HomePod Likely to Support HomeKit Scenes for Muting Siri, More

Michael Steeber:

New icons discovered in the latest build of iOS 11.2.5 have revealed some of the functionality that may arrive with the release of the elusive HomePod in upcoming weeks. Specifically, users may be able to create custom scenes with support for muting the speaker’s “Hey Siri” capabilities.

In an image shared by Filipe Espósito on Twitter, iconography buried in the assets for Apple’s Home app for iPhone seem to show a HomePod next to a muted Siri glyph. Some of the icons contain the text “siri-off” in their filenames, giving further weight to the discovery.

Like other modern Apple devices, HomePod contains always-on voice functionality that allows users to simply speak to activate Siri at any time. However, in certain situations, users may want to disable the function for privacy. One could imagine a “party” scene where your home’s lights change colors, the room temperature changes, and Siri is muted for the living room HomePod.

In addition to the ability to mute Siri, Espósito suggests that strings found in the app’s code indicate that HomePod will be capable of supporting multiple unique voices, meaning that more than one person could control Siri and expect personalized results.

iMac Pro review

Jason Snell’s iMac Pro review: 

What it is, today, is the fastest Mac around, with fast processors, storage, and connectivity, all attached to that gorgeous 5K screen. If you aren’t sure if you need an iMac Pro, you probably don’t. But for those of us who can put the 8, 10, 14, or 18 cores in iMac Pro to work, along with the Radeon Pro Vega GPU and the fast SSD storage, it’s an amazing combination of Mac Pro and 5K iMac.

Apple Park Nearly Finished

Chance Miller:

One notable thing about this video is that much of the larger construction equipment is no longer present around Apple Park. This signals that the company is nearly completed with construction after years of work.

A stunning achievement of construction.

Aluminum Type-C Clamp Hub Conveniently Brings Ports to the Front of an iMac

Dennis Sellers:

The Aluminum Type-C Clamp Hub provides a data-only USB-C port, three USB 3.0 ports (with up to 5Gb/s), and a Micro/SD card reader, all through a single USB-C connection. It’s fairly easy to set up (no tools are necessary), and no software is required.

Just plug the Aluminum Type-C Clamp Hub into one of the iMac’s Thunderbolt 3 ports and use the adjustable knob to fasten the hub to the bottom of your desktop computer; it fits into the monitor’s grills. It’s a pretty tight fit, and I was worried that the bottom iMac bezel would be scratched, but that didn’t happen.

This looks like a great little product for the iMac.

The Making of Apple’s Emoji

Angela Guzman, in a Medium post:

This is the story of how an intern and her mentor designed Apple’s original emoji set and together changed the way people communicate around the world. It was also a project that led them to become lifelong friends, a key ingredient in the success of these tiny icons. In a nutshell, I was the intern and Raymond is my lifelong friend and mentor. In the course of three months, together we created some of the most widely used emoji: face with tears of joy, pile of poo, red heart, and party popper, plus around 460 additional ones. Later, as a full time Apple employee, I even got to create a few more.