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‘All of that is what Apple means to me. That’s why I write about it.’ ➝

G. Keenan Schneider shares a few stories to explain why Apple means so much to him. I suggest reading every word of it — each story is heartfelt and well-written. This piece serves as a wonderful reminder of why so many have an affinity for the products and the company. Apple’s comprised of people who are incredibly talented and care deeply about the work they do. We don’t have to love every product they release or choice that they make, but more than any other company, I believe they make decisions with all the best intentions — not just for the bottom line, but for the employees and customers alike. If you read one thought piece about Apple today, make it this one.

‘Plucky Young Startup Blackberry’ is Shaking Up The Phone Market ➝

G. Keenan Schneider, writing on NoOctothorpe:

Sometimes it just takes a fresh pair of eyes to solve a problem no one knew they had. I can only imagine BlackBerry will hold onto this for… Oh, I don’t know, maybe ten years or something while the rest of the phone market shoots off in a completely different direction, leaving this new Canadian company to bask in its own sort of twisted reality where it dominates the mobile landscape.

A vertical slide-out keyboard on a smartphone is the very definition of forward-thinking innovation. Apple, you better hold on to yer butts.

Engadget: ‘Project Ara Delayed Because Its Phones Keep Falling Apart’ ➝

Isn’t this the joke everyone made when they first heard about Project Ara? But seriously, I actually laughed out loud when I saw this headline.

(Via NoOctothorpe.)

Update: Turns out, this was just a joke. Although with the frequency in which I see battery covers fly across the floor when their corresponding Android phone is dropped, I’d say some phone makers’ drop test standards aren’t as high as they should be. Don’t be surprised if videos crop up showing how components fall out of the Ara phone on impact.

Sprint Enticing Customers With ‘iPhone Forever’ Plan ➝

From Sprint’s press release:

Starting today, new and upgrade eligible Sprint customers can get iPhone for just $22 per month with iPhone Forever. Anytime customers don’t have the latest iPhone, they are eligible to upgrade. They bring their iPhone, upgrade on the spot and away they go. […] Qualified customers can get a 16GB iPhone 6 model at Sprint branded retail stores, Sprint.com, 1-800-Sprint-1, Best Buy and Target.

They’re also offering a promotional rate of $15 a month (instead of $22) until the end of the year for customers who are willing to trade-in their current smartphone. It’s a pretty compelling deal and something worth considering if you live in an area with great Sprint coverage. But as G. Keenan Schneider points out, you don’t see them making this offer for the latest Android phone.

iPhone 6s Very Likely to Include Force Touch ➝

Mark Gurman, reporting for 9 to 5 Mac:

According to sources, the iOS version of Force Touch is known internally as “Orb.” Instead of opening up a large window of extra controls that did not fit on the screen, as is done on the Apple Watch, Force Touch on the iPhone is designed to skip existing lists of options or button presses. “There is consistent usage of Force Touch across the operating system to ‘shortcut’ actions,” rather than present new options like with the Apple Watch, according to a source.

I’ve always had the feeling that Force Touch will be designed for power users and will have applications similar to keyboard shortcuts on desktop operating systems. You’ll be able to use the whole OS without them, but you’ll become much more efficient if you learn to Force Touch your way through interfaces.

I’m excited for this year’s iPhone announcement, the demos are going to be really interesting.

(Via NoOctothorpe.)

iTunes is a Toxic Hellstew ➝

G. Keenan Schneider, in response to Marco Arment’s Don’t Order the Fish:

When I worked at Apple, my co-workers and I frequently lamented the state of iTunes. We prophesized a streamlined, rebuilt from-the-ground-up application with each impending major version release. Instead, we got new features wedged into the same old foundation. […]

Looking back, it’s still shocking that our dreams of a new iTunes were never realized. Apple, a company that shows little to no remorse when it kills its babies, has somehow kept this thing on life support. They should’ve immolated it long ago and allowed something new, agile, and slim to emerge from the ashes.

Honestly, I seldomly use iTunes. Sure, it’s always running on my Mac, but only so that we can stream media from our iTunes library to the Apple TV on a whim. When I do use it though, it’s completely miserable. I always have to relearn how to find certain sections of my library and often have to perform web searches to remember how to use a feature that’s no longer where I expect it to be.

We know iTunes peaked four or five years ago and it’s time Apple did something about it.