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    Apple Set to Launch High-End AirPods, Over-Ear Headphones and a New HomePod in 2019

    According to an exclusive new report from Bloomberg, Apple is set to launch several new audio products next year, including new high-end AirPods, a new HomePod, and studio-quality over-ear headphones. Bloomberg’s sources say that Apple intends to update the AirPods range with noise-cancellation...
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    iOS 11.4 Released on Tuesday

    9to5 Mac reports that Apple on Tuesday released iOS 11.4, complete with AirPlay 2, Messages in iCloud, and HomePod stereo pairing. AirPlay 2 improves Apple’s streaming media technology, reducing latency and adding support for multi-room playback from iOS. Messages in iCloud is a new feature...
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    Apple Shipped 600,000 HomePods in Q1

    9to5 Mac reports that according to new figures from Strategy Analytics, Apple shipped 600,000 HomePods in Q1, representing 6% of the smart-speaker marketshare. Amazon currently has 43.6% of the market, or 4 million of the overall smart speaker total of 9.2 million units shipped in the first...
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    HomePod Sales Said to be Lacklustre

    According to a new report from Bloomberg Technology today, Apple’s HomePod has not sold anything like as well as Apple would have hoped. HomePod arrived in stores in January 2018, but by late March, Bloomberg’s sources say, Apple had already lowered sales forecasts and cut its orders with...
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    Barclays: AirPods Still Selling Well, HomePod Sales Less So

    MacRumors reports today that according to a new report from Barclays analysts Blayne Curtis and co., AirPod sales continue to grow, and Apple will be increasing production to keep up with demand. Barclays expects AirPods shipments to reach 30 million units in 2018, which is not that far off KGI...
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    Apple Set to Release Cheaper iPhone, iPad, MacBook Air and HomePod This Year

    If you’re thinking about buying a particular Apple device anytime soon then you might want to wait a couple of months, as according to a new report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News, via Mac Otakara and MacRumors, Apple is planning to release cheaper versions of four of its most popular products...
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    First-Day HomePod Pre-Orders Beat Those of Rivals

    MacRumors reports today on new data from NPD Group that shows that first-day pre-orders for Apple’s HomePod were bigger than first-day pre-orders for many of HomePod’s biggest rivals such as the Sonos One and the Google Home Max in the US. The only smart speaker that HomePod did not beat in...
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    HomePod White Ring Due to Insufficient Q&A Testing by Apple

    Business Insider has been talking to industrial design experts about the issue that Apple is currently having with HomePods leaving white rings on certain treated wood surfaces. While the problem is not specific to Apple’s product, with reports appearing last week that the Sonos One speaker...
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    HomePod Costs $219 to Build

    AppleInsider reports that according to research from TechInsights, Apple’s HomePod costs around $216 to build. With HomePod costing $349, this translates to margins of around 38%, which is lower than Apple’s margins for iPhone and iPad, and also lower than HomePod’s rivals such as Amazon’s Echo...
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    HomePod Found to be Leaving White Rings on Treated Wood Surfaces

    MacRumors reports that many users have been posting pictures of white ring markings that have been left by their HomePods on wood surfaces. Following many complaints on social media and in various reviews, Apple has now been prompted to issue a statement on the matter. The problem first came to...
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    Audio Expert Says That HomePod is an “Audiophile-Grade Speaker”

    It seems like Apple’s determination to focus primarily on HomePod’s sound over anything else has really paid off, as according to AppleInsider, one particular audio expert is hailing the newly released speaker as acoustical “witchcraft” and “100 percent an Audiophile-grade Speaker.” In one...
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    The First HomePods Are Arriving

    It’s an exciting day today for anyone who pre-ordered Apple’s new HomePod smart speaker, with customers in Australia being the first to open theirs. After Australia came the United Kingdom, and then finally North America, with stores in all three of the HomePod launch countries opening at 8 a.m...
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    HomePod Shipping Availability Slips to Next Week

    Apple’s HomePod isn’t officially available until tomorrow, but already the shipping dates in the US online Apple Store have slipped to next week, and HomePod in-store pick-ups are no longer available, writes MacRumors. The situation is the same in the UK and Australia. However, don’t worry if...
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    Early HomePod Reviews Heap Praise on the Sound but Say Siri Needs Work

    AppleInsider reports today on the first in-depth HomePod reviews to appear prior to the smart speaker’s arrival in stores on Friday. The New York Times’s Brian X. Cheng found HomePod lacking in terms of various task tests that he set for it in comparison with Google Home and Amazon Echo, and...
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    First HomePod Pre-Orders Are on the Way

    MacRumors reports that one week prior to the launch of the HomePod smart speaker in the US, United Kingdom, and Australia on Friday, February 9, the first pre-order shipping notifications have begun, with customers in the UK seeing their cards charged for their HomePod purchases this morning...
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    Apple Announces $88.3 Billion Revenue for Q1

    Last night Apple announced its Q1 2018 results, posting revenue of $88.3 billion and profits of $20.1 billion, writes 9to5 Mac. This was even more than the record revenue of between $84 billion and $87 billion that Apple had forecast. The last quarter figures included iPhone 8 sales, whereas...
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    Apple Reveals HomePod Audio Sources

    9to5 Mac reports that Apple has today revealed exactly what audio sources you can play on HomePod. Here’s the official list from the HomePod tech specs page: Apple Music iTunes Music Purchases iCloud Music Library with an Apple Music or iTunes Match subscription Beats 1 Live Radio Podcasts...
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    HomePod Will be Updated Via the Home App

    According to a report on 9to5 Mac, Apple’s HomePod smart speaker, which is available now to pre-order, will receive software updates via the Home app, which will notify users when a new software update for the speaker is available. HomePod uses an adapted version of iOS, so the update interface...
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    Apple’s HomePod is Now Available to Pre-Order

    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...
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    First HomePod Hands-On Review Outlines Privacy Safeguards

    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...
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    Apple’s HomePod is Out on February 9

    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...
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    Apple’s HomePod Smart Speaker to Launch in the Next Few Days

    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...
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    Inventec Just Shipped its First Million HomePods

    The Apple HomePod smart speaker is finally on its way, according to a new report in the Taipei Times, via AppleInsider, which says today that HomePod manufacturer Inventec has just shipped the first million units . Foxconn is also said to be manufacturing HomePod units, but there is no...
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    Apple’s HomePod to Launch Within the Next 4 to 6 Weeks

    9to5 Mac reports today that analysts at GBH Insights are saying that Apple’s HomePod smart speaker is finally due to launch within the next 4 to 6 weeks. However, GBH says that Apple faces an “uphill climb” in the crowded smart speaker field, for two reasons in particular. Firstly, GBH...
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    Apple Actually Started Developing the HomePod Before the Amazon Echo

    MacRumors reports that Bloomberg has revealed some surprising secrets about Apple’s forthcoming HomePod smart speaker, which, according to yesterday’s announcement by Apple has been delayed until next year. Judging by the Bloomberg piece, another delay is par for the course for this particular...
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    Apple Delays Launch of HomePod Smart Speaker Until 2018

    If you’ve been planning to buy Apple’s Siri-driven HomePod smart speaker this holiday season, then unfortunately you’re going to be disappointed, as Apple has announced today in the following statement that it has pushed the HomePod release date back to the beginning of 2018. When the HomePod...
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    HomePod Supplies Will be Limited at Launch, But Foxconn to the Rescue in 2018

    According to a new report from Nikkei, via MacRumors, the rumoured supplier for Apple’s forthcoming HomePod smart speaker, Inventec Appliances, has hinted during an earnings press conference that the HomePod might be in short supply at launch. While Inventec Appliances president David Ho did...
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    How the HomePod Beta OS Was Leaked to Reveal iPhone 8 and HomePod Secrets

    Jon Gruber of Daring Fireball has a great piece today about how all of Apple’s careful secrecy about its forthcoming products, and in particular the next iPhone, was blown out of the water by the accidental release of the HomePod OS beta. Sources: Botched Release of Beta HomePod OS Reveals...
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    Hidden Code Shows Apple's HomePod Could Have an LED Matrix Display

    BGR writes that app developer Steven Troughton-Smith, who is known for digging around in code to find interesting snippets of information, has been up to his old tricks again and has discovered some code that reveals the possibility of the forthcoming HomePod having an LED matrix display...
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    Amazon Devices VP Says HomePod’s Siri and Echo’s Alexa Should be Able to Interact

    9to5 Mac reports that Amazon’s senior VP of Devices, David Limp, has been talking about the threat, or not, to Amazon’s Echo from Apple’s newly announced HomePod. Talking to USA Today, Limp said that it should certainly be possible for Siri and Alexa to talk to each other, although he wasn’t...
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    Apple’s HomePod Smart Speaker is Unveiled at WWDC17

    Pretty much all the details about Apple’s new wireless smart speaker had already leaked ahead of time, but the company was still keeping us all guessing about the name. When Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, announced that it would be called “HomePod” it was a...
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