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HomePod’s first jailbreak opens the door to unofficial features

Engadget Apple’s HomePod smart speaker hasn’t been a target for jailbreakers like the iPhone or iPad, but it’s now more of a priority. As 9to5Mac reports, coder L1ngL1ng and the Checkra1n team have jailbroken the original HomePod for the first time. It’s currently “partial” support limited to the command line, but it could have ramifications …

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Apple HomePod mini review: An acceptable Echo alternative

Apple’s HomePod was a bit of a tough sell when it launched in 2018. The $350 speaker (now selling for $300) was far more expensive than the Amazon Echo or Google Home, and Siri was less capable and intelligent than Alexa or Google Assistant. One thing was undeniable, though: the HomePod sounded excellent. This fit …

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Apple pushes out iOS 14.1, iMovie updates, and more

Enlarge / The various color options of the iPhone 12. Apple This week, Apple has released a number of software updates to pave the way for tomorrow’s iPhone 12 launch. Among them: iOS and iPadOS 14.1, and updates to iMovie and GarageBand for iOS. iOS 14.1 adds support for the various new iPhone 12-specific features, …

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Liveblog: All the news from Apple’s “Time Flies” event—Tuesday, 9/15, at 1pm ET

Enlarge / The key image that goes with this month’s event. Apple Liveblog starts in: View Liveblog At 10:00am Pacific time (1pm Eastern) on Tuesday, September 15, Apple reps will take the stage—likely in an otherwise empty Steve Jobs Theater at Apple’s headquarters—to announce new products. Typically at this time of year, these products are …

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New report details Apple’s plan for iPhones (and other gadgets) this year

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Apple releases iOS and iPadOS 13.6, macOS 10.15.6, and watchOS 6.2.8

Enlarge / The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max running iOS 13. Samuel Axon Today, Apple released software updates for all of its platforms, including the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and HomePod. The updates should be rolling out to users around the world throughout the day. In general, …

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COVID-19 contact tracing hits Apple devices with iOS and iPadOS 13.5

Enlarge / The iPhone 11. Samuel Axon Apple released iOS 13.5 and iPadOS 13.5 for iPhones, iPods, and iPads today. They went live alongside minor software updates for Apple TV and HomePod devices. The iOS update mainly adds new health-related features—most notably the much-discussed Exposure Notification API that was co-developed with Google to help local, regional, …

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Apple’s HomePod falls to $200 again at Best Buy

Sponsored Links Chris Velazco/Engadget Don’t worry if you missed out on the last time the HomePod was on sale — the deal is back. Best Buy is once again selling Apple’s smart speaker for $200, or a full $100 off the usual price. At that cost, it could easily make sense if you’re in an …

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Apple’s 10.2-inch iPad drops to $250 at Best Buy

Sponsored Links Chris Velazco/Engadget Best Buy is discounting a bunch of Apple gear in a new shopping event. The retailer is dropping the price on select Apple products, including the 10.2-inch iPad ($80 off), HomePod ($100 off) and Apple Watch Series 5 ($100 off). Shop Best Buy’s Apple event Buy 10.2-inch iPad at Best Buy …

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