As it touted at the annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month, Apple is making it easier for Siri users to play live radio stations via iPhones, iPads and HomePods. The company will source iHeartRadio, TuneIn and Radio.com to bring users access to more than 100,000 stations.
Although marketed as a fall iOS 13 feature, Siri live radio is already working in part on Apple’s HomePod, and for iPhones and iPads running the iOS 13 beta, reports 9to5mac. There are also global radio outlets available. Radio playback is controllable through the Music app, where stations can be searched in a proprietary tab. Played stations appear in a Recently Played section of the app.
Until now, Apple Music has offered Beats 1 radio, and only a limited number of AM/FM radio stations streamed from select countries. In the fall, the HomePod will receive software improvements, including easier music handoff by bringing an iPhone closer to the smart speaker.