Apple announces next generation HomePod

Following announcements on new Mac hardware Apple today announces update to HomePod.

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Introducing the all-new HomePod | Apple

Second generation HomePod gets S7 chip, UWB, temperature and humidity sensors. HomePod also gets Matter smart home standard support.

HomePod second generation follows design of original smart speaker while getting sound quality improvements too. However, it is noted that original HomePod could not be combined as stereo pair with second generation.

HomePod mini apparently also has temperature and humidity sensors. And those will be enabled with upcoming software update.

Sound Recognition feature comes to both new HomePod and HomePod mini to listen for smoke alarms in the house.

Apple Newsroom: Apple introduces the new HomePod with breakthrough sound and intelligence

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Apple releases iOS 16.2 and other platforms

Following recent RC Apple now releases iOS/iPadOS 16.2, macOS 13.1 Ventura, watchOS 9.2 and tvOS 16.2. Xcode 14.2 is also released.

HomePodOS received corresponding update (which is required for Home updates and Matter support).

Apple also releases security bug fixes for previous OS releases - iOS 15 and macOS 11 Big Sur and macOS 12 Monterey.

This update brings several important updates:

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Apple updates App Store Review Guidelines

Apple publishes updates to App Store Review Guidelines. This time updates cover multiple areas:

  • Clarify how to provide access to app features for review;
  • Add details on prohibited apps;
  • Clarify Matter support requirements;
  • Clarify NFT and cryptocurrency usage;
  • Allow advertisement management apps not to use In-app purchases;
  • Clarify Apple Music usage within apps.

Apple also notified developers of these changes via email.

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