Note about timers

Cupertino, October 7, 2023

I find it frustrating that timers aren't better integrated between iOS and HomePods, or even between HomePods in different rooms. All devices should be able to access all timers on any device. The iOS clock app should show all timers, including those running on the HomePod. They are all aware of each other because once the timer alert goes off, you can stop that timer from any device. I had an interesting observation today. With the Home app open and one of my HomePods on the screen, I used the side button on the phone to activate Siri. I told it to set a timer for 30 minutes and the timer appeared in the Home app as a HomePod timer, as well as in the Clock app as an iOS timer. Unfortunately, it appears to be a bug in Apple's matrix and they didn't intend for you to see that they are all actually connected. When I went to that HomePod and asked how much time was left, it said there were no timers on the HomePod. At the end of the 30-minute period, the timer only rang on the phone and not on the HomePod, although it continued to count down in the Home app for the entire 30-minute duration. I tested it again, and if I force closed the Home app and reopened it, the timer was no longer listed.

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