'iBoot' leak may stem from low-level Apple engineer with ties to jailbreaking community

This week’s publishing of the “iBoot” source code for iOS 9 can be traced back to a “low-level” Apple employee who shared it with a small group of jailbreaking friends — and may not have wanted it to go beyond that circle, a report claimed on Friday.
Source: macinsider

Despite being a HomeKit accessory, HomePod does not work within custom triggers or scenes

Though HomePod integrates with Apple’s HomeKit, and even shows up as a smart home accessory within the iOS Home app, it cannot be used as a part of an automated trigger or custom scene.
Source: macinsider

Lowest Price Ever: 2017 13" MacBook Pro for $1,049 ($250 off), plus $150 off iPads with no tax in 48 states

Take advantage of the lowest price we’ve ever seen on Apple’s Mid 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro at Adorama while supplies last. Save $250 on the 2.3GHz, 8GB, 128GB model in Space Gray or Silver, bringing the price down to an all-time low of $1,049 with no tax outside NY and NJ. B&H is also knocking up to $150 off iPads and iPad Pros, plus $20 off AppleCare.
Source: macinsider

First look: Apple's HomePod is loud, heavy and powerful

Friday marks the launch of Apple’s foray into home audio, the HomePod, a compact yet booming smart speaker that will delight your ears and possibly annoy your neighbors. AppleInsider offers a closer look at the newly released hardware.
Source: macinsider

Uber & Waymo settle self-driving car lawsuit in $244M deal

Improving the stability of the self-driving car world — in which Apple’s role is still uncertain — Uber and Waymo have reached a surprise settlement over allegations that Uber used stolen data in developing its own technology.
Source: macinsider

Microsoft tests use of iPhone authenticator app as password replacement in Windows 10 S mode preview

Microsoft is allowing users to sign into their computers using an authenticator app instead of a password, as part of testing of Windows 10 S that effectively eliminates the stripped-down version of the operating system in favor of a new mode for all Windows 10 variants.
Source: macinsider

Analyst predicts new Apple Pencil, 'low-end' $200 HomePod this fall

Although early HomePod orders appear to be doing well, Apple could ship a “low-end” model this fall costing between $150 and $200 instead of the current model’s $349, an analyst said Friday in an investor memo seen by AppleInsider.
Source: macinsider

HomePod AppleCare+ costs $39, accidental damage without incurs $279 fee for repair

Apple’s AppleCare+ extended warranty and accidental damage repair program for the HomePod retails for $39, with a single out-of-warranty repair like accidental damage from a drop otherwise costing the user $279 uncovered, and $39 when under the program.
Source: macinsider

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