CareKit’s Strong Suit may be Peer Support Apps

10:50 AM, Apr. 28th, 2016 · · iObserver

CareKit apps hit the App Store

Apple introduced its CareKit platform in March, and now apps that take advantage of its features are rolling out on the App Store. The first four apps tasking advantage of CareKit are Glow Nurture, Glow Baby, One Drop, and Start. That's great for doctors, but could be even bigger for health and fitness apps and peer support.

BOBINE BLACKOUT Flexible iPhone Charging Dock: $29.99

4:06 PM, Apr. 27th, 2016 · · iObserver

BOBINE BLACKOUT Flexible iPhone Charging Dock on an iMac

Check out the BOBINE BLACKOUT, a flexible charging dock for your iPhone that supports the device wherever you use it. It comes with a USB mount, an auto-mount, and an extender cable. You can get this device through our deal for $29.99, some 40 percent off retail.

Apple Music’s 13M Subscribers Take Away a Little of Q2’s Sting

7:06 PM, Apr. 26th, 2016 · · iObserver

Apple Music numbers are on the rise even as overall company numbers declined

Apple's numbers were down across the board for its 2016 second fiscal quater, but music numbers were up. Apple Music showed a nice increase to 13 million subscribers compared 11 million in February, and that helped bring an end to what has been a declining market segment for the iPhone and Mac maker.

Monet Stylus Designed to Feel Like a Paintbrush: $14.99

5:54 PM, Apr. 22nd, 2016 · · iObserver

Monet Stylus being used on an iPad

Check out the Monet Stylus, a stylus for your iPad that is designed to be held and feel like a paintbrush. It's made of brushed aluminum, features a pressure-sensitive tip, and it has a 165° writing angle. We have a deal on this device for $14.99. Get more details in the listing.

iRig Mic Field Audio Recorder for iOS Devices: $74.99

2:57 PM, Apr. 21st, 2016 · · iObserver

iRig Mic Field on iPhone

I love it when we can post a deal for a product or service I've written about, like IK Multimedia's iRig Mic Field, a LIghtning-port audio recorder for iOS devices. It rotates 90 degrees for more precise positioning, and it has its own headphone jack for monitoring what you're recording. The LED indicator is also multicolored for monitoring your levels. This device retails for $100, but you can get it through our deal for $74.99.

The Possible End of Apps as We Know Them

2:30 PM, Apr. 18th, 2016 · · iObserver

Chatbots vs apps

WIth over 1.5 miilion apps in the Apple App Store, where will it all end? Someday, we might not even need to run apps. That is, if chatbots do what we think they might be able to do. 

Apple Might Turn Back to Glass Case for Futuristic iPhone in 2017

8:00 AM, Apr. 18th, 2016 · · iObserver

It's Cloudy

Apple could turn to a page from yesteryear when it comes to the next major form factor change in the iPhone, according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo [via 9to5Mac]. The analyst said that Apple is planning to ditch aluminum for an iPhone refresh and return to an all-glass enclosure—but interestingly he says Apple will do so in 2017. 

Kanye’s New ‘Saint Pablo’ Exclusively on Apple Music

9:22 AM, Apr. 15th, 2016 · · iObserver

Kanye's

Remember how Kanye West said "never never never" about streaming his "Life of Pablo" album on Apple Music, and then he did? Now you can stream his new song, "Saint Pablo," exclusively on Apple Music—it isn't available on Tidal. I don't think this word "never" means what he thinks it means.