Indie Labels and Musicians Balk at Apple Music Terms, Apple Denies iTunes Threat

6:58 PM, Jun. 19th, 2015 · · iObserver

Indie Labels and Musicians Balk Against Apple Music Terms, Apple Denies iTunes Threat

Anton Newcombe of the band Brian Jonestown Massacre (BJM) recently took to Twitter complaining that Apple had threatened to pull his music from iTunes if he didn't sign up to be a part of Apple Music streaming. Mr. Newcombe's comments have circulated widely, but Apple issued a statement to Rolling Stone on Friday saying, "[Indie music] will not be taken off."

Mammoth Interactive iOS and Swift Bootcamp: $99

4:13 PM, Jun. 19th, 2015 · · iObserver

Mammoth Interactive iOS and Swift Bootcamp: $99

You know Dad's always wanted to learn how to code "some day," now here's your chance to help him along this Father's Day. We have a deal on the Mammoth Interactive iOS & Swift Bootcamp, a package of training courses for Apple's Swift programming language in iOS. It retails for $2,956, but through our deal you can get it for $99. He'll build over 70 apps during the course with 80 hours of video content. Check out the deal page for more information.

Apple Quietly Kills Original iPad mini

10:30 AM, Jun. 19th, 2015 · · iObserver

Good bye, first generation iPad mini

The original iPad—the iPad model you probably didn't realize Apple still made—unceremoniously vanished from Apple's online store early Friday morning. The original 7.9-inch iPad first went on sale in late 2012, and was the last of the non-Retina resolution devices in Apple's iOS product lineup.

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The original iPad mini is still a great little tablet, but it's just too far out of Apple's current spec lineup to keep making. At least it'll run iOS 9 this fall, so there's a little consolation for those of us who are still rocking a first gen model.

Apple Is Making a Healthy Profit on Apple Watch Bands

2:25 PM, Jun. 18th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple is raking in the profits with its Apple Watch Bands, according to a report from IHS research. In one case, an entry level sort band that sells for US$49 costs just $2.05 to make. Many factors likely come into play in this pricing decision. 

Apple Watch Sales Estimates Hit 2.79M

1:59 PM, Jun. 18th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple Watch sales estimated at 2.79 million units so far

Apple has sold an estimated 2.79 million Apple Watches since it first went on sale about two months ago. Those sales will add up to some nice profits for Apple, especially since 20 percent of those include extra wrist bands that reportedly sport hefty margins.

Apple Watch Now Available in Apple Stores

9:01 AM, Jun. 18th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple Watch is now available for in store purchase

Apple's website isn't the only place where you can buy an Apple Watch. The company launched in store sales Thursday morning, finally giving customers shopping for a new smartwatch the opportunity for some instant gratification.

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Apple said in store sales were coming in June, and it's nice to see the company follow through on that promise. Looks like some of those inventory issues are finally under control.

One Month Report: Why I’m Loving my Apple Watch

4:30 PM, Jun. 17th, 2015 · · iObserver

The Apple Watch is designed for a division of labor. It provides information on your wrist, with a glance, that's not as easy to access when the iPhone is on its charger in another room. This is the fundamental feature of the Apple Watch for John Martellaro. He wonders how others missed that idea.

Pluto Safari iOS App Lets You Experience the July Flyby

2:10 PM, Jun. 17th, 2015 · · iObserver

After a nine year journey, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will arrive at Pluto on July 14. The Pluto Safari iOS app from Simulation Curriculum has all the details: news, the spacecraft's timeline, current location, various views from different locations and a countdown timer. John Martellaro takes a quick look at this terrific free app. 

Braided 10-Foot MFi-Certified Lightning Cable: $19.99

4:06 PM, Jun. 16th, 2015 · · iObserver

Braided 10-Foot MFi-Certified Lightning Cable: $19.99

Check out this deal on a braided, 10-foot MFi-Certfiied Lightning cable. It retails for $30, but through us you can get it for $19.99. Compare that to a three-foot and change cable from Apple for $19, and that's not braided. 

Use Your Apple Watch to Find Your iPhone

10:32 AM, Jun. 16th, 2015 · · iObserver

Use Apple Watch's Ping feature to find your iPhone

Now that I have an Apple Watch I find I pay less attention to where I set my iPhone at home, which means I'm regularly forgetting where it is. Luckily, Apple Watch has a simple Find My iPhone-like Ping feature that makes it easy to figure out where you left your phone.