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Apple Silently Updates AirPods Firmware to 3.7.2

Apple has again stealthily updated the AirPods firmware. Josh Centers reminds you how to go about updating the firmware in your AirPods.Show full article

Apple TV to Get Amazon Prime Video and More Later in 2017

The Apple TV will finally get an Amazon Prime Video app, but Apple TV fans will have to wait for it and any other new features Apple is planning.Show full article

Apple Will Enter Smart Speaker Market in December with HomePod

At WWDC, Apple unveiled the HomePod, its entry into the smart speaker market. Due to ship in December for $349, the HomePod promises to provide high-quality audio and virtual assistant capabilities via Siri. We’ll just have to wait until then to see how it compares with the Amazon Echo and Google Home devices.Show full article

iPad Pro Gets More Professional

The bad news is that the 9.7-inch model of the iPad Pro is history. The good news is everything else, including a 10.5-inch iPad Pro, improvements to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro model, and iPad-specific improvements in iOS 11. The new hardware is available this month; we’ll have to wait until fall for iOS 11.Show full article

Tripping to macOS 10.13 High Sierra

Apple today announced that macOS 10.13 High Sierra will include important under-the-hood improvements, as well as targeted tweaks to Apple apps. The free update to macOS will run on all Macs that can run macOS 10.12 Sierra.Show full article

iOS 11 Gets Smarter in Small Ways

You’ll be hard-pressed to find an overarching theme to iOS 11. This release will focus on dozens of small refinements, but they could turn into key features in the future.Show full article

watchOS 4 Focuses on Fun and Fundamentals

Apple has announced the fourth major update to watchOS for the Apple Watch. Improvements include person-to-person payments, enhanced fitness tracking, and updated music controls, plus new watch faces.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 5 June 2017

Notable software releases this week include Evernote 6.11.1, Quicken 2017 for Mac 4.5.6, Fantastical 2.3.8, DEVONagent 3.9.7, DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.9.12, Caboodle 2.0.3, iMovie 10.1.6, BBEdit 11.6.6, and HoudahGeo 5.1.9.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 5 June 2017

In ExtraBITS this week, Walt Mossberg pens his last weekly column and patent trolls have been dealt a major blow in the U.S. Supreme Court.Show full article

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