Apple World Today News Update: February 15, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: February 15, 2018

This Thursday afternoon we have a variety of short news items for your listening pleasure:

  • Apple will require developers to support the iPhone X starting in April 2018 for all new apps submitted to the App Store
  • One character in India's Telugu language is crashing message apps in iOS 11, and a fix is on the way soon
  • Getting an Apple HomePod? You might want to get a Pad & Quill HomePod Coaster first!
  • Google Maps for iOS receives a handy update that speeds access to many features
  • Facebook is entering the smart speaker market later this year
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Apple World Today News Update: January 8, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: January 8, 2018

Happy Monday! We have stories on today's podcast about a survey showing that smart speaker users don’t use their smartphones as much, a rumor about an iPhone SE 2, and Intel being slapped with three lawsuits so far over the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities.

  • Accenture surveyed 2,271 smart speaker owners, and the majority of them say they’re not using their smartphones as much anymore
  • An Indian tech site says that an iPhone SE 2 will be released this year, complete with a glass back for wireless charging
  • Intel is facing class action lawsuits from three states so far alleging damages due to the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities
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HomePod raises the bar for smart speakers

HomePod raises the bar for smart speakers

One of the other expected announcements today was that of a "Siri Speaker". It happened, but with a totally different name than we expected -- HomePod (available in December in the US, Australia, and UK for $349). The crowd didn't exactly seem enthralled with the name, but the device is quite impressive and as Apple noted, it's meant to redefine music in the home the same way that the iPod redefined portable music.

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