iMore show 555: Like Watch Band Amiibo

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LivePhotosKit is here but is it too late? NikeLab has its own Apple Watch, but who will buy it? The environment vs. thinner tech, Apple's Earth Day Challenge. Plus, yes, the new Star Wars trailer.

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Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

  • I think "Clarus" (the Dogcow) should be an Easter egg option for the name of Apple's rumoured Home controller. Who's with me? :-)
  • I've switched over exclusively to Apple Maps. I live in New York City, and the number of people here has definitely made the data great again. The accuracy of the traffic information is something I have only ever dreamed of. Quite literally you can look at the map and see where the traffic lights are because you'll see short red lines at intersections. The Long Island Expressway's nickname is "The World's Longest Parking Lot". And apple maps, let's me navigate around the problem spots with certainty I've never before hoped for. Then there's the integration with the watch that no one else can do, getting a tap on the wrist when I need to make a turn can be the difference between missing an exit, and getting there on time. And being able to just ask Siri for "directions home" is fantastic. I've also found errors in both Google, Waze, and Apple's point of interest data. Often it's a place that's mis-located by a 1/4 mile or so. I've tried to submit updates to get those things corrected. But Apple makes it so easy to do. You just drop a pin on the location and submit a description of the problem. Then here's the key advantage. Apple will actually fix the problem, and e-mail you back once it's done. I Google still wins with point of interest, and street view data. But for actually navigating there once you have the address, I'll go with Apple maps now, every time. And I've had friends in the area see an Apple car loaded with cameras and other equipment driving around their neighborhoods. It wouldn't be a huge leap to assume that Apple will be adding street view in addition to their already excellent satellite view real soon now.