HomePod receives FCC approval, appears ready to launch soon

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Date: Monday, January 22nd, 2018, 03:03
Category: Hardware, HomePod, iOS, Legal, News

Apple’s HomePod just snagged FCC approval and is that much closer to launch.

The smart speaker received approval on January 19th, which likely means a launch is imminent. Details on the filing include an image of the bottom of the smart speaker where the FCC label will be located.

Interestingly, many of the FCC documents are dated September 27th, but have just now been released, which suggests that the hardware may not have changed much in the past months.

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“Hey Siri” feature now works with updated news providers, including NPR, Fox News, ABC and the Washington Post

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Date: Friday, January 19th, 2018, 03:46
Category: Amazon, HomePod, iOS, News, Siri, Software

As the arms race with Amazon’s Alexa continues, Apple’s “Hey Siri” feature has been improved upon in the iOS 11.2.5 beta and is now available to everyone in the US, UK, and Australia.

To invoke the new feature, simply say, “Hey Siri, give me the news,” wherein Siri will begin playing a news digest podcast from NPR by default.

Siri can also switch news sources to other providers such as Fox News, CNN and the Washington Post. In the UK, the audio news digest defaults to the BBC but can be switched to Sky News or LBC. Australians choose from ABC, SBS, or Seven Network.

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Tim Cook comments on iPhone battery situation, says users will have additional control of power management features in future versions of iOS

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Date: Thursday, January 18th, 2018, 03:27
Category: battery, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, News

During a visit to the Apple data center in Reno Nevada on Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook did a quick interview with Rebecca Jarvis of ABC News, wherein he touched on the ongoing controversy over power management features in older iPhones.

According to Cook, when the power management features were first introduced in iOS 10.2.1, Apple did explain what was going on, but following the controversy, he believes Apple should have been clearer.

Cook offered the following comments:

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Apple joins Alliance for Open Media, will help determine AV1 video

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Date: Monday, January 8th, 2018, 03:44
Category: Google, Intel, News, Software

It never hurts to be on the consortium that’s setting the standard.

Apple has joined the Alliance for Open Media, the technology consortium developing AV1 the new industry standard, high-efficiency video code.

The group includes Amazon, Google, Facebook, Netflix, Hulu, Intel, and many others. Apple was quietly added to the website’s homepage today, and is even considered a founding member.

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Apple Maps data updated, now includes navigation for airport interiors

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Date: Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018, 03:04
Category: iOS, News, Software

This could come in handy.

Right now indoors maps are available for many U.S. airports, along with a few other cities such as London, Berlin, Hong Kong, and Toronto.

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Happy new year from O’Grady’s PowerPage!!!

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Date: Monday, January 1st, 2018, 03:11
Category: Announcement, Fun, News

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s 2018 and we here at O’Grady’s PowerPage will be taking the day off to spend time with friends and family.

As such, we’ll be back tomorrow with all the Mac and mobile news, rumors and tidbits we can get our hands on. Hang tight, have a great day and we’ll do everything we can to help make 2018 as awesome as possible.

There’s every reason to be enthusiastic about the new year, as evidenced by Kermit the Frog.



Apple offers apology for iPhone speed throttling controversy, reduces prices for replacement batteries for qualifying iPhones to $29

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Date: Friday, December 29th, 2017, 03:03
Category: battery, iOS, iPhone, News, Processors, retail

following up on the iPhone processor slowdown scandal that’s been plaguing the company, Apple on Thursday offered an apology and has also lowered the price of out-of-warranty battery replacements to $29. The company has also stated that it will issue a software update in early 2018 to let users find out more information about the health of their device’s battery.

The new battery replacement is marked down from $79 and will be available for anyone with an iPhone 6 or later whose battery needs to be replaced, starting in late January and available worldwide through December 2018.

Apple offered the following letter of apology regarding the issue and following controversy:

“December 28, 2017

A Message to Our Customers about iPhone Batteries and Performance

We’ve been hearing feedback from our customers about the way we handle performance for iPhones with older batteries and how we have communicated that process. We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down. We apologize. There’s been a lot of misunderstanding about this issue, so we would like to clarify and let you know about some changes we’re making.

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Apple now involved in eight U.S.-based lawsuits, one Israel lawsuit following iPhone battery slowdown scandal

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Date: Thursday, December 28th, 2017, 03:59
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, Legal, News

When it rains it pours.

Apple is presently facing no less than eight individual lawsuits over claims it artificially slowed down iPhones with aging batteries. The cases were filed in U.S. Federal Courts in California, Illinois, and New York.

Each of these cases is pushing for class action status.

The first cases were filed in California and Illinois just after Apple confirmed the iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 7 all experience slower performance as their batteries age.

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Apple admits to throttling iOS performance on older iPhone models since 2016, cites battery-related/altruistic reasons for practice

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Date: Thursday, December 21st, 2017, 03:45
Category: battery, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, News

Well, this isn’t good.

Following years of suspicion from critics, Apple may have admitted to secretly stifling the performance of older iPhones.

After years of anecdotal evidence that the company was purposely slowing performance to compel users to upgrade to the latest iPhone model, Apple admitted to the practice on Wednesday, offering the following comments as to the practice:

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Apple’s rumored “Marzipan” project might allow iOS apps to run under macOS, could be part of development efforts in 2018

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Date: Thursday, December 21st, 2017, 03:12
Category: Developer, iOS, iPad, iPhone, macOS, News, Software, WWDC

A new Apple project could allow thousands of iOS applications to run under macOS.

Apple is reportedly working to overcome challenges in getting software developers to embrace the Mac App Store. With the expected upcoming changes, developers will be able to create a single application that can work with either a touchscreen, a mouse, or a trackpad.

The project, reportedly codenamed “Marzipan”, will allow macOS and iOS applications to essentially blur together with the hope that applications on the Mac will be updated more frequently and be of higher quality than their current state. A Bloomberg report cited the official Twitter app, which is regularly updated for iPhone and iPad, but less frequently so for Mac.

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