Apple's statement to the Verge:
"We are thrilled that Shazam and its talented team will be joining Apple," an Apple spokesperson told The Verge. "Apple Music and Shazam are a natural fit, sharing a passion for music discovery and delivering great music experiences to our users. We have exciting plans in store, and we look forward to combining with Shazam upon approval of today's agreement."
It's speculated the company is worth $400 million, but the details are unknown.
Speculation on iPhone performance vs battery wear
A Reddit thread has some interesting observations on apparent performance degradation on some iPhones as the battery capacity decreases. This issue may be a means to extend battery life by reducing performance. If, however, an iPhone's battery is worn and holding a reduced charge, this could affect most of the time.
So, I did some research, and decided to replace my battery. Wear level was somewhere around 20% on my old battery. I did a Geekbench score, and found I was getting 1466 Single and 2512 Multi. This did not change wether I had low power mode on or off. After changing my battery, I did another test to check if it was just a placebo. Nope. 2526 Single and 4456 Multi. From what I can tell, Apple slows down phones when their battery gets too low, so you can still have a full days charge. This also means your phone might be very slow for no discernible reason. Check your Geekbench scores and see what you get if your phone is still slow!
Report: Jony Ive returning to day-to-day responsibilities
Apple chief design officer Jony Ive is returning to directly managing his team. The change is after two years when he reportedly was managing Apple's new campus construction.
Ive, 50, was named Apple's chief design officer in 2015 and subsequently handed off some day-to-day management responsibility while the iPhone maker was building its new Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino, California. "With the completion of Apple Park, Apple's design leaders and teams are again reporting directly to Jony Ive, who remains focused purely on design," Amy Bessette, a company spokeswoman, said Friday in a statement.
Apple spotlights the best content of 2017
Apple rounded up the most popular content for apps, movies, music, TV, podcasts, and books. Each category has a selection.
For apps, Apple broke down content into four trends in addition to naming specific apps.
App Store editors identify four breakout trends in app culture for 2017: the introduction of AR (augmented reality) apps and games, the rise of real-time competitive gaming, apps focused on mental health and mindfulness and apps transforming storytelling and reading.
Amazon Prime Video launches on Apple TV
Today, Amazon Prime Video is available for download on the Apple TV. The app can be downloaded from the App Store and provides access to Amazon's library of video content.
It's been a long journey between the companies. in 2015 Amazon pulled the Apple TV and other streaming devices that did not support its own video services. There was no technical reason for the lack of app, so the issue was most likely around content purchasing terms.
Comparing iPhone X/iPhone 8 charging options
The iPhone 8 and iPhone X introduced new charging options for wireless/inductive charging and also fast charging with USB-C. MacRumors has a nice comparison of the various options to charge one of these devices, including the existing 5-watt and 12-watt options.
The results were on an iPhone X, but results should be similar to the iPhone 8/8 Plus.
Interestingly, there isn't a significant difference between the 12W and 18W USB-C options, although USB-C is faster. Or at least not enough to really be worth the expense if you need to buy one. They also compared third-party power adapters and didn't find an advantage over Apple's
Apple Pay Cash now available
Apple Pay Cash is now functional with iOS 11.2. Apple Pay Cash allows people to send cash to other Apple customers directly. The system introduces a new Apple Pay Cash card that becomes active once terms are agreed upon. People can fund payments through the balance on their Apple Pay Cash card or a payment choice within Apple Pay. Apple says if no payment has been configured, people can still receive money once the virtual card is activated.
When users get paid, the money they receive is added to their new Apple Pay Cash card that lives in the Wallet app. They can use the money instantly1 to pay someone or make purchases using Apple Pay in stores, apps and on the web. They can also choose to transfer it from Apple Pay Cash to their bank account.
Apple's begins accepting used Apple Watches for credit or disposal
Apple's Renew and Recycling program is an efficient way to get rid of old Apple gear. If the device is working, you may qualify for an Apple gift card or otherwise, Apple will appropriately dispose of the device free of charge.
The service uses Bright Star to facilitate the process and they began taking Apple Watches along with other devices.
If you're looking to press the easy-button, this is a quick way to either turn a device into store credit or safely recycle it. Generally though, if it's fully functional as required for credit, you're better off selling it yourself or trading it in with other services.
While it appeals, Apple puts up $15B in EU back taxes
Apple and Ireland set terms for delivering about $15 billion in back taxes. The funds will be held in escrow while Apple appeals the EU's order.
The European Commission had ordered Ireland to collect the money after concluding that two Irish tax rulings allowed Apple to pay less tax than other businesses -- thus giving it an unfair advantage. The Commission ordered Ireland to collect back taxes for the years 2003-2014, which it estimated to be as much 13 billion euros plus interest.
What's interesting is the EU order is forcing Ireland to collect the funds it doesn't want to collect. Apple has massive cash and short-term assets held overseas, so I'd guess this won't put much of a dent in the balance sheet, although if it stands, the move may affect future dividends to shareholders and profits on international sales going forward.
Mac App Store to stop accepting 32-bit apps
2018 is the year the Mac App Store goes 64-bit. In a reminder to developers, 9 to 5 Mac notes that starting January 1, all submissions to the App Store must be 64-bit. Apple is also mandating all existing apps be updated by June 2018 if not updated sooner.
The change follows macOS High Sierra, which is the end of the line for 32-bit apps. The next macOS release, presumably next fall, will only function with 64-bit apps. This timeline seems to line up with the typical macOS development cycle that kicks off in late spring with developer and public betas.
Apple made the deadlines earlier this year at its World Wide Developer Conference. The writing has been on the way for years as Apple transitioned to 64-bit, starting with the PowerPC G5 back in 2003. In 2012, 64-bit went mainstream as the with Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.
As a reminder, new apps submitted to the Mac App Store must support 64-bit starting January 2018, and Mac app updates and existing apps must support 64-bit starting June 2018. If you distribute your apps outside the Mac App Store, we highly recommend distributing 64-bit binaries to make sure your users can continue to run your apps on future versions of macOS. The last macOS release to support 32-bit apps without compromise is macOS High Sierra.