This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Neil talk about HomePod, rumored iPhones and Bryan Fuller's inability to stay on a show. In addition, Michal Jurewicz joins to talk about audio digital signal processing.
AppleInsider editor Victor Marks and Neil Hughes discuss:
- Ming Chi Kuo thinks the rumored 6.1 inch iPhone said to debut in late 2018 will outsell all other models. Neil still isn't sure what he thinks of it.
- Victor and Neil talk about the iPhone battery health settings that are now showing up in iOS 11.3 betas. We still think it's a little silly to let people remove CPU throttling from an iPhone with a failing battery.
- HomePod won't have user-adjustable EQ settings. Victor is a little disappointed in this. Victor prefers a neutral EQ for many songs, while many people prefer to pile on the bass.
- Source code for iOS 9's iBoot was posted to github. Leaks like this are very rare, so it's worth a mention. (Actually, after we recorded, there was another leak, this time of multiple iPhone's baseband code, in the form of an Xcode project. Something is going on for these leaks to be coming out.)
- AirPower, the multi-charging pad for iPhone, Watch and AirPods, is said to launch in March. Neil is not convinced.
- Bryan Fuller and Hanson Hart leave Apple's reboot of Amazing Stories. Fuller wanted a 'Black Mirror' type show. Victor waxes about the original Amazing Stories. That episode with the train that travels through time and crashes through the modern home built over the old decrepit tracks? Or the one with the WWII plane that lost it's landing gear and was going to crash taking out the gunner position, until they draw big balloon tires that materialize and it comes in for a safe landing? (Seriously, I don't even have to look up these episodes to remember these details. A 19th century railroad engineer thanking Mr. Coffee as if it's anthropomorphized resonated with me as funny, and makes even more sense now that we're talking to Siri and Alexa like they're real.)
- Nest was absorbed into Google to better battle HomeKit. At the same time, original co-founder Matt Rogers left the company. This integration makes sense to Victor, but it definitely is an upheaval. Victor talks about what made Works with Nest different from the other approaches we have now.
- Apple Watch can detect early signs of diabetes with 85% accuracy. This information isn't surfaced to a user at this time, but a study found a correlation between heart and diabetes, and Apple Watch was the sensor used to pick up the heart data.
- Apple begins wide collection of Apple Watch data for Heart Study in partnership with Stanford. This is going to be interesting to watch. The idea is to use the watch to identify arrythmia in the heart.
- Lastly in the health segment, there's a glucose monitor that uses NFC with the iPhone to transfer data to an app. This is the first use of NFC that we've seen on iOS that isn't ApplePay.
- Mike W wrote up a tip on how to download old versions of apps from the App Store for users who haven't updated their phones or iPads. The segment that discussed it didn't make the cut, but it's important to know about.
- Interview with Michal Jurewicz - Michal has made DACs used in recording studios for years, and this year introduced Clef, a product that takes audio by USB or Bluetooth, runs it through a portable DAC to deliver exceptional sound. We talk about his products, and a bit about HomePod.
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Show note links:
- Next-gen 6.1-inch LCD iPhone again predicted to outsell OLED models
- First look: iPhone Battery Health settings in iOS 11.3
- Apple lets public test iPhone Battery Health setting in iOS 11.3 beta 2, issues developers watchOS 4.3 beta 2
- HomePod doesn't have manual EQ options, will auto-adjust based on analytics says Apple's Eddy Cue
- Apple HomePod shipping estimates slip in US after first reviews go live
- Source code for iOS 9's 'iBoot' component reportedly leaks online
- Rumor: Apple to launch AirPower and AirPods wireless charging case in March
- Apple loses 'Amazing Stories' showrunner over creative differences
- Nest absorbed into Google to better battle HomeKit, Alexa for home automation supremacy
- Apple Watch can detect early signs of diabetes with 85% accuracy, study finds
- Apple begins wide collection of Apple Watch data for Heart Study
- Glucose sensor app said to be first third-party title to access Apple iPhone's NFC
- How to download old versions of apps from the App Store on an older iPhone or iPad that can't run iOS 11
- HomePod review roundup: Apple's smart speaker sounds incredible, but Siri is lacking
- Michal Jurewicz' Clef device
- Michael Jurewicz' Mytek Digital site
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