9to5 Mac reports today on a new report from Bloomberg that says that Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, has instructed the software division to postpone until next year some major new features that were intended for the release of iOS 12 this year. Apparently, Federighi has told his team that he wants them to focus on performance and reliability for iOS 12 instead. Among those new features that are postponed...

Apple’s HomePod is now available to pre-order in the US, UK, and Australia, writes 9to5 Mac. The first orders are due to arrive on February 9. The HomePod costs $349 and comes in white or space gray versions.

Meanwhile, Apple has just issued an official “Environmental Report” for HomePod, which “details the environmental performance of HomePod as it relates to climate change, energy efficiency, material efficiency, and restricted substances.”...

According to an exclusive scoop from Bloomberg today, Apple is set to comprehensively revamp iBooks, and has even roped in a former Amazon and Barnes & Noble executive to help with the redesign.

The new version of the app, which will be named “Books” rather than “iBooks,” will be released in the next few months, and will have a more simple, basic interface that puts more focus on books that are currently being read. The digital book store will...

9to5 Mac writes that according to the first hands-on HomePod review from Refinery29, Apple’s smart speaker, which will be available to pre-order from tomorrow, not only looks great, it also sounds better than Google Home Max, Amazon Echo, and Sonos One.

The Refinery29 article also touched on HomePod’s privacy and security measures, of which there are many. For example, when the HomePod determines that the owner is not at home (it’s not exactly...

MacRumors reports that iHelpBR editor Filipe Esposito has found references to a “modern iPad” in strings in the iOS 11.3 beta that was just released by Apple. Apparently, prior to the launch of the iPhone X, Apple engineers used to refer to it as the “modern iPhone,” so it’s likely that this latest code is indeed revealing details about one of the new iPad models that Apple is expected to release this year.

Posting about the discovery on...

AppleInsider reports today that Messages in iCloud, a feature that was first announced in June 2017 at Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC), has now re-appeared in the newly released iOS 11.3 beta, “for testing and evaluation purposes.”

The feature first appeared in the first few iOS 11 betas that were released last summer, but did not make it to the final build that was released to the public. At that time, Apple said that it would...

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