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What would you change about iTunes Music?

What would you change about iTunes Music?

Apple says music is in the company's DNA, but what needs to be in its music offering? The original iPhone shipped with an iPod app that played the music you synced over via USB from iTunes on the desktop. A half a year later it was joined by the iTunes Store app, and you could buy music directly...
How would you change the App Store?

How would you change the App Store?

The App Store revolutionized software, creating a safer, more unified, more convenient way to get apps onto our devices. So what needs to be revolutionized about the App Store? Prior to the App Store, anyone who wanted to get software—and it really wasn't that many people—had to hunt around the...
How would you change the Lock screen?

How would you change the Lock screen?

The Lock screen serves too diametrically opposed functions — to secure your iPhone or iPad against unauthorized access, and to provide convenient access to information and actions. The original iPhone simply, delightfully let you swipe to unlock, with or without a passcode. Over time, Apple has...
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How would you change iTunes?

How would you change iTunes?

iTunes has an impossible job. What started as a music player has grown into stores for entertainment and apps, into a sync solution for iPods, iPhones, and iPads, and now into full blown subscription streaming service as well. That means iTunes has to handle everything media and device management...
Apple Music Wish List: Let me know when this song gets added to Apple Music

Apple Music Wish List: Let me know when this song gets added to Apple Music

Beats 1 plays lots of great unreleased content. I want to know when it gets added to the Apple Music catalog. I've found a lot of exciting new music during my lengthy Beats 1 listening sprees, but I can't tell you what half of those tracks were. That's because Apple's radio station often plays...
Regarding built-in iOS apps being split out into the App Store

Regarding built-in iOS apps being split out into the App Store

Would there really be any benefit to moving built-in app updates to the App store? The idea of Apple unbundling the built-in apps so they can be split out and updated at any time via the App Store is an old one. There are some merits to the idea but also some drawbacks. In theory, it would allow...
What would you change about Apple's Podcasts app?

What would you change about Apple's Podcasts app?

The Podcasts app is now built into iOS, so... how would you change it? Apple is celebrating #10YearsOfPodcasts on iTunes, not just with a special section but with the fortuitously timed release of a brand new iPod touch. What's more, Apple has also announced iOS 9 for this fall, with a new icon...
On trackpad mode in iOS 9 and the iPhone

On trackpad mode in iOS 9 and the iPhone

One of the new iOS 9 features Apple announced for the iPad was "trackpad mode". Place two fingers down on the QuickType keyboard and it transformed into a trackpad allowing for highly accurate cursor placement and better control for text editing. It would be terrific to have the same feature on...
What would you change about Apple Music?

What would you change about Apple Music?

Apple Music promises to change our listening habits, but what would we change about it? Part streaming service, part music locker, part internet radio, and part social network, Apple Music packs a lot of features into one vision. Add to that an all new Music app for iPhone and iPad, and yet...
A plea for multiple months on Calendar for Apple Watch

A plea for multiple months on Calendar for Apple Watch

The month view in the Apple Watch calendar app is great—unless you want to look at any month other than the current one. I went out to dinner with my family a couple of nights ago and, when we got to discussing plans for the summer, I needed to check a couple dates. Since I've come to rely on my...
How would you change the App Store?

How would you change the App Store?

The App Store revolutionized software, creating a safer, more unified, more convenient way to get apps onto our devices. So what needs to be revolutionized about the App Store? Prior to the App Store, anyone who wanted to get software—and it really wasn't that many people—had to hunt around the...
What would you change about the Home screen?

What would you change about the Home screen?

The app launcher as home screen dates all the way back to the Newton, but how much further should it go? There's a lot to recommend the iPhone-style Home screen. It's understandable to almost everyone, it's simple and predictable to use, and static icons are highly memorable and locatable. If...
What would you change about iTunes Music?

What would you change about iTunes Music?

Apple says music is in the company's DNA, but what needs to be in its music offering? The original iPhone shipped with an iPod app that played the music you synced over via USB from iTunes on the desktop. A half a year later it was joined by the iTunes Store app, and you could buy music directly...

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