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Apple releases iOS 11.2.5 with HomePod support, Siri News, and bug fixes

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 13:55

It's time to update all your Apple gear! A relative minor point release update has just been released for iOS, tvOS, and watchOS. When you get the time, you should update all your iPhones, iPads, AppleTVs, and Apple Watches.

What's new in iOS 11.2.5

You won't find dramatic changes or really big new features in iOS 11.2.5, but it does add support for HomePod (coming February 9th) and the ability for Siri to play audio news. That last one is a little odd, because the feature went live last week and worked fine on earlier versions of iOS. Here's what Apple lists in the release notes:

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A set of three Type-A to Type-C USB cables is just $7 today

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 13:01

If you didn't have a USB-C powered device last year, chances are you will before the end of 2018. That means you'll need Type-A  (i.e. standard USB) to Type-C cables to make all of your devices and chargers play nice with each other. Today, Aukey via Amazon is selling a three pack of 3-foot USB 3.0 Type-A to USB Type-C for $7.

The sticker price is $10, but if you click the rebate section underneath the price, then click Redeem, you'll see an option for "30% off 1 item(s)".

These cords have not been examined by Type-A to Type-C guru Benson Leung, but they are from a known company with many happy customer reviews and the right specs. In other words, these wires should be safe for all your USB-C electronics.

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A set of three Type-A to Type-C USB cables is just $7 today

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 13:01
Aukey has a nice discount on a three-pack of 3-foot Type-A to Type-C USB cords today.

iPhone 2018 rumors: 6.1-inch model to sport a single rear camera and lose 3D touch

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 12:47

Updated 01/23/18: KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo dropped a few new details about the predicted specs of the new 6.1-inch iPhone coming this year.

It’s not enough that the new iPhone X is only a month or so old; rumors about next year’s iPhone are already starting to fly. We’ll keep track of what’s been said and what seems feasible in this article so you can keep up with the latest iPhone gossip.

What’s the latest?

The ever-popular iPhone tipster Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities, who predicts iPhone details based primarily on watching the supply and manufacturing chain, has issued a report with new details on what he believes will be some of the major differences between iPhone models this year.

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Apple's $349 HomePod smart speaker arrives Feb. 9, but it won't have multi-room audio

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 11:22

After a slight delay, Apple has announced that pre-orders for HomePod will begin this Friday, January 26, with units set to begin shipping on Feb. 9. The $349 smart speaker will be available in just three countries at launch: U.S., U.K., and Australia.

Apple unveiled HomePod at WWDC back in June, where Tim Cook and Phil Schiller touted the device’s musical capabilities. Dubbed a “magical new music experience,” the 7-inch speaker is packed with a seven-array beam-forming tweeter array and a high-excursion subwoofer to deliver rich, robust sound.

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