Apple’s Intercom Feature Works on iPhone, iPad, HomePod, Apple Watch, AirPods, and CarPlay

During the unveiling of HomePod mini at Tuesday’s Apple event, Apple introduced an upcoming new feature called Intercom that works across all Apple devices with the exception, it would seem, of Mac.


Intercom will enable family members to communicate with each other wherever they are in the home, with the ability to send and receive spoken messages via HomePod speakers. If a family member is in the garden or away from home, they can still use Intercom on their iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and even CarPlay. Apple explains:

A new Intercom feature offers a quick and easy way for family members to connect with each other at home. One person can send an Intercom message from one ‌HomePod‌ to another — whether in a different room, a specific zone, or multiple rooms throughout the home — and their voice will automatically play on the designated ‌HomePod‌ speaker. Intercom works with ‌iPhone‌, ‌iPad‌, Apple Watch, AirPods, and ‌CarPlay‌, so everyone in the household can get Intercom notifications and send Intercom messages from the backyard or on their way home.

In the latest ‌HomePod‌ beta software, the setup process explains that users can say “Hey Siri, Intercom,” followed by their message, and then choose which HomePods and/or personal devices the message should be sent to. Other options include “Hey ‌Siri‌, tell everyone,” and “Hey ‌Siri‌, reply…” to respond to a message.


On personal devices, Intercom messages appear as notifications with the option to listen to the audio message. Users can also choose when Intercom notifications are delivered to their ‌iPhone‌ (Never / When I’m Home / Anywhere), and can select who can use Intercom via the Home app if they have remote access. Apple is also including an accessibility option that transcribes spoken messages on personal devices.

The Intercom feature will arrive

Best Prime Day 2020 headphone deals: Save $100 on Bose QuietComfort 35 II, $50 on AirPods Pro and more

This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, CNET’s guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

Amazon Prime Day 2020 is officially here and runs through Wednesday, Oct. 14. Between Amazon’s hefty savings and similar sales from Walmart and Best Buy, now is a great time to be on the hunt for any type of headphones, from wireless ear buds to epic over-the-ear noise cancelling headsets with comfy ear cups.. 

So far, we’re seeing deep discounts on Sony headphones that we’ve traditionally seen around Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Sony has lowered prices on last year’s WF-1000XM3, as well as the newer WF-SP800N, which is water-resistant and features noise cancellation. The entry-level WF-XB700 Extra Bass is at the lowest price we’ve ever seen, $78. We’re also seeing Apple headphones return to a low price of $199 (even as a new AirPods Studio over-ear headphone remains rumored). 

We expect to see more amazing headphone discounts throughout Tuesday and Wednesday, so if you’re in the market for a specific type of headphone, say ones with Bluetooth connectivity, noise cancellation or true wireless earbuds, keep checking back.

Note that you’ll need to be an Amazon Prime member to get these exclusive deals.

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New iPhones were unveiled Tuesday, and they will come without wired headphones in the box for the first time ever. In the meantime, Apple’s current top of the line noise-canceling true wireless headphones are now back to selling at $199. That’s still pricey, but it’s $50 off what you’ll pay at the Apple Store, and $20 less than their usual price at Amazon.

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Sony’s latest noise-canceling headphones get a $50 discount for Prime Day and Amazon throws in a $25 gift card to

Apple To Give Free AirPods With iPhone 11

If you’ve been planning to buy an iPhone 11 soon, then Apple has a gift in store for you if you buy the smartphone from its Indian online store. For the iPhone 11 customers, Apple will be giving the AirPods for free along with the phone as a part of its Diwali offer. The accessory will be given for free from October 17th on the official Apple India online store. 

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The new deal comes at the perfect time right before the Diwali sale season as the company’s online store went live last month. The website is a dedicated place for customers in India to buy directly from Apple and if you want to know more about all the offers and benefits, check out our detailed report here. The website offers trade-in offers, hands-on customer service and other benefits customers can avail from the online store. 

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Apart from getting the free AirPods during the festive season, customers can also get the custom engraving done on products like the AirPods, iPad, and Apple Pencil from October 17th onwards. The iPhone 11 retails on Apple’s website for Rs 68,300 for the base variant and alongside a new purchase of the phone, customers will get the second generation of AirPods for free that retails for Rs 14,900 in India. 

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It is worth pointing out that e-commerce websites like Amazon will also be offering the iPhone 11 for Rs 50,000 during its festive sale event, however customers will not bet getting free AirPods along with the smartphone. However, it would be still cheaper to buy the iPhone 11 from Amazon at Rs 50,000 and get yourself a pair of AirPods instead of buying from Apple’s online store. Having said that, iPhone deals on Amazon do not last as

Early Prime Day deals: AirPods Pro $189, Macs from $729, 2020 iPad Pros up to $200 off, LG UltraFine displays from $399

Amazon-owned Woot’s Early Prime Day Sale offers shoppers some of the lowest prices of the season on Apple hardware, including AirPods Pro for $189.99 and Macs discounted to $729.99 and up. Even 2020 iPad Pros are up to $200 off.

Woot’s early Prime Day deals

MacBooks are also heavily reduced, with closeout 12-inch MacBooks and 13-inch MacBook Pros falling to as low as $729.99.

Even 2020 hardware is included in the flash sale, with 2020 MacBook Airs dipping to $889.99 in new, open box condition. Apple’s current 11-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro are also eligible for double and triple-digit markdowns, with prices starting at $739.99.

Those willing to purchase a refurbished unit can also save big on LG UltraFine monitors. Prices start at $399.99 for 4K models, while this 27-inch UltraFine 5K version is on sale for $799.99, which is $500 off the original MSRP.

To shop the entire selection of deals, head over to Woot. These flash deals are valid on Oct. 12 only and end at 10 p.m. Pacific, or while supplies last.

Additional Apple deals

Apple Price Guides

AppleInsider and Apple authorized resellers are also running additional exclusive deals on hardware that will not only deliver the best Apple prices on many of the items, but also throw in bonus discounts on AppleCare, software and more. Here are some of the offers:

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Best early Prime Day 2020 headphone deals: AirPods Pro return to $199, Jabra Elite 45h for $80, Sony WF-1000XM3 for $178 and more

This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, CNET’s guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

Prime Day 2020 officially kicks off in just a few days. But unofficially, several companies are already coming out with early Amazon Prime Day deals. In the headphone space, it’s a return to some of the deep discounts on Sony headphones that we’ve seen before — and you don’t even need to wait until Black Friday or Cyber Monday to take advantage of them. 

More specifically, we’re seeing Apple headphones return to their all-time low prices (even as a new AirPods Studio over-ear headphone remains rumored for Tuesday). Sony has again slashed prices on last year’s WF-1000XM3 as well as the newer WF-SP800N, which features noise canceling and is water-resistant, and the entry-level WF-XB700 Extra Bass, which is back down to the lowest price we’ve seen, at $78. 

We also expect to see more headphone discounts during the official Prime Day sale, so if you’re in the market for a specific type of headphone, say ones with noise cancellation, bluetooth connectivity, or true wireless earbuds, keep checking back.

If you can’t wait for Prime Day to score a deal, we’ve collected some of the biggest markdowns from the long-awaited sales event below. Note that you’ll need to be an Amazon Prime member to get these exclusive deals.

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New iPhones are expected to be unveiled Tuesday, and they are rumored to come without wired headphones in the box for the first time ever. In the meantime, Apple’s current top of the line noise-canceling true wireless headphones are now back to selling at $199. That’s still pricey, but it’s $50 off what you’ll pay at the Apple Store, and $20 less