Friday Morning News
Ping’s original launch seemed so promising: billed as a a social network for artists and their fans, it was a way for both parties to connect on mutual music-loving ground. But even that wasn’t enough, as the service flopped soon after. Rumour has it Apple will have another go at the music-based social network when it launches its new music streaming service, where artists and bands will be able to have their own official page where they’ll be able to post as much (or as little) content as they want, depending on how it all pans out.
Multiple reports are saying Apple has pushed back the launch of HomeKit to August or September, but Apple has since refuted those claims. The company says the first connected home accessories will launch in June, which is on schedule with their original launch window.
A new Apple job posting says the company is looking to completely overhaul the data services that power its mapping service. A posting for a senior software engineer with experience in large-scale distributed systems, and the company says it’s looking at overhauling things front-to-back.
Apple has intervened in the sale of RadioShack in an attempt to block RadioShack selling data about customers buying Apple products. As covered by John Gruber, it seems like one of those things Apple doesn’t have to do, but is doing anyway. The pessimist in me says Apple may be doing so in an attempt to gather even more positive press, but I’d like to believe they’re doing it because it’s the right thing to do.
Earlier in the week Apple opened up its App Analytics feature to all developers. Previously the service was only open to those who had applied and were approved for the beta, but the (still in beta, mind you) service that gives developers access to stats only Apple tracks is now open to all.
Over at Macworld, Jason Snell proposes that it’s time for Apple to drop the “X” moniker from “OS X” and go back to just “Mac OS”. OS X was needed in the bad old days of System 7 and older, but now that we have iOS, Watch OS, and whatever else, perhaps it’s time for Mac OS X to go back to just being “Mac OS”.
Peter Cohen thinks USB-C will be the peripheral connection standard of the future. I guess the appropriate question to ask would be if new Macs will also come with a USB-C port, and if so, how many? While I can’t see Apple dropping USB or Thunderbolt anytime soon, perhaps they’ll have to, if they want to adopt USB-C sooner rather than later.
A pretty cool thing you can do with the Apple Watch is use the Music glance to use the Digital Crown as a remote shutter for your iPhone, as shown off by MacRumors.
If we ever get a “back to the iPhone” release of iOS, I hope that it will bring complications from the Apple Watch to the iOS interface. They’ll be like the widgets we never had but always wished we did, and even if custom complications are only available on the lock screen, that would probably be good enough.
Something pretty crazy is happening in mobile, starting with Konami announcing it has ceased developing for consoles and will now focus on mobile gaming. TouchArcade also wonders what happens if Nintendo’s premium push on mobile isn’t as successful as they were hoping to be, given that most of the money in mobile gaming comes from free to play titles.