support document for the cleaning and care of the HomePod. Some customers have been complaining that the smart speaker is leaving a white ring on some wood surfaces, such as oiled or waxed countertops. Apple notes in its document that "it is not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-damping silicone base to leave mild marks when placed on some wooden surfaces. Apple suggests "wiping the surface gently with a soft damp or dry cloth" to remove any rings.
With the news that Apple acquired Shazam last year, HomePod owners are anticipating enhanced music capabilities in the near future. The song identification service continues to add features, such as offline mode for iOS users. In the meantime, Shazam can easily be used on the HomePod in conjunction with Siri, no iOS device required.