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2018

Apple says all new iPhone apps must support iOS 11 SDK, iPhone X display as of April

Thursday February 15, 2018

Starting in April, developers submitting new titles to the iOS App Store will have no choice but to use the iOS 11 SDK -- and if they're supporting the iPhone, offer iPhone X display compatibility.

Accessory vendors start producing coasters, stands, and bags for Apple's HomePod

Thursday February 15, 2018

In a similar fashion to Apple's other products, accessory producers have been quick to create products to enhance the user experience of the HomePod just days after launch, with the first to surface including a leather carrying case and a coaster designed to prevent marks left behind by the speaker's silicone base.

How to AirPlay to two HomePods on iPhone & Mac (without AirPlay 2)

Thursday February 15, 2018

Though AirPlay 2 with support for multiple HomePods won't ship until later this year, there are ways to use multiple HomePods with your iPhone and Mac right now. AppleInsider shows you how to do it.

Apple won't wait for iOS 11.3 to fix Indian character bug, plans to roll out interim iPhone patch soon

Thursday February 15, 2018

While the fix for the Indian language character bug is in the iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4 betas, Apple is not waiting for them to issue an update, which will rectify the issue at least on iPhones and iPads.

Sonos One feet leaving same white marks on wood furniture that the HomePod can

Thursday February 15, 2018

A day after a debacle began about the HomePod silicone ring on the base of the unit was causing a stain to appear on some wood surfaces, it looks that the Sonos One has a similar issue with its own vibration-insulating feet.

HP expanding enterprise 'DaaS' support program to Mac, iPhone, and iPad

Thursday February 15, 2018

As part of an expansion of HP's "Device as a Service" program, the company is opening its support program to Apple devices in enterprise environments.

'An incredible money-making machine:' Apple's iPhone captures record 51% of global smartphone revenues

Thursday February 15, 2018

For the first time ever, Apple's iPhone captured more than half of all global smartphone revenues in a single quarter, outperforming the rest of the industry on the strength of the premium-priced iPhone X.

Apple Watch, AirPods & HomePod, Apple's 'other products,' predicted to rake in $22B in revenue by 2019

Thursday February 15, 2018

Fueled by a trio of new product categories, Apple's all-encompassing "other products" are poised to become the company's fastest growing segment, further fueled by the recent launch of HomePod.

Facebook rumored to take on Apple HomePod with first two smartspeakers

Thursday February 15, 2018

Facebook is reportedly planning to launch not one but two smartspeakers by the end of July at the latest, joining the fray against Apple, Amazon, Google, and others.

Microsoft 'Photos Companion' iPhone app allows for easy transfer of pictures to Windows 10 PC

Thursday February 15, 2018

Seeing a need in education, Microsoft has developed an app to pull all the pictures off multiple iPhones and mobile devices and store them locally on a central Windows 10 machine.

Latest iOS 11 bug crashes devices sent Indian-language character [u]

Thursday February 15, 2018

A bug in iOS 11 is causing devices sent a particular character in Messages to crash, and/or disabling some third-party messaging and email apps, but Apple has already fixed the problem in the latest round of iOS, macOS, and watchOS betas.

Estimates peg HomePod build cost at $216, Apple's margin smaller than competitors

Wednesday February 14, 2018

According to the latest research from TechInsights, Apple is shelling out $216 to build HomePod, meaning margins from the tech giant's first smart speaker are much slimmer than those of its flagship iPhone line.

Another test finds HomePod frequency response flat, but results potentially meaningless

Wednesday February 14, 2018

An acoustical analysis of Apple's HomePod published Wednesday found the speaker boasts a relatively flat frequency response, characteristics often associated with accurate sound reproduction, but those results might be misleading.

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway increases Apple stake by 23.3 percent, now its largest holding

Wednesday February 14, 2018

Legendary investor Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway continued to bet big on Apple over the fourth quarter 2017, raising its stake in the tech giant by 23.3 percent to hit 165.3 million shares, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

Watch: The best Siri commands for HomePod

Wednesday February 14, 2018

Apple's HomePod is out and users are impressed by the smart speaker's premium sound quality, but some have yet to take full advantage of its voice control functionality. To help users get started, AppleInsider collected a few useful phrases and commands that highlight Siri's capabilities.

How to limit HomePod access so family and friends can't send texts, create reminders, or hijack your music

Wednesday February 14, 2018

There are two different ways to lock your HomePod from outside access -- restricting access to AirPlay only, disabling messages, reminders and notes. AppleInsider shows you how to access and control both of these.

New Apple webpage touts apps & technology for augmented reality on iOS

Wednesday February 14, 2018

Apple has created a new mini-site promoting ARKit, the company's augmented reality platform for iPhones and iPads, as well as recent hardware advances made to enhance the technology.

How to reset your HomePod and connect it to a new Apple ID

Wednesday February 14, 2018

HomePod services like sending text messages or creating reminders can only be accomplished with the Apple ID used to initially set up the device. If you want to change the Apple ID affiliated with your HomePod, you'll need to redo the setup process.

HomePod's silicone bottom is causing rings on some finished wood surfaces [u]

Wednesday February 14, 2018

Apple's HomePod appears to be leaving white circles on some finished wood surfaces, but what specifically is causing it and any commonalities between the incidents both aren't clear yet. [Updated with Apple support info]

Rear-facing 3D sensing technology possibly slated for fall 2019 iPhone, allowing Apple to press AR advantage

Wednesday February 14, 2018

With the iPhone X just three months out of the gate, and discussions about the 2018 iPhone refresh starting, eyes are starting to look at 2019, with new supply chain discussion by an investment analyst firm suggesting that Apple is now working on a world-facing 3D sensor to assert dominance in augmented reality.