Rewatch the iPhone 12 Launch Event in Under One Minute

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

There was a lot to take in at Apple’s ‘Hi, speed’ event on Tuesday. Not only was the 5G-enabled iPhone 12 family unveiled, the company also announced a new HomePod mini smart speaker. There were some new environmental announcements too. If you don’t want to sit through the full thing, which lasted over an hour, there is a handy 51-second version available.

Geeky Thoughts About Apple's "Hi, Speed" iPhone 12 and HomePod mini Announcements – Mac Geek Gab 838

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Join John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton for the geeks’ dissection of Apple’s iPhone 12 and HomePod mini announcements. Digging into some of the deeper elements, your two favorite geeks cover some of the 5G nuances, OLED on all screens 12, LIDAR, speaker pairing, and more. Press play and enjoy, then send your feedback into [email protected]

"Hi, Speed" Aftermath – TMO Daily Observations 2020-10-13

· Kelly Guimont · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Andrew Orr and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss today’s “Hi, Speed” Apple event, and Team Nightmare’s purchasing decisions.

Pandora Will be Available on HomePod, HomePod mini

· Andrew Orr · Link

As we saw during Apple’s virtual keynote on Tuesday, Pandora joins other services by coming to the HomePod and HomePod mini.

With Pandora on HomePod, users will be able to easily play their favorite Pandora content and control their listening experience hands-free by using simple Siri voice commands, such as:

“Hey Siri, play some relaxing music on Pandora.”

“Hey Siri, play the Sway’s Interviews podcast on Pandora.”

Pandora will be available on Apple HomePod soon. Once available, users will be able to enable Pandora listening directly from HomePod by tapping this link via their iOS device

Apple Reveals New HomePod Mini

· Charlotte Henry · News

HomePod mini

Apple unveiled the HomePod mini at its ‘Hi, Speed’ event, aiming to bring the Siri-enabled speaker to more people.

Why Third-Party Apple Watch Faces Are Forbidden

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

3rd party Watch Faces are forbidden

Only Apple can create and deliver Apple Watch faces. A former Apple engineer explains why third-party Apple Watch faces are forbidden.

macOS on ARM and WWDC, HomePod Hopes with Jeff Gamet - ACM 532

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Bryan Chaffin is joined by Jeff Gamet to discuss macOS and Mac hardware on ARM processors, along with their ideas about how much we might see at WWDC. They also discuss their hopes for HomePod and how it might improve.

A Brilliant Discussion of iPadOS Design Problems

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

iPad Pro with USB-C Port

There are some major weaknesses in the human interface to iPadOS. In a very readable essay, Daring Fireball’s John Gruber explains in awesome detail.

Should You Warn Your Guests About Smart Devices?

· Andrew Orr · Link

David Murphy asks if people are morally obligated to inform their guests that their home contains smart devices like HomePod, Amazon Alexa, and Google Home. Given the fact that these devices can listen to you, should you post a sign in your house that says, “Warning: This Area Under Surveillance?”

If you’re simply sporting a smart speaker, I think announcing its presence is less of a deal—overkill, really. But if a camera is recording me at any point, and that’s something you can view later, I think it’s the friendly thing to do to let me know before I start gossiping…or worse.

What do you mean by worse??

Should Apple Buy Sonos?

· Andrew Orr · Link

Sonos logo

Writing for TechCrunch, Darrell Etherington argues that Apple should acquire Sonos, a company known for its speakers.

From an outsider perspective, it’s hard to find two companies who seem more philosophically aligned than Sonos and Apple when it comes to product design and business model. Both are clearly focused on delivering premium hardware (at a price point that’s generally at the higher end of the mass market) and both use services to augment and complement the appeal of their hardware…

I’m not much of an Apple pundit but I’m not seeing the need for Apple to buy Sonos. I think it would’ve made more sense for this acquisition in the past, but Apple already has the HomePod. Aside from the price and platform-specific complaints, I don’t think I’ve heard anything bad about the sound quality.

This Fall, HomePod Will Have Ambient Sounds, Multi-User Mode

· Andrew Orr · Link

Apple didn’t mention the HomePod on stage yesterday, but Benjamin Mayo reports that a product refresh will appear later this fall.

A new forthcoming feature is called Ambient Sounds. This will allow users to easily play white noise sounds on their HomePods, including ocean waves, birdsong, rainstorms, and more. Right now, users are forced to AirPlay from another iOS device to easily play relaxing background audio on HomePod. Ambient Sounds will make this a first-party feature, fully integrated with Siri.

If Apple ever comes out with a cheaper HomePod, I’d probably buy one just for the ambient sounds.