Apple pushes back its HomePod launch until "early" 2018

If you were planning on purchasing the Apple HomePod next month, you are going to have to wait. In a statement released today, Apple says that while it can’t wait for people to use the smart speaker, “we need a little more time until its ready for customers.” The device was scheduled to launch sometime next month, priced at $349. Apple now says that the launch will take place early next year.

The Apple HomePod is designed to be a premium version of the smart speaker device first created by Amazon with the Amazon Echo. In its most basic form, the product couples a speaker with a virtual assistant. …


Apple HomePod manufacturer sees facial recognition eventually coming to smart speakers

The company that assembles Apple’s HomePod smart speaker, Inventec Appliances, said last week that it expects features offered by 3D-sensing cameras to eventually be available on smart speakers. That would include facial and image recognition that could make the product “more convenient and…easier to use,” according to Inventec Appliances president David Ho. The executive did say that he isn’t sure that a smart speaker with AI would be in demand by consumers.

While Ho didn’t mention Apple’s HomePod by name, he did say that Inventec Appliances is also producing a voice enabled smart speaker …

Released today, the first beta of iOS 11.2 includes SiriKit for developers to use with HomePod

Today, Apple released the first developer beta for iOS 11.2, even though iOS 11.1 is still in beta. This update makes SiriKit available to developers to use to integrate their apps with Apple’s upcoming HomePod smart speaker. Apple is requesting that those writing apps for HomePod check to make sure that their SiriKit integration is up-to-date, and that the voice-only experience for their app is working. This is tested by plugging headphones into a developer’s iOS device using the iOS 11.2 beta.

Like with any smart speaker, uses can request information from the virtual assistant that is …

Apple HomePod surfaces in California and China during employee testing of the smart speaker?

Apple’s version of the smart speaker, the Apple HomePod, is expected to be launched in December. Apple is hoping that the launch doesn’t come too late to capture some holiday sales. The device, made up of a speaker and the virtual personal assistant Siri, will take on the product that created the category, the Alexa-powered Amazon Echo. Other smart speakers that will compete with the HomePod include the Google Home, the upcoming Cortana powered Microsoft Invoke, the just announced Sony smart speaker (powered by Google Assistant) and a unit being prepped by Samsung that will include AI assistant …

Special tone generated by the Apple HomePod helps the smart speaker pair with an iPhone

Apple’s HomePod smart speaker is going to launch in December. The smart speaker will be part of a tech category that has had quite a year. Besides the two most popular models, the Amazon Echo and Google Home, by the end of this year there will also be smart speakers from Microsoft (the Microsoft Invoke powered by Cortana), Sony (equipped with Google Assistant), and Apple’s HomePod featuring Siri. Samsung also has a smart speaker on tap, possibly ready in 2018, and it will come with Bixby.

Apple’s HomePod will feature an automatic pairing technology that will be based on a tone created by …

New 4K Apple TV with Dolby Vision and HDR10 support listed in HomePod code

Thanks, leaked HomePod firmware, for all the scoops you have given us so far, but can you give us more? Sure, said the HomePod code, and spat out a few more nuggets, this time about an upcoming Apple TV upgrade. The firmware code references not only the long-awaited 4K definition output by Apple’s “hockey puck” TV dongle, but also support for the trendy HDR10, and even Dolby Vision wide color standards, if you happen to be in possession of such a UHD TV. 

The iPhone 8, and perhaps the other two upcoming iPhones, were listed by the firmware to record 60FPS 4K video with both …

Apple HomePod will have 272×340 screen and 1 GB of RAM, according to firmware teardown

Apple’s HomePod firmware was recently torn down by a number of people across the internet, leading to some further details on the iPhone 8. Lost in the sauce of all this was some interesting information about the HomePod itself. 

According to a firmware teardown by Twitter user Avery Magnotti, it seems the A8-toting device will also carry 1 GB of RAM, double that of the Google Home and quadruple the Amazon Echo. But if it’s just a basic input/output device, what does it need that RAM for? It seems likely that this amount of RAM may aid in the expansion …

HomePod firmware may have just confirmed two major facts about iPhone 8

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Apple’s HomePod isn’t even available for purchase yet, and it’s already leaking secrets about the company’s upcoming iPhone. 

According to developer Steve Troughton-Smith. whose findings were reported on by 9to5Mac, the firmware for the smart speaker all but confirms the new iPhone will be almost all screen in the front and will have face-unlocking capabilities. 

If this sounds like old news to you, it’s probably because you’ve heard tons of rumors about these features. To summarize, Apple is likely to launch three iPhone models, two of which be evolutionary upgrades of the iPhone 7, and one (probably called iPhone 8 or iPhone X) with a larger screen-to-body ratio, no home button, and some sort of 3D scanner which will use face recognition to unlock the phone.  Read more…

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Report says that Amazon Echo 2 will copy Apple's HomePod design

The smart speaker that started the craze, the Amazon Echo, is getting long in the tooth. And while Amazon recently launched a new model called the Echo Show that includes a 7-inch touchscreen and the capability to make and take phone calls, the original Echo is due for a upgrade. According to a report published Wednesday, the Echo 2 will resemble Apple’s HomePod smart speaker that was introduced last month, but won’t launch until December.

That means that the Echo 2 will be shorter, pudgier, and be covered in material. The addition of several tweeters will improve the sound quality of the …

Apple iPhone users more excited about the HomePod than they were about the Apple Watch launch

Apple’s version of the smart speaker, the HomePod, is expected to launch this December. The company hopes that it will be able to get the product to market in time to capture some holiday sales during the last month of this year. According to securities house Raymond James, the HomePod is garnering more excitement from the Apple faithful than the Apple Watch did when the wearable was launched on April 24th, 2015.

Raymond James sent out a note to clients on Friday saying that according to its data, 14% of iPhone owners plan on purchasing a HomePod. A similar survey it took prior to the release …