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Apple HomePod makes its way to China this week

Apple HomePod makes its way to China this week

Apple’s older iPhones might be banned in China, but that’s not stopping its other products from launching there. Almost as if to reassure the public that it’s business as usual, Apple has announced the upcoming availability of its HomePod smart speakers in mainland China and Hong Kong starting this weekend. And given the rather sensitive location of its new launch market, the company unsurprisingly makes a not so subtle reminder of how much it values privacy and security, even when doing business in China.

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Refurbished HomePod now available, Black Friday deal still better

Refurbished HomePod now available, Black Friday deal still better

When Apple finally launched its overdue HomePods, it premium home speakers with some smarts were criticized for at least two things. Not only were they terribly late to the game, they were also considered too expensive for what little they offered. Since then, Apple has updated the HomePod with additional features that could at least make that $350 price tag worth your while. Now it is offering an even cheaper option for those who don’t mind purchasing refurbished products.

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HomePod finally gets much-awaited, long-overdue features

HomePod finally gets much-awaited, long-overdue features

While Apple’s recently concluded event focused on the new iPhone X generation and Apple Watch Series 4, that wasn’t the only big things the company had prepared. Outside of the spotlight, Apple announced an update to the HomePod that might make its $349 price tag finally worth it for some interested buyers. In addition to things like being able to make and take calls, the smart speaker is finally getting a whole lot smarter thanks to the addition of Siri Shortcuts.

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Apple Music’s strategy is working

Apple Music’s strategy is working

Tim cook mentioned earlier this year that Apple Music wasn't "in it for the money." Since then, Apple Music paid subscriber numbers grew from somewhere below 38-million to around 50-million. It would appear that not being in the streaming music business for the money is working out OK for Apple over the last few months.

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HomePod iOS 12 beta finally brings more sensible call support

HomePod iOS 12 beta finally brings more sensible call support

In just two months, Apple will finally be unveiling its three new iPhones for the year. For those not interested in upgrading phones, the launch does bring something more interesting as well: iOS 12. But wait, there’s more! While iOS 12’s upcoming features have mostly been covered by now, one thing that seems to have slipped past is how it will affect the HomePod speakers. Finally, we’re hearing about that and, suffice it to say, owners will finally be getting the smart speaker they deserved.

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Apple probably making more fabric-wearing devices

Apple probably making more fabric-wearing devices

In a set of product drawings made by Apple we've seen what could very well be the future of the brand's smart devices collection - conceptually, anyway. The drawings come from a patent description packet by the name of "Structured Fabrics for Electronic Devices," and it was first filed in February of 2018 with the USPTO. In Apple patent filing terms, that's CRAZY recent - generally we see patent filing dates YEARS before the publication date - here that's just not so.

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Apple plots noise-cancelling AirPods and smarter headphones for 2019

Apple plots noise-cancelling AirPods and smarter headphones for 2019

Apple may soon try to target the high-end with its audio devices, as new rumors are claiming that it has a more capable pair of AirPods in the works. Those new AirPods could be joined by a pair of over-the-ear headphones meant to challenge similar devices from Bose and Sennheiser, along with a new version of the company's HomePod. Details are a little spotty at the moment, but we're hearing that these new audio devices could arrive as early as next year.

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Apple HomePod stereo pairing: Hands-on

Apple HomePod stereo pairing: Hands-on

If one HomePod sounds great, how about two of Apple's speakers set up as a stereo pair? With the arrival of AirPlay 2 this week, right on the cusp of WWDC 2018, Apple finally delivers on music promises it made back when it first announced HomePod at WWDC 2017 last year.

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There’s more to AirPlay 2’s 3rd-party speaker support than this official list

There’s more to AirPlay 2’s 3rd-party speaker support than this official list

Apple has confirmed which third-party connected speakers will be AirPlay 2 compatible, though the 33 models on the list isn't quite the whole story. The new streaming functionality was added to iOS devices today as part of the iOS 11.4 release, allowing Apple's HomePod speaker to integrate with a multi-room music setup, among other things.

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Apple iOS 11.4 released: Messages in iCloud, AirPlay 2, more

Apple iOS 11.4 released: Messages in iCloud, AirPlay 2, more

Apple's iOS 11.4 update has been released, and with Messages in iCloud support, there's more to it than just AirPlay 2. The new version - which is arriving on iPhone, iPad, and the HomePod - was announced earlier today, with its support for bringing some much-needed features to Apple's smart speaker.

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AirPlay 2 with HomePod stereo pairs and multi-room arrives in iOS 11.4

AirPlay 2 with HomePod stereo pairs and multi-room arrives in iOS 11.4

Apple has launched AirPlay 2 in iOS 11.4, adding HomePod stereo pair support along with multi-room audio streaming. The new version of AirPlay 2 comes along with launch dates for HomePod in three new countries - Canada, France, and Germany - bringing the total number of places you can buy the Siri-powered smart speaker to six.

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Apple HomePod by Beats: Cheaper but not enough to save it

Apple HomePod by Beats: Cheaper but not enough to save it

Apple products don't always become an overnight success. Some take years of constant marketing to hammer them into consumers' skulls. So while the HomePod's reported lackluster sales are disappointing for Apple fans, they might not be as fatal as some predict it to be. That said, the company seems to be trying to salvage its image by making a rather odd move. Not only is it coming out with a cheaper HomePod, according to reports it might not be launched as a HomePod at all.

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