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2017 iPhone to feature edge-to-edge display, embedded Touch ID sensor?

I think there’s an interesting point made in the podcast that the vast majority of consumers don’t care about physical design changes as much as the tech community does. Average people don’t seem to get “bored” with their gadget designs the way we do :)
That said, features are what’s going to drive upgraders either way, and Apple obviously counts on a two-year cycle for this as well, so the goal is to produce an iPhone that’s significantly beyond the iPhone 6, not necessarily the 6s.
The real question is what “wow” feature is going to be in this year’s iPhone, and so far we haven’t heard much about that at all other than the dual camera, which to me doesn’t seem like a big enough deal compared to what the iPhone 6 can already do. When it comes to the camera, we’re rapidly arriving at the point of “good enough” with everything beyond being diminishing returns, or cool but less critical features like “Live Photos”

Posted by Jesse Hollington on May 12, 2016 at 9:46 AM (CDT)

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

I’d hope that even if Apple stopped selling music they’d acknowledge the need for iTunes Match as a service for those who have built their own libraries of content. The one isn’t entirely dependent on the other, and even “matching” should still be possible as long as Apple Music remains in place.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on May 12, 2016 at 9:40 AM (CDT)

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

Not really surprised by that, as we were very skeptical on this one. That said, I suspect there are elements within Apple that do very much feel this way, and of course Apple would be foolish not to have contingency plans in place in the event that the day comes that downloads are completely unprofitable.
I have no doubt that the meetings being described are happening within Apple, but the “sources” of this report are probably the ones in those meetings that have been advocating for its demise, while the powers that be are probably far less convinced.
It’s also important to remember that Apple would still have to continue to run its iTunes Store infrastructure for all of the other media content it provides (e.g. Movies, TV Shows, Apps, Books, etc). While some of this has been pulled out of iTunes proper, a common back-end infrastructure still runs behind all of it, so it’s not like Apple is going to save a ton of infrastructure costs if they simply stop selling music.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on May 12, 2016 at 9:39 AM (CDT)

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

I’d agree with that sentiment. Even though I am an Apple Music subscriber, I have a huge existing library, and if there’s anything I particularly like, I’m still going to want the option to buy it.
Unfortunately, however, I think that people who want to own music are a dying breed, as the decline in download sales would suggest in comparison to the rise in streaming service subscriptions. Seems too many people these days are more concerned about only hopping around between the newest hits rather than enjoying the classics :)

Posted by Jesse Hollington on May 12, 2016 at 9:35 AM (CDT)

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

Apparently denied by Apple though ...

Posted by decafjava on May 12, 2016 at 4:50 AM (CDT)

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

Not happy about this at all, because I prefer to buy/own my music instead of streaming it. I don’t want to have to be connected to the internet and use data or wifi just to play music. I also sometimes use iTunes to buy one or two songs from an album when I want to own a few but not the entire album, and I don’t want to lose that option.

Posted by Marissa on May 11, 2016 at 10:17 PM (CDT)

2017 iPhone to feature edge-to-edge display, embedded Touch ID sensor?

If they actually don’t release a substantially redesigned phone this year, I think sales will be horrible.  The recent drop in sales already prove that the appetite for refreshed models is dropping faster than ever before, and then they go and release another refreshed model?  I think an unprecedented amount of current iPhone customers will just hold on to their current devices for another year.

Posted by 0megapart1cle on May 11, 2016 at 6:43 PM (CDT)

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

Wow… iTunes Match is pretty much the overall tie that binds me to iOS.  If it’s true, Match would have no reason to continue.  Can’t say for sure I’d switch to another platform, but it would suddenly become an option to consider…

Posted by snworf on May 11, 2016 at 4:31 PM (CDT)

Apple Music Connect to take backseat in iOS 10?

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Posted by Jesse Hollington on May 6, 2016 at 2:56 PM (CDT)

Apple shelving iPhone Smart Connector idea?

Well, there’s a reason the headline ends with a big question mark :)

Posted by Jesse Hollington on May 6, 2016 at 2:42 PM (CDT)

Apple shelving iPhone Smart Connector idea?

Something Apple never discussed or announced bears a headline “Apple shelving iPhone Smart Connector Idea?”—not something I’d expect from a reputable site like iLounge :-(

Posted by snworf on May 6, 2016 at 2:39 PM (CDT)

Apple Music Connect to take backseat in iOS 10?

Apple tried that with “Ping” and it didn’t work out so well. I’m not saying it doesn’t have potential, but it seems that Apple doesn’t understand social nearly as well as it would need to in order to pull this off.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on May 6, 2016 at 1:57 PM (CDT)

Apple Music Connect to take backseat in iOS 10?

Apple Music should build a social network hub in that section,so that all users can connect with themselves and share playlists and also track what other friends are listening. Spotify is doing it successfully.

Posted by Divian Brenes on May 6, 2016 at 1:52 PM (CDT)

FBI found no relevant information on terrorist's hacked iPhone

I wouldn’t believe anything the FBI says to the news media, especially CNN.

Posted by Barry Marshall on April 22, 2016 at 12:28 PM (CDT)

Report: FBI paid more than $1.3M to break into terrorist's iPhone 5c

Joke

Posted by ixl on April 21, 2016 at 3:34 PM (CDT)

FBI found no relevant information on terrorist's hacked iPhone

Release the San Bernardino surveillance video.
$1000 says the video doesn’t match the FBI’s story.
IT Dept, SB Regional Center

Posted by Rick Stenson on April 20, 2016 at 4:20 PM (CDT)

Apple considering 'paid search' option for App Store developers

Terrible idea, this is one of the reasons I’ve moved away from Google towards Duck Duck Go as my primary search engine.

Posted by decafjava on April 15, 2016 at 9:41 AM (CDT)

Airmail comes to iPad with Split View and Slide Over support

I’ve been pretty darn happy with outlook on my iPhone, iPad, and mac.  The push notifications and consolidation of mail, calendar, notes is what I love.

Posted by lookout0608 on April 12, 2016 at 7:46 PM (CDT)

Report: New Apple Watch to feature internal improvements, same look

Just a reminder: the March Apple Event we just had was originally supposed to herald the arrival of the Apple Watch 2. I’m not saying this rumour is BS, I’m saying that it would be wise to be skeptical this far out.

Posted by chas_m on April 11, 2016 at 11:38 AM (CDT)

Report: New Apple Watch to feature internal improvements, same look

If you want to understand how bad a watch-mounted FaceTime camera would be, put your iPhone one your wrist and try it. I love Apple products, but I don’t think thats a need anyone has.

Posted by Jonathan Bruck on April 11, 2016 at 8:49 AM (CDT)

Starz launches subscription app for iOS, Apple TV

Yeah, “free access for existing cable subscribers” unless you have Comcast Xfinity.

Posted by NGinMrta on April 7, 2016 at 8:23 PM (CDT)

Hermés Apple Watch bands to be sold separately

If only they’d give us the square analog watch face :-(

Posted by benjitek on April 7, 2016 at 12:00 PM (CDT)

FBI testing new unlocking method on more iPhones

Truthfully, I don’t believe the FBI actually have a hack. I think the FBI needed a way out of this fiasco knowing that it would not come out in there favor after the backlash from huge corporations and general public that are all in favor with Apple. Unless the FBI can show the public that have full access to the so called iPhone 5C .. I don’t believe them.

Posted by M G on April 4, 2016 at 2:42 PM (CDT)

FBI testing new unlocking method on more iPhones

So I guess Apple was right…the FBI had (has) no intention of making this a one-time event.

Posted by D9 on April 1, 2016 at 12:05 PM (CDT)

Unboxing the iPhone SE

I fondled one this morning. It’s a much better design than the 6!

Posted by Galley on March 31, 2016 at 10:50 AM (CDT)

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