AppleInsider podcast talks HomePod, AirPlay 2, HomeKit, and new AirPods

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This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Neil talk about Neil's Siri experience on HomePod, iOS betas that formerly had AirPlay 2, and HomeKit baby cameras.




AppleInsider editors Victor Marks and Neil Hughes discuss:
  • AirPlay vanishes from iOS, tvOS 11.3 betas. We talk a little about what Neil hopes for 11.3 and Victor's expectations for AirPlay 2.
  • A leaked memo suggests Nokia is going to leave the Withings Health business behind. We both talk about what a loss this would be for the Apple Health consumer.
  • Netgear adds HomeKit to the Arlo home camera lineup with a HomeKit compatible baby camera. This thing looks cute. Is there something creepy about getting children used to being in view of a camera from birth?
  • Rumor: AirPods may get an update for 'Hey Siri' and better water resistance. Neither of us are surprised by this one.
  • Loup Ventures surveys people, finds that they're largely satisfied with their smart speakers, and determines the common uses for them. This matches up with research we've seen in the past - music is far and away the biggest use.
  • Spotify is probably going to make their own smart speaker. Neil asks why they would bother. We didn't mention it, but Facebook is rumored to as well. Victor thinks it makes a lot more sense for Spotify to do so, Facebook doesn't make nearly as much sense. Victor re-tells the story of how Netflix was going to launch their own TV streaming box, and at the last minute it was released as Roku, and the differences and similarities in the music streaming space.
  • FaceTime video calling saves a woman's life allowing her remote caller to detect a heart attack.
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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 7
    Good episode today.
    But ,I will never trust any company’s smarthome products,that will will sell my voice data.
    So ,when I buy one it will be HomePod or nothing.
  • Reply 2 of 7
    cgWerkscgWerks Posts: 1,513member
    racerhomie3 said:
    But ,I will never trust any company’s smarthome products,that will will sell my voice data.
    So ,when I buy one it will be HomePod or nothing.
    Totally agree. When it comes to 'smart' devices, it's Apple or nothing (so long as I trust Apple in this regard).
    We're going to be buying a new TV soon, and I'm trying to figure out if there are any 'dumb' ones that are good... or if I can disable the 'smart' somehow.
  • Reply 3 of 7
    vmarksvmarks Posts: 577editor
    cgWerks said:
    racerhomie3 said:
    But ,I will never trust any company’s smarthome products,that will will sell my voice data.
    So ,when I buy one it will be HomePod or nothing.
    Totally agree. When it comes to 'smart' devices, it's Apple or nothing (so long as I trust Apple in this regard).
    We're going to be buying a new TV soon, and I'm trying to figure out if there are any 'dumb' ones that are good... or if I can disable the 'smart' somehow.
    Don't connect the smart TV to wifi. That's about as much as you can do to disable the 'smart' features. If it can't get network, it can't communicate against your interests.
    cgWerks
  • Reply 4 of 7
    vmarksvmarks Posts: 577editor
    Good episode today.
    But ,I will never trust any company’s smarthome products,that will will sell my voice data.
    So ,when I buy one it will be HomePod or nothing.
    You -can- set up homekit devices from third parties without using their own apps - you may lose some benefits of those devices by doing so, but by using them only with the Home app, you can be sure they aren't phoning home to their manufacturer with data.

  • Reply 5 of 7
    cgWerkscgWerks Posts: 1,513member
    vmarks said:
    Don't connect the smart TV to wifi. That's about as much as you can do to disable the 'smart' features. If it can't get network, it can't communicate against your interests.
    Good point... I guess if all it has is a power cord and HDMI (and doesn't force me to set anything else up) it kind of has to be a dumb-display (which is what I want).

    Mike W. gave me some good models a while back in a post, but I can't find any of them in Canada.
  • Reply 6 of 7
    vmarksvmarks Posts: 577editor
    cgWerks said:
    vmarks said:
    Don't connect the smart TV to wifi. That's about as much as you can do to disable the 'smart' features. If it can't get network, it can't communicate against your interests.
    Good point... I guess if all it has is a power cord and HDMI (and doesn't force me to set anything else up) it kind of has to be a dumb-display (which is what I want).

    Mike W. gave me some good models a while back in a post, but I can't find any of them in Canada.
    Pick the best model tv for your visual needs available in CAN, don't connect to Wifi, don't use the smart apps. 

    Do consider HDR and wide color gamut.
  • Reply 7 of 7
    cgWerkscgWerks Posts: 1,513member
    vmarks said:
    Pick the best model tv for your visual needs available in CAN, don't connect to Wifi, don't use the smart apps. 
    Do consider HDR and wide color gamut.
    Yea, I don't really need 4k resolution, but we'll probably go with 4k just for the HDR and colors, etc. Probably just a typical 55" or something. I'm replacing a Westy 37" monitor we've been using for well over a decade. It's still kicking but buzzes now and then a bit, so we've decided it isn't going to move with us this time.
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