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HomeKit Weekly: If it doesn‘t work with Siri, it‘s just not a smart home

HomeKit Weekly is a series focused on smart home accessories, automation tips and tricks, and everything to do with Apple‘s smart home framework. This column is typically used to share recommendations and advice around using HomeKit, but this week I want to zoom out and talk specifically about why you should choose HomeKit. There are a lot of smart home platforms on the market and plenty of connected accessories with iPhone apps, but I acti

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HomePod misses top 5 smart speaker list, but grabs impressive 70% of 200+ market

Strategy Analytics is out today with more data on Q2 smart speaker sales. Previously, the firm said that HomePod had grabbed a 6% market share of 2018 smart speaker sales so far. A new report today suggests that even though HomePod has lots of room to grow, it is the best-selling product in the 200+ segment. more

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iPhone XS sees slight battery capacity reduction as XS Max and XR offer biggest batteries yet

Apple shares battery specifications for iPhones by giving usage ratings for talk time, internet use, video playback and more, but it doesn‘t share the actual battery capacity for each model. Now, we‘ve got specifics on the battery specs for the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR. more

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: 2018 MacBook Pro 350 off, Beats Pill+ Speaker 114, Schlage HomeKit Smart Lock 165, more

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web bysigning up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on:Twitter,RSS Feed,Facebook,Google+andSafari push notifications. Listen to the new 9to5Toys Daily Podcast: https://9to5toys.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2018/09/9to5Toys-Daily-9-19-2018.mp3 more

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Series 4 box wraps Apple Watch and band separately, new pouch; no brick with Series 3 GPS

Alongside Apple Watch Series 4 reviews, we‘re also seeing the first unboxing videos pop up online and reveal new details about packaging this year.iJustine‘s unboxing and review offers a detailed look at changes to the packaging style, what‘s in the box, and more. Readers have also noticed that Apple‘s website highlights a change to one of the Apple Watch Series 3 versions more

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Apple Biltmore moving to Scottsdale Fashion Square September 29th, Green Hills store reopening after renovations

Just one week after the launch of the iPhone XS and Apple Watch Series 4, Apple is set to move or reopen two of its stores across the United States. Both openings will happen on Saturday, September 29th at 10:00 A.M. local time and closely trail the planned September 21st move of Apple Eastview in Victor, New York to an expanded storefront. Friday will also be marked by the completion of Apple Suzhou, the company‘s 505th retail store. more

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Deliveroo can keep you fed while you‘re waiting in line at the Apple Store but not in the US

Lines at Apple Stores for the iPhone XS may not be very long this year, but for those sufficiently dedicated to start camping out the night before, food delivery service Deliveroo can make sure you don‘t go hungry more

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Review: Akitio Node Lite w/ Intel Optane SSD workstation-class performance [Video]

I‘ve reviewed several Thunderbolt 3 SSDs over the last year or so, and the Akitio Node Lite with Intel Optane SSD is the best performer of them all. Advertising speeds up to 2600 MB/s read, it‘s the only external SSD that I‘ve tried thus far that skirts close to such a speed rating without being affected by noticeable thermal throttling. Granted, the combo package of Akitio Node Lite + Intel Optane SSD should be a great performe

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iPhone XS camera bump is slightly taller, iPhone X cases may not fit perfectly

Whilst the exterior design of the iPhone XS is practically unchanged compared to iPhone X, the devices are not identical. Obviously, the Max is larger and will not fit any current cases. The 5.8-inch iPhone Xs situation is more murky. Macotakara has found that the camera bump on the iPhone XS is just a tad bigger than the iPhone X, which means some existing cases are not a perfect fit. more

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Greyhound finally offering mobile tickets in its iOS app, can convert existing tickets

It seems hard to believe there are still companies that don‘t allow the option of e-tickets on your iPhone, but until today, intercity bus company Greyhound was one of them more

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Apple reportedly ramping up iPhone XR orders as it now forecasts higher sales

The iPhone XR isn‘t even out yet, but supply chain sources are claiming that Apple is ramping up manufacturing orders for the device in anticipation of higher sales than it initially forecast more

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Apple‘s Podcast Marketing Best Practices offer tips and insights for creating great shows

To help aspiring and experienced podcasters grow their audiences and create more engaging shows, Apple has developed a toolkit of Marketing Best Practices for Apple Podcasts. The guidelines arrive alongside the release of watchOS 5, which includes an all-new Podcasts app. more

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Apple Watch received FDA clearance just one day before the launch; cardiologist questions ECG accuracy

Apple made a big deal of the ECG functionality of the Apple Watch Series 4, and emphasized that the feature had received FDA clearance. It‘s now being reported that the company was almost unable to do so having received that clearance just one day before the launch event more

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Apple Watch Series 4 review roundup: This is the one we‘ve been waiting for

Following yesterday‘s iPhone XS/Max reviews, it‘s now the turn for reviews of the Apple Watch Series 4 and there couldn‘t be a greater contrast between the two. Apple‘s cherry-picked quotes aside, reviewers were mostly underwhelmed by the new iPhone, advising iPhone X users not to bother upgrading and owners of older models to hold fire for the iPhone XR. But when it comes to the new Watch, the clear majority view is that

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iOS 12.1 references ‘iPad2018Fall‘, all but confirming new iPad Pro debut next month

Apple‘s release of iOS 12.1 earlier today has already given us a peek at a new feature: Memoji syncing. In that article, I suggested that this feature would make sense with the release of new iPads with a TrueDepth camera system later this year. Currently, Memoji is only supported on the iPhone but adding support to the iPad would mean users would want to sync their characters between each device. Now, iOS 12.1 offers another hint at new i

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iOS 12.1 suggests iCloud syncing for Memoji coming soon

Today, Apple released the first beta of iOS 12.1. While it may seem too soon to start yet another beta cycle, software is never really completed, so it makes sense for Apple to offer betas to allow developers and users to start filing bug reports and testing new features, including the much-awaited group FaceTime. As usual, Apple‘s software release also offers some hints as to future features more

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Apple shares its own iPhone XS review roundup, focusing entirely on the positives

Today was iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max review day meaning the first reviews of Apple‘s latest smartphones hit the web. As we noted this morning in our roundup, the story was pretty consistent among reviewers: a small update from the iPhone X, and it might be best to wait for the XR. Now, Apple has shared its own roundup of iPhone XS reviews, and as you would expect, the company focuses on the positives more

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Telegram to transition to faster & more battery-friendly Swift-built app for iOS

Back in January, Telegram released its new Telegram X‘ application for iOS, which it has offered in conjunction with the standard Telegram Messenger app. The difference between the two is that Telegram X is built entirely with Apple‘s Swift language. Today, however, Telegram founder Pavel Durov announced that Telegram is transitioning entirely to its Swift-built application. more

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Amid claims it‘s in a ‘death spiral,‘ report says Evernote has laid off 15% of its workforce

Earlier this month, a report suggested that Evernote was in a death spiral as it cycled through several of its most senior executives. Now, TechCrunch reports that Evernote has cut roughly 15 percent of its workforce, a move that was announced to employees today at an all-hands meeting. more

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How to replace Apple Maps with Google Maps on CarPlay

In the four years since CarPlay debuted, Apple Maps has been the only option for navigation. Today, the long-awaited support for Google Maps has officially arrived. Follow along for how to replace Apple Maps with Google Maps on CarPlay. more

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9to5Toys Last Call: LG 5K UltraFine Display 650, iTunes Movies from 5, Elevation Lab iPhone Dock 36, more

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Giveaway: Win Apple‘s iPhone XS Max from Zendure & 9to5Mac!

Thanks to our sponsor Zendure, over the next month we are giving 9to5Mac readers a chance to win Apple‘s new iPhone XS Max valued at 1099 USD. And for a limited time, get 15% off Zendure‘sA8PD 26,800mAh Portable Charger and theX6 Power Bank and USB Hub w/ code25Y46NEH. Head below for full details on how to enter! more

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Apple acknowledges missing Activity achievements, says fix coming in future software update

If you‘re missing a couple of Activity achievements after upgrading to iOS 12, you‘re not alone. Specifically, a few of the limited edition awards are missing. more

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Apple releases first iOS 12.1, watchOS 5.1, and tvOS 12.1 developer betas [U]

One day after the official release of iOS 12 and watchOS 5, Apple has released new developer software beta versions for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Both iOS 12.1 developer beta 1 and watchOS 5.1 developer beta 1 are now available for testing. tvOS 12.1 developer beta 1 is also available. more

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