Developers uncover hints as to HomePod’s RAM, display specifications in latest firmware update

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Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2017, 05:24
Category: Amazon, Developer, Google, Hardware, HomePod, News

Deep within Apple’s firmware update for the upcoming HomePod, some of the critical specs have been found.

Developer Steve Troughton-Smith shared last week that HomePod will run a full iOS stack and uses a shell app called SoundBoard. He also mentioned more specifics about the display/touch surface stating “The center part of the HomePod surface appears to be an LED matrix and not just big LEDs—could perhaps display shapes/symbols.”

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Updated HomePod firmware hints at facial recognition for next-gen iPhone

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Date: Monday, July 31st, 2017, 05:02
Category: Developer, HomePod, iOS, News, Software, Touch ID

It turns out that the newest HomePod firmware update dropped some hints as to what to expect with the next-gen iPhone.

The firmware, which will run a version of iOS, corresponds to iOS 11.0.2.

Developer Steven Troughton-Smith dug into the firmware and its BiometricKit framework that is currently home to Touch ID authentication, supporting claims that the iPhone 8 will rely at least in part on facial recognition.

Within BiometricKit are new “FaceDetect” methods addressing such circumstances as faces being too close or too far from the camera, the presence of multiple faces, and more.

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Developer comments on newly-released HomePod firmware, points out new interface changes

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Date: Monday, July 31st, 2017, 05:41
Category: Developer, HomePod, iOS, News, Siri, Software

Late Friday, Apple released firmware for its upcoming HomePod smart speaker system to the developer community.

Not long after, developer Steve Troughton-Smith revealed the following details about the new firmware:

HomePod firmware code (labeled AudioAccessory1,1) shows that the smart speaker runs the full iOS stack like an iPhone without a screen and relies on a shell app called SoundBoard (presumably like SpringBoard on iOS).

Like Apple’s other products, HomePod will support accessibility features including VoiceOver according to the firmware code.

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Adobe announces “end of life” date for Flash Player at end of 2020

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Date: Wednesday, July 26th, 2017, 05:10
Category: Apple, Developer, Google, iOS, iPad, Microsoft, News, Software

Adobe’s Flash Player now has an end date: the end of 2020.

Adobe says it’s working with companies including Apple and Google to prepare for the upcoming death of Flash, as quoted here:

Given this progress, and in collaboration with several of our technology partners – including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla – Adobe is planning to end-of-life Flash. Specifically, we will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020 and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats.

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Apple releases first macOS High Sierra public beta

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Date: Friday, June 30th, 2017, 05:20
Category: Developer, High Sierra, macOS, News, Software

If you’re feeling brave, the macOS High Sierra Public Beta has just been released.

Apple on Thursday seeded the first macOS High Sierra public beta, allowing non-developers to download and test the update for the first time since it was introduced at the Worldwide Developers Conference on June 5. The first public beta of macOS High Sierra corresponds to the second developer beta, which was updated this morning.

Beta testers can also sign up to be able to download the macOS High Sierra beta via the Software Update feature in the Mac App Store program.

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Apple publishes searchable archive of WWDC 2017 session videos, reminds developers of forthcoming 64-bit app creation requirement

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Date: Friday, June 30th, 2017, 04:41
Category: Developer, News, Software, WWDC

If you couldn’t make WWDC this year, the videos are now available.

Apple has released searchable transcripts of its entire catalog of the Worldwide Developers Conference 2017 videos, the company also reminding developers to migrate to 64-bit app creation for its next-gen operating systems.

Announced through Apple’s developer portal, the company transcribed each of the more than 130 WWDC17 sessions recorded this year and indexed the results into a searchable database. The company has made session transcripts available since 2015.

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Apple launches iOS 11 public beta

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Date: Tuesday, June 27th, 2017, 05:26
Category: Developer, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

If you’re looking to play around with iOS 11, now’s your chance.

Apple on Monday released the first public beta of iOS 11, offering an initial opportunity to sample the upcoming operating system prior to its debut this fall. The beta had only been available to qualified developers.

iOS 11’s notable changes include background enhancements to Siri, Apple Pay, Photos and other first-party apps and services. Siri is said to have gained new intelligence features and a revamped voice response system, while Maps incorporates a Do Not Disturb feature for safe driving and assets for indoor mapping.

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Rumor: Upcoming iMac Pro could see server-class processors, ARM coprocessor

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Date: Friday, June 23rd, 2017, 05:20
Category: Developer, Hardware, High Sierra, iMac, Rumor

Apple’s forthcoming iMac Pro may get some even meatier specs than anticipated.

The workstation-class computer, which features support for up to an 18-core Intel Xeon processor, top-of-the-line Radeon Pro Vega graphics, up to 4TB of SSD storage, and up to 128GB of ECC RAM could be powered by Intel’s next-generation server-grade Skylake-EX and Skylake-EP processors, which are based on a platform codenamed “Purley.”

The hint towards this comes from sourcing in the information files for the current macOS High Sierra developer beta, which states that the iMac Pro will use Intel’s new server-class LGA3647 socket, not its high-end, desktop-class LGA2066 socket.

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Apple releases iOS 11 beta 2 for developer community, posts extensive change list

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Date: Thursday, June 22nd, 2017, 05:41
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software

Apple has let the second developer beta of iOS 11 out the door, complete with the following fixes and changes:

Podcasts in iOS 11: Interface updates, support for seasons & cleaner titles, Podcast Analytics, more

Health in iOS 11 & watchOS 4: Diabetes management, insulin delivery, CoreBluetooth, new Workout data & more

New for Accessibility: ‘Smart Invert Colors’ in iOS 11, macOS onscreen keyboard, text & photo detection for VoiceOver & more

iOS 11’s new ‘Smart Invert Colors’ is the closest thing to Dark Mode yet

iOS 11 lets you scan a router’s QR code to quickly join a network

iOS 11’s new HEIF/HEVC camera formats will save you 50% on storage

How to enable screen recording on iOS 11 without a computer

App Store now requires developers to use official API to request app ratings, disallows custom prompts
iOS 11 allows you to delete rarely-used apps but retain their settings and data

Apple opening up (some) access to the iPhone’s NFC chip in iOS 11
Easily share your WiFi with friends on iOS 11, automatically sends passwords to nearby devices
iOS 11 allows you to play FLAC files, albeit in a clunky way

32-bit apps will not launch on iOS 11

iOS 11 brings Next/Previous Track controls to individual AirPods

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Apple posts dates for Apple Camp, Kids Hour summer programs

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Date: Thursday, June 22nd, 2017, 05:08
Category: Developer, Fun, Hardware, News, Software, Swift

I wish I’d had this during my summers when I was a kid.

Apple on Tuesday announced its multi-day summer camp sessions, entitled “Apple Camp,” which goes along with the special kid-focused Today at Apple creative workshops. Apple Camp and Today at Apple sessions are free, but space is limited, so you’ll want to grab a slot while you can.

The programs are available at your local Apple store.

Apple Camp itself runs as a three-day program that includes 90-minute sessions for kids age 8 to 12 years old. Apple offers three different sessions: Coding Games and Programming Robots; Creating Characters and Composing Music; and Stories in Motion with iMovie.

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