Leading up to the much-anticipated launch of HomePod, Apple’s first entry into the smart speaker space, many details about the device have continued to trickle out. Today, new images from employees testing the HomePod in France reveal how you’ll manage the speaker’s settings.

In a series of screenshots via iGeneration (Translated) we see close-up how you’ll adjust HomePod in Apple’s Home app for iOS. Unlike Apple Watch, HomePod won’t have a standalone management app, but rather behave more like a HomeKit accessory. Some of the more rudimentary settings include the ability to turn on and off HomePod’s LED touch surface, press to speak to Siri, and toggle Siri sound effects.

According to the screenshots, HomePod will be highly configurable, with granular settings for speed of voice, pressure sensitivity, and more.

iGeneration also shares an image showing how the HomePod’s touch surface can be used to show volume controls when not displaying an animated Siri waveform. In August, we saw how HomePod’s setup process will work in iOS 11.

Yesterday, new icons discovered in iOS 11.2.5 revealed that HomePod will likely support HomeKit scenes for muting Siri. We also heard rumblings that Apple is working on multi-user support for HomePod, which has been further corroborated by today’s images.

iGeneration explains that multi-user support has been tested by Apple employees in France since at least December, and will allow the device to differentiate between a primary voice (with assigned Apple ID) and other members of a family. Only the primary voice associated with an Apple ID would be able to send messages with Siri, while everyone would have the ability to control music.

Apple’s HomePod was first expected to be released this past December after being introduced at WWDC 2017, but was delayed late in the year. Just recently, the speaker received clearance from the FCC, and initial shipments of the device have left the factories of Apple suppliers. HomePod is expected to go on sale in early 2018 at a cost of $349.

Check out 9to5Mac on YouTube for more Apple news:

FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.

Check out 9to5Mac on YouTube for more Apple news:

You’re reading 9to5Mac — experts who break news about Apple and its surrounding ecosystem, day after day. Be sure to check out our homepage for all the latest news, and follow 9to5Mac on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to stay in the loop. Don’t know where to start? Check out our exclusive stories, reviews, how-tos, and subscribe to our YouTube channel

About the Author

Michael Steeber

Michael is a Creative Editor who covered Apple Retail and design on 9to5Mac. His stories highlighted the work of talented artists, designers, and customers through a unique lens of architecture, creativity, and community.

Contact Michael on Twitter to share Apple Retail, design, and history stories: @MichaelSteeber