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What a show this week! We talk: a new gaming console from Apple? Some new evidence says yes. Plus: some of HomePods best features get delayed; why Leander switched from 1Password to Dashlane; how to get a heckuva great deal on a new iPad; and we wrap up with the smart bike helmet you haven’t heard of, a rugged charge-it-all solar-powered battery back, and an updated version of one of our favorite products on an all-new Under Review.
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Notes and Links:
Is AppleTV about to become a gaming console?
- Apple has updated their Apple TV logo trademark by adding all things related to gaming.
- Apple's Trademark filing 87801324 filed last Friday and published today by USPTO was filed solely under international class 028 which specifically covers the following:
- "video game consoles; controllers for game consoles; video output games, namely, video output game machines for use with televisions; apparatus for electronic games adapted for use with an external display screen or monitor.”
- This is a significant update that has to be taken seriously. Bringing a whole new level of gaming to Apple TV could be another twist coming to Apple TV in addition to a video content service driven by Apple Worldwide Video.
Looks like multi-room AirPlay just got further away
- One of the best features for Apple’s new HomePod appears to be facing some big delays.
- AirPlay 2.0 promises to give HomePod users the ability to stream the same song to different devices in different rooms from a single iPhone. But with the release of iOS 11.3 beta 3 this morning, Apple has decided to pull the feature from testing.
- The functionality of AirPlay 2.0 was pretty buggy in the first two beta builds of iOS 11.3. Apple removed it in the latest betas of iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3 that just came out.
- Until AirPlay 2.0 comes out, you also won’t be able to pair two of Apple’s new smart speakers together so they play stereo sound or multi-room audio.
Why I switched from 1Password to Dashlane [Review]
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Apple gets go-ahead for two new iPads
- Apple has been given the go-ahead for two new iPads, hinting at an imminent refresh.
- The company filed for approval with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), and both devices were granted permission this week. Apple has also been given approval to bring several iPhone and iPad “samples” into the region.
- The filings don’t tell us much about these devices. But it does suggest that an Apple announcement is imminent.
- Apple is dumping 9.7” models. 128GB versions are selling for $280-$350 (regular price $430) I Apple Files Major Apple TV Logo Trademark Update Focused on All-Things related to Gaming, Including a Video Game Console
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