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Brian Tong here, and welcome to The Apple Byte for everything good and bad inside the world of Apple.
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And we can thank Taylor Swift For the biggest news story over the weekend after her open letter to Apple.
Praise them for their innovation but also, criticize them for not paying artists and labels during Apple Music's three month trial period.
In her letter, she said.
We don't ask you free iPhones.
Please don't ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.
Now, in less than 24 hours Apple quickly changed their tune and Eddy Cue announced a swift policy change over Twitter saying, AppleMusic will pay artists for streaming, even during customer's free trial period.
And just like that, it was resolved.
Now, imagine all the other things Taylor Swift can fix, like world peace, cell phone carriers BS unlimited data that's throttled, the drought in California, or maybe even T Swizzle could make Kanye smile.
Okay, that's not happening.
Now, this is good news for artists, but it would be even better if they started getting paid legitimately for their streams instead of less than a penny for a play.
And I know we throw a lot of apples out there, but Apple stepped up to avoid a PR disaster and deserves a good apple.
We're actually nice people.
Now Tim Cook also recently spoke for the chinese language version of Bloomberg business week, and said the popularity of the colored gold, among chinese users, was a key part in the companies decision to pursue gold design for its products.
You guys can thank my relatives for that one.
Now Cook also said that developer support for the Apple Watch is stronger than the original iPhone, with over 3,500 apps available for the Smart Watch right now.
That's compared to 500 apps on the iPhone at the 2008 debut of the app store and 1,000 for the iPad in 2010, but you also have to remember, Tim, that this was the first time you could develop for any IOS device.
Getting developers on board is always a good thing as they love new hardware to develop for.
And, according to 9-5 Max sources, they report, the next gen, AppleWatch 2 is planning to get a new FaceTime camera for video calls from your wrist.
And, will also get the ability to function with just a direct WiFi connection.
Independent of fetching data from your phone in a feature they are calling tether list.
And the watch will have similar battery life to the current one.
Now, they expect the next gen watch to be released in 2016.
So this report is nice and all, and even though I love a FaceTime camera on it as a fun gimmick.
Where exactly are you going to put this thing?
The report says they are gonna put it on the bezel, but where are they gonna put it on that bezel?
Unless it's an entire re-design on the body I don't see it.
Now this thing needs WI-FI and even an LTE version of an option, but more importantly, if they really want to treat it as a legitimate fitness device with stand alone apps It needs a dedicated GPS chip.
And also I'm not wearing my apple watch because I had to charge it.
Alright in Iphone design there has always been talk about a single touch screen design with no buttons.
Now a report from DigiTimes says Apple is developing touch and display driver integration single chip solutions for future iPhones.
The chips are said to include fingerprint sensors which would allow for new iPhones design without a home button.
Enabling the entire front panel to be the device and display.
Now an Apple insider source confirms that Apple is planning to remove the physical home button from future hardware but the change will not arrive within the next two years, targeting some time in 2017 or even 2018 as a long term goal for the company.
Also a heads up for iMac 27-inch users with the 3TB drive option Purchased sometime between December, 2012 and September, 2013.
And yes, I am one of those people.
The company has initiated a program to replace your hard drive that may fail under certain conditions.
Apple is contacting owners but you can go to Apple support website to see if the serial number on your iMac qualifies you for a replacement.
And we always like to acknowledge the Apple products that helped make the company what it is today Well Apple has quietly pulled the original iPad mini from the Apple online store this week, and removed all references of the tablet on it's website.
Now we criticized it for it's lack of retina display and obscene 329 Apple premium price point at the time But right now we'd like to take a moment to honor it.
[crying] It's so sad.
Okay, let's get that out.
All right, it's time to announce the winners of our multi watch doc giveaway from last weekend.
I asked you to name me the two things I liked about iOS 9 from WWDC, but then I checked and I kind of said three things, which were multitasking, the picture and picture view for the iPad, and the better battery life on iOS devices.
So If any of you said two of those three, or all of them, you're good.
Plus, I asked you what your favorite sandwich is.
So congrats go to email winner Ingrid [UNKNOWN] whose BLT takes her to the next level!
It was written like that.
And on Twitter, Mischa went with the emoji fried egg sandwich I can't hate on that.
And for all of you who were trying to kiss **** and said, the meatball sandwich was your favorite.
It didn't work on me, except for Lindon Lee.
So congrats to all of you, and I will be in touch.
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