AppleInsider podcast talks HomePod, AirPlay 2, HomeKit, and new AirPods

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This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Neil talk about Neil's Siri experience on HomePod, iOS betas that formerly had AirPlay 2, and HomeKit baby cameras.

AppleInsider editors Victor Marks and Neil Hughes discuss:

  • AirPlay vanishes from iOS, tvOS 11.3 betas. We talk a little about what Neil hopes for 11.3 and Victor's expectations for AirPlay 2.
  • A leaked memo suggests Nokia is going to leave the Withings Health business behind. We both talk about what a loss this would be for the Apple Health consumer.
  • Netgear adds HomeKit to the Arlo home camera lineup with a HomeKit compatible baby camera. This thing looks cute. Is there something creepy about getting children used to being in view of a camera from birth?
  • Rumor: AirPods may get an update for 'Hey Siri' and better water resistance. Neither of us are surprised by this one.
  • Loup Ventures surveys people, finds that they're largely satisfied with their smart speakers, and determines the common uses for them. This matches up with research we've seen in the past - music is far and away the biggest use.
  • Spotify is probably going to make their own smart speaker. Neil asks why they would bother. We didn't mention it, but Facebook is rumored to as well. Victor thinks it makes a lot more sense for Spotify to do so, Facebook doesn't make nearly as much sense. Victor re-tells the story of how Netflix was going to launch their own TV streaming box, and at the last minute it was released as Roku, and the differences and similarities in the music streaming space.
  • FaceTime video calling saves a woman's life allowing her remote caller to detect a heart attack.

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