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Peek inside the lab that perfected HomePod audio

Apple’s quest to build the perfect sounding speaker could also give a huge boost to audio quality on future iPhones, iPads and Macs. To promote the launch of its new HomePod speaker, Apple gave

HomePod meta review: Superb sound, stupid Siri

In the first reviews for Apple’s new HomePod speaker, everyone totally raves about the smart speaker’s pristine sound quality. Siri, on the other hand, doesn’t sound so brilliant. Apple seeded a few

Grammar cop app will bust your bad writing [Deals]

Writing is rewriting, they say. And a lot of rewriting is just correcting grammar or spelling. And unless you’re a professional copy editor, you’re not getting paid enough to polish every badly

Apple sends ad spend reports to the wrong developers

Apple appears to have sent ad spend and install reports to the wrong app developers. A number of people have reported the mistake on social media, but it’s not clear exactly how many developers are

Today in Apple history: Steve Wozniak leaves Apple

February 6, 1985: Frustrated by Apple’s shifting priorities, co-founder Steve Wozniak leaves the company to pursue outside interests. His departure from Apple — which comes the same year that Steve

Apple Music recruits new head of editorial

Music journalist Alex Gale is the new head of editorial for Apple Music, according to a new report. Gale, who has previously worked for the likes of Billboard, XXL and Vibe, will be responsible for

This cheap iPhone X clone comes with a massive battery

Battery life on the iPhone X got you down? Consider downgrading to an iPhone X knock-off fresh out of China. The Chinese company Oukitel unveiled its newest iPhone copycat this week that comes with a

Samsung Galaxy S9 photos leak online ahead of unveiling

The iPhone X’s biggest competition of 2018 is nearly here and unfortunately for Samsung, the unveiling won’t be much of a surprise. Photos of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 leaked online today

Guitar Gravitas is the only guitar scale and chord app you’ll ever need

Guitar Gravitas is the easiest guitar chord and scale reference apps I've used. Check it out. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

How to control Apple Music and HomePod with Siri

HomePod is completely controlled by Siri, so you should get to know all the commands you can use to play organize your music. These tricks all work on your iPhone too. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and

Apple sold more tablets in 2017 than Amazon and Samsung combined

Tablet sales are still on the rise worldwide and based on a new report from the International Data Corporation, Apple’s iPad is one of the biggest reasons why. The IDC published its latest analysis of

Save 60% on chic, stingray bands for Apple Watch

Ullu offers a taste of the accessibly exotic with its line of handcrafted leather bands for Apple Watch. The Apple-centric accessories brand offers luxurious bands in stingray and ostrich, as well as

HomePod 2 concept brings iPod click wheel to Apple’s speaker

Apple’s new HomePod is flying off shelves with shipping times already slipping, but some Apple fans are already dreaming up what the next generation HomePod will look like. Concept designer Martin

Apple Music could overtake Spotify this summer

Apple Music is on track to overtake Spotify as the biggest music streaming service in the United States. Apple’s service has been growing twice as fast, according to industry sources. If it maintains

Apple could launch a bunch of new devices next month

Apple could deliver its first new devices of 2018 next month. A new report claims the company is gearing up to launch a new iPhone, iPad and MacBook in March. We’ll have to wait longer for an Apple

HomePod shipping estimates finally start slipping

HomePod shipping estimates have finally started slipping just days before the speaker makes its big debut. New customers in the U.K. will now have to wait until February 13 for delivery, but Apple

Name your price to learn photography like a pro [Deals]

We live in a world saturated by images. So it’s extra hard to make photographs that stand out, especially as a professional. Whether you’re looking to make a living or just make nice pictures, it pays

Apple teams up with Cisco to fight cyber risks

Apple has teamed up with Cisco and others to offer a new cyber risk management solution for businesses. The package combines the most secure technology from Apple and Cisco with cyber insurance from

2018 iPhones to use Intel modems as Apple shuns Qualcomm

This year’s iPhone lineup will rely exclusively on Intel modems, according to one reliable analyst. Apple has been buying modems from Qualcomm, but it seems the chip maker is being shunned in light of

Today in Apple history: Original iPhone goes large with 16GB of storage

February 5, 2008: Six months after the first-gen iPhone went on sale, Apple releases a supersized version with a whopping 16GB of storage. “For some users, there’s never enough memory,” says Greg