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Topic: HomePod

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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Unlike Roomba, Apple confirms it won't upload, share or sell your home data from HomePod

07/27/2017, 10:07 am

With vacuum maker iRobot looking to sell user's house maps to smart home vendors, an AppleInsider reader asked Apple what it planned to do with data collected by the HomePod's room mapping technology. Unsurprisingly, Apple confirmed it has no intention of saving or sharing information about a user's home layout.

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Size matters? Facebook plans to combat Apple's HomePod with smart speaker featuring 15" display

07/25/2017, 11:07 am

Reports suggest Facebook is working on its own smart speaker to battle the HomePod and similar products, with features similar to that of the Amazon Show -- but packing a 15-inch screen.

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Amazon working on new Echo with better speakers in response to Apple HomePod

07/13/2017, 12:07 pm

Apparently in response to Apple's HomePod announcement, Amazon is reportedly working on a new flagship Echo speaker that will improve on the original in virtually every respect.

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iPhone owners more excited about HomePod or Beats than Amazon Echo, survey finds

07/10/2017, 12:07 pm

Interest among iPhone users in the upcoming HomePod speaker is greater than that of the Apple Watch prior to its launch, and more users are planning on buying Apple-produced speakers than Amazon Echo devices.

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