There’s a new leader in the growing smart speaker market. During the first quarter of 2018, Google overtook Amazon for the top spot. Meanwhile, Apple’s nowhere to be found in the new Canalys survey of the top smart speaker producers in the world.
If you have multiple Apple devices capable of responding to the Hey Siri hot phrase, and it just so happens that your HomePod is responding to your commands instead of your watch or phone—you might want to temporarily disable Hey Siri on your HomePod.
Following reports from some early adopters who complained that their HomePod was leaving visible ring marks on treated wood furniture and other wooden surfaces, Apple is reportedly working to rectify the situation by developing a new material.
A new Bloomberg report, short on facts, claims HomePod sales are low based on limited understanding of supply channel checks and unreliable data from Slice Intelligence which 3 years ago said Apple Watch sales were “collapsing”.
This is a pretty awesome development. If AirPort Express indeed picks up properly implemented support for AirPlay 2 via a firmware update, you will be able to use AirPlay 2 with almost any speakers you have sitting around. Pro tip: AirPort Expresses are dirt cheap on eBay at the moment.
Our new video guy Harris Craycraft takes a closer look at Apple’s first developer beta of iOS 11.4 for iPhone and iPad, providing a handy walkthrough of the new features, including the ClassKit framework, AirPlay 2, Messages in iCloud and stereo HomePod support.
Here we go again. The elusive AirPlay 2, Messages in iCloud and HomePod stereo pairing features have reappeared in the iOS 11.4 and tvOS 11.4 developer betas. But will they stick around through final release this team? Let’s hope they do. I mean, Apple has to release both AirPlay 2 and Messages in iCloud eventually, no?