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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)

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

I hear your concerns for sure. It’s something we’ve discussed internally a number of times. But I’d like to think we’re still far more picky than most on this matter. Every report is examined separately. We can’t ignore *everything* of this nature — if we think there’s the possibility of a kernel of truth, we feel it’s writing up at least once (though we won’t be beating it into the ground). There are still plenty of reports we ignore on a daily basis, either because they’re too far-fetched to be a possibility, or because the source has proven to be too untrustworthy.
Hope that provides some clarification.

Posted by Phil Dzikiy on May 12, 2016 at 3:52 PM (CDT)

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

Like making an argument that the planet earth will never be destroyed by a stray asteroid.
Wasn’t referring to iLounge, but tech blogs covering of this in general.  I am surprised though lately to see this site jumping on the rumor bandwagon—have always perceived iLounge as fact-based, and everything else as ‘whatever’.  Now everything is ‘whatever’ ;-)

Posted by snworf on May 12, 2016 at 3:41 PM (CDT)

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

I also don’t think it’s fair to say it’s never going to happen, so there’s still room to discuss it as a hypothetical. However, it’s not likely to happen in the near future, which is why we also avoided the slightly sensationalist two-year headline that the original article used.
That said, Apple’s not afraid to discontinue products if they become unprofitable or no longer make sense, even if it still appeals to only a few niche users. The iPod classic is a great example of that. If digital downloads keep declining, it’s not unreasonable to think that in ten years the iTunes Music Store may go away, but in the technology world, a lot can happen in ten years — in 2006 we were still syncing our music to our hard-drive based fifth-generation iPods from iTunes over a USB connection :)

Posted by Jesse Hollington on May 12, 2016 at 2:33 PM (CDT)

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

We started the headline with “Rumor” for a reason.

Posted by Phil Dzikiy on May 12, 2016 at 2:19 PM (CDT)

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

As it was nothing more than rumor perpetuated as news, it’s pretty much a non-topic.

Posted by snworf on May 12, 2016 at 2:17 PM (CDT)

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