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This week on AI: Apple readies new iPads & AirPods, AirPlay 2 goes MIA, HomePod vs. Sonos & more

Top stories included an imminent iPad refresh, Apple plans to buy a battery ingredient directly from miners, and word that updated AirPods could be ready later this year.




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Everything you need to know:



  • Two new iPad models are around the corner > >
  • Apple is seeking to buy cobalt supplies direct from the source > >
  • 2018 AirPods might let you trigger Siri with your voice alone > >
  • Apple fixed a text bug crashing iPhones and other devices > >
  • AirPlay 2 is missing in the latest iOS and tvOS betas > >
  • An Apple repair facility has been flooding the surrounding area with accidental emergency calls > >
  • Watch the Apple HomePod square off against the Alexa-equipped Sonos One > >


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A roundup of all of our hottest stories this week:



Apple international regulatory filings hint that two new iPad models are imminent

Apple reportedly in talks to buy cobalt, key Li-ion battery ingredient, directly from miners

Apple said to be upgrading AirPods with 'Hey Siri' & better water resistance

Apple issues iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS updates with fix for Indian character bug

AirPlay 2 disappears from newest iOS 11.3 & tvOS 11.3 betas

Apple repair facility in California made about 1,600 false alarm 911 calls since October

Video: Apple HomePod vs. Sonos One

FCC net neutrality protections to expire on Apr. 23 without intervention

New video shows drone crashing onto roof at Apple Park

Video: Apple HomePod vs. Google Home Max

Intel failed to disclose Meltdown and Spectre to government until flaws made public, Apple and others confirm

Apple's AirPower mat inches closer to release, again said to arrive in March

French court denies Apple injunction against tax protests