The Listening-Out Edition Wednesday, April 19, 2023

HomePod Can Now Notify You When It Hears Your Smoke Detector Alarm, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

The promised Sound Recognition feature is launching today on HomePod and HomePod mini. When enabled, your HomePod will listen out for your home’s existing smoke and carbon monoxide detector. When it hears the alarm, the HomePod will send a notification to your iPhone via the Home app.

Coming Soon?

Apple's AR/VR Headset To Feature Sports, Gaming, iPad Apps And Workouts, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

A big part of the effort is adapting iPad apps for the new headset, which blends virtual and augmented reality. Users will be able to access millions of existing apps from third-party developers via the new 3D interface, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans are still under wraps.

The push will include optimized versions of the Safari web browser and Apple’s services for calendars, contacts, files, home control, mail, maps, messaging, notes, photos and reminders, as well as its music, news, stocks and weather apps. There also will be a version of the FaceTime conferencing service and Apple’s TV app. The features will look similar to their iPad counterparts.


LumaFusion Adds Automated Multicam Editing On iOS And iPad OS, by Jeremy Gray, PetaPixel

LumaTouch has released LumaFusion Multicam Studio, an add-on to LumaFusion that enables videographers to sync, switch, and edit clips from multiple camera and audio sources within LumaFusion on iOS and iPad OS devices.

Heart Analyzer App For iPhone And Apple Watch Overhauled With New 'Dashboard' And More For Your Health Data, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Heart Analyzer is a popular iPhone and Apple Watch app that takes data from the Health app and provides more insight, additional trend information, and more. Today, a new update is rolling out to Heart Analyzer with an all-new Dashboard view, new charts, redesigned Apple Watch complications, and more.

Vivaldi 6.0 Web Browser Introduces Tab Workspaces And Custom Icons, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

Similar in functionality to virtual desktops, the new Workspaces feature is designed to further enhance the browser’s powerful tab management by letting users organize tabs by category into separate workspaces and switch easily between them.


Apple Saket Will Open This Thursday, April 20, In New Delhi, by Apple

Apple Saket welcomes customers through a uniquely designed curved storefront with white oak tables displaying Apple’s products and accessories, as well as a feature wall manufactured in India.

Why India Is So Important To Apple, by Kif Leswing, CNBC

India could echo the role China has played in Apple's business for the last 15 years: A massive market with an expanding middle class to power sales growth, and potentially a home base for the production of millions of Apple devices.

Bottom of the Page

This week's episode of Schmigadoon! over at Apple TV+ is so great, and it was so much fun with that concluding song. I will not spoil it for you, but it was already so obvious from last week's episode that this is where they are going. You don't have Annie and Sweeney Todd as neighbors for nothing.


Thanks for reading.