Today

The HomePod today launches in three new regions, bringing Apple’s smart speaker to Canada, France and Germany. The smart speaker offers leading sound quality for its size class, with native Siri voice control for Apple Music ($9.99 per month) and smart assistant tasks like controlling HomeKit accessories, checking the weather and more.

HomePod understands French and German languages, alongside the new country rollouts. Apple will be adding support for Canadian French later this year.

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Yesterday

Tim Cook travels to Amsterdam & visits with iPhone photographer Annet de Graaf

Tim Cook traveled to Amsterdam this weekend to explore and experience the city’s “rich history and creative energy.” According to a tweet from Cook, he spent time on the canals with historian Koen Kleijn and iPhone photographer Annet de Graaf.

Best Buy discounts Apple’s 10.5-inch iPad Pro by up to $150

Best Buy is currently taking up to $150 off Apple’s 10.5-inch iPad Pro in various configurations. You’ll find a minimum $100 discount here, with the best deals coming on higher-capacity models. Prices start at $549.99 with free shipping across the board. Apple’s latest 10.5-inch iPad Pro sports a A10X Fusion chip, Touch ID sensor, 12MP camera and 4K capabilities.

Earlier this month, Sonos made a handful of announcements, including AirPlay 2 support and Siri control, a new Beam sound bar, and more. In a recent interview with The Verge, Sonos CEO Patrick Spence talked about the company’s relationship with Apple and potential support for deeper Siri integration…

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Sylvania HomeKit Light Strip

Apple has made its content ambitions known over recent months, announcing a multi-year partnership with Oprah Winfrey last week. Despite its numerous deals and shows, however, it still remains unclear how Apple will offer its content to consumers…

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With iOS 12 and watchOS 5, Apple is introducing support for student IDs in the existing Wallet application. While the company didn’t go into a whole lot of detail about the feature at WWDC, Blackboard last week detailed its involvement, and now the University of Alabama is touting the benefits of student IDs in Apple Wallet…

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