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Apple TV Remote app beta 2 works as second game controller, adds legacy Apple TV support

What does it do for itunes? the old remote was also a music remote control

Posted by quint on July 8, 2016 at 4:06 AM (CDT)

Apple TV Remote app beta 2 works as second game controller, adds legacy Apple TV support

I’ve been using the app since the first beta, and have reached the point where I prefer it over the physical remote.  Normally, I don’t care for touchscreen remotes, Logitech Harmony app for example, because there are so many buttons that you can’t touch the one you need without looking at the screen.  Not so with the Siri Remote app—there are so few buttons that it can be used without glancing at it.

Posted by snworf on July 7, 2016 at 10:31 AM (CDT)

New alleged iPhone 7 renderings show more angles, lack of headphone jack

Well, we won’t be able to use any of the countless audio plugs with 3.5mm connections but at least the antenna lines are moved to the side. Customers are really going to love that, since those lines are almost always covered by a case.
Hey, maybe we’ll find out that’s it’s thinner AND has a smaller battery! That’d be great, too, since thinness matters most when your battery is dead.

Posted by jv on July 6, 2016 at 5:59 PM (CDT)

WSJ: Apple 'in talks' to acquire Tidal

Ugh, sorry about that. Don’t know where my mind was at the moment. It’s been fixed, thanks.

Posted by Phil Dzikiy on July 6, 2016 at 8:06 AM (CDT)

Cirrus Logic releases development kit for Lightning headphones

I would like to see more headphones with interchangeable cables like a new Hi-Res model from Sony that will accept any analog or digital signal, including Lightning.

Posted by Galley on July 1, 2016 at 7:42 AM (CDT)

Spotify claims Apple anti-competitively blocking Spotify app update

Yup, I’d tend to agree with that completely, and it seems like there’s even less of a case for Spotify to cry foul considering the policy on Apple’s part has been in place since 2011, and a lot of people believed it would spark antitrust concerns back then when it was news publishers and companies like Amazon who were being forced to deal with the in-app purchase requirements.
Ultimately, most just avoided in-app purchases and subscriptions and let customers figure out how to purchase or sign up from their web site. A few like Rdio actually just nakedly increased the in-app price to account for Apple’s cut, but ultimately everybody just shrugged, dealt with it in their own way, and moved on.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on June 30, 2016 at 4:37 PM (CDT)

Spotify claims Apple anti-competitively blocking Spotify app update

If Apple is treating all services equally, even where Apple does not offer the service itself, then I can’t see how this can be an anti-competitive move.  It would be different if Apple only applied this policy to services which compete with Apple’s own services.

Posted by Cmd-Z on June 30, 2016 at 4:24 PM (CDT)

Cirrus Logic releases development kit for Lightning headphones

Creating a headphone adapter that provides pass-through charging is certainly a possibility, and it’s been done before.
Whether the one Apple will allegedly include in the box will have this capability or not, however, remains to be seen. It might be left to the domain of third parties, or sold as an upgraded accessory by Apple that needs to be purchased separately.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on June 29, 2016 at 2:43 PM (CDT)

Cirrus Logic releases development kit for Lightning headphones

There are plenty of times I listen to headphones while charging my phone. How will this be possible if there is only a lightning port?

Posted by jv on June 29, 2016 at 2:41 PM (CDT)

Walgreens adds digital coupons to Apple Pay

It’s been that way for months now, towards the end of 2015, at both Walgreens and Duane Reade—very convenient.  Digital coupons even longer.  The only addition last December was the additional functionality of being able to use ApplePay to transmit your Balance Rewards card info instead of scanning it or entering your phone number.  Works with the Apple Watch as well.

Posted by snworf on June 28, 2016 at 1:09 PM (CDT)

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)

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