Before WWDC even began, Apple released iOS 11.4 for all compatible iPhones and iPads. The update was a major audio-focused one as it introduced a number of audio-related enhancements including the release of AirPlay 2. For the HomePod, the update added support for Stereo mode and multi-room audio.
If you saw the opening keynote of WWDC 2018, you might think that iOS 12 is light on features. The company heavily focused on performance improvements with the OS, though it also mentioned other new features like App Limits, Screen Time, Grouped Notifications, and more.
Its soon going to be 24 hours since Apple unveiled iOS 12, watchOS 5, macOS Majove, and more at its opening keynote of WWDC 2018. In its presentation, the company provided everyone with a quick rundown of the major new features in the upcoming major releases of its software.
Since the beginning of this year, Apple has been running a discounted iPhone battery replacement program. The program is a way for Apple to apologize to its customers for not clearly communicating with them that it was intentionally slowing down older iPhones.
Back in September, when Apple first unveiled the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, it also unveiled AirPower. The wireless charger from the company was based on the Qi charging standard but came with its own set of improvements. The highlight of AirPower is the ability to wirelessly charge the iPhone, AirPods, and Apple Watch simultaneously.
The release of HomePod has sparked quite a debate in online forums and among passionate Apple followers. It is about whether the HomePod’s excellent music quality makes up for its lack of smartness. Many people have dismissed the HomePod due to Siri’s limited integration with third-party services. Instead, they prefer the Google Home or Amazon Echo despite these speakers not delivering sound quality anywhere close to that of the HomePod.
Earlier this week, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. With its latest flagship, Samsung takes on Apple’s $999 iPhone X which was released almost six months ago. The Galaxy S9 looks largely the same as its predecessor but packs in some major improvements in key areas including the camera, display, and performance.
Ever since Facebook introduced Stories in Instagram, Snapchat has seen its user base decline rapidly. This was made worse by the company’s app which made content discovery a challenge. To solve these issues, Snapchat released a revamped version of their app in late November last year.
Seven months after its initial unveiling, Apple has finally announced a pre-order and release date for the HomePod. The Siri-powered smart speaker will go on pre-orders this Friday while it hit the retail stores on February 9 in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia.