New Colors of the HomePod Mini are now Available in Australia, New Zealand, and other Countries

Apple made an exciting new launch of the HomePod Mini in select counties today. The initial launch of the yellow, blue, and orange coloured HomePod Minis had been restricted to Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, China, the United States, and Canada. Now, after weeks of anticipation, the three brand new colors of the HomePod Mini are finally available in New Zealand and Australia.

These brightly coloured new models come with matching woven power cables, making each of the orange, yellow and blue HomePod Minis a complete colour-coordinated set that includes a woven power cable in the same colour as the device. However, the box the device comes in still carries a white sticker with the Apple logo. Along with the HomePod Mini and the matching woven power cable, the set also includes a USB-C power adapter of 20W. Apart from the new colors, no other changes have been made to the device. The HomePod Mini will continue to retail at $159 in New Zealand and $149 in Australia (inclusive of sales tax).

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Apple News Adds Daily Podcast, Audio Stories And Expands Its Local News Publication

Apple is focusing on audio news and local news with the introduction of new features to Apple News and Apple News+. It’s launching its own daily audio news briefing called “Apple News Today”, co-hosted by Apple News editors Shumita Basu and Duarte Geraldino. The podcasts will run Monday through Friday in the mornings and will be available on Apple News and Apple Podcasts for free in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK. The podcast will cover the day’s news very briefly in under 10 minutes. Additionally, Apple News+ subscribers in the US will be able to listen to audio versions of print stories published by some of the best magazines such as Esquire, Essence, GQ, TIME, NY Magazine and Vogue among others and newspapers including the Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal. Apple plans to produce about 20 audio stories per week narrated by professionals voice actors. Apple is adding a new Audio tab to its news app, where the users can find News Today podcast and audio stories. Interestingly, both the new audio features will be available on CarPlay as well to let users listen to news while driving.  Read MoreReviewsCollect Ad

Apple’s Event On March 25 Will Unveil The News Subscription Service

Apple will be bringing an all new subscription based news service next month for the Apple users out there and the system will be similar to how Netflix works. The users who are interested in the service will have to pay monthly/ annual fees as a part of the subscription. The news service will cover a bunch of content from around the world and also include exclusive content from all the major publications. Read More

Apple Planning To Raise $17 Billion To Fund $100B Capital Return Program

Apple MoneyIt is both interesting and weird to hear that Apple, a currently debt free company with about $144.7B cash balance, would be interested to raise $17B. If the sole reason for this action is to help fund the $100 billion capital return program, the company certainly has more than enough cash to fund it. The main reason why Apple is planning to raise $17 billion to fund the capital return program is that the bulk of the cash Apple has is held by overseas subsidiaries. Read More

Would You Pay $160,000 to Have Coffee With Tim Cook?

timcookAt first glance maybe you would think this is either a joke or an exaggeration, but it is not. If you want to have coffee with Tim Cook, you can bid at The website places the estimated value of the lot at $160,000 (at the time of this writing). The lot allows the winning bidder to have coffee with Tim Cook along with 30 minutes to an hour of his time at the Apple Cupertino Head Quarters. Travel, hotel and other expenses unfortunately is not covered by the lot and will be shouldered by the winner. The current bid as of writing is already at $160,000.00 with 48 bids already logged, this is amazing considering that there is still 20 days left to bid. Bidding will officially close on May 14, 2013. Read More