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This 64-bit driver kit from iFixit has all the regular screwdriver bits you might need, but it also has multiple Torx and Torx Security bits, Pentalobe bits (like Apple uses), JIS bits, Tri-points, and more. It comes with its own driver, and there's sorting tray built into the lid. I've bought a couple of toolkits from iFixit, and I love them. We have a deal on this one for $34.95.
Bryan Chaffin is joined by John Kheit to talk about the state of music at Apple, including iTunes, rumored changes to iTunes, and where they'd like to see it go. They also discuss the value of music downloads and who is driving the push towards streaming services (Bryan says it's consumers and John screams something about getting the kids off his lawn).
We have a deal for you today on PowerTime, an Apple Watch charging dock that also has three USB ports for charging your other devices. It's a smart charger, too, meaning it delivers the right amount of current for whatever's plugged into it. You can get PowerTime through our deal for $39, which is 20 percent off list.
iTunes rumors are swirling for next week's Apple World Wide Developer Conference, including reports of a new iTunes release for the next update of OS X. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Bryan Chaffin to discuss what is likely to come and what they wish would come.
Google released a new iOS app Wednesday called Motion Stills that makes animated GIFs from Live Photos. While GIFs are inferior to Live Photos in terms of colors and image quality, they have the huge advantage of being seen by anyone on just about any device—Live Photos are supported on a subset of Apple devices. Motion Stills is also using some image stabilization sauce to make the resulting images as good as they can be in the animated GIF format. Users can share to their preferred messaging app, and you can combine Motion Stills with a swipe. I haven't had time to play with the app yet, so I have no idea what that means, but hey, you can do it. The image below is an animated GIF courtesy of Google.
Microsoft is getting in on Apple's WWDC action with a major party on Monday, June 13th. The company announced the shindig on behalf of itself and Xamarin, a Microsoft-owned company that provides development tools to iOS, Android, and Windows, and all tickets were snapped up in hours.
Check this out: Tendigi has figured out how to (sort of) run Android on an iPhone. I say sort of and you maybe say "Why?" but whatever your feelings about Android, it's a nifty accomplishment detailed on the company's blog (via Engadget). Here's the super short version: they built a dedicated version of Android that would run on a custom logic board that was then built into a 3D printed case. Stay with me. That custom version of Android was built to send its information to an iPhone display via the gray cable you can see in the video below. On the iPhone side, they made their own custom iOS app that would display the information from the Android install and send touch-input back to it. So really, they're streaming Android on an iPhone, not running it on an iPhone, but like I said, it's an intensely geeky accomplishment. Check out the details on that blog post.
Check out this compilation video of amazing drone shots from the 2016 New York City Drone Film Festival. They're gorgeous shots, but what really interests me is how drone photography is not only democratizing the kind of shots that could once have been made only with helicopters or expensive cranes, but is also bringing entirely new shots and perspectives that were previously impossible by any means. The volcano shot particularly blew me away.
I like wood. Go ahead. I'll wait for you to work through all the jokes circulating through your mind. OK, done? When I was a kid I obsessed over wooden pens. It was about the finest thing I could imagine owning because them's were simpler times. Cut to today, and there are a few companies making wood cases for iPhone. I think they're beautiful. Pad & Quill has a case called Woodline that is a sheet of kevlar that is sandwiched by two layers of hardwood. The wood is hand-sanded to a satin finish, and the company has that craftsperson initial the case they worked on. The promo video below talks about the manufacturing process and shows several different finishes that are available. Woodline is priced at $49.95 for iPhone 6/6s and iPhone 6/6s Plus.
Mashable published an excellent piece based on an interview with Phil Schiller, Apple Senior Vice President Worldwide Marketing, and John Ternus, Vice President of Mac and iPad Engineering. You should read the whole thing, and to get you motivated to do so, Bryan Chaffin gathered five things he learned about Apple from the piece.