TechInsights estimates HomePod manufacturing costs around $216 per unit, Apple aiming for lower profit margin than found on iPhone line

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Date: Friday, February 16th, 2018, 03:38
Category: Hardware, HomePod, iPhone, News

The guesstimates are in and it looks like Apple shells out $216 to build each HomePod unit, meaning margins from the tech giant’s first smart speaker are much slimmer than those of its flagship iPhone line.

If the estimate is correct, this means Apple generates a profit margin around 38 percent with each $349 HomePod sold. This stands as lower than competing smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home, which boast margins of 56 percent and 66 percent, respectively.

The component breakdown found that the HomePod’s microphones, tweeters, single woofer and power management hardware add up to $58, while other miscellaneous parts like the OLED panel come out to another $60, the report said. TechInsights pegs Apple’s A8 chip at $25.50, as the housing and other unmentioned components run another $25. Manufacturing, testing and packaging tack on $17.50 to the final cost according to the firm’s estimates.

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Apple confirms that HomePod may leave white rings on wooden surfaces with oil or wax finish

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Date: Thursday, February 15th, 2018, 03:28
Category: Hardware, HomePod, News

As nifty as the HomePod may be, it can possibly leave white rings on wood surfaces with an oil or wax finish.

The discovery was noted in reviews by Wirecutter and Pocket-lint as well as highlighted by VentureBeat, with at least one user sharing the problem on Twitter.

Pocket-lint’s Stuart Miles offered the following statement about the issue in his review:

“For our tests we placed the speaker on a solid oak kitchen worktop treated with Danish oil.

Within 20 minutes the HomePod had caused a white discoloured ring to appear on the wood that some days later has faded, although still hasn’t completely disappeared.

We subsequently tested the HomePod on other materials: the same wood that hadn’t been treated with Danish oil and a regular lacquered desk and haven’t seen the same issues.”

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Apple CEO Tim Cook offers explanation as to why shareholders will probably never get a tour of Apple Park

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Date: Thursday, February 15th, 2018, 03:40
Category: Fun, News, retail

You’ll apparently be able to see the gift shop of the new Apple Park campus, but that’s about it.

Answering a shareholder question as to whether shareholders would ever get a tour of Apple Park in the new Steve Jobs Theater, Apple CEO offered the following reply:

“Probably never. Because there are secrets inside the spaceship. The problem with opening up the main facility for tours is we have so much confidential stuff around. “It’s sort of the bane of my existence to hold things confidential now.”

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Security researchers locate vulnerability in Skype installer

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Date: Wednesday, February 14th, 2018, 03:03
Category: Microsoft, News, security, Software

This might be something that Microsoft wants to look into and fix.

The current version of Skype feature a security flaw that could let an attacker gain control of Mac, Windows, and Linux computers. The company has stated that it isn’t planning on fixing the flaw, at least for now, because it amounts to rewriting the entire app update installer.

The security flaw is in the app update installer, and if exploited, could let attackers gain administrator level access even if the victim is logged into their computer as a standard user. From there, they can copy and delete files, install other apps, access personal information, and more.

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Apple adds live news feature to iOS 11.2.5, tvOS 11.2.5

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Date: Wednesday, February 14th, 2018, 03:20
Category: Apple TV, Archive, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Software, TvOS

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You can now access the news a bit easier through your iOS device or Apple TV.

Apple has updated the prominent Watch Now section of the TV app to feature live news channels. iOS device users with iOS 11.2.5 and Apple TV users with tvOS 11.2.5 will see the change immediately.

From the main screen, click the “Watch Now” tab, then screen down past the “Up Next” section to access the “What to Watch” recommendations. This list is dynamic, but it currently shows a row of TV shows and movies, then a PyeongChang 2018 row for Winter Olympics coverage. Below that is the new News row. Multiple channels are represented, with a red “Live” banner on the thumbnail image.

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AppleCare+ for HomePod priced at $39, covers two accidental damage incidents

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Date: Tuesday, February 13th, 2018, 03:31
Category: AppleCare+, Hardware, HomePod, iOS, MacBook Pro, News, retail

If you’re looking to snag AppleCare+ for your new HomePod, it’ll run you $39.

The extended warranty and accidental damage repair program offers two out-of-warranty repairs like accidental damage from a drop.

Without AppleCare+, the repair will run $279.

The checkout process for a HomePod has said since the pre-order process that AppleCare+ coverage extending the warranty to two years, granting a longer customer support window, and providing for reduced-cost out-of-warranty repairs would cost $39. However, a new support document published on Friday breaks down the HomePod repair process, as well as costs associated with the repair.

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iFixit completes teardown of HomePod, posts findings

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Date: Tuesday, February 13th, 2018, 03:37
Category: Hardware, HomePod, News

When in doubt, use a hacksaw.

The cool cats at iFixit have taken it upon themselves to crack into the newly-released HomePod to find out what’s inside.

The outfit, which used an actual hacksaw to crack the smart speaker open, discovered an A8 processor, seven tweeters, six far-field microphones, and a high excursion woofer. The speaker dynamically adapts to its placement in a room to improve audio output and to create a stereo-like sound from a single unit.

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iBoot source code leak traced back to low-level Apple employee

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Date: Monday, February 12th, 2018, 03:41
Category: iOS, News, security, Software

Last last week, the source code for iBoot, a core component of iOS, was leaked to GitHub.

Although the code was older, designed for iOS 9, it was quickly yanked from GitHub following Apple’s issuance of a DCMA takedown notice.

Per Motherboard, which contacted unnamed sources involved in the leaks and investigated screenshots, text messages, and more, the source of the leak was discovered.

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VLC update to 3.0.0

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Date: Monday, February 12th, 2018, 03:29
Category: News, Software

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Video Lan Client, the nigh-indispensable open source media player for multiple audio and video formats (MPEG, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Divx, ogg, etc.), was updated to version 3.0.0. The new version, a 46.8 megabyte download, adds a massive series of changes and fixed documented over on the changelog.

VLC 3.0.0 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.7 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.

First HomePod orders begin heading to final destinations for U.S., U.K., and Australian customers

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Date: Friday, February 9th, 2018, 03:03
Category: HomePod, News, retail

Your pre-ordered HomePod unit is on its way to your loving arms.

The HomePod is en route, and customers in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia have begun receiving shipment notifications from Apple letting them know their orders have shipped and are on the way.

The first units are set to arrive in Australia and Apple is apparently using Next Day Air delivery in the United States, then shipping the units out from local hubs according to the tracking information.

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