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.
In a statement issued earlier today, Apple finally confirmed what has long been suspected: it does slow down older iPhones intentionally through software updates. The reasoning behind this from Apple is to prevent “high power draw peaks” which can lead to shutdowns and other issues on iPhones with older batteries.
Face ID is one of the key new highlights of the iPhone X. Apple is so confident about the facial recognition prowess of Face ID that it did not bother putting a Touch ID scanner on the iPhone X. The move was initially met with a lot of scepticism as most consumers were worried about just how secure and reliable Face ID was going to be.
The iPhone X finally made its way into the hands of customers starting this Friday. Despite the hype and production issues, Apple managed to ensure there was more than adequate supply for the handsets across the world.
The iPhone X, Apple’s newest, and probably most exciting flagship iPhone in years, is set to launch to the public on Friday, November 3.