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Apple Smart Speaker HomePod Available in China, Hong Kong

HomePod is compatible with iPhone 5s or later, iPad Pro, iPad Air or later, iPad mini 2 or later, or iPod touch (6th generation)

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Apple has announced the availability of its smart speaker HomePod in mainland China and Hong Kong markets, starting January 18.

The system will sell for $357 in Hong Kong and $414 in China.

HomePod supports AirPlay 2, creating an effortless way for people to stream audio content from popular apps and services directly from an iOS device to HomePod, the company announced on Sunday.

“HomePod delivers an unmatched music listening experience with high-fidelity sound wherever it is placed and creates a new way to discover and interact with music using Siri,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing.

“We’re excited to bring HomePod to our customers in mainland China and Hong Kong markets,” he added.

HomePod is designed for voice control with an array of six microphones.

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Siri Shortcuts, introduced with iOS 12, open up a world of apps to work on HomePod.

Personalising shortcuts for HomePod with a series of tasks is easy with a new Shortcuts app.

“Security and privacy are fundamental to the design of Apple hardware, software and services. With HomePod, only after ‘Hey Siri’ is recognized locally on the device will any information be sent to Apple servers, encrypted and sent using an anonymous Siri identifier,” said Apple.

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End-to-end encryption ensures that data cannot be accessed, even by Apple.

“Personal requests, such as the ability to send messages, make phone calls, check calendar appointments and more, are only available if the feature is turned on in Settings and the iOS device is on the same network as HomePod, Apple added.

HomePod is compatible with iPhone 5s or later, iPad Pro, iPad Air or later, iPad mini 2 or later, or iPod touch (6th generation). (IANS)

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Tech Giant Apple Applies for a US Trademark on ‘Slofie’

The application cost $400

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Apple has applied for a US trademark on ‘Slofie’, potentially giving the company control over the word’s usage.

“Slofie is the term for selfies recorded in slow-motion at 120fps. The iPhone maker does define slofie as “downloadable computer software for use in capturing and recording video.”

The trademark is likely meant to stop other companies from branding their own camera features with the slofie terminology, as the feature is currently exclusive to the iPhone 11, The Verge reported on Wednesday.

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The application cost $400.

Apple recently launched 3 iPhone 11 models, two of them with a triple rear camera setup, housing stunning specifications to make you a near-perfect photographer.

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The three smartphones, upgrades over the last year’s iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max, will ship with the iOS 13, the latest mobile operating system from Apple. (IANS)