Apple finally announced today that its highly anticipated, Siri-powered smart speaker will be released on February 9 in the US, UK, and Australia, with pre-orders starting this Friday, January 26. It will also be available in France and Germany in the spring.

Apple says that the 7-inchs-tall HomePod “delivers stunning audio quality wherever it’s placed - in any room in the house, playing any style of music.”

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It’s certainly been a long time coming, but according to Mashable, it looks like Apple’s HomePod smart speaker will be available to the public within the next few days, based on the fact that it has just been approved for sale by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Meanwhile, 9to5 Mac reports that Filipe Esposito has been digging around in the newest iOS 11.2.5 build and has found some HomePod icons that reveal some interesting details...

Classic Rock, via MacRumors, has fantastic news for Def Leppard fans who were waiting for the group’s full catalogue to finally appear on Apple Music, as that moment has finally arrived, after a years-long royalty payments dispute between the band and Universal Music, which owns the rights to the original recordings. For that reason, classic Def Leppard albums such as Hysteria and Pyromania were not available on Apple Music until today.

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9to5 Mac reports today that Apple has just been proclaimed the most admired company in the world by Fortune for the 11th year in a row. In contrast, Samsung dropped off the list last year after its exploding batteries issue, and hasn’t returned this year. The remaining companies joining Apple in the Top 10 are: Amazon, Alphabet, Berkshire Hathaway, Starbucks, Walt Disney, Microsoft, Southwest Airlines, FedEx, and JPMorgan Chase.

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AppleInsider reports today that Apple CEO Tim Cook has given a new interview today in which he says that iPhone users with worn-out batteries will soon have the option to disable the built-in throttling function that has been the cause of much controversy, and a battery replacement scheme, over the past few weeks.

Speaking to ABC News at Apple’s data center in Reno, Nevada, Cook said that the new feature will be included in a developer beta...

MacRumors reports that Apple has today announced that it will be contributing $350 billion to the U.S. economy over the next 5 years, and $55 billion in 2018 alone. The company is also set to increase its Advanced Manufacturing Fund to $5 billion, up from $1 billion.

As part of this program, Apple will be creating 20,000 jobs in the next 5 years, spending $30 billion to hire workers for the new Apple Park Campus, as well as opening a new...

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