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This week on AI: Apple's HomePod reviewed, 'iOS 12' plans, iPhone AR & more

At long last AppleInsider finally had a chance to review the HomePod, Apple's first entry into the smartspeaker universe. Other points of interest during the week included plans for "iOS 12," and more hints that future iPhones will have rear-facing 3D sensors.

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Everything you need to know:

  • The HomePod sounds great, but Siri is a problem > >
  • Here's how the HomePod's audio ranks against other smartspeakers > >
  • Starting with "iOS 12," Apple may roll out features more gradually > >
  • Rear-facing 3D sensors could reach iPhones as soon as 2019 > >
  • Apple is rushing to fix a messaging bug that crashes iPhones and iPads > >
  • Shareholders voted against Apple setting up a human rights committee > >
  • The next TV show joining Apple's slate is based on NBA star Kevin Durant > >

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A roundup of all of our hottest stories this week:

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

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

In software development 'cultural shift', Apple won't hold features for major annual point-zero releases

Rear-facing 3D sensing technology possibly slated for fall 2019 iPhone, allowing Apple to press AR advantage

Apple won't wait for iOS 11.3 to fix Indian character bug, plans to roll out interim iPhone patch soon

Voters shoot down human rights committee proposal at Apple shareholders meeting

Kevin Durant's life and times to be chronicled in Apple-funded 'Swagger' video production

HomePod's silicone bottom is causing rings on some finished wood surfaces

Latest iOS 11 bug crashes devices sent Indian-language character

Apple to prep second season of 'Carpool Karaoke'

Interior Apple Park glass is so clear, distracted employees are walking into it