iTunes Radio draws much of its inspiration from the streaming radio service Pandora, but the latest word from Billboard suggests that Apple might want to mimic the on-demand streaming model used by Spotify and Beats Music instead. That would make Apple's steaming music service more akin to Google Play Music, and the parties involved say it's likely the effort will lead to an official iTunes app for Android as well.
We start small today and build bit by bit to the biggest Macs around, so begin with us at the tiniest of refurbs and grow. And this week is heavy on the devices, since there are so many great deals out there. There's a little something for everyone in this week's refurb round up, and with all the money you save on these slashed prices, don't forget to check out our gear deals too.
The Pokémon series includes some of the most popular releases for portable gaming systems of all time, but despite Nintendo's continued reluctance to dabble in the smartphone market, we've yet to see a suitable clone come to iOS. With Monster Legacy, developer Outplay hopes to change all that. Its scrappy pet-battling game is so reminiscent of Nintendo's original, in fact, that the main differences center around execution and setting than with gameplay.
Some new purported leaks about iOS 8 just rolled in, and as before they're from the usually reliable 9to5Mac. We've already heard about additions like Apple's so-called Healthbook and the new Maps app, and recently we saw some screenshots that allegedly show what some of the new apps will look like. But now the rumors go deeper. The site claims to know some of the key changes Apple is considering for the next version of its mobile operating system.
Last year, the main news surrounding in-flight entertainment for the Apple faithful focused on the practice of handing out iPads for travelers, but now United Airlines has some good news for everyone who displays the Apple logo on the backs of their devices. Come April, if you own an iPhone or iPad, you can start streaming a large selection of movies and TV shows on your devices during flights free of charge.
Apple has heard all of the complaints about Apple Maps, and it wants to make it better. It's so keen on this, in fact, that 9to5Mac reports that the Cupertino company's allegedly beefing it up in time for iOS 8 to such a point that it should handily rival Google Maps for data supremacy. And thanks to its recent acquisitions of smaller companies like BroadMap, Embark, and HopStop, it might be able to pull it off.
Today Neil Young revealed his Toblerone-shaped "PonoPlayer," which he hopes will launch a successful counterattack against (of all things) Apple's iPod. It seems Mr. Young has missed all the memos about the device's "declining business," in the words of Apple CEO Tim Cook, particularly in the wake of the emergence of integrated devices like the iPhone and iPad.
After weeks of speculation and rumors, iOS 7.1 is here at last — and still in time for SXSW as expected. The release marks the first major update to iOS 7 since its launch back in September. Along with the expected bug fixes and UI tweaks, the release also brings new features such as support for Apple's new CarPlay system.
Apple may have wowed competitors with the announcement of its A7 chip for the iPhone 5s (even in spite of some vocal dissenters), but now it's already moving past that and starting production of its new A8 chip. And guess what? Samsung isn't making it.
Apple's Lightning cable is pretty neat, aside from that whole rendering-all-our-previous-iOS-peripherals-useless thing. But that's not to say that there haven't been problems. Since its introduction with the iPhone 5, the cable has suffered from frequent reports of breaking and fraying, and now ZDNet's John O'Grady has noticed that it's prone to corrosion as well.