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Free iOS Apps Today: Download Paid Apps for Free, February 15, 2018

Here is your weekly dose of free iOS apps to download. Have fun! (Note: These apps are free as of this writing; they may go back to their regular price anytime so download the apps for free while you can.) Paid apps for free today Wim...Show More Summary

HomePod said to cost Apple $216 to make, margin smaller than Amazon Echo & Google Home

The HomePod’s $349 price point was somewhat controversial last summer when Apple announced the device, especially in comparison to its competitors in the market. A new report from Bloomberg, however, shows that Apple is operating at smaller margins than its competitors… more…

Estimates peg HomePod build cost at $216, Apple's margin smaller than competitors

According to the latest research from TechInsights, Apple is shelling out $216 to build HomePod, meaning margins from the tech giant's first smart speaker are much slimmer than those of its flagship iPhone line.

Another test finds HomePod frequency response flat, but results potentially meaningless

An acoustical analysis of Apple's HomePod published Wednesday found the speaker boasts a relatively flat frequency response, characteristics often associated with accurate sound reproduction, but those results might be misleading.

‘sodes is a new podcast app aiming to simplify things for casual listeners

While a host of different podcast applications have long been available on the App Store, ‘sodes is a new take on podcast listening that aims to make things a bit simpler. The app is designed with the casual podcast listener in mind, with a focus on playing one episode of a show at a time… more…

Renders imagine what AR-powered ‘Apple Glasses’ could look like [Gallery]

Several reports have indicated that Apple is working on a pair of augmented reality glasses, potentially slated for a release sometime in the next two years. While little is known about the glasses, iDrop News today has published a set of renders that imagine what “Apple Glasses” could look like… more…

028: HomePod stains, Berkshire Hathaway’s AAPL investment, KGI on 6.1-inch iPhone sales | 9to5Mac Daily

Today we’ve got everything you need to know about HomePod’s first controversy, Berkshire Hathaway’s latest massive AAPL investment, and KGI Securities prediction on upcoming iPhone sales. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s...Show More Summary

Carrot Weather adds new achievements feature, customizable app icon support, and more

Popular weather application Carrot was today updated which brings it to version 4.5, adding a host of new customization options, a new achievements feature, and much more. Today’s update comes following a major redesign of the app back in November. more…

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway increases Apple stake by 23.3 percent, now its largest holding

Legendary investor Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway continued to bet big on Apple over the fourth quarter 2017, raising its stake in the tech giant by 23.3 percent to hit 165.3 million shares, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway increases AAPL holdings, dumps over 90% of its IBM shares

Over the past few years, Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway has turned from an Apple skeptic to rather bullish on the company. CNBC reports that Berkshire Hathaway has again increased its stake in AAPL shares, this time at the cost of IBM… more…

Watch: The best Siri commands for HomePod

Apple's HomePod is out and users are impressed by the smart speaker's premium sound quality, but some have yet to take full advantage of its voice control functionality. To help users get started, AppleInsider collected a few useful phrases and commands that highlight Siri's capabilities.

Apple responds to HomePod ‘ring’ issue, says not unusual for ‘vibration-dampening silicone’ to leave marks

Apple has issued a more direct response to customers experiencing issues with HomePod leaving white rings on certain wood surfaces in normal use. The response comes in an updated support article detailing how to clean and care for HomePod. Apple describes the occurrence as expected and not a defect. more…

How to limit HomePod access so family and friends can't send texts, create reminders, or hijack your music

There are two different ways to lock your HomePod from outside access -- restricting access to AirPlay only, disabling messages, reminders and notes. AppleInsider shows you how to access and control both of these.

Apple confirms HomePods can leave marks on wood surfaces, updates support page with notice

Yeah, so this is a bummer. Now that the HomePod is out in the wild, reports have started trickling in from users complaining about the $349 smart speaker’s unfortunate side effect on wood furniture. A quick trip to Twitter shows various sorts of HomePod-sized rings left on desks and table tops. Show More Summary

OmniOutliner 3 for iOS brings major updates including iPhone X support, drag and drop, more

The Omni Group has today released the latest version of its OmniOutliner iOS app. Among the new headline features are a simplified UI, document encryption, automation, iPhone X support, drag and drop support, and more. more…

New Apple webpage touts apps & technology for augmented reality on iOS

Apple has created a new mini-site promoting ARKit, the company's augmented reality platform for iPhones and iPads, as well as recent hardware advances made to enhance the technology.

Apple Watch Series 3 certified refurb now available from $279

From 9to5Toys: Apple is now offering its latest Apple Watch, Series 3 on its certified refurbished store. Both the 38mm and 42mm models are available. With prices starting at $279, the GPS model is available at up to 15% off. more…

How to reset your HomePod and connect it to a new Apple ID

HomePod services like sending text messages or creating reminders can only be accomplished with the Apple ID used to initially set up the device. If you want to change the Apple ID affiliated with your HomePod, you'll need to redo the setup process.

HomePod's silicone bottom is causing rings on some finished wood surfaces

Apple's HomePod appears to be leaving white circles on some finished wood surfaces, but what specifically is causing it and any commonalities between the incidents both aren't clear yet.

Which true wireless earbuds are worth buying?

With so many flagship phones leaving behind the headphone jack over the past two years, the need for a good pair of Bluetooth earbuds has only intensified. While the first crop of true wireless products had their share of comfort and...Show More Summary

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