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Topic: HomePod

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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Apple invention appears to detail HomePod's adaptive acoustics

07/06/2017, 06:07 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application seemingly related to the company's upcoming HomePod speaker. In particular, the invention covers a method of equalizing and optimizing loudspeaker output through the use of microphones, digital signal processing and advanced computational algorithms.

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With Bixby still MIA, Samsung scrambling to build Apple HomePod competing smart speaker

07/04/2017, 12:07 pm

On the heels of Apple's HomePod announcement, Samsung is said to be working on its own foray into the smart speaker space, although the South Korean company's voice-driven personal assistant, Bixby, hasn't even launched in the U.S.

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Apple marketing chief discusses 'unbelievable' response to ARKit, HomePod, more in interview

06/29/2017, 07:06 pm

Apple vice president of worldwide iPod, iPhone, and iOS product marketing Greg Joswiak says developer response to the company's new ARKit tools is "unbelievable," suggesting consumers will have plenty of augmented reality app to browse through when iOS 11 launches this fall.

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Apple's Tim Cook talks HomePod, AR, personal legacy & more in new interview excerpt

06/15/2017, 09:06 am

In an interview excerpt published on Thursday, Apple CEO Tim Cook commented on a variety of topics, including how much time he spends thinking about what people will say about his legacy at Apple.

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Survey finds 1/3 of people interested in Apple's HomePod, still more likely to buy Amazon Echo

06/14/2017, 03:06 pm

Roughly a third of people in the U.S. are interested in Apple's Siri-based HomePod, though they're more likely to buy an Amazon Echo in practice, survey results suggested on Wednesday.

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Tim Cook talks HomePod's philosophy, ARKit's potential market impact

06/06/2017, 04:06 pm

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook this week answered questions surrounding the the reasoning behind ARKit and the new HomePod announced during the WWDC keynote, calling the new speaker a "breakthrough" and Apple's ARKit's impact "profound."

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First Listen: HomePod is Apple's AirPods, enhanced for your house

06/05/2017, 09:06 pm

Apple's HomePod aims to further expand Siri assistance outside of iOS devices, Apple Watch, Macs, the Apple TV Remote and AirPods into the same sort of "always ready" home experience delivered by Amazon's Echo, even as it upgrades audio reproduction quality in the emerging "smart speaker" segment into the realm of affordable luxury.

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