Apple has been slowly expanding the availability of HomePod, the company’s smart speaker. But the list of countries where HomePod is available is about to get longer, as the company confirmed on Tuesday that both HomePod and HomePod will be officially available in Singapore starting April 6.Expand Expanding Close
Filipe Espósito is a Brazilian tech Journalist who started covering Apple news on iHelp BR with some exclusive scoops, including the reveal of the new Apple Watch Series 5 models in titanium and ceramic. He joined 9to5Mac in 2019 to share even more exclusive details about Apple’s plans.
Filipe currently uses an iPhone 14 Pro Max, Apple Watch Series 7, M2 iPad Pro, M1 MacBook Air, and AirPods Pro (2nd gen) as his main devices.
Apple released the first beta of iOS 16.5 to developers on Tuesday, just one day after iOS 16.4 was released to the public. And while today’s update doesn’t seem like a big one, it does bring some small changes. For example, the Apple News app now has a tab dedicated to the My Sports feature.Expand Expanding Close
Following the release of the first iOS 16.5 beta to developers, Apple on Tuesday announced new requirements for developers submitting their apps to the App Store. Starting next month, Apple will require that every app must be built with Xcode 14.1 or later to ensure compatibility with iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, tvOS 16, and macOS Ventura.Expand Expanding Close
Twitter will no longer recommend tweets from unverified accounts, blocks non-Blue users from voting in polls
Twitter has been aggressively pushing its Blue subscription, which unlocks some exclusive features and also gives users a blue verified badge. In another attempt to convince more users to pay for Twitter Blue, the platform will now stop recommending tweets from unverified accounts. More than that, non-Blue users will no longer be able to vote in polls.Expand Expanding Close
Home Widget for HomeKit is an iOS app that offers advanced tools to enhance the experience of interacting with HomeKit accessories. Following the release of iOS 16.4 to the public on Monday, the app has been updated with new shortcuts and a new dimming action for roller shutters and blinds.Expand Expanding Close
Apple on Monday released iOS 16.4 and other software updates to the public. While they come with multiple new features, such as new emoji, notifications for web apps, and accessibility improvements, today’s updates also bring security patches. More specifically, they patch more than 30 security exploits.Expand Expanding Close
iOS 15 introduced new Voice Isolation and Wide Spectrum modes to change audio capture using the iPhone’s built-in microphone. However, these modes were only available for FaceTime calls and some third-party apps. But with iOS 16.4, Apple is bringing Voice Isolation to cellular calls as well.Expand Expanding Close
Apple announced earlier this month that its new Apple Music Classical app will become available to users on Tuesday, March 28. However, some users located in Asia were already able to download the app today – and 9to5Mac was also able to get a copy of the app. Read on as we show you a first look at what Apple Music Classical’s design looks like.Expand Expanding Close
The popular messaging platform WhatsApp currently offers multiple ways to communicate beyond text, such as pictures, videos, and even calls. However, WhatsApp is now working on a new feature that will let iPhone users send short video messages to other people.Expand Expanding Close
Apple’s AirTag has become known for helping people find their lost items, but there are other Apple products that also work with the Find My network – including AirPods. This time, a woman who lost her wireless earbuds on a plane tracked them to the home of an airline employee.Expand Expanding Close
Apple TV+ had been slowly gaining market share since its launch in 2019, while platforms like Netflix continue to lose subscribers to smaller streaming services. But the latest research from JustWatch shows that Apple TV+’s global market share shrank last year, which resulted in the platform being overtaken by its competitor Paramount+.Expand Expanding Close
Apple Music still doesn’t offer collaborative playlists, but Caset is an iOS app that solves that problem by letting users create collaborative “mixtapes” with their friends. With its latest update, Caset now offers seamless sync with Apple Music, making collaborative mixtapes even easier to manage.Expand Expanding Close
Apple unveiled a new yellow model for the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus earlier this year, following its trend of introducing new colors for the current generation iPhone every spring. While the yellow iPhone 14 has exactly the same hardware as the other color options, it comes with a new yellow wallpaper to match its color. And you can download this new wallpaper for your devices right here.Expand Expanding Close
WhatsApp on Wednesday announced new features to enhance the group chat experience on its platform. With its latest update, the popular instant messaging app now lets admins decide who can join a group. In addition, it has become easier to check which groups you have in common with other contacts.Expand Expanding Close
Update: According to our sources, despite supporting features like Hey Siri, the new Beats Studio Buds+ will still use a custom Beats chip instead of Apple’s H1/H2. Original story below.
iOS 16.4 is coming soon with a bunch of new features, including new emoji, web app notifications, and more. But under the hood, today’s RC update adds support for an unreleased Beats Studio Buds+, as discovered by 9to5Mac. Read on as we detail what to expect from these new wireless earbuds from Beats.Expand Expanding Close
Apple today is rolling out iOS 16.4 RC (Release Candidate) to developers, just a week after the release of the previous beta. As we’ve covered in-depth over the last month, iOS 16.4 includes a number of new features and changes for iPhone users.Expand Expanding Close
Based on the latest reports, iPhone 15 will be the one to finally ditch the Lightning connector in favor of USB-C. However, although USB-C has become an industry standard, Apple still plans to limit it somewhat on the iPhone. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported on Monday that the USB-C port will enable faster charging speeds for the iPhone 15, but only with certified cables.Expand Expanding Close
Apple entered the smart home accessories segment back in 2014 with iOS 8, which introduced the HomeKit API to integrate such products with Siri. But it wasn’t until 2017 that Apple announced HomePod, its first smart speaker and overall first smart home device.
The company now has two different models of HomePod, but according to rumors, Apple wants to further expand this lineup in the near future. Here’s everything we know about what Apple has been working on for its smart home product lineup.Expand Expanding Close
Artificial intelligence has been with us for years, even in the little things like identifying the faces in a picture to the recommendations we see in our favorite apps. But more recently, we’ve seen new types of AI capable of doing things unimaginable years ago. This new type of AI is changing how people interact with technology. But at the same time, Apple is clearly falling behind its competitors.Expand Expanding Close
Earlier this year, Meta announced its plans to introduce a new paid subscription that will let users verify the authenticity of their account via a government ID to get a blue checkmark on Facebook and Instagram. Starting today, users located in the US can subscribe to Meta Verified.Expand Expanding Close
Ted Lasso has become the most popular show on Apple TV+. Since its premiere in 2020, the show has conquered not only lots of fans around the world, but also multiple important awards such as Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice. But what about the other shows? JustWatch has now shared a list of what Apple TV+ subscribers have been watching the most on the streaming platform.Expand Expanding Close
Last year, Apple introduced passkeys support with iOS 16 and macOS Ventura. The technology was created by the FIDO Alliance in partnership with Apple, Google, and Microsoft, and it aims to replace traditional passwords with new, more secure passwordless sign-in methods. Now passkey support is also coming to the NordPass password manager.Expand Expanding Close