9to5Mac Happy Hour 167: Watch app graveyard, Apple poaches Google’s AI chief, iOS 11.4 changes

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss early reception to the new 9.7-inch iPad with Apple Pencil support, Instagram for Apple Watch’s demise and why loads of watchOS apps are disappearing, Apple reportedly ramping up Siri hiring and poaching Google’s AI chief, iOS 11.4 and tvOS 11.4 changes including the return of AirPlay 2, and Apple’s futuristic iPhone ‘hover’ tech.

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  • Benjamin Mayo
  • Zac Hall
    • Review: 9.7-inch $329 iPad (2018) – Should you buy it? [Video]
    • Instagram for Apple Watch killed as Apple begins requiring native apps in updates
    • Report: Apple ramping up Siri improvement efforts as hiring hits new all-time high
    • Apple bolsters AI team as it poaches Google’s search & artificial intelligence chief
    • What’s new in iOS 11.4 beta 1? Hands-on with new features and changes [Video]
    • AirPort Express showing up in iOS 11.4 Home app, suggests AirPlay 2 speaker support on the way
    • Stereo HomePod reference makes its way back into iOS 11.4 beta [U]
    • Amazon adds music automation to Echo products as HomePod lags behind
    • Bloomberg: Apple considering future iPhone models with ‘hover’ gestures and curved screens

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