Thursday, May 4, 2017

Apple Music needs a force-upload option (or equivalent)

Most people don’t have 40,000+ MP3s anymore, unless you’re my Dad. You see, my Dad is a music enthusiast, and ex-party DJ, so he has amassed quite the collection of music over the years. This collection includes rarities, alternate versions, region-specific masterings of albums, you name it. This presents some challenges when he uses Apple Music. To understand the issue here, let me first break down the three distinct services involved…

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Apple Watch apps disappear →

Neil Hughes for Apple Insider:

In the last few weeks, the latest update for Google Maps on iOS ditched support for the Apple Watch. Its removal was not mentioned in the release notes, and Google has not indicated whether support for watchOS will be reinstated. It’s the same story with Amazon and eBay, both of which previously included Apple Watch support in their iOS apps. Both were updated in late April, and as of Monday, neither includes an Apple Watch app.

On a recent roadtrip, I thought I was going crazy trying to find the Google Maps app on my Watch–no wonder. Apple Watch hardware needs to catch up to the software. I have a feeling the next generation Apple Watch (Series 3) will hit the right balance of fast hardware and not-having-to-wait-for-apps-to-launch/run-ness. In other words, I think it might be the ‘iPhone 4’ of Apple Watches.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Rumored Siri Speaker

I think we will see a “Siri Speaker” soon enough. The latest rumors indicate an announcement at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) next month. Weather, stocks, movie times, etc. are table stakes. Here’s what I believe Apple needs to do in order for the Siri speaker to be more than a novelty.

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