BuzzFeed reports on the state of Apple Music, and how the streaming music industry is a constant battle between getting paying customers and keeping content owners happy. It’s all a delicate balancing act, torn between getting and keeping subscribers with good features like personalised music playlists and exclusives from artists, while also retaining the artists that get subscribers in the first place.
Manufacturing challenges are reported to be behind the lack of Jet Black iPhone 7 shipments, even though it was the most popular model with preorders. While overall shipments of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are expected to be down over last year’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, you’ve got to give Apple credit where it’s due. This year’s iPhone launched in 28 countries on day one, compared to the handful of countries it has launched in previously.
A rumour from Bloomberg says Apple is gearing up to release an Amazon Echo-like smart home device. Just like how Amazon’s Echo recognises voice input, Apple’s smart home device would use Siri to control appliances, locks, lights, and curtains. It’s also possible Apple will be setting themselves apart from Echo and Google’s Home projects by using more advanced speaker and microphone tech, according to Bloomberg’s sources.
Ars Technica’s review of the Apple Watch Series 2 says that although people may be unsure about the kind of value in a smartwatch, there is at least some value in a connected fitness device on your wrist. The GPS-equipped, waterproof Series 2 running watchOS 3 is Apple’s best attempt at making a fitness wearable that pulls double duty as one of the most connected fashion accessories around.
A hands-on with the unreleased Portrait mode from Techcrunch tells us about how the feature works by separating the foreground and background. By combining images from the regular and telephoto lenses in the iPhone 7 Plus, the camera system can automatically determine which parts of the image are in the background, apply a slight blur effect, and stitch it all back together. There are plenty of examples of how the feature works, and they’re not bad.
It’s macOS Sierra release day, and there’s a lot to cover, so let’s get right into it. If you’re planning on upgrading today, there’s a guide on a few things you should be thinking about doing before making the jump. Provided your Mac runs macOS Sierra (there are additional requirements if you want to have your Apple Watch unlock your device or play with Apple Pay or the Universal Clipboard), you should at the very least be doing a Time Machine backup in case things go wrong.
Analysis of the new display in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus from DisplayMate reveals a screen that’s visually indistinguishable from perfect, which is about as high praise as you can get. Apple is currently one of only three smartphone manufacturers that features a wider colour gamut on its displays, which also features a record high contrast ratio for IPS LCD displays and a record low for screen reflectance, despite not having the same anti-reflective coating as the iPad Pro.
Teardowns of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus reveal the inner differences between the two devices, although it’s pretty much what you’d expect. There’s rubber gaskets and seals everywhere, along with redesigned internals to prevent any kind of water from coming in. The removal of the headphone jack frees up some space inside for a bigger battery, as well as what Apple says is a barometric vent where the headphone jack used to be.
Happy new iPhone day! Our friends across the pond have already started receiving their deliveries, and in under an hour our own Apple stores will open for the iPhones to fly off the shelves. I mean, sure, people will be buying the new Apple Watch Series 2 today as well, but it’s all about the iPhone.
If yesterday was all about the iPhone and iOS 10, then today is about the Apple Watch Series 2 and watchOS 3. John Gruber’s review of both the hardware and software starts off with the shortcomings of both, then goes on to count the ways they’re either completely eliminated or almost entirely mitigated thanks to new hardware and software. Apple knows what people do with their Apple Watch, and they’ve made sure that both are front in centre in both releases.