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6 improvements HomePod needs to compete

The HomePod has landed, and reviews are not exactly shining. In our review, we found that the sound quality, and the ability for Siri to hear you in challenging conditions, is a cut above the competition. But the excessively limiting Apple lock-in and Siri’s capabilities for non-music functions, among other things, make it pretty hard to … [Read more...]

Apple’s original TV shows and series: Apple is developing Swagger, a Kevin Durant-based series

Updated 02/13/18: Variety reports that Apple is developing a drama series based on the early life of NBA star Kevin Durant.Apple is said to be spending as much as $1 billion over the course of 2018 on original TV programming. That's a lot of TV! It's not the $8 billion Netflix is going to spend, but it's still a huge commitment.To read this article … [Read more...]

How to set up HomePod

Compared to most smart speakers, getting started with the HomePod is especially easy. There are no extra apps to install, no calibration steps to undertake.Before you get started, you'll want to make sure you meet the requirements: the HomePod requires an iPhone (5s or newer) or iPad (mini 2 or Air or newer) to complete the setup process. A 6th … [Read more...]

Apple HomePod review: Not yet ready to take the stage

With HomePod, Apple is entering a big race after its competitors have already completed several laps. Amazon and Google have been iterating on their smart speaker hardware and software solutions for a couple years and have already sold tens of millions of Echo and Home devices.To read this article in full, please click here … [Read more...]

iOS 11.3: Beta 2 adds Battery Health feature on some iPhone models

Updated 01/25/18: Apple has released Beta 2 to developers. The big addition is the Battery health feature on some iPhone models.Hot on the heels of iOS 11.2.5, which brought HomePod support, Siri news, and a fix for the Messages text bomb, Apple has started to release betas of iOS 11.3. And it’s going to have some pretty cool features on board, … [Read more...]

Accessorize your AirPods

We love our AirPods, and if the millions of sales are any indication, you love them, too. But they’re sort of…plain. Plain white case, plain white buds. Fortunately, there’s a whole cottage industry of AirPod accessories to improve the look—and performance—of your wireless headphones. Here are some of the fun and useful ways to beef up your … [Read more...]

Apple releases iOS 11.2.5 with HomePod support, Siri News, and bug fixes

It's time to update all your Apple gear! A relative minor point release update has just been released for iOS, tvOS, and watchOS. When you get the time, you should update all your iPhones, iPads, AppleTVs, and Apple Watches.What's new in iOS 11.2.5 You won't find dramatic changes or really big new features in iOS 11.2.5, but it does add support for … [Read more...]

How to set up Medical ID on your iPhone

There are plenty of iPhone features that feel like you just can’t live without them. But there is one that can literally save your life: Medical ID.If you get into an accident or otherwise become unconscious or unresponsive, a first responder can pick up your phone and place an emergency call. But they can also tap the Medical ID button to be taken … [Read more...]

Wireless chargers for your iPhone X: What to buy

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With the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, Apple has finally joined the wireless charging revolution. For years, many Android users have had the ability to simply plop their phone on a pad to juice it up, but to do that with an iPhone used to require a special (and bulky) case.To read this article in full, please click here … [Read more...]

iOS 11.2: Beta 5 is now available

Updated 11/28/17: The fifth iOS 11.2 beta is available to developers and public testers.iOS 11 is the biggest change to Apple’s mobile operating system in years. It’s so ambitious in scope that many of it’s promised features still haven’t shipped yet. iOS 11.1 mostly fixed bugs and brought us a bunch of new emoji, but iOS 11.2 is more substantial, … [Read more...]

iPad 2018 rumors: Thinner bezels, Face ID, and a faster processor

When it comes to the tablet market, there’s the iPad and there’s everybody else. Apple dominates the market, especially in the premium price range. To hold on to its position, Apple has been kept things fresh with new models like the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and new technologies like Apple Pencil and ProMotion.But the fundamental design of the iPad … [Read more...]

AirPlay 2 FAQ: What it is, how it works, and which devices support it

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AirPlay has been with us for a long time. It’s an evolution of the old AirTunes protocol, which was meant only for music. In 2010, AirTunes got a host of new capabilities (music, photos, video) and a new name. A year later, it gained the ability to mirror your iOS or Mac screen to a compatible AirPlay receiver. With an Apple TV, you could put your … [Read more...]

Apple releases WatchOS 4.1 with new Radio app, GymKit support, and Apple Music streaming

When you’re done updating your iPhone to iOS 11.1 (gotta get those new emoji), you might as well dip into the Apple Watch app and update your wrist computer to WatchOS 4.1. The latest update adds a number of features promised in WatchOS 4, including GymKit compatibility and Apple Music streaming on the Series 3. The highlight of the update, for … [Read more...]

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