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Topic: HomePod

How AppleInsider staff work from home and what gear we need to do it

03/20/2020, 12:03 pm

AppleInsider staff work all around the world, and most of us have home offices. If you're looking for the ideal desk setup, we can show you that there isn't one -- but here are eight favorites that help us get our work done.


Radar in future HomePods could ID users, monitor some health parameters

03/19/2020, 06:03 am

Apple devices including HomePod may get the ability to detect the nearby location of a user, act on their gestures, and determine which user it is -- plus use this information to make health assessments.


Triple-camera iPad Pro, 'iPhone SE 2' Touch ID, HomeKit improvements appear in 'iOS 14' leaks

03/10/2020, 10:03 am

The flood of new feature claims within iOS 14 continues, with the mobile operating system leaks allegedly confirming rumors about upcoming hardware including the iPad Pro refresh and the "iPhone SE 2," as well as a number of changes to HomeKit.


Future HomePods could feature touch-sensitive fabric for more controls

03/05/2020, 06:03 am

Instead of the HomePod solely being controllable by taps on the top touch area, Apple is working on touch-sensitive fabric to allow users to control the speaker anywhere.


Apple considering allowing third-party apps to replace defaults on iOS, HomePod

02/20/2020, 07:02 am

The HomePod may be opened up to third-party music services, and Apple may also allow iOS users to permanently swap the default email and browser apps for alternatives.


HomePod gains smart speaker marketshare in Q4, still lags far behind front runners

02/13/2020, 06:02 pm

Apple posted strong HomePod sales for the fourth quarter of 2019, according to new statistics shared Thursday, but its sales growth rate trails that of other top players and the device's overall marketshare sits well behind frontrunners Amazon and Google.


Amazon maintains massive lead over Apple in US smart speaker market

02/10/2020, 05:02 pm

Amazon's share of the U.S. smart speaker market is expected to contract slightly in 2020 and 2021, according to new research from eMarketer, but the dip is unlikely to faze the e-tailer whose popular Alexa-powered Echo devices enjoy a commanding lead over segment competitors Google and Apple.


HomePod lands in India 23 months after launch

01/29/2020, 12:01 pm

The HomePod is now available to purchase in India for the first time, with the regional launch of Apple's smart speaker also offering the audio device at the equivalent of $280 after sales tax, and potentially even lower at some retailers.


Deals: Up to $600 off 13-inch MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs; HomePod $189

01/03/2020, 11:01 am

The start of 2020 is home to steep savings on current and closeout MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro notebooks. Heading into the weekend, shoppers can save up to $600 instantly on the ultraportable systems, delivering the lowest prices on well-equipped models. Plus, Black Friday and Cyber Monday pricing has returned on Apple HomePods.


How to set up multiple users on a HomePod

11/03/2019, 06:11 pm

At long last, up to six people can talk to your HomePod and get recognized. Their choice of music will play, and their HomeKit scenes will start. It just takes more setting up than you'd imagine.


Apple seeking further tariff exemptions for Apple Watch, AirPods, plus iPhone components

11/01/2019, 02:11 pm

On the first possible day it could, Apple is petitioning the US Trade Representative for for relief on tariffs that went into effect on September 1 for a large swath of its product line -- including iPhone and Mac Pro parts.


Here's how to play ambient sounds on your HomePod

10/31/2019, 12:10 pm

One of the features that Apple added to the HomePod with the 13.2.1 update is the ability to play ambient sounds. Here's how to get them to play until you tell them to stop, or on a timer.


Early Apple Black Friday deals knock up to 94% off Macs, HomePods, Apple Watches, accessories

10/31/2019, 11:10 am

Retailers are ramping up discounts on Apple hardware, as well as parts and accessories to enhance your Mac setup, with flash deals of up to 94% off. Many of the savings end today, so shop early for the best selection.


Apple issues iOS 13.2.1 update for HomePod following bricking problems

10/30/2019, 06:10 pm

After pulling iOS 13.2 for HomePod due to reports that the software was bricking devices, Apple on Wednesday released a tweaked version of the firmware to rectify the apparent issues and enable new features like audio handoff and multi-user support.


If you updated your HomePod to 13.2, do not reset it or remove it from the Home app

10/29/2019, 06:10 am

Apple has withdrawn the HomePod 13.2 update. If you've had a successful update, you're fine -- but do not reset the HomePod, nor remove it from the Home app, or you're going to have a problem that will require service.


Apple's iOS 13.2 release bricks HomePod for some users [u]

10/28/2019, 06:10 pm

HomePod owners beware. Apple's release of iOS 13.2 on Monday delivers long-awaited features to the company's smart speaker, but the software is rendering some units useless.


Apple releases 13.2 update for HomePods with music handoff, user identification [u]

10/28/2019, 01:10 pm

The HomePod 13.2 update included with iOS 13.2 adds the ability for HomePod to recognize different voices, play high-quality ambient soundtracks, and handoff music, podcasts or calls from iPhone.


Editorial: Apple isn't revamping its HomeKit team, but maybe it should

10/28/2019, 11:10 am

Bloomberg believes that Apple is hiring people to overhaul how the company's HomeKit devices work with third-party products. The report is based on disprovable information, yet it is true that Apple both should and could do much more with the technology.


Everything new in iOS 13.2 beta 1: Deep Fusion, new AirPods, more

10/02/2019, 04:10 pm

AppleInsider digs into all the changes found in the first beta of iOS 13.2 which includes new features, returning features, and Apple's highly-touted Deep Fusion photography feature.


Editorial: Amidst cries for a cheaper HomePod, Amazon now has a higher-end Echo

09/26/2019, 01:09 pm

To compete with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, critics have insisted that Apple would need its own drastically cheaper HomePod. But instead of Apple moving down into the loss leader territory of $30 Echo Dots and Google Home minis, Amazon has unveiled its much more expensive Echo Studio, with a $200 price tag equivalent to a half dozen Echo Dots.