HomePod mini, Arcade, and Waiting for M-Processor Macs, with Bob LeVitus - ACM 542

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Bryan Chaffin and Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus have both spent time with the HomePod mini, and they offer their thoughts on what it sounds like, where it’s useful, and who should consider it. They also talk about the value of Apple’s Arcade, especially now that it’s part of Apple One. They also talk about the power of Apple’s new M1 Macs, and discuss if people should buy Intel Macs at all any more.

Dr. Mac's HomePod mini Experience

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac takes a pair of HomePod minis for a test-drive and doesn’t know many (possibly any) speakers this size that sound this good.

HomePod Software 14.3 Out Now

· Charlotte Henry · Link

Apple released version 14.3 of its HomePod software on Tuesday, MacRumors reported. It followed a spate of releases on Monday, which included the latest version of iOS with Fitness+.

The ‌HomePod‌ 14.3 is available for the ‌HomePod‌ and the HomePod mini, and according to Apple’s release notes, the update includes general performance and stability improvements. HomePod‌‌‌‌‌ software is installed automatically on the ‌‌‌‌‌HomePod‌ unless the feature is disabled‌‌‌‌.

Apple Releases iOS 14.2.1 for HomePod

· Andrew Orr · Product News

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Apple has released a 14.2.1 update for the HomePod and HomePod mini, bringing general bug fixes and improvements ahead of iOS 14.3.

Hands-on with HomePod mini and Big Sur, with Jeff Gamet - ACM 538

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Jeff Gamet is back with Bryan Chaffin to talk about his hands-on experience with Apple’s new HomePod mini. How it sounds, how it compares with HomePod, and how it compares with Amazon’s Alexa Echo and Echo Dot. They also run over their hands-on time with macOS Big Sur.

Pandora HomePod Mini Support is Here

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Pandora now supports the HomePod mini ahead of its launch on November 6. Juli Clover tells us the details.

According to Pandora, ‌HomePod‌ integration requires the latest version of the Pandora app. Once it’s installed, open the Pandora app on an iPhone or an iPad, and then select ProfileSettingsConnect With ‌HomePod‌Use in Home to get it working. Music can be requested from Pandora by adding “on Pandora” to any ‌Siri‌ request for a song.

Video Introducing The HomePod Mini

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

It’s been somewhat lost in all the iPhone 12 excitement, but Apple did announce another new product at its event on Tuesday. For $99, the HomePod mini can be used to play audio, control connected smart home devices, and has Siri built-in. A new video gives a quick overview.

Using a HomePod and HomePod Mini Together

· Jeff Butts · Product News

Using a HomePod and HomePod Mini together

There’s a lot of options for using a HomePod and HomePod Mini together. You can have music throughout the house, use Intercom, and more.