One of the more popular posts to pop up in my Facebook News Feed last week was a friend's request for advice on whether he should quit Apple Music and just go back to Spotify. Seemingly everyone I knew had an opinion on the streaming services, ranging from "Apple Music is garbage" to "try Google Play Music instead." A healthy number of commenters had tried at least two services and decided which one worked for them. Yet a few people had seemingly stuck with the first company's product they'd tried, oblivious to the benefits and pitfalls of competing ones.
Apple is believed to be working on a new 4-inch iPhone, which it could release early next year. Details about the possible phone have been coming from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who's had a great track record of predicting Apple's plans in the past. In his newest note, published by MacRumors, Kuo says that he expects Apple to build NFC into this new phone so that it can be used with Apple Pay. The phone is also expected to have an A9 processor, which is what's inside the iPhone 6S, and use the same camera as the iPhone 5S.
Apple has just announced its traditional fall iPhone launch, sending out invitations to the press for an event on September 9th at 10AM PST, as expected. Less expected? The venue, San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. That's a new one for Apple — and it's a massive venue with a 7,000-person seating capacity, so expect a lot of news.
At this point it's safe to say if Apple ever does unleash the Apple Car unto the world, it won't look like what we've become used to driving. In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, Apple designer Marc Newson made it clear that he's less than thrilled with the current state of car design, calling the automotive industry his pet peeve.
Windows 8 was bad enough that it forced me — a lifelong Windows user up until that point — to switch my entire family over to Macs. True story. But after seeing how Microsoft has stepped it up with Windows 10 (the Start menu is finally back and Internet Explorer is nearly gone), I’m now interested in giving it a try once again.