HomePod owners are becoming increasingly frustrated with the latest AirPods ad. The full version of the “Bounce” commercial keeps triggering “Hey Siri” on Apple’s pricey smart speaker.
Some say they end up hearing the “crappiest” music, while others say their HomePod randomly calls out “I’m here.”
Smart speakers have been known to spring into action when certain phrases are heard on TV. Some TV commercials have actually taken advantage of this and purposely mentioned words that cause speakers to carry out certain actions.
It’s a more frequent annoyance for those who own Google Home or Amazon Echo speakers — but HomePod isn’t immune. Apple’s latest AirPods ad is now inadvertently causing the company’s own smart speaker to trigger.
AirPods ad causes HomePod to go ga-ga
A growing number of online complaints detail some of the things HomePods are doing when the “Bounce” ad is heard. That includes playing music or calling out “I’m here.”
“Hey @Apple I don’t really like your new black-and-white commercial for AirPods,” one user tweeted. “My HomePod start playing the crappiest music I’ve heard in my entire life. I love how somebody on the TV can control my HomePods.”
“The new @Apple AirPod commercial came on and when he said ‘Hey Siri Play Me Something New’ my HomePod came on and started playing Ariana Grande,” tweeted another. “I almost jumped out my skin.”
It’s not the first time
The trigger only occurs when HomePod hears the full version of the “Bounce” ad currently being aired on TV, which includes an actor saying “Hey Siri” at the beginning. The shorter, two-minute version, found on Apple’s YouTube channel and in other places, doesn’t cause any issues for HomePod owners.
This certainly isn’t the first ad or TV show to trigger smart speakers. HomePod owners suffered similar frustrations last spring, when an NBA ad purposely called for Apple’s speaker to “show me the NBA schedule.” Fortunately, advertisers don’t use smart speaker triggers on purpose too often.