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Apple Releases New 13.4.5 Software for HomePod

iOS 14 Leak Shows Off Apple-Branded QR Codes Found in ‘Gobi’ AR App A leaked version of the iOS 14 update has been circulating for a few months, giving us an idea of what Apple is working on behind the scenes for the new update. Details about iOS 14 have been trickling out, and today, […]

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HomePod Operating System Now Based on tvOS Instead of iOS Amid Rumors of Smaller HomePod

Apple in March released new 13.4 software designed for the HomePod, alongside of the release of iOS 13.4 and tvOS 13.4. 9to5Mac recently looked at the ‌HomePod‌ code and says that Apple made a curious change with the new software — the ‌HomePod‌ operating system is now based on tvOS instead of iOS. watchOS, tvOS, […]

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Apple Offers Employees Deep Discounts on HomePod and Beats Headphones

Apple is offering employees significant discounts on products that include the HomePod and Beats headphones, according to details on the deals shared by MacGeneration and 9to5Mac. Apple is said to be clearing stock of Beats headphones and HomePods, providing them to employees through an internal deals program. The ‌HomePod‌ is available at a 50 percent […]

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Apple’s Work on New Upcoming Products Progressing Normally as Employees Adjust to Telecommuting

Apple’s development of upcoming products is progressing as usual despite the fact that Apple employees around the world are working from home, according to a new report today out from Bloomberg. Apple is still working on new versions of the HomePod, Apple TV, MacBook Pro, budget iPads, Apple Watch, iPhone, and iMac, all of which […]

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Spotify May Be Allowed to Stream Directly on HomePod and Set as Default Music App in iOS 14

Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman today reported that Apple is working to allow third-party music services like Spotify and Pandora to be streamed directly on the HomePod with Siri in a future software update, as is possible with Apple Music. Spotify currently can only be streamed on the HomePod via AirPlay.The report adds that Apple is also […]

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Bloomberg: Apple May Let iOS Users Set Third-Party Web Browser and Mail Apps as Defaults Over Stock Apps

Apple is considering whether to let iPhone and iPad users set third-party mail and browser apps as defaults instead of the mobile operating system’s preference for its own Safari and Mail stock apps. Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman: The technology giant is discussing whether to let users choose third-party web browser and mail applications as their default […]

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Apple’s HomePod Places Sixth in Global Smart Speaker Market in Q4 2019

Apple shipped an estimated 2.6 million HomePods during the fourth quarter of 2019, earning it 4.7 percent of the smart speaker market, according to new estimates shared today by Strategy Analytics.Apple was the number six worldwide smart speaker market vendor, shipping fewer speakers than Amazon, Google, Baidu, Alibaba, and Xiaomi. Amazon was the number one […]

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Amazon Continues to Dominate U.S. Smart Speaker Market

Amazon’s Echo speakers continue to be the most popular smart speakers in the United States, and will remain in the dominant spot through at least 2021, according to new smart speaker user estimates shared today by eMarketer (via TechCrunch).An estimated 69.7 percent of U.S. smart speaker users will use an Amazon Echo product in 2020, […]

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HomePod Turns Two, Lower-Priced Model Might Launch Later This Year

Today marks two years since Apple released the HomePod, with deliveries to customers and in-store availability having begun February 9, 2018 in the United States, Australia, and United Kingdom.At launch, the HomePod cost $349, but Apple reduced its price to $299 in April 2019. Apple has never disclosed HomePod sales, instead grouping the speaker under […]

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Apple Releases New 13.3.1 Software for HomePod

Alongside iOS and iPadOS 13.3.1, Apple has released new 13.3.1 software for the HomePod, introducing some minor bug fixes and performance improvements.Today’s update brings support for Indian English Siri voices and Apple says it also includes “general improvements for stability and quality.” The new ‌‌‌‌HomePod‌‌‌‌ software will be installed automatically on the ‌‌‌‌HomePod‌‌‌‌, but you […]

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Apple Releases New 13.3 Software for HomePod

Alongside iOS and iPadOS 13.3, Apple has released new 13.3 software for the HomePod, with some bug fixes and performance improvements that build upon ‌HomePod‌ features introduced in earlier iOS 13 software releases. Today’s update improves the ability of ‌HomePod‌ to recognize the voice profile of family members, it allows individual family members to enable […]

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