Editor's Desk: Collector HomePods, continued AirDrop problems, 'Severance,' and more

Editor’s Desk: Collector HomePods, continued AirDrop issues, ‘Severance,’ and extra

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It is virtually Might, which implies we’re a couple of month away from the 2022 Worldwide Builders Convention (WWDC). For many who cowl Apple, it is a quiet time on the calendar, higher referred to as the calm earlier than the storm. Whereas this week concerned the standard set of iPhone 14 rumors, slightly than rehash these sorts of tales, I am utilizing this Editor’s Desk to spotlight a product Apple discontinued almost 15 months in the past, a 6-year-old software program downside, earlier than shifting the main target to some dialogue on my favourite new sequence of 2022, “Severance.” Some odds and ends will comply with.

The HomePod revisited

Apple surprisingly ended the unique HomePod’s reign in March 2021 with out providing a substitute. The pinnacle-scratching choice got here simply 4 months after the colourful HomePod mini made its debut.

Phrase this week suggests Apple may ultimately launch an Apple TV/HomePod hybrid. Till then, it appears many individuals are filling the HomePod void … by making new and used HomePod purchases on-line.

The HomePod, which first launched in 2018, was priced at $299 for many of its life. As we speak, those self same items promote for about $700 on eBay when new and sealed in a field. Used objects are promoting for upwards of $500.

You’ll be able to’t blame rampant inflation for these premium costs. As a substitute, it proves persons are nonetheless in love with the odd-shaped HomePod, for which there’s presently no equal. Though the HomePod mini is a superb Siri speaker, it was by no means meant to exchange the unique.

Generally Apple decides that does not make sense — killing off the HomePod prematurely is maybe No. 1 on this listing.

Is a used HomePod price $500? It’s in households with present HomePods the place enlargement is important and even for newbies who reside solely within the Apple ecosystem.

Wanting ahead, whereas an Apple TV/HomePod hybrid sounds thrilling, a greater path for Apple can be to launch a second-generation HomePod and name it a day. Might I recommend an HomePod Air or HomePod Max, Apple?

What’s up with AirDrop?

Throughout our employees assembly every week, we analyze the preferred tales on the web site for the previous seven days. Close to the highest of that listing persistently is an article that was first printed in 2016, entitled, “AirDrop not working? This is the repair.”

We love the eyeballs this how-to put up continues to generate. But, it suggests Apple would possibly profit from taking one other have a look at the characteristic and resolving what is seemingly a long-running miss. AirDrop makes it attainable to switch recordsdata remotely between close-range Macs and cellular gadgets just like the finest iPhones. When it really works, AirDrop is a time-saver and a magical one. However, sadly, it would not work on a regular basis.

I do not know why AirDrop all of a sudden stops working for thus many individuals. It is doubtless a software program glitch brought on by Bluetooth or Wi-Fi that may be fastened by following our information’s steps. We’re glad we will help; it is what we do. And but, an organization claiming to make merchandise that “simply work” should not have a problem like this nonetheless unresolved in any case these years.

Maybe the following variations of iOS, iPadOS, and macOS will lastly resolve the AirDrop challenge and permit our guests to search out way more thrilling articles to learn!

Being Severed is nice

On-line and amongst household and associates, I am usually requested which tv sequence I like to recommend. The Apple TV+ sequence, “Severance,” stays on the prime of that listing. Already renewed for a second season, the Ben Stiller helmed drama will decide up plenty of awards later this 12 months for its stars and writers, and deservingly so.

“Severance” is a troublesome present to explain and clarify and never one thing anybody ought to leap into anticipating to get all of the questions answered even after the 9 episodes of the primary season. However, I promise you this: though you would possibly wrestle by just a few of the early episodes, you will be fully hooked and need extra by the tip of the finale.

As a place to begin, check out the authentic “Severance” trailer, then take a look at these iMore articles:

Then, while you’re formally ‘severed,” hearken to the newly launched Apple Music “Severance” playlist.

Odds and Ends

Listed here are another issues I have been fascinated by in the course of the week that was:

  • Apple just lately despatched me a souped-up Mac Studio to place by the paces for a evaluation, which you’ll anticipate to see printed in per week or two. Early on, it is clear it is a implausible Mac, however one which’s not for everybody. Nonetheless, its launch does recommend when the Mac lineup could possibly be heading, which I will talk about in additional size within the evaluation.
  • If you happen to ever questioned whether or not the iMore crew works collectively bodily or solely remotely, think about this. For the primary time because the pandemic started, a bunch of us are having conferences subsequent week at Future headquarters in New York Metropolis. It is going to be the primary time many people have met in particular person and the primary time in over three years no less than a few of us have been in the identical room. (Sure, we have at all times labored remotely as a crew, even pre-COVID-19.)
  • Lastly, though I am not a hard-core baseball fan, I’ve loved watching snippets of Apple TV+’s new “Friday Evening Baseball” protection. The reside broadcasts characteristic nice technological advances that make the video games really feel extra immersive. It makes me hope much more that Apple will get the rights to “NFL Sunday Ticket,” starting in 2023, which now seems extra doubtless.

Get pleasure from your weekend,

- Bryan

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