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 of Apple 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 pertains to the Apple TV.

Rambo also discovered strings kCADisplayModeDolby and kCADisplayModeHDR10, suggesting that a 4K Apple TV could support both the Dolby Vision and HDR10 color formats for high-dynamic-range video.

Apple has also listed select movies as 4K and HDR in iTunes purchase history, at least in Canada and the United Kingdom. The content is still only playable in standard definition or HD, which varies from 720p to 1080p, but Apple could be preparing to offer iTunes content in 4K HDR for its new Apple TV.

Another developer Jeffrey Grossman‏ also spotted a possible reference to an Apple Watch with LTE support. The string, which refers to GizmoPreservingeSIM, lends credence to a report yesterday that claimed Apple Watch Series 3 models will feature cellular connectivity for use without a paired iPhone.

The relevant bit of that string is the mention of a SIM, as the Apple Watch Series 3 would presumably have an embedded SIM card if it had cellular connectivity. Another string mentions GizmoRadioBundleIdentifier, which could refer to the Apple Watch Series 3’s cellular radio, reportedly to be supplied by Intel.

For those unaware, in 2015, The New York Times reported the Apple Watch was codenamed Gizmo internally.
Inside Apple, members of the team that worked on the watch product, code-named Gizmo, say it was a difficult engineering challenge.

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Last week, Apple seeded an over-the-air firmware file for the HomePod, revealing that it will run a slightly modified version of iOS. The pre-release software is said to correspond with iOS 11.0.2, and it contains references to several unreleased features that would normally be redacted before a public release.

The firmware contains a payload that can be unpacked into a filesystem using a few developer tools, giving anyone skilled enough the ability to search through thousands of strings in the software using Terminal commands and disassembly apps like Hopper. For the past eight days, that’s exactly what’s happened.

Since the HomePod firmware is based on a full iOS stack, many discoveries have been made not only about the smart speaker, but also potentially about the so-called iPhone 8, Apple TV, and Apple Watch.

Thanks to the HomePod firmware, we know that that the iPhone 8’s front camera may record 4K video at 60 FPS, and that its infrared facial recognition capabilities may work with Apple Pay. The firmware also revealed a glyph of an iPhone 8 with a full-front display with a notch at the top for the earpiece and sensors.

As for the HomePod itself, it’s been discovered that the smart speaker’s multi-color LED waveform visible when interacting with Siri measures in at 272×340 pixels. HomePod also appears to have 1GB of RAM, and some of the speaker’s sound effects were found buried in the firmware.

HomePod doesn’t launch until December, so the firmware was likely released by accident, under the identifier AudioAccessory1,1.

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High temperatures claim lives and raise fears about water shortages across Europe

August has seen holiday dreams turn into nightmares across much of Europe by a combination of a heatwave so bad it has been named after the devil, protests against tourists, and airports transformed into overcrowded traps.

High temperatures have claimed lives in Italy and Romania, and across the continent there has been a rise in hospital admissions, concern about wildfires and a threat of water and power shortages.

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Fox News Suspends TV Host Eric Bolling Over Multiple Lewd Photo Allegations

Well, now it’s definitely official: Fox News has yet another scandal on their hands.

This afternoon, the cable TV network suspended host Eric Bolling as their response to the discovery of at least three different women at the station having been sent “lewd” and “unsolicited” text messages from him in the past few years.

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A spokesperson for Fox News emailed a statement to the media, saying:

“Eric Bolling has been suspended pending the results of an investigation, which is currently underway.”


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The co-founder of the Women’s Equality party, Catherine Mayer, is suing her former employer, Time magazine, for gender and age discrimination, making the weekly favoured by President Donald Trump the latest major media company to be embroiled in accusations of institutional sexism.

The case comes soon after publication of BBC salaries provoked outrage at both gender and race gaps in pay, and a year after a series of high-profile sexual harassment cases plunged US TV giant Fox News into turmoil.

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Search On For Man Wanted In Murder Of Wife In Newark

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Police in Newark have issued a warrant for the arrest of a man in the murder of his wife this week.

Steven Damon, 47, has been charged in the warrant with the murder of his wife, Tanya Y. Morris, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s office.

Steven Damon

Steven Damon, 47, is wanted in the murder of his wife, Tanya Y. Morris, in Newark. (Credit: Essex County Prosecutor’s Office)

Damon is also charged in the warrant with unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, prosecutors said. He was carrying a knife, according to prosecutors.

Morris was stabbed to death around 8 a.m. Friday in her home on Sylvan Avenue, prosecutors said. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:39 a.m.

Damon, who has two minor children with Morris, fled the scene, prosecutors said. It is believed he may be in New York state or to the south of Newark.

He is considered armed and dangerous, prosecutors said.

Anyone with information is advised to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force tips line at: (877) TIPS-4EC or (877) 847-7432.

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