Apple product owners should start expecting to see a lot more Beats Music in the months ahead, now that Cupertino has officially taken the reins of the streaming music service. One such integration has already appeared within an app update for one of Apple's forthcoming partners, and we've got that story — as well as a pair of updates from the iPhone maker's assembly line — in today's Morning Report.
Rumors and predictions, rumors and predictions, that's most of what we got going on this week with the news to start off August. What will happen with your iPhone if you drop it? And what new ways will we find to use our iOS devices? Let's take a look inside and find out what's what.
There have been countless rumors about the release date of the iPhone 6, but has the elusive day finally been identified? As far as we're concerned, Apple's latest and greatest smartphone can't hit soon enough. We've also got news regarding updates to two popular apps, plus lots of behind-the-scenes rumblings at Beats as their acquisition by Apple comes ever closer to finalization.
eBay auctions can be exciting, but it's not quite as entertaining as having an auctioneer overseeing the whole process. Re/code reported Monday that eBay members will soon be able to join in the fun by way of livestreamed Sotheby's auctions for "fine art and other high-end collectables" — but you'll need deep wallets, because prices range from $5,000, all the way up to $100,000. Heck, for that kind of money, you could instead bid on a charity auction with an Apple SVP, and we've got one such offer in today's recap....
There's still no confirmation a deal between Apple and Beats Electronics is taking place, but that saga took another interesting turn late last week. According to The Wrap, the founder of the MOG online subscription-based music service that ultimately became Beats Music is suing co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, claiming he was fired before he could receive benefits from an incentive plan. Looking for a potential slice of Apple pie, maybe?
If this week was notable for anything, it was a plethora of iPhone 6 rumors, leaks, potential leaks, and concepts. To think, last week we were all talking about the iWatch. Looks like the Apple rumor mill operating system isn't in any need of an update.
Apple rumors tend to vary wildly between fact and total fiction, but here's one of them we would certainly like to see: a partnership with Shazam to make it even easier to discover music with an iPhone.
The heavens parted for Android users today, and Instagram was delivered unto them. The news seems to have stirred up hateful emotions for some of the Google faithful who shun fraternizing with the more than 30 million iOS users already sharing photos with the service, but you can’t please everyone, right? Meanwhile, there are plenty of other tech-related stories for this fine day, so let’s launch right into all the news for Tuesday, April 3, 2012.
In our first The Best weekly column entry, we shine a light on SoundHound, a Shazam competitor that bests its better-known rival via speedier song recognition and the fantastic ability to ID tracks that you sing or hum.
OMG! Apple is having a media event next week! But don’t get too excited… the invitation essentially spills the beans on this education-centric event, so we’ll be surprised if CEO Tim Cook shows up with an iPad 3 under his arm. But hey, it’s an Apple event, so we’re excited to see what they have to say, even if some of us are way too old to be concerned about going to school. While you ponder what Cupertino has in store for next week, have a quick read of the rest of the tech stuff that’s making news for this Wednesday, January 11, 2012.