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Topic: HomePod

Apple exec Craig Federighi says no October event this year

10/20/2017, 11:10 am

With just 11 days left in the month, Apple will not be holding an October press event this year, the company's head of software engineering reportedly said in an email.

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Google Home Mini preview hardware defect causes near-constant listening, uploads to servers

10/11/2017, 10:10 am

The first batch of Google Home Mini hardware distributed at assorted release events had a serious flaw that caused the device to listen in on every noise generated in a house -- and has since been pinned down as a hardware problem with a key feature now temporarily disabled after a firmware update.

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$399 Google Home Max with SmartSound takes aim at Apple's HomePod

10/04/2017, 12:10 pm

In addition to its budget-priced $49 Google Home Mini, the search giant also introduced a push to the premium end of the speaker market, unveiling the $399 Google Home Max with speakers 20 times more powerful than the regular Home.

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Google Home Mini offers affordable voice assistant, music streaming for $49

10/04/2017, 12:10 pm

Google on Wednesday unveiled a smaller, more affordable version of its Home speaker and assistant, dubbed the Google Home Mini, set to launch in stores on Oct. 19 for $49.

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What to expect from Apple's Sept. 12 event: iPhone X & 8, Apple Watch with LTE, 4K Apple TV with HDR

09/09/2017, 02:09 pm

This Tuesday, the first-ever event at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park in Cupertino will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Apple's iconic iPhone. It's expected to be headlined by a new OLED model known as the iPhone X, but that's not all the company has in store. AppleInsider gives you a complete rundown of what to expect.

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HomePod hardware purportedly pops up in China and California ahead of December launch

09/08/2017, 12:09 am

Though Apple is not due to open HomePod orders until December, versions of the hotly anticipated Siri-equipped speaker appear to be in testing by employees in the U.S., while one Instagram user seems to have snagged a unit in China.

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Apple HomePod generates tones for device pairing, setup

09/02/2017, 07:09 pm

When Apple's HomePod launches later this year, users will be able to take advantage of an automated pairing and setup process triggered by a special tone generated by the speaker and subsequently detected by a host iPhone.

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Apple HomePod setup may require iPhone or iPad, allow multi-speaker sync

08/22/2017, 03:08 pm

Even if it supports other Apple devices, people buying a HomePod will allegedly need an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to complete initial setup.

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Apple HomePod manufacturer Inventec warns of limited quantities available at Dec. launch

08/14/2017, 01:08 pm

During an earnings conference call, Inventec's CEO said that Apple's HomePod would have little material impact on the company's future results as quantities of the device will probably be constrained at launch -- with other reports claiming that Foxconn will handle half of the manufacturing duties in 2018.

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Amazon expected to counter Apple's AirPlay 2 with Echo-based whole-home audio

08/08/2017, 03:08 pm

In a potential shot at Apple's AirPlay 2 as well as speaker maker Sonos, Amazon is rumored to be preparing its own multi-speaker, multi-room music technology, which could come to existing Echo devices via a software update.

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Apple's 'iPhone 8' may do facial recognition while laying on tables & desks

08/06/2017, 03:08 pm

Code found in Apple's HomePod firmware may suggest that the "iPhone 8's" facial recognition system -- internally dubbed "Pearl" -- will be able to scan someone and unlock a device while it's resting on a flat surface, instead of forcing users to pick it up and aim the camera.

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Apple TV with 4K UHD, 10-bit HDR and Dolby Vision revealed by HomePod firmware

08/05/2017, 06:08 pm

Apple's own firmware for the upcoming HomePod speaker has proven to be the gift that keeps on giving for enthusiasts, this time revealing that a next-generation Apple TV will boast support for 4K video, as well as high dynamic range in both 10-bit and Dolby Vision formats.

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Yoga & water polo among new activities coming to Apple Watch, latest code leak suggests [u]

08/02/2017, 04:08 pm

The built-in Workout app on the Apple Watch may soon gain many more activity types, such as yoga, wrestling, and water polo, according to the latest discovery in Apple's HomePod firmware. [Updated with corrected info]

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Latest HomePod firmware leak indicates skiing workouts coming to Apple Watch

08/01/2017, 11:08 am

Code strings unearthed from early HomePod firmware suggest that Apple is planning to add skiing to the Apple Watch's Workout app, presumably alongside this fall's watchOS 4.

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New user interface sounds unique to Apple's HomePod pulled out of released firmware

08/01/2017, 11:08 am

The delve into the HomePod firmware continues, with enterprising coders extracting resources including user interface sounds from the device.

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Watch: HomePod firmware reveals 'iPhone 8' details

08/01/2017, 03:08 am

Apple inadvertently released firmware for its forthcoming HomePod speaker over the weekend, and in doing so leaked loads of information related to a next-generation iPhone.

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HomePod firmware points to 'iPhone 8' split status bar, tap to wake, embedded Touch ID in question

08/01/2017, 12:08 am

Digging deeper into HomePod firmware that was released over the weekend, developer Steven Troughton-Smith is coming up with additional details surrounding Apple's next-generation iPhone, including what could be confirmation of a split status bar user interface and a new "tap to wake" feature.

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Further Apple HomePod firmware spelunking shows 1GB of RAM, 272x340 screen

07/31/2017, 04:07 pm

A deeper dive into the HomePod firmware that was briefly available over the weekend shows the A8-powered device will boast 1GB of RAM available and a 272-by-340 pixel screen, suggesting that rudimentary app support will be possible for the hardware in the future.

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Evolving tactics, rule changes make it harder to uncover future Apple product names

07/31/2017, 09:07 am

While Apple is finding it increasingly hard to stop feature leaks, this year, the company has had some success preventing people from learning exact product names -- owing to the countries it's now choosing for trademarks.

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Apple HomePod firmware reveals 'iPhone 8' bezel-less design, facial recognition

07/31/2017, 12:07 am

Sometimes the best source of Apple leaks is Apple itself, as revealed by the company's HomePod firmware, which apparently includes a rough sketch of the front face of the "iPhone 8," as well as references to its anticipated facial recognition unlock feature.

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