Cult of Mac Magazine: 5 ways Apple will rule Mobile World Congress and more!

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Everyone who is anyone in mobile (except Apple) will be at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
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When the entire mobile phone industry heads to Barcelona next week for Mobile World Congress 2018, there will be one notable absence: Apple.

Cupertino doesn’t do trade shows. Not even really big ones like Mobile World Congress. Yet, despite its absence from the massive Spanish trade show, Apple’s influence will loom large over Barcelona’s beautiful horizons. Cult of Mac shows you five things Apple fans should look out for at MWC next week.

In this week’s issue, you’ll find that story and more. Enter to win a HomePod through Cult of Mac Deals. Learn how to drag and drop text between apps on iPad. Shop Casetify’s Stainless Steel Mesh Bands in two new finishes — Gold and Irisdescent — in our Watch Store. Get your free subscription to Cult of Mac Magazine from iTunes. Or read on for this week’s top stories.

Survey says almost 90 percent of buyers love their HomePods

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Smart speakers may be outpacing the smartphone in adoption, too.
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Despite somewhat mixed reviews, Apple’s HomePod is seemingly winning over the customers who have bought it, with 89 percent of HomePod-owning respondents to a survey claiming that they are either satisfied (59 percent) or very satisfied (30 percent) with the device.

While not quite up there with Apple’s best product satisfaction scores, it nonetheless suggests a bright future for Apple’s debut product in the smart speaker category.

How to adjust EQ on HomePod

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The HomePod automatically adjusts it EQ to suit the music and the room.
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Theoretically, you shouldn’t have to adjust the sound of the music playing to your HomePod. Between all the fancy music processing, and the HomePod’s ability to tailor its audio to the size and shape of your room, music should come out sounding pretty great already. But that doesn’t account for taste. Maybe you like a whole lot of extra bass? Or maybe a certain frequency is booming in your room, and the HomePod isn’t doing anything about it.

Then you should try equalization — tweaking the balance of audio frequencies put out by the speaker. The bad news is that the HomePod offers no native EQ. The good news is that it’s easy to adjust on your Mac or iPhone.

Looks like multi-room AirPlay just got further away

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Multi-room audio won't be coming anytime soon.
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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.

Win a HomePod: Enter now for your shot at awesome audio [Deals]

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Don't drop the coin for a new HomePod until you've entered here to win one for free.
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With HomePod, Apple finally made its first serious (or Siri-ous?) step into the smart speaker arena. It’s a game-changing device that comes at a premium price of about $350. But right now, you can win a HomePod through Cult of Mac Deals.

Spotify could be working on its own HomePod rival

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Spotify wants to move into the hardware space.
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Spotify may be getting ready to create its own hardware to rival Apple’s HomePod, new job listings suggest.

One ad on Spotify’s recruitment website for “Operations Manager – Hardware Product” claims that, “Spotify is on [its] way creating [its] first physical products and set-up an operational organisation for manufacturing, supply chain, sales & marketing.” Could a smart speaker be on the way?

HomeKit light switch makes your smart lights dumb again

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Did you ever dream that you'd be able to switch on a light from a wall switch?
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As if HomeKit and other automated home appliances weren’t bad enough, now you can buy a HomeKit-enabled light switch. That’s right. Instead of just walking into a room and flipping the switch on the wall to turn on the lights, you can now walk into a room, flip a switch on the wall to turn on the lights, and also deal with firmware and connection issues for the rest of your life.

How Apple could fix HomePod’s white ring problem

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HomePod has caused issues for some users.
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One of the least welcome aspects of the HomePod smart speaker is its propensity for leaving unsightly white rings on your tables, due to an interaction between the silicone used in the device and the wood.

According to one industrial designer, however, the problem could be solved by Apple without too much cost — although there may be a bit of retooling of their equipment required.

Cult of Mac Magazine: Why HomePod rocks our world and more!

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In this week's Cult of Mac Magazine: You can’t buy another speaker of this kind for $349. That price tag is not exactly cheap, but if you love music, HomePod should be at the top of your shopping list.
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There are boatloads of smart speakers out there, but nothing quite like HomePod. Like many Apple products that came before it, HomePod is here to revolutionize an industry. It’s certainly not first to market, but Cupertino’s plan is to make all HomePod competitors insignificant. The new Apple smart speaker uses cutting-edge technology that delivers outstanding sound quality to do just that.

In this week’s issue, you’ll find that story and more. Learn how ‘Hey Siri’ works with HomePod and other devices. Don’t miss Cult of Mac Watch Store’s big President’s Day Weekend Sale, here you can save up to 20 percent on great bands and accessories for Apple Watch. Get your free subscription to Cult of Mac Magazine from iTunes. Or read on for this week’s top stories.

Everything you need to know about HomePod

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The HomePod may be the best speaker you can buy for under $85,000.
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Apple’s HomePod arrives in homes today. It’s already sold out online, but if you’re lucky you might still snap one up in an Apple store. And you probably should, because the HomePod looks to be just about the best small speaker you can buy — in terms of musical performance, anyway.

If you want to find out how to set up and get the best of your new HomePod, or if you want to read a bit more before deciding whether to get one, you’re in the right place. Below you’ll find all our HomePod coverage: how-tos, reviews, tips and opinions.