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Topic: Current Hardware

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

02/15/2018, 04:02 pm

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.

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

02/14/2018, 10:02 pm

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.

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

02/14/2018, 10:02 pm

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.

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Watch: The best Siri commands for HomePod

02/14/2018, 04:02 pm

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.

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Acoustic testing finds HomePod's adaptive audio tech delivers highly consistent sound

02/13/2018, 06:02 pm

In its advertising push for HomePod, Apple has touted its smart speaker as capable of delivering consistent sound to listeners positioned anywhere in a given room. New testing backs up those claims, and offers insight into how the company accomplished such a feat.

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See Apple's HomePod take on the competition in our ultimate smart speaker sound comparison

02/12/2018, 05:02 pm

AppleInsider puts HomePod's sound quality to the test against four smart speaker competitors, Sonos' One, Amazon's second-gen Echo, Google Home and Google's Home Max, in this comprehensive comparison. Find out which comes out on top.

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Apple's MacBook lineup now world's fourth-largest notebook brand

02/12/2018, 04:02 pm

Apple's share of the global laptop market climbed from 8.3 to 9.6 percent during 2017, allowing the company to rise from fifth to fourth place.

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HomePod review: Your mileage may vary, but crank it up for the ride

02/11/2018, 08:02 am

I love Apple's HomePod, and I want one in every room of my house. But I also kind of hate HomePod for its reliance on Siri. Like any messy relationship, it's complicated. If you can get over the personal assistant's numerous shortcomings, you'll find that HomePod is a fantastic sounding compact speaker, but also potentially the start of something much better.

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Tune HomePod's sound using equalizers in iOS and macOS

02/10/2018, 12:02 am

From multi-array microphones for far-field listening to beamforming tweeters and dynamic audio processing powered by a beefy A8 processor, HomePod is a compact marvel of technology. Despite its smarts, users are unable to access audio output settings as they would a traditional speaker or even Bluetooth devices marketed by companies like Sonos.

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How to trigger Siri on your iPhone instead of HomePod

02/09/2018, 08:02 pm

With HomePod, accessing Apple's Siri technology is more convenient than ever. But users might want trigger the virtual assistant on an iPhone rather than a speaker that blasts answers to anyone within earshot. Here's how to do it.

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Apple on engineer hiring spree, with steady expansion since 2016

02/07/2018, 01:02 pm

Data gleaned from Apple's job postings suggests that the company has amped up its hiring of hardware engineers, with an 80 percent increase in staffing needs from the fall of 2016 to the start of 2018.

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All models of iMac Pro shipping to customers, 14-core models now arriving

02/05/2018, 08:02 am

The last configuration of iMac Pro is starting to ship to consumers worldwide, with readers informing AppleInsider that they have custody of the machine now.

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Apple employees can buy HomePod at half price for limited time

02/02/2018, 08:02 pm

Apple employees are getting a late Christmas gift from the tech giant in the form of a 50 percent discount on the new HomePod speaker, which hits store shelves at $349 next week.

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AppleCare+ Mac warranties come to Australia & New Zealand

01/31/2018, 04:01 pm

Mac buyers down under can now opt into AppleCare+ plans, which offer up to three years of warranty coverage, including cheaper rates for two incidents of accidental damage.

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Early 18-core iMac Pro orders now shipping to US customers, 14-core model still absent

01/31/2018, 02:01 pm

Apple is now shipping three out of four of its major sub-groups of iMac Pro models, with purchasers of the 18-core model now getting notifications that the machines are on their way.

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Caldigit launches $249 Thunderbolt Station 3 Plus dock with 10Gbps USB-C, 85W charging, cuts older TS3 dock to $199

01/30/2018, 10:01 am

CalDigit has introduced two new products to its range of docks, with the Thunderbolt Station 3 Plus offering extensive connectivity options via a total of 15 ports, while last year's Thunderbolt Station 3 is now being offered at the lower price of $199.

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Apple's first HomePod ads urge customers to 'order now'

01/27/2018, 08:01 pm

Apple Kicked off promotional efforts for its new HomePod on Saturday with four short ads showing off the smart speaker's svelte chassis and unique LCD control panel.

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A deep dive into HomePod's adaptive audio, beamforming and why it needs an A8 processor

01/27/2018, 02:01 am

The HomePod stands to be an audiophile's ideal speaker when it ships on Feb. 9, in no small part due to the considerable effort Apple has put into audio processing for the device. Audio expert Matt Hines of iZotope explains some of the technical hurdles Apple and other smart speaker producers have to overcome to provide a high-quality audio experience in a wide variety of environments.

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Apple highlights project to teach film production skills using MacBook Pro, Final Cut Pro X

01/25/2018, 02:01 pm

Apple has highlighted a filmmaking workshop in a special report for the Apple Newsroom, revealing how it assisted the project with iPads, MacBook Pros, and support from its retail store to help students create three low-budget short films over the course of a month.

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MacBook Pro eGPUs gain full clamshell mode and hot-plug capabilities in Apple's macOS 10.13.4 beta

01/25/2018, 09:01 am

AppleInsider testing has shown significant improvement in eGPU implementation in Apple's new macOS 10.13.4 beta, boasting a dynamic clamshell mode working as expected regardless of monitor configuration, and a new menu on the desktop allowing users to disconnect from a connected enclosure without necessitating a logout.

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