Tag Archive for ‘Ina Fried’

Apple Delays iOS Features to Focus on Reliability and Performance ➝

Ina Fried, reporting for Axios:

Apple has shaken up its iOS software plans for 2018, delaying some features to next year in an effort to put more focus on addressing performance and quality issues, Axios has learned. […]

Software head Craig Federighi announced the revised plan to employees at a meeting earlier this month, shortly before he and some top lieutenants headed to a company offsite.

This is such an odd story to me. I just don’t see any indication that this is different from any other year. I expect the number of features that are initially planned for a given iOS release is always higher than the number of features that actually ship. As the team gets closer to their deadline, they realize that some number of these features aren’t going to see the light of day and they shift their focus to polishing the features they have already built.

Perhaps Apple will emphasize bug fixes and performance improvements as the primary focus of iOS 12, but there isn’t much evidence in this article that leads me to that conclusion.

Apple Plans to Launch New Macs at an October 27 Event ➝

Ina Fried, reporting for Recode:

Apple is planning to introduce new Macs at an Oct. 27 event, sources confirmed to Recode.

The move had long been expected, given that the company released MacOS Sierra last month but had yet to introduce any new computer models sporting the software. It also comes just in time for Apple to have the new products on sale for the full holiday season.

I’m not sure it’s fair to say that this move “had long been expected.” Yes, it was very likely that Apple would introduce new Macs before the end of the year. But many thought they would be announced with a press release, website update, and private press briefings. The existence of a proper event was not a done-deal.

Apple Music Will Allow Downloads for Offline Listening ➝

 

Apple’s statement to Re/code regarding offline listening:

As an Apple Music member you can add anything from the Apple Music library — a song, an album or a video — to your collection. And that’s just the warm-up act. From there you can create the perfect playlist from anything you’ve added. You can save it for offline listening and take it on the road.

It’s kind of unfortunate that users will have to manage there songs for offline use manually. It would be great if Apple Music automatically cached songs on your device that it thinks you’re likely to listen to if you were to go offline. That’s the kind of experience that could get me interested in the service.

Greg Joswiak on Stage at Code/Mobile Conference ➝

Discussing the Apple SIM, iOS 8.0.1, Apple Pay, and more. This is a great interview, I’d suggest watching the whole video.

Amazon Cuts Price on Fire Phone ➝

I remember when another company cut the price on their phone just a few months after its release. People were pretty upset about it. I don’t hear the same outcry about the Fire Phone price cut, though. I think they should give $100 gift cards to anyone who purchased the Fire Phone at the higher price.

‘Record Number’ of iPhone Pre-orders ➝

Ina Fried writing for Re/code:

Demand for the new iPhones is higher than that seen in either of the past two years, AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel told Re/code.

Not all that surprising given the response I’ve seen anecdotally around the web.

‘Grotesquely’ Low Inventory ➝

Ina Fried reporting for All Things D:

A source at a second carrier also complained of extremely disappointing shipments from Apple, but said that demand for the high-end iPhone may also be slightly less than initially thought, too. Apparently it is the colors of the iPhone 5c that seem to have captured more customer’s eye.

I saw Apple’s decision to allow preorders on the iPhone 5c but not the 5s as a sign that the 5c will be in much greater demand than the 5s is. Poor availability could also be to blame. But Ina Fried’s sources come from the carriers, not Apple, and I think Apple will have the lion’s share of the inventory on launch day.

Jobs, Schiller, and Forstall Talk About Location Data ➝

Ina Fried interviewed Steve Jobs, Phil Schiller, and Scott Forstall regarding the recent iPhone location data concerns. It’s a good interview and worth reading all the way through.