Apple Daily Report: Quad-HomePod home speaker set-up, anyone? (and more news)

Since Steve and I can’t cover everything, at the end of each week day, we’ll offer this wrap-up of news items you should check out. 

In the past, I’ve expressed my desire for a “HomePod Theater,” a higher end, home theater model of the HomePod with Dolby Atmos support. However, Apple may have something even more interesting in the works. 

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An Apple patent application filed in Denmark was discovered by Patently Apple a quad-speaker setup for a home theater set-up involving the Apple TV.

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the U.S. Apple today has honored the life of the civil rights leader. with a full-page tribute on its website.

According to an updated announcement on Apple's developer webpage, starting Feb. 12, the tech giant ill change the way it handles development teams for organizations, unifying individual memberships into a single set of roles across the Apple Developer website and App Store Connect. 

Apple has post a new "Shot on iPhone" video on its YouTube channel that spotlights Eddie Siaumau, a 17-year-old athlete from American Samoa who has just accepted a full-ride scholarship to a NCAA Division I university. 

Apple Maps has gained comprehensive transit directions for Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland, as noted by MacRumors. The coverage includes train, tram, and bus routes in the capital cities of each country, including Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Helsinki, as well as funicular connections where available and transit links across borders. 

Apple is exploiting local telecom companies for profit by unfairly collecting advertising funds, economists representing South Korea’s antitrust watchdog said last week during a second hearing on the matter, reports The Korea Herald.

A communications ministry panel says Japan should consider a legal revision so it can impose “secrecy of communications” rules on overseas-based technology giants such as Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon.com.

Korea’s Fair Trade Commission , which has found Apple guilty of unfair practices in its relationships with carriers, promised to give Apple the opportunity to respond, and has now done so. The Korea Herald says the tech giant has done so. Apple sayst its actions were justifiable, claiming the company does have an advantage over local mobile carriers in terms of negotiation, and that it does not have any real power it can exert. The company added that its advertisements benefit both the company and Korean mobile carriers, and that the action was fully justifiable.