Following news that the upcoming trailer for J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens would only be shown before movies in a select group of 30 theaters on the evening of Friday, Nov. 28, today word hit that the trailer will be available on iTunes Movie Trailers as well on the same day. The trailer is said to be 88 seconds long.
We already know from estimates of hardware sales that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are selling spectacularly well, but new marketing research from Fiksu demonstrates that its success is apparent elsewhere, too. According to their data, sales and interest in Apple's newest duo of handsets helped the App Store set new records for downloads last month.
Resentment has been growing against apps that call themselves "free" but bulge with in-app purchases and related microtransactions, and today Apple altered a bit of its wording on the App Store apparently in response to that sentiment. If only it weren't so awkward. Apps and games that used to read "Free" in the button reserved for prices with paid apps now display "Get," which seems inelegant to, say, "Download" or "Install."
The iPod is now unfortunately on the wane (and mainly because its features are incorporated in iPhones these days), but it played a hugely important role in getting music distribution to where it is today. Commentators have noted that it helped bring about the end of the "album era" and push the industry to the focus on digital singles that we all know so well. But according to a editorial on the history of portable audio devices on Samsung's site (via 9to5Mac), all that never happened.
It's well known that Apple was a little late to the streaming music party, and thus its fantastically expensive acquisition of Beats Music and Beats Electronics makes sense for a company looking to get ahead in the business. It'll need it, too. The Wall Street Journal reported today that traditional digital music sales on iTunes have dropped by 13 percent so far this year.
If you're in the market for a new 27-inch iMac with a gorgeous new Retina Display, we may have some good news for you, courtesy of one analyst with a pretty good track record for such predictions. Our Wednesday Morning Report also includes an apology from U2 frontman Bono for pushing that free album on iTunes users, as well as a peek at a new Mac app for Instagram. Click, read, and enjoy!
Well, the rumor mill is definitely talking about the iPad Air 2, but nothing like it did the iPhone 6 series. Interesting. Well, we certainly hope Cupertino is able to wow the crowds at their October 16 event, and we expect next week will kick things up a notch with leaks and rumors. Meanwhile, what else shook free in the news this week?
Apple today rolled out a new look for the main iTunes Store for those using iTunes 12 in the Yosemite beta just days ahead of the operating system's expected launch, and it champions the "flatter" look that's been so popular at the Cupertino company lately. That brings the design of the site more in line with the flat look of Yosemite itself.
Apple's exclusivity deal for the U2 Songs of Innocence album released during last month's iPhone event has almost run its course, and on the eve of its expiration, Apple executive Eddie Cue has some numbers regarding how well the promotion fared. Most notably, 26 million iTunes users downloaded the full album following its launch on September 9.