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Topic: Current Hardware

Disgruntled HomePod owners say firmware update alters sound quality

03/29/2018, 09:03 pm

A number of HomePod owners are airing their dissatisfaction over Apple's first firmware update for the device, saying the new software tweaks the speaker's sonic fingerprint, a specific sound for which customers paid a hefty premium.

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Apple releases its first HomePod software update, but no AirPlay 2 or pairing

03/29/2018, 02:03 pm

Apple has issued a software update to the HomePod alongside updates for iOS 11.3, tvOS 11.3, and watchOS 4.3, bringing the firmware for the smart speaker up to version 11.3, with today's release also marking the first update of the audio device's software since it shipped.

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Apple and education: Four decades of highs and lows

03/26/2018, 02:03 pm

A continuing theme throughout Apple's history, from early years of Steve Jobs to today, has been education. AppleInsider examines the efforts -- some successful, some not -- to appeal directly to the education market.

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Video: How to connect your HomePod to your Apple TV or Mac

03/25/2018, 10:03 am

If you own Apple's HomePod and are looking for ways to get more out of the smart speaker, besides using its built-in service integrations, consider using it with other Apple devices. AppleInsider shows how to use the HomePod to play audio from a Mac and from an Apple TV.

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Creator of Mac startup & iPhone camera sounds talks Apple sound history

03/24/2018, 11:03 pm

In a newly-published interview, former Apple sound designer Jim Reekes discusses the history of the sound cues he created for the company's devices, such as the famous Mac "beep" and startup chords, and the camera shutter used on devices like the iPhone.

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AppleInsider Podcast interviews Annemarie Dooling on Facebook, T. Greg Doucette on warrants to Google, iPhones and more

03/23/2018, 08:03 am

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor interviews Annemarie Dooling about Facebook, T. Greg Doucette, attorney and former Apple employee about warrants served to Google, and Victor and Mike talk about the latest in iPhone rumors.

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Apple's MacBook sales growth may outpace both iPhone and iPad this year

03/16/2018, 10:03 am

Apple may be looking at a huge year for MacBooks, with growth having a chance to exceed that of every other Apple product line, including the iPhone and iPad.

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StarTech debuts a new Thunderbolt 3 Dock with SD card reader and 85W of charging power

03/15/2018, 11:03 am

StarTech has unveiled a new Thunderbolt 3 dock, which offers SD Card reading capability, dual-4K display connection, as well as six USB 3.0 ports.

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Apple shares six short films created using 'powerful' iMac Pro [u]

03/14/2018, 05:03 pm

Looking to market the iMac Pro as "the most powerful Mac ever," Apple has published six short films made using the desktop as the primary tool.

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Homekit-compatible ecobee Switch+ smart light switch shipping in end of March

03/13/2018, 11:03 am

The long-awaited ecobee Switch+, a smart light switch that offers Siri HomeKit voice control via far-field voice technology, is coming at the end of March.

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Apple computers are most reliable, according to Rescuecom repair data

03/13/2018, 10:03 am

Apple, in addition to the highest U.S. market share among computer manufacturers, is also the most reliable brand, handily beating out a group of competitors that includes Samsung, Dell, and Lenovo.

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Apple to launch entry level 13.3-inch MacBook with Retina display in Q2, report says

03/12/2018, 02:03 am

A report out of Asia on Sunday claims Apple is preparing a new entry level 13.3-inch MacBook offering that boasts a screen resolution comparable to a MacBook Pro, but comes with a price tag closer to that of a MacBook Air.

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Smart speaker assistants compared: Siri vs. Alexa vs. Google Assistant

03/05/2018, 08:03 pm

Apple's HomePod brings Siri into the home for the first time, but how does the virtual assistant stack up against established technologies like Amazon's Alexa and Google Home's Google Assistant? We put the latest versions of each smart speaker to the test in this video comparison.

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Analyst estimates average lifespan for all Apple devices at over four years

03/01/2018, 03:03 pm

The average lifespan of an Apple device is probably just over four years, according to analysis into figures released during the fourth quarter investor conference call, suggesting that iPhones and iPads remain in active use for twice as long as the typical consumer iPhone upgrade cycle.

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Logitech's Craft keyboard gets new SDK, support for Adobe's Lightroom Classic CC and core macOS apps

02/28/2018, 04:02 pm

Logitech this week enabled new Craft keyboard functions on the Mac for Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, Spotify, and Safari, Preview, and QuickTime.

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Video: Apple HomePod vs. Amazon Echo 2nd generation

02/27/2018, 08:02 pm

Apple's HomePod is more than twice as expensive as Amazon's second-generation Echo, incorporates a less capable virtual assistant in Siri and is limited to Apple's ecosystem of service. So why would anyone choose it? It's all about sound quality.

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Apple to launch branded over-ear headphones as soon as this year

02/25/2018, 01:02 am

Capitalizing on early success with AirPods, Apple is readying a branded over-the-ear headphone product that could launch as soon as this year, according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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Smart speaker satisfaction at 89 percent, HomePod adoption hits 3 percent, survey finds

02/21/2018, 08:02 pm

A new survey from Gene Munster's Loup Ventures found 89 percent of smart speaker owners are satisfied with their device, but despite coming packed with virtual assistant technology, most use the to play music or check the weather.

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First look: Mantiz MZ-02 Thunderbolt 3 eGPU enclosure in space gray

02/20/2018, 11:02 am

After AppleInsider examined the Mantiz MZ-02 eGPU, the company expanded its line slightly, but more importantly, refined the internals a bit.

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Apple shares tutorial video explaining 'how to get the most' from HomePod

02/16/2018, 07:02 pm

Continuing a recent surge in HomePod-related tutorial videos, Apple on Friday posted a fresh explainer to its official YouTube support channel covering general device features, from music playback to Siri commands.

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