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    Spotify Says Apple is Holding up App Update Because it Doesn’t Want Apple Music Competition

    By Caiden,

    Spotify has been taking swings at Apple for quite a while now, especially with the arrival of Apple’s music streaming platform, Apple Music.
    Just yesterday Spotify reiterated its stance against Apple’s subscription royalty fees in the App Store, and now, as reported by Recode, the company is saying Apple’s going even above and beyond just taking a royalty for apps sold in its App Stores, and actually preventing an app update because Apple doesn’t want competition.
    Spotify has submitted a new version of its popular app to Apple, and it’s taking away the option to subscribe to the service through the iOS app. However, according to Spotify, Apple has rejected the app’s update, and in turn Spotify wrote a letter to Apple’s legal team on June 26. Some parts of that letter have been shared in the original report, and it outlines Spotify’s belief that Apple is effectively trying to remove any competition for Apple Music.
    The details aren’t exactly known at this point, but Spotify says that Apple has demanded it use Apple’s billing system if it “wants to use the app to acquire new customers and sell subscriptions.” Spotify says it was using its iOS app to promote a promotion that gave new subscribers three months of access for only $0.99, which apparently Apple wasn’t a fan of.
    Apple informed Spotify that it had to remove the advertisement or the app would be pulled from the App Store altogether. Spotify did remove the ad, but it also decided to remove the option to subscribe to Spotify through the iOS App Store — which Spotify has to charge $12.99 per month, instead of the $9.99 per month for other customers that don’t subscribe through the iOS App Store, to see the same return after Apple’s royalty is taken out.
    Apple has announced changes to the way it handles subscriptions and royalties, but Spotify has already confirmed that it isn’t a fan of those changes, either. In fact, earlier in June Spotify was urging iPhone customers to not subscribe to the service through the iOS app, basically pointing them to subscribe by other means.
    What do you think of Spotify’s and Apple’s ongoing issues?
    [via Recode]

    Apple CEO Tim Cook has been appointed Nike’s Lead Independent Director

    By Caiden,

    Nike has announced that it has named Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, as its lead Independent Director. The news was initially tweeted out via CNBC, and details on the announcement are still minimal at the moment. Cook, for his part, has been part of Nike’s board since 2005, where he’s been serving as chair of the Compensation Committee and as a member of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee.
    As new information arrives, we’ll update this post.
    [via @CNBC]

    iOS 10 Beta 1 Takes on iOS 9.3.2 in New Speed Tests

    By Caiden,
    Apple’s first iOS 10 beta has already been put through its paces in a series of speed tests against iOS 9.3.2. It’s still very much in its infancy for now, but is the new software any faster on the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6s? Find out below!
    iOS 10 is quite possibly the biggest upgrade we’ve seen since iOS 7 three years ago. It brings a whole host of big features like the Universal Clipboard and a revamped Messages platform, plus big improvements under the hood.
    But will it make your iPhone any faster? Well, not yet.

    Apple gives away iPhone drawing app 'Procreate Pocket' through Apple Store app

    By Caiden,

    Available for a limited time through the official Apple Store app for iOS, ProCreate Pocket is a stripped down version of iPad app Procreate. A longtime favorite of digital artists, Procreate on iPad was one of the first third-party titles to build in support for Apple Pencil when the stylus launched alongside iPad Pro last year.
    While not as full featured as its iPad counterpart, Procreate Pocket is packed with useful tools that make sketching on iPhone a less painful experience. For example, the app includes 12 brush types with support for pressure sensitive drawing on devices equipped with 3D Touch. Users have the option of downloading or importing additional tools. A separate Apple Watch app acts as a secondary UI for selecting brushes and tools, picking from color swatches and executing general app commands.
    Made for iPhone, the app incorporates Procreate's Silica graphics engine and boasts 64-bit color, 250 levels of undo, continuous autosave, 4K canvas sizes, a customizable layers system with blend modes and advanced image filters. Like the iPad version, Procreate Pocket records a video of an artist's creative process in 1080p. Files can be shared via iCloud Drive, AirDrop and AirPrint in .procreate, PSD, JPG and 24-bit PNG formats.
    Those interested can find a redemption code for Procreate Pocket in both the "Featured" and "Stores" sections of the free Apple Store app for iOS.
    Apple began giving away paid software through the Apple Store app in 2013 and continues to provide customers with fresh selections from time to time as a way to incentivize periodic check-ins.
    [via iTunes]

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    By Caiden,
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    iPhone 7 Lightning EarPods Reportedly Shown Off in Leaked Image

    By Caiden,

    Rumor has it that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will drop the 3.5mm headphone jack, and Apple will move to the Lightning port for its headphone solution.
    Or have folks go wireless, which, for some, already have. However, for the people who prefer to have a wired connection when listening to music, Lightning EarPods have been rumored for awhile now. At the same time, a rumor cropped up recently that suggested Apple would launch the iPhone 7/7 Plus with 3.5mm EarPods, but also include a Lightning adapter to use with the new iPhone.
    That particular rumor doesn’t make a lot of sense, so many people are expecting Apple to launch Lightning EarPods with the upcoming iPhones. Back in March the internet became privy to an image that reportedly showed off what Lightning-equipped EarPods would look like, but there was some question to the headphones’ validity.
    These new images, which surfaced on the Chinese social network, Weibo, probably won’t help much. They appear to show Lightning EarPods, with the familiar design certainly intact, but with at least one notable exception: The Lightning plug appears to be quite a bit thicker than what Apple already has out in the wild. This probably means the headphones are fake, or at least a knockoff, and not what Apple will actually bundle with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus later this year.
    Do you think Apple is going to include Lightning EarPods with the new iPhones?
    [via iPhone7.nl]

    Apple, Amazon, and Google Blasted for Trying to ‘Lock Out’ Competition

    By Caiden,

    Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachussetts, has put Apple, Amazon, and Google on notice that she’s not a fan of how the companies have managed to stifle competition in their own unique ways.
    The Senator recently gave a speech that outlined several different points where she believes companies like Apple, Amazon, and Google have tried to snuff out the competition in their own ways, with specific methods and services. At the very same time, she says that each of the companies are pioneers in their own way, and deserve, without a doubt, to be as successful as they are.
    However, she has an issue with these companies, using that platform, to stifle the competition around them:
    This specific statement levied against Apple, which relates to Apple Music more than likely, is not something that’s completely new or unheard of. In fact, Spotify has said these same things, pointing a finger at the fact that it has to charge $12.99, $3 more than it does on its own website — or even on other platforms– to make the same amount of money from a subscription made within its iOS app because of the “Apple tax,” and Apple take some of the subscription purchases made my iOS users.
    Meanwhile, Apple can charge $9.99 for Apple Music while the other competing platforms automatically look more expensive as alternatives.
    In a statement to Recode, Spotify’s head of communications and public policy, Jonathan Prince, didn’t pull any punches when commenting on Apple’s position and its decisions regarding subscriptions.
    “Apple has long used its control of iOS to squash competition in music, driving up the prices of its competitors, inappropriately forbidding us from telling our customers about lower prices, and giving itself unfair advantages across its platform through everything from the lock screen to Siri. You know there’s something wrong when Apple makes more off a Spotify subscription than it does off an Apple Music subscription and doesn’t share any of that with the music industry. They want to have their cake and eat everyone else’s too.”
    For its part, Apple is changing subscription royalties in its App Store from the standard 70/30 split to an 85/15 split for developers, after a customer has been subscribed for a year to an app or service. Still, Spotify isn’t a fan of that gesture, either, saying it’s basically not “getting to the heart of the matter.”
    [via Recode]

    Apple Seeds iOS 9.3.3 Beta 4 to Developers and Public Testers

    By Caiden,


    On May 23, Apple seeded the first developer beta for iOS 9.3.3. Now, the company is releasing a new version of the beta to developers.
    Apple has officially seeded the fourth developer beta for iOS 9.3.3, as well as the latest seed for public beta testers. It’s available for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, and it’s available as an over-the-air update for devices that have been registered to run beta software.
    iOS 9.3.3 is a relatively small update, focused on bug fixes and behind-the-scenes tweaks for performance. Apple released iOS 9.3 in late March of this year.
    Are you trying out iOS 9.3.3?