Apple's New iPhone Plans, HomePod from an Accessibility Perspective and More

One: Apple Plans Giant High-End iPhone, Lower-Priced Model

"Apple Inc. is preparing to release a trio of new smartphones later this year: the largest iPhone ever, an upgraded handset the same size as the current iPhone X and a less expensive model with some of the flagship phone’s key features.

"With the new lineup, Apple wants to appeal to the growing number of consumers who crave the multitasking attributes of so-called phablets while also catering to those looking for a more affordable version of the iPhone X, according to people familiar with the products."

Mark Gurman and Debby Wu, Bloomberg Technology


Two: First Impressions of HomePod [from an Accessibility Perspective]

"Like everything else Apple makes, HomePod is an accessible product. Apple officially lists two: VoiceOver and Touch Accommodations. If use VoiceOver on your iOS device, it is automatically turned on when you set up HomePod."

Steven Aquino


Three: More HomePod Trouble: Positioning

"Announced in June 2017 at Apple’s Developers’ Conference, the HomePod shipped late and incomplete. Last week we looked at the trouble with speakers reviews in general and with the specifics of HomePod adaptive audio. Today, we look at another HomePod challenge: positioning."

Jean-Louis Gassée


Four: Amazon to acquire Ring video doorbell maker, cracking open the door in home security market

"Amazon has reached an agreement to acquire Ring, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based maker of video cameras, doorbells and other smart home technologies, GeekWire has learned. The companies are expected to announce the acquisition this afternoon."

Taylor Soper and Nat Levy, GeekWire


Five: The Dropbox Comp

"I am usually quite conservative when it comes to how much time, data, and effort I am willing to put into a product from a new startup: too many go out of business or are acquired-and-sunset, and who wants to go to the effort twice?"

Ben Thompson, Stratechery


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