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Topic: HomePod

Reminder: AirPlay devices can stream to AirPlay 2 speakers like the HomePod

07/11/2018, 02:07 pm

AirPlay 2, Apple's latest evolution of their wireless streaming protocol, was recently released, bringing with it an array of new features and changes. This had many wondering, will original AirPlay devices stream to AirPlay 2 speakers?

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HomePod occupies 4 percent of smart speaker market as sector growth soars

07/09/2018, 12:07 pm

Analysts suggest the HomePod could capture ten percent of the smart speaker market by 2022, slowly catching up with its rivals as the sector itself grows exponentially.

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Podcast discusses Intel's modem woes, analyst predictions for 2018 iPhone, and marketing companies reading Gmail

07/06/2018, 08:07 am

This week on the AppleInsider PodcastVictor and Andrew talk about 5G, Intel losing Apple's modem business, and the prospect of humans reading your email.

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MediaTek gets HomePod Wi-Fi chip orders, angling to be iPhone modem supplier

07/02/2018, 08:07 am

MediaTek is potentially getting closer to potentially becoming an iPhone modem supplier, after supply chain sources of a report claim the Taiwanese manufacturer is probably going to supply Wi-Fi chips to Apple for the HomePod.

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How do a pair of HomePods compare to a $180 soundbar?

06/29/2018, 12:06 pm

The HomePod offers great audio quality, and as a pair, fantastic stereo music playback. But are two HomePods enough to replace a soundbar in a home theater system that is half the price of a single speaker? AppleInsider finds out.

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These Apple deals are ending today, grab the lowest prices while you can

06/27/2018, 11:06 am

Time is running out to snap up the lowest prices anywhere on Apple hardware and accessories, from AirPods for $135 to up to $500 off MacBook Pros. Each offer also includes free shipping with no tax collected in most states, putting more money back in your pocket. Don't delay, though, as these deals end today.

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How to make stereo HomePods louder when paired with Apple TV 4K

06/25/2018, 06:06 pm

If you have a pair of HomePods and want to use them in stereo as a home theater speaker replacement on the Apple TV, you may find the volume to be lower than you would really want for the setup. Changing a setting on the Apple TV can help push the decibel count higher, but even that has its limitations.

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Lowest prices anywhere: 2017 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for $1,299; AirPods for $135; Apple Pencil just $85; HomePods $329

06/25/2018, 11:06 am

Retailers are ending June with a bang by offering readers the lowest prices anywhere on Apple hardware and accessories. Save $500 on Apple's current 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, or pick up an Apple Pencil for just $85 with coupon. AirPods and HomePods are also on sale this week.

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How to pick which wireless speaker is best for you

06/22/2018, 03:06 pm

As with any other gadget, the term "wireless speaker" is loaded with sometimes confusing categories. AppleInsider breaks them down and talks about how to pick what features you need, and which speaker you may want.

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Apple's HomePod lands in Canada, France, Germany

06/18/2018, 08:06 am

Apple's smart speaker has arrived in three more countries, with customers in France, Germany, and Canada now able to buy the HomePod from regional retailers as well as from Apple directly, just over four months after the intelligent audio device initially shipped.

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Can Apple's HomePod take on a surround sound theater system?

06/17/2018, 01:06 pm

Apple's HomePod is one of the best sounding smart speakers on the market, and the recent addition of stereo pairing with AirPlay 2 makes the setup even more engaging. But how does a pair of HomePods stack up against a dedicated home theater system?

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HomePod ad directed by Spike Jonze wins industry award

06/14/2018, 09:06 pm

Apple's innovative advertisements continue to rack up industry accolades, as the company's HomePod short film, directed by Spike Jonze, this week claimed top honors at the Association of Independent Commercial Producers Show.

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What to expect from Apple's WWDC 2018 keynote -- and what not to

06/01/2018, 09:06 am

WWDC is nearly upon us. AppleInsider takes a look at most of Apple's hardware lineup, and talks about what we might see, what we might not, and why.

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OWC's Garage Sale delivers $295 HomePods, docks as low as $90, Apple accessories from $4.50

05/31/2018, 12:05 pm

MacSales.com is at it again with its popular Garage Sale, which features rock bottom prices on Apple hardware and accessories. Pick up an open box HomePod for just $295 or a USB-C docking station for as low as $89.75. Parts and accessories are also on sale from $0.25.

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Will HomePod make a second splash at WWDC 2018?

05/31/2018, 04:05 am

Apple's introduction of HomePod at last year's Worldwide Developer Conference might not have seemed to have much direct relevance for third-party developers because unlike iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Macs and Apple TV it doesn't run apps.

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How to use AirPlay 2 on iOS: An in-depth analysis

05/30/2018, 03:05 pm

Multi-room audio may be the biggest feature of AirPlay 2, but it is far from the only new tricks AirPlay 2 has up its sleeve.

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Siri on HomePod can now speak to you in French, German, Canadian English

05/29/2018, 09:05 pm

With HomePod primed for launch in Canada, France and Germany, Apple on Tuesday expanded Siri's capabilities to provide compatibility with languages -- and dialects like Canadian English -- spoken in those countries, and announced future support for French Canadian.

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Watch and hear HomePod's multi-room audio with stereo playback on iOS 11.4

05/29/2018, 06:05 pm

Apple on Tuesday released iOS 11.4, bringing with it multi-room audio and stereo pairing for HomePod. We show you how to activate those features and take a closer look at how they work in this video.

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Apple HomePod coming to Canada, France & Germany on June 18, gets AirPlay 2 & stereo pairing with iOS 11.4

05/29/2018, 11:05 am

Apple's first smartspeaker will finally be coming to Canada, France, and Germany on June 18, the company announced on Tuesday. Later today it will launch AirPlay 2 and stereo pairing for the device, through the release of iOS 11.4 and matching HomePod firmware.

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Editorial: More companies need to temper their Artificial Intelligence with authentic ethics

05/25/2018, 08:05 am

When Apple outlined that its new HomePod didn't initiate phone calls on its own, nobody jumped to the conclusion that this was because having a device in your home that anyone's voice could use to place a telephone call from your personal mobile number might be a bad idea. Instead, the company was generally lambasted for "again" failing to match one of the many features of Amazon's Alexa Echo always-listening appliances.

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