No, Apple isn’t Killing Off iTunes Music Sales

9:55 AM, May. 12th, 2016 · · iObserver

The iTunes music store isn't shutting down

Apple is planning to stop selling music downloads in the next couple years to focus instead on its Apple Music streaming services, according to insiders claiming to know the company's plans. That sounds like a horrible plan, so it's a good thing it isn't true, and it may be time for a couple insider sources to start job hunting.

Disney Cancels That Thing It Pulled from Apple TV a Month Ago

7:39 PM, May. 10th, 2016 · · iObserver

Disney Infinity

Remember that thing Disney pulled from Apple TV? Disney Infinity? It was seen as a black spot on Apple TV's reputation, but Disney canceled the entire project Tuesday, and announced it was exiting the console gaming market altogether. It turns out it was never about Apple TV.

Hey FBI, India can Hack iPhones but Doesn’t Want Backdoors

9:56 AM, May. 10th, 2016 · · iObserver

India's government has its own iPhone hack

Maybe the FBI should team up with India because that country's government says it can hack into Apple's iPhones. Both think access to encrypted data in investigations is important, although India's government doesn't seem to be going to the same extremes to get it.

iKlips DUO iOS Flash Storage Solution: $71

5:02 PM, May. 9th, 2016 · · iObserver

iKlips DUO

We have a deal for you on the iKlips DUO, a new version of the Flash Storage Solution. It has a USB plug on one end and a Lightning connector on the other end so you can transfer files between devices. The iKlips DUO has a silicone body sleeve, and a redesigned Lightning port that fits more cases. We have deals starting at $71 on 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB.

Mr. Cook, Tear Down That App

1:14 PM, May. 9th, 2016 · · iObserver

Crude Mock-up

iTunes is a disaster. It’s been so overloaded that it's now become the flamebearer for bloat. Minor deck chair reshuffling will not be enough to make things right. iTunes needs to be broken up into about 6 separate applications to simplify it, reduce bloat, make it more manageable and make it approachable for mere mortals.

Apple Music Connect Joins Apple’s Legacy of Neglect

7:22 PM, May. 6th, 2016 · · iObserver

Apple Music Connect - Neglected

9to5Mac is reporting that Apple plans to "demote" Apple Music Connect, one of the most promising features of Apple Music. Whether or not that happens, Connect is one a long line of products and services that Apple has released, only to then neglect it, and Bryan Chaffin is pissy about it.

Nomad Stand for Apple Watch: $33.95

4:57 PM, May. 6th, 2016 · · iObserver

Nomad Stand for Apple Watch

Check out the Nomad Stand for Apple Watch. This charging stand has a bead along the back edge that holds your Apple Watch charging cable (there's an image of the back in the deal listing), and then the charging disk slips into a spot on the top. The base is made from a copper allow, and it sits on high-friction rubber. You can get it through our deal for $33.95.

Apple Watch iMessage Canned Responses Are Automatically Multilingual

6:24 PM, May. 5th, 2016 · · iObserver

Como Estas?

Did you know iMessages on your Apple Watch can be multilingual for you? Adam Christianson noted (and told em) that if you get an iMessage in a language other than your primary language on your Apple Watch, the canned responses when you hit "Reply" will automatically be in that same language.

How to Save Money on Subscriptions to Netflix, Pandora, and Other Services

5:50 PM, May. 5th, 2016 · · iObserver

Squeezing Netflix

Earlier this week, we explained some of the ways to get discounted iTunes Gift Cards. That saves you money on your iTunes Stores and App Store purchases, but you can also use it to save money on many subscriptions, including Netflix, Pandora, Spotify, and others, not to mention subscriptions to newspapers and magazines.

AluPen Digital Fine-Point Stylus: $34.95

5:18 PM, May. 5th, 2016 · · iObserver

AluPen Digital Fine-Point Stylus

We have a deal for you today on the AluPen Digital Fine-Point Stylus—as the name says, it's a fine point stylus designed to give you fine control over your work. You twist the stylus to reveal the nib, too, meaning it's protected inside the stylus when you're using it. Check out the details on the deal listing—our price is $34.95.