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Apple refuses to back GOP convention because of Trump

Stick to those talking points, moron. It couldn’t be that Trump made millions selling cheap ties with cheap Chinese labor, could it? *gasp!* Also, cheap hispanic labor for his hotels and skyscrapers built for pennies on the dollar with his Polish brigade. He’s MORE culpable than Killary.
Trump has absolutely no business telling any other American business how to run their business. Neither is he making any friends (aside from White Nationalists) with his disgusting bigotry and racism.

Posted by xmattingly on June 21, 2016 at 1:59 AM (CDT)

Apple refuses to back GOP convention because of Trump

Meanwhile Clinton is getting over $40 million from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman and the UAE. Who all treat omen as second rate citizens. It couldn’t be that Trump wants Apple to stop from using cheap Chinese labor.

Posted by Milky on June 20, 2016 at 10:57 PM (CDT)

Apple's iOS 10: the 'mother of all iOS updates'

Yeah, they haven’t done as much with the tvOS beta overall, so I guess there’s less to break there :)
I’m also a big fan of dark mode, although I was surprised at how jarring it seemed at first, which is ironic considering the opposite was true when the fourth-gen Apple TV first arrived.
I’m just happy to see HomeKit support finally appearing — the Apple TV (and Siri Remote) seems like such a logical place for it. It’s a bit half-baked right now, but I’m sure it will improve as the cycle goes on.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on June 14, 2016 at 1:44 PM (CDT)

Apple's iOS 10: the 'mother of all iOS updates'

It is pretty stable, especially for a first release.  I do miss my useable Today screen though, looking forward to that working again.  The gettings stuck in landscape until I reboot is kind of a pain, has happened twice so far.  The beta toll :-)
The AppleTV beta feels very much like a release version, really liking the dark-mode.  The new iOS Siri Remote is pretty slick as well.

Posted by snworf on June 14, 2016 at 11:39 AM (CDT)

Apple's iOS 10: the 'mother of all iOS updates'

Yeah, the price one pays for living on the edge :)
I’m similar noticing the beta is pretty stable as well, however, and I’m liking what I see so far. Apple has been pretty good at not breaking a lot of existing apps for the past few major iOS “beta 1” releases, although obviously there are some things that will still have to adapt to the new system.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on June 14, 2016 at 8:18 AM (CDT)

Apple's iOS 10: the 'mother of all iOS updates'

I installed the beta, and it seems fine.  I like that the Today screen is now separate from Notifications, and like that swiping right brings it up—but am really hoping the developers for Fantastical, eWeather, and Next-Episode fix their plugins—after the update they’re all unusable now.

Posted by snworf on June 13, 2016 at 5:08 PM (CDT)

Rumor: Apple to release 'Deep Blue' iPhone 7 color option?

Not at the expense of Space Gray unless they release a black model.

Posted by Maurice Lewis on June 11, 2016 at 6:21 AM (CDT)

Apple to use Intel modem chips in next iPhone

If Apple to use Intel modem chips in next iPhone then it is great news for the whole iPhone user.

Posted by MD Yusuf on June 11, 2016 at 12:43 AM (CDT)

Rumor: Apple to release 'Deep Blue' iPhone 7 color option?

Yes, please!

Posted by Galley on June 10, 2016 at 3:31 PM (CDT)

Rumor: Apple making longterm plans to retire music downloads? (Update: Source doubles down)

True, and those are some very good points, but I also wonder if there are certain licensing fees involved for Apple merely to host that content for purchase, regardless of whether anybody buys it. Depending on the fees Apple is paying for that, there might be a case for discontinuing traditional digital music sales. Not to mention any issues around ongoing negotiations with the music industry, both the cost of renegotiating deals on a regular basis as well as the difference in leverage that gives Apple in regard to streaming deals.
In fact, those issues are about the only way I could see a real case being made for ever discontinuing downloads, since we’re not talking about the complete dismantling of the iTunes Store. Apple would presumably have to maintain the infrastructure to support sales of movies, TV shows, iBooks, audiobooks, and of course apps, so the reduced infrastructure costs from removing music from their offering would be negligible.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on June 9, 2016 at 8:34 AM (CDT)

Rumor: Apple making longterm plans to retire music downloads? (Update: Source doubles down)

Well to return to the topic, I think this would be bad for the music industry, at least musicians. Something else doesn’t make sense, how much does it cost Apple to host all those (DRM free!) songs on the iTunes store compared to all the apps, films and Apple music files that are also hosted? Would they want to cut off all support for the iPod line? Goodbye iPod nano and shuffle and even Touch probably! What about musicians who would not want to have their songs available streaming only, does Apple want to lose them? Some die-hards like Led Zeppelin and ACDC have only recently allowed downloads (though also streaming to be fair). So many questions.
In terms of the ecosystem I am largely happy with Apple, I like ios and feel most apps are of high quality, and think Apple has the right stance on user privacy. I also am most likely to upgrade my old Win 7 PC for an iMac. However I would certainly cancel Apple music and look elsewhere for music if this comes to pass. Then again maybe I’m a dinosaur.

Posted by decafjava on June 8, 2016 at 10:25 AM (CDT)

Apple Pay 'struggling' outside the U.S.

Due to the £30 ($44) cap on transactions and the very limited number of retailers supporting it, Apple pay is pretty niche in the UK and we have a very high uptake of chip-n-pin terminals.
Because hardware is required, adoption is bound to be slow. As far as I can see it’s a cost with very little benefit to the retailer.

Posted by Anthony Hunt on June 7, 2016 at 8:34 AM (CDT)

Apple to push 'new' iPhone cycle from two to three years?

True, and a lot of this is extrapolation based on what’s happening now, as opposed to what Apple’s longer-term plans may be, but as you say, it really does make some sense.
I doubt that iOS will “officially” move away from a one-year cycle, although I do suspect that we’ll see iOS updates becoming more like OS X updates — same major version numbering but less “new stuff” in each one.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on June 1, 2016 at 7:53 AM (CDT)

Apple to push 'new' iPhone cycle from two to three years?

I always thought a two-year cycle is too short, I also think ios version cycles should be lengthened. I am not sure about the veracity of the claim because with the slowdown in the market as it reaches saturation it would seem in the interest of Apple and others to entice current users to keep upgrading.

Posted by decafjava on June 1, 2016 at 5:09 AM (CDT)

Apple engineers visit musician's home, are stumped by iTunes deletions

It’s not just Apple Music users.  I’ve never used Apple Music and I’ve got songs missing, randomly, songs showing up as purchased that I can’t re-download on my phone, and othe weirdness.
The songs are not “Hidden”.  I’ve gone down that path.
Something’s off with iTunes and it might be on the server side.

Posted by DadzBoyz on May 20, 2016 at 8:49 AM (CDT)

Apple opening Maps development office in India

THE UNITED STATES COULD USE THESE JOBS!!!!!  WHY DOESN’T APPLE CREATE MORE JOBS HERE.  CAN’T SELL PHONES HERE IF WE DON’T HAVE JOBS TO PAY FOR THEM!!!!

Posted by Arthur O Barnett on May 20, 2016 at 5:02 AM (CDT)

Apple releases iOS 9.3.2, watchOS 2.2.1, tvOS 9.2.1, iTunes 12.4

Fixed. Thanks for the catch!

Posted by KDanielPye on May 17, 2016 at 12:03 PM (CDT)

Apple releases iOS 9.3.2, watchOS 2.2.1, tvOS 9.2.1, iTunes 12.4

And the watch update is 2.2.1 not 2.1.1

Posted by Mark Ke on May 17, 2016 at 11:53 AM (CDT)

Apple releases iOS 9.3.2, watchOS 2.2.1, tvOS 9.2.1, iTunes 12.4

Thanks Apple, I download a 2GB+ update, at my expense, to get over 1GB less storage on my iPhone after this and for what? Bug fixes?

Posted by steve morton on May 17, 2016 at 8:56 AM (CDT)

Canadian banks paying 'steep price' for Apple Pay

True, but Apple knows that it can’t afford to have Apple Pay presented as a “premium” service by the banks, otherwise there will be a huge resistance to people adopting it. It takes a similar approach to App developers when it comes to in-app purchases for features that are already built into iOS or the device hardware.
That said, I have no doubt at all that the banks will find some other way to pass on the costs :)

Posted by Jesse Hollington on May 13, 2016 at 4:01 PM (CDT)

Canadian banks paying 'steep price' for Apple Pay

If Apple is making a chunk of change off it then you can bet the banks will to, since then don’t give anything away free just like Apple, except their OS’s to power their money making apps. The banks have to keep up their record profits by shafting their customers.

Posted by Barry Marshall on May 13, 2016 at 3:58 PM (CDT)

Canadian banks paying 'steep price' for Apple Pay

The general Canadian opinion is that our banks are already sticking it to us :)
That said, none of them have yet announced any extra fees for using Apple Pay. I wouldn’t be surprised if that was a sticking point in the negotiations with Apple, as I can totally see Apple insisting that it be provided to customers at no additional cost. Of course, that doesn’t mean the banks won’t gradually sneak up their fees for everyone to make up the difference, but they’ll do that with or without Apple Pay.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on May 13, 2016 at 3:54 PM (CDT)

Canadian banks paying 'steep price' for Apple Pay

Bad deal for canucks since the banks are going to stick it to the people that use Apple Pay via service fee’s.

Posted by Barry Marshall on May 13, 2016 at 3:51 PM (CDT)

Canadian banks paying 'steep price' for Apple Pay

I am extremely happy that we canucks finally got Apple pay. This is a win win situation as the consumer gets a convenient secure NFC payment alternative and the banks get a much more secure option to even chip or NFC cards. I would love to see the fraud stats at the end of one year Apple pay compared to the rest of the credit/debit card usages.

Posted by francine geary on May 13, 2016 at 9:21 AM (CDT)

Rumor: Apple making longterm plans to retire music downloads? (Update: Source doubles down)

I’d like to read about a kernel-of-truth that iCloud Photo Library will become reliable, cross-platform, and intuitive.  Much better than feeling like a mouse-in-a-maze when a photo file selector window pops up on my MacBook.  Maybe a tech blog will start that rumor, and it’ll snowball to all the ‘whatever’ sites so that Apple reads it and devotes some attention to it ;-)

Posted by snworf on May 12, 2016 at 4:02 PM (CDT)

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