This week’s top stories: CES 2018, HomePod release speculation, iPhone SE 2, and more

In this week’s top stories: Apple releases more Spectre fixes, CES 2018, iPhone SE 2 rumors, Apple starts selling mesh Wi-Fi systems, and more. Read on for all of this week’s top stories and more…

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While Apple itself didn’t have an official presence at CES 2018, that doesn’t mean we didn’t see a host of announcements for Apple users. While HomeKit wasn’t as popular as Alexa or Google Assistant at the show, it was still introduced in a variety of products . Read all of the top CES stories below.

Also this week, Apple released iOS 11.2.2 with additional Spectre mitigations in Safari. This update comes in addition to the updates Apple released for its products in December. Apple released iOS 11.2.5 beta 5 to developers, as well as tvOS 11.2.5.

Description: iOS 11.2.2 includes security improvements to Safari and WebKit to mitigate the effects of Spectre

Elsewhere, Apple this week started selling a mesh Wi-Fi system on its online store. While this system is from Linksys, Apple’s own AirPort line remains unchanged amid speculation that it disbanded the team responsible for the products .

This week, we also reported on two instances of iPhone battery explosions –one in Spain andone in Switzerland. Apple also faced increased scrutiny from U.S. lawmakers regarding the iPhone slowdown controversy .

These and the rest of this week’s top stories below:

CES 2018 |

  • 9to5Mac’s Best of CES 2018 Awards
  • CES 2018: The fascinating world of strange knockoff Apple accessories
  • Philips announces Hue 3.0 for iOS, Hue Sync for Mac, outdoor lighting coming soon
  • Alpine unveils first 9-inch CarPlay head unit with floating design fit for most cars
  • iDevices and Hubbell introduce Wi-Fi EV charger & Ceiling Fan Switch at CES 2018
  • Brinks Home Security introduces Array Smart Light fixtures and locks at CES 2018
  • You can now control HomeKit with a big red button thanks to Fibaro
  • Incase announces IconConnected Power Sleeve for MacBook Pro w/ built-in 14,000mAh battery
  • Netgear’s Arlo Baby Camera adds HomeKit video streaming support
  • Elgato introduces rugged Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock w/ 4K HDMI & DisplayPort, more
  • Abode introduces Iota DIY HomeKit security system at CES 2018
  • Orbit adds HomeKit support to its line of B-hyve smart irrigation products
  • Canary releases $99 View indoor security camera with Alexa integration
  • DJI reveals new Osmo Mobile 2 and Ronin S gimbal stabilizers ahead of CES 2018
  • Belkin unveils new family of wireless chargers including dual pad, adjustable stand, more
  • Satechi unveils its USB-C ‘Smart Dual Charging Station’ for iPhone and Apple Watch
  • Belkin Wemo Bridge now available for $40, connects Wemo smart home accessories to HomeKit
  • Nanoleaf announces massively upgraded light panels: square, smart, touch- and motion-sensitive
  • Opinion: At CES 2018, third-parties are waiting for Apple to make the next move

iPhone |

  • Rumor: iPhone SE 2 will feature glass back, possibly for wireless charging
  • Apple now selling mesh Wi-Fi system as AirPort line remains unchanged
  • T-Mobile offers BOGO deal on iPhone 8, $700 off for iPhone X
  • Second iPhone X Android clone arrives, this one from a mid-tier Chinese brand
  • Swiss Apple Store evacuated & emergency services attend as smoke emitted from overheating battery [U]
  • Firefighters respond to another Apple Store due to iPhone battery explosion

Apple Watch | HomePod | Mac |

  • White House ban on personal devices extends to smartwatches like Apple Watch
  • Screenplay for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ written on dedicated, air-gapped MacBook Air to prevent leaks
  • GBH says HomePod launch expected in next 4-6 weeks, but faces an ‘uphill climb’

iOS | macOS | tvOS | watchOS

  • Apple servers currently signing older iOS updates, users able to downgrade from iOS 11
  • Apple releases fourth iOS 11.2.5, watchOS 4.2.2, macOS 10.13.3, and tvOS 11.2.5 betas
  • Apple releases fifth iOS 11.2.5 beta for iPhone and iPad [U: tvOS too]
  • Apple releases iOS 11.2.2 security update with Spectre mitigations for Safari
  • Apple releases macOS 10.13.2 supplemental security update following Spectre and Meltdown flaw discovery
  • Apple releases iOS app updates for Heart Study & Beddit Sleep Monitor
  • How an Apple intern and her mentor created Apple’s first 500 emoji

AAPL Company |

  • Apple now selling mesh Wi-Fi system as AirPort line remains unchanged
  • Apple to transfer Chinese customer iCloud operations to GCBD at the end of February
  • PSA: How U.S. iCloud users can ensure their data isn’t migrated to (vulnerable?) Chinese servers

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This week’s top video |

  • Hands-on with First Alert’s Safe & Sound HomeKit smoke alarm & speaker at CES 2018 [Video]
  • Hands-on with Nanoleaf’s new square light panels and dodecahedron remote [Video]
  • Hands-on with DJI’s Osmo Mobile 2 iPhone stabilizer [Video]
  • Final Cut Pro X: How to improve slow motion in your projects [Video]

Happy Hour Podcast #155 |

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss Apple’s entry in the video consortium behind AV1, iPhone SE 2 rumors and our headphone jack predictions, the need for more robust parental controls on iOS, the future of Apple’s AirPort hardware and selling mesh routers, and Siri’s latest tricks.

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