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R.I.P. HomePod 🪦😢

The Weekender
Pour one out for our homie, the HomePod.
Apple recently pulled the plug on its sweet-sounding smart speaker, and the move is definitely not music to our ears.
In fact, it calls into question Apple’s strategy of releasing – and then rudely abandoning – expensive, niche products.
Maybe it’s time to throw in the towel on that.
Enjoy your weekend (if you can keep from weeping).
— Lewis Wallace, managing editor

News and opinion
HomePod failure shows Apple should quit making pricey niche products
Why Apple Watch’s iPhone unlock will change your freakin’ face-mask life
Go old-school with iPhone icons inspired by 1984 Macintosh
Justin ‘I’m a Mac’ Long now advertises Intel PCs
How-tos
How to quickly calculate the wattage of any iPhone charger
How to reboot and reset AirPods Max to fix strange glitches
Easily find COVID-19 vaccine locations with Apple Maps
Deals
Keep your movies with you forever with this DVD ripper for Mac
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Save on these wonderful engraved wood cases for iPhone
Win an epic home arcade system (and donate to charity!)
Reviews
StudioDock brilliantly transforms iPad into iMac mini [Review]
Creepy 'Calls' is a fascinating but flawed head trip [Apple TV+ review]
Elago Sport band for Apple Watch is too good to cost just $19 [Review]
'For All Mankind' wonders how to mend a broken heart [Apple TV+ review]
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