News: IKEA Tradfri lineup gets HomeKit support via firmware update [Update: Not yet]

As promised earlier this year, IKEA has quietly release firmware updates adding HomeKit support to its TRÅDFRI smart lighting product lineup. IKEA’s TRÅDFRI lineup is comprised of a wide range of inexpensive smart bulbs that associate with a residential gateway for use with a physical remote control or companion IOS app. With individual bulbs selling […]

iPhone 8’s split status bar metrics unearthed from HomePod firmware

iPhone 8’s split status bar metrics unearthed from HomePod firmware Aside from discovering that iPhone 8’s virtual Home button might be resizable, as well as automatically hide and show as needed, iOS developer Steven Troughton-Smith has uncovered alleged metrics for a split status bar at the top of the phone’s OLED … Read more on […]


HomePod Firmware Possibly Reveals Apple Watch With LTE and 4K Apple TV With HDR10 and Dolby Vision

iOS developer Guilherme Rambo‏ has discovered a reference to a 4K HDR display mode in the HomePod’s firmware, lending credence to rumors that Apple is testing a fifth-generation Apple TV capable of streaming 4K resolution video. HomePod doesn’t have a display, and iOS devices lack the resolution for native 4K playback, so the discovery likely […]


HomePod Firmware Suggests iPhone 8 Split Status Bar, Tap to Wake and No Touch ID Under Display

Firmware for the as-of-yet unreleased HomePod has provided a wealth of information on the speaker itself and the upcoming iPhone 8, thanks to developers like Steven Troughton-Smith who have spent time digging into the code. Troughton-Smith shared a few new prospective iPhone 8 features and predictions this evening, once again sourced from the HomePod firmware, […]

Apple firmware may tip iPhone 8 front design, face unlock feature

Apple firmware may tip iPhone 8 front design, face unlock feature The general device design seemingly aligns in both leaked images. Kuo, an often-correct analyst, wrote in early July the full-screen OLED iPhone 8 will have a virtual Home button but won’t support fingerprint recognition because of the “technical … Read more on ZDNet Flawless […]


HomePod firmware seemingly confirms iPhone 8 front design & support for ‘Face ID’

Last week, Apple released the first build of the upcoming HomePod’s firmware, allowing curious developers to unpack the code and learn a few additional details about the smart speaker. Now, developer Steve Troughton-Smith has discovered code that seemingly confirms that the upcoming iPhone will support face unlock… more…


HomePod Firmware Reveals Further Details on Apple’s Smart Speaker

Yesterday, Apple pushed out firmware for its $349 HomePod smart speaker ahead of the device’s launch in December, and developer Steve Troughton-Smith has been sharing some interesting tidbits online that he managed to unearth in the code. Bearing the name “AudioAccessory1,1”, the firmware reveals that the HomePod runs a full iOS stack – essentially like […]