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Guilherme Rambo

Guilherme Rambo is a Mac and iOS developer based in Brazil. Known for discovering Apple’s secrets and analyzing leaks, he writes about his discoveries on 9to5mac.

If you have any tips or suggestions, contact him at guilherme@9to5mac.com

February 9

People in Australia, the UK and USA are starting to receive their pre-ordered HomePods and getting to experience its sound quality in person for the first time. We wrote before about how HomePod updates will be controlled by the Home app on iOS, but we didn’t know which version of iOS they would be running from the factory.

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February 8

HomePod has started arriving to customers around the world and Apple’s Tips app for iOS is ready for it. When you have the speaker paired with your device (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch), you’ll be able to access a new Tips collection. After pairing HomePod, you should get a notification from the Tips app within 30 minutes.

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February 6

The second beta of iOS 11.3, released earlier today, includes the new battery health screen where users will be able to see whether their devices are being affected by poor battery health, but that’s not the only new thing in this release.

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February 3

We’ve been discovering quite a bit by digging into the first iOS 11.3 beta, released last week. We learned that parents will be able to approve purchases using Face ID and that the Apple Books overhaul is in fact happening, and now evidence has emerged showing Apple has a new single sign-on like service for the web in development…

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January 30

As HomePod pre-orders began last week and some first impressions came out, we’re able to gain more knowledge about Apple’s upcoming smart speaker. One aspect of HomePod that’s gone under the radar is how the device handles software updates.

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iPhone X owners with children have been complaining for a while about the impossibility of approving purchases using Face ID. While on devices with Touch ID it has always been possible to approve purchases using the biometric authentication, the feature had not been implemented for Face ID …

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January 25

Earlier today, a report by Bloomberg mentioned that Apple is working on big changes for the Books app (previously called iBooks) and the Apple Books Store.

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January 24

With AirPods and the W1 chip, Apple introduced a proximity-based set up system that automatically pops up a card on your iOS device when a configurable device is nearby. The same system is used to share Wi-Fi passwords, set up new iOS devices, Apple TVs and even Apple Watch.

HomePod will use the same set up system, but it includes a few more steps, depending on your particular setup…

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The new beta versions of iOS, tvOS and macOS include new detailed information about privacy and Apple’s services, designed to help users understand which data is collected and how that data is used.

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With the release of iOS 11.3 beta 1 and macOS 10.13.4 beta 1, Apple has also issued the first beta of Xcode 9.3 for developers. This version promises to fix lots of bugs and improve compilation times for Swift projects.

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Apple announced in a press release earlier today several new features to come with iOS 11.3, including new Animoji and health records in the Health app.

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January 23

Alongside macOS High Sierra 10.13.3, released today, Apple has also issued Security Update 2018-001 for macOS Sierra and macOS El Capitan.

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In case you want to protect your $349 HomePod from accidental damage, you’ll be able to get AppleCare+ coverage for $39.

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