Another week is in the can, fellow iMorians! I hope you've all had a great week. A lot has happened since last week — some good, some bad.
First off, while I'm not a huge basketball fan these days (I used to be when I played in high school, but I eventually just became a lazier nerd than I would like to admit), it's truly sad what happened to Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant, and the other passengers last week. I used to watch Lakers games in the 2000s when I could, but I eventually got out of it, though Bryant was always an idol I could look up to. My husband, on the other hand, is a huge Laker and basketball fan in general, so I will watch with him at home.
We're deeply saddened by the tragic event from last Sunday. It came as a huge shock and I couldn't believe it at first — all I was thinking was, "This has to be hoax, right? No way he's gone."
But alas, it's true, and he'll forever be missed. We've been watching a lot of various Kobe Bryant clips and stuff on the television when it's on, but it still feels surreal. R.I.P Black Mamba and Mambacita.
In other news, Fantastical 3 launched this week on macOS and iOS, and raised some controversy among users. Our own Lory Gil reviewed it and gave it a glowing review, but I have since raised some concerns with how it seems like every app is moving towards a subscription-based business model.
I remember the good old days when apps were a one-time payment, and then you get minor updates for free, and then you'd probably have to pay for the next major version. It's a bit saddening to see that so many apps are going with subscriptions these days, and while I subscribe to the ones that have proven invaluable to do my job, even I'm reaching a breaking point. I see both points — from the frustrated users to developers who need to make money — but it's definitely a struggle to reach something that everyone can agree on.
And lastly, in a surprise move, Nintendo has officially announced a new Special Edition Nintendo Switch for Animal Crossing: New Horizons this week. This gorgeous Switch features pastel mint green and blue Joy-Cons that have a white back, a custom design on the back of the console, and it comes with a unique design Dock that has Tom Nook and Timmy & Tommy on a remote island. It's absolutely beautiful, and you bet your butt I pre-ordered one already! I also do love that this is the regular Switch, and not a Switch Lite.
It's just a shame that it doesn't come with a copy of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, though it's understandable since the console comes out before the game does. I also switched my Animal Crossing: New Horizons preorder from Amazon over to Target because that bonus journal with preorders is way too cute!
Until next time, iMorians.
- Christine Romero-Chan
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Christine Romero-Chan was formerly a Senior Editor for iMore. She has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently part of the Digital Trends team, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed.
When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.