iPad & iPhone User 174

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in this issue

1 min
apple’s latest hire could mean big things for siri and homepod

If there’s one Apple product over the past few years that’s been something of a disappointment, it’s the HomePod. Apple’s smart speaker had a ton of potential when it was unveiled at WWDC 2017, but by the time it arrived in February 2018, it was overpriced and underwhelming. Now Apple is taking steps to right the HomePod ship. Apple has reportedly rehired HomePod engineer Afrooz Family, who left the company in 2016 to co-found Syng, a high-end audio company that sells a $1,799 Triphonic speaker. According to a Bloomberg report, Family was tapped to lead Apple’s HomePod software efforts as the company looks to get its smart speaker ambitions back on track. There have been persistent rumours that Apple is working on a new HomePod with a display, so Family’s hire could…

2 min
apple appeals court ruling in epic case

A pple may have initially praised the ruling in the Epic case as “a resounding victory” and “huge win”, but it has changed its tune, opting to appeal the decision. With Epic appealing as well, the whole process will start again, and it’s looking like it could be years before anything is actually settled. The main reason for the appeal is Apple’s violation of California’s anti-steering rules. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers found that Apple was in violation of the statute and ordered Apple to stop “prohibiting developers from including in their apps and their metadata buttons, external links, or other calls to action that direct customers to purchasing mechanisms”. In short, Apple would have had to allow developers to offer their own payment service (or at the very least a prominent link…

2 min
apple will soon require that apps make it easier to delete accounts

We all know the frustration: you can sign up for a service or new app account or something with a few quick taps in an app or clicks on a web page, but when you try to delete your account you have to call a customer service number during inconvenient business hours and sit on hold for a while. Apple can’t do anything about that over the entire Internet, but it has full control over the rules of the App Store. In June, Apple updated the App Store Review Guidelines section 5.1.1. Section (v) now clearly states: “If your app doesn’t include significant account-based features, let people use it without a login. If your app supports account creation, you must also offer account deletion within the app. Apps may not require users…

2 min
cheaper apple music voice plan and new homepod mini colours

A pple has announced three new colours for its HomePod mini smart speaker: blue, yellow, and orange. The new colours are available immediately, and join the existing white and space grey for a total of five colour options. But new HomePod mini colours isn’t the only audio announcement Apple made in its ‘Unleashed’ event on October 18. There’s also a brand new Apple Music tier that’s half the price of the individual plan. THE £4.99 APPLE MUSIC VOICE PLAN Apple Music has always distinguished itself from other music services, particularly its rival Spotify, by not offering a free ad-supported tier. You have to pay at least £9.99 a month for an individual plan, £14.99 per month for a Family plan, or subscribe through the Apple One services bundle. Now, Apple is adding a new…

2 min
apple’s third-generation airpods are finally here

After more than a year of constant rumours, it has finally happened: Apple has unveiled the third-generation AirPods. While the second-gen AirPods (released in 2019) was identical to the first-gen (released in 2016), this new model takes on a whole new look. Here’s everything you need to know about the new AirPods. THEY LOOK A LOT LIKE THE AIRPODS PRO The third-gen AirPods mark the first change to the shape and size of Apple’s standard wireless earbuds since their introduction five years ago. Like the AirPods Pro, the AirPods 3 (as some have called them) have shorter stems and a rounder, more bulbous earpiece. The case is very similar to the AirPods Pro, too: shorter and wider, and with wireless charging capability standard, though you can of course also use a Lightning cable. Unlike…

5 min
airpods versus airpods pro: which is right for your ears?

Over the past two years, Apple has gone from selling one AirPods model to four. You can currently buy three earbuds – the 2nd-gen AirPods, 3rd-generation AirPods, and AirPods Pro – or the AirPods Max over-theear headphones. Let’s set that last aside for a moment. If you’re willing to spend £500 or more on a pair of cans, you’re making a whole different buying decision than if you want true wireless earbuds. But that still leaves three relatively similar-seeming earbuds to choose from. So which is right for you? FEATURES AT A GLANCE Maybe the best way to make a buying decision is to see how the three current AirPods stack up side-by-side. AirPods (2nd gen) Price: £119 Weight (earbuds): 4g Weight (case): 38g Battery life: 5 hours + 24 from case Wireless charging: No Noise cancellation: No Spatial audio:…