8 Years After Launch, It’s an iPhone World

6:15 PM, Jun. 29th, 2015 · · iObserver

iPhone Birthday Cake

Apple shipped the first iPhone eight years ago today. It was June 29th, 2007. That's not so long ago, and yet it feels like forever because Apple has made this into an iPhone world. 

Music Just Isn’t Worth What It Used to Be

6:05 PM, Jun. 26th, 2015 · · iObserver

Music Just Isn't Worth What It Used to Be

How much is music worth? That question has been pushed to the foreground by Apple Music, Taylor Swift, and new cries that Apple is undervaluing artists. Bryan Chaffin says this battle has been brewing for a long time, and he doesn't think some artists will be happy where it leads.

MFi-Certified 10-Ft iOS Lightning Cable: $18.99

3:42 PM, Jun. 26th, 2015 · · iObserver

MFi-Certified 10-Ft iOS Lightning Cable: $18.99

We have a deal for you today on a 10-foot MFi-certified Lighting cable for $18.99. That's a penny less than Apple's 1-meter Lightning cable. It's available only in the U.S.—check out the deal listing for more automation.

Apple Pulls Games with Confederate Flags, but Leaves Games with Swastikas

11:05 AM, Jun. 26th, 2015 · · iObserver

Ultimate General: Gettysburg includes Confederate flags, Castle Wolfenstein includes swastikas

Apple is pulling games from the iPhone and iPad App Store that include Confederate battle flags in the wake of rising public distaste in the wake of recent hate motivated killings in South Carolina. While Confederate flags are disappearing from the App Store, however, apps with other symbols with hate-related symbols such as swastikas are still available.

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The Confederate battle flag was created and has represented racial hatred since its inception, so it's easy to see why Apple is taking a hard line stance in the App Store following the recent killings in South Carolina. It's odd, however, that Apple's anti-hate campaign is limited to only the one symbol instead of including others such as the Nazi swastika.

Satechi Bluetooth Home Button: $23

2:15 PM, Jun. 25th, 2015 · · iObserver

Satechi Bluetooth Home Button: $23

We have another very clever device for you today called the Satechi Bluetooth Home Button. It's a standalone Bluetooth button designed to activate Siri on your iPhone or iPad. More importantly, it comes with a mount for putting it on your car's steering wheel or your bicycle's handle bars. Clever clever clever! You can get it through our deal for just $23. Check out the deal page for more information.

Apple Maps: Reporting Incorrect Information

9:05 AM, Jun. 24th, 2015 · · iObserver

Have you found any issues with Apple Maps in your area? Maybe your local coffee shop is listed at the wrong address or certain search results are incorrect, for example? Well, in this Quick Tip, we're going to tell you how to report the problem to Apple (and why you should definitely take the time to do so!).

Google Play Music Launches ‘Free Music For Everything You Do’

4:46 PM, Jun. 23rd, 2015 · · iObserver

Google Play Music Launches 'Free Music For Everything You Do'

Google on Tuesday launched a free, ad-supported version of Play Music, the company's streaming music service. Using the tagline "Free Music For Everything You Do," the service adds a free service to complement the US$9.99 subscription service it has offered for the last two years—and in case it escaped your notice, the service was launched just one week before Apple launches Apple Music.

Eddy Cue Says Taylor Swift’s Letter Solidified Shift in Apple Music Policy

6:25 PM, Jun. 22nd, 2015 · · iObserver

Eddy Cue Says Taylor Swift's Letter Solidified Shift in Apple Music Policy

Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Services and Software Eddy Cue told Billboard magazine that Taylor Swift's open letter "solidified" the need to change Apple Music's artist compensation plan. He said that Apple had been discussing the issue for the last week, but that her letter helped push them to make the decision.