Top Stories: New HomePod Launches, iOS 16.3.1 Coming Soon, and More

This week saw the launch of the final product from Apple’s January hardware announcements, with the second-generation HomePod making its way into customers’ hands. Other news and rumors this week included signs of an interim iOS 16.3.1 bug fix update in the works as we await a fresh round of beta testing for a more […]

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Hands-On With Apple’s Second-Generation HomePod

Today is the official launch day for the second-generation HomePod that was introduced in January, and we picked one up to compare it to the original ‌HomePod‌ that Apple discontinued in 2021. Design wise, the second-generation ‌HomePod‌ looks a lot like the first-generation model, featuring the same rounded design and acoustic mesh fabric. It’s ever […]

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Got a New HomePod? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

Apple Launching All-New CarPlay Experience Later This Year With These 5 Features In June 2022, Apple previewed the next generation of CarPlay, promising deeper integration with vehicle functions like A/C and FM radio, support for multiple displays across the dashboard, personalization options, and more. Apple says the first vehicles with support for the next-generation CarPlay […]

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New HomePod Launches Today, Apple Store Pickup Now Available

Apple’s second-generation HomePod launches today, with the new smart speaker available for pickup at Apple Stores in the U.S. and select other countries. Online pre-orders also begin arriving to customers today, and pre-ordering is no longer required. Apple customers can use the Apple online store or App Store app to order a ‌HomePod‌ for Apple […]

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Kuo: HomePod Mini 2 to Begin Mass Shipments in Second Half of Next Year

Apple will begin mass shipments of the second-generation HomePod mini in the second half of 2024, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In his latest tweet sharing industry information, Kuo said Apple supplier Goertek has secured assembly orders for the ‌HomePod mini‌ 2, “which will start mass shipments in 2H24.” More to follow… Popular Stories Report […]

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First HomePod Orders Start Arriving to Customers in Australia and New Zealand

It is Friday, February 3 in New Zealand and Australia, which means it is the official launch day of the second-generation HomePod in those countries. Customers in New Zealand and Australia are always first to get new devices because of time zone differences, though one lucky MacRumors reader was able to get his speaker yesterday. […]

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Apple Explains Why HomePod Was Released Again, Wi-Fi 4 Limitation, and More

Apple’s VP of hardware engineering Matthew Costello and product marketing employee Alice Chan recently spoke with Men’s Journal and TechCrunch about the new second-generation HomePod in wide-ranging interviews about the smart speaker. Apple discontinued the original full-size HomePod in March 2021 after multiple reports indicated that sales of the speaker were lackluster, but Chan told […]

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New HomePod Delivered to One Lucky Customer Two Days Early

The second-generation HomePod is set to be released on Friday, February 3, which is the day that pre-orders will be delivered and when the speakers will be available for purchase in retail stores. One lucky MacRumors reader received his HomePod days early, with the device delivered today. The ‌HomePod‌ in question was ordered from Best […]

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New HomePod Can Still Stain Some Wooden Surfaces

When the original HomePod launched in 2018, it was discovered that the speaker can leave white rings on some wooden surfaces. Now, well-known YouTuber Marques Brownlee has confirmed that the issue persists to a lesser extent with the new HomePod. In a side-by-side test, he showed that the white second-generation HomePod left a white ring […]

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New HomePod Reviews Offer Hands-On Look at Sound Quality, Siri, and More

Apple’s second-generation HomePod will start arriving to customers and launch in stores this Friday. Ahead of time, the first reviews of the smart speaker have been shared by select media publications and YouTube channels. Priced at $299, the new HomePod features a virtually identical design as the full-size HomePod that Apple discontinued in March 2021, […]

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How to Use Temperature Sensor in HomePod Mini

The HomePod Mini was first released way back in 2020 and has become a staple for those in the Apple ecosystem who want a Siri-powered smart speaker. However, following the announcement of the 2nd Generation HomePod, Apple has unlocked the ability to use temperature sensor in HomePod Mini. Related Reading The implementation of a humidity […]

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Can’t Set Up HomePod? How-to Fix

Apple has been putting in quite of bit of work in order to keep our devices as protected as possible. This is evidenced by features such as iCloud+ with Private Relay, along with Advanced Data Protection. The latter was introduced with the release of iOS 16.3, and offers end-to-end encryption for a wide variety of […]

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How to Use the Temperature and Humidity Sensors on HomePod and HomePod Mini

iOS 16.3 for iPhone Launching Next Week With These 4 New Features In a recent press release, Apple confirmed that iOS 16.3 will be released to the public next week. The software update will be available for the iPhone 8 and newer and includes a handful of new features, changes, and bug fixes. Below, we’ve […]

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Apple Releases HomePod 16.3 Software With Humidity and Temperature Sensing, Find My Improvements, Audio Tuning, and More

Following the iOS 16.3, iPadOS 16.3, tvOS 16.3, watchOS 9.3, and macOS Ventura 13.2 updates that came out yesterday, Apple today released new 16.3 software created for the HomePod, second-generation ‌HomePod‌, and HomePod mini. According to Apple’s release notes, ‌HomePod‌ software version 16.3 adds a number of new features. It activates temperature and humidity sensing […]

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HomePod Mini vs. HomePod Buyer’s Guide

In 2020, Apple unveiled the HomePod mini as the first addition to the HomePod lineup, with a new spherical design and the S5 chip. With a more affordable price tag of just $99, ‌HomePod mini‌ is a much more accessible and versatile version of Apple’s smart speaker in a compact design. Apple recently reintroduced the […]

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New HomePod Facing Significant Delay in Certain Markets as Pre-Orders Continue

Tuesday January 24, 2023 1:00 am PST by Sami Fathi The new second-generation HomePod appears to have a significant backlog of pre-orders, delaying shipping dates by up to seven weeks in certain markets for Apple’s latest smart speaker. Last week, Apple announced a new HomePod with a slightly updated design, faster performance and features, and […]

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Apple releases iOS 16.3 with support for the new HomePod and watchOS 9.3

As promised last week, today Apple released iOS 16.3 to all supported devices. If you have a compatible iPhone, and it hasn’t notified you of the update yet, you can grab it by going to Settings > General > Software Update. That’s the beauty of Apple’s rollouts, they’re not staged. The new version comes with […]

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Apple Releases iOS 16.3 With Security Keys for Apple ID, New HomePod Support, Bug Fixes and More

Apple today released iOS 16.3, the third major update to the iOS 16 operating system that first came out in September. iOS 16.3 comes over a month after the launch of iOS 16.2, an update that added the Freeform app, Apple Music Sing, Advanced Data Protection, and more. [embedded content] ‌iOS 16‌‌.3 can be downloaded […]

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Gurman: Apple Not Working on New HomePod Mini

Apple is likely not working on a new version of the HomePod mini smart speaker, according to Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman. In the latest edition of his “Power On” newsletter, Gurman explained that he believes Apple is not “actively working” on a successor to the ‌HomePod mini‌: After the debut of a new full-sized HomePod, many […]

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Top Stories: New MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, HomePod, and More

Surprise! This week ended up being a very busy one for Apple with a number of announcements for several new products we knew were in the works but thought might not be launching quite so soon. We’ll have a lot more to come over the next few weeks as the new products launch, but read […]

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