Wednesday, July 30, 2021, is the last day customers can activate certain new devices and get Apple TV+ free for twelve months.
Bryan Chaffin and Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus have both spent time with the HomePod mini, and they offer their thoughts on what it sounds like, where it’s useful, and who should consider it. They also talk about the value of Apple’s Arcade, especially now that it’s part of Apple One. They also talk about the power of Apple’s new M1 Macs, and discuss if people should buy Intel Macs at all any more.
Apple TV+ has turned one, and it could barely have picked or more tumultuous or, perhaps, fortuitous, time to begin operating.
The Apple One services bundles are now available – with three different tiers encompassing comprising of different options.
The various Apple One services bundles will become available on Friday, October 30, 2020, with Fitness+ following later this quarter.
Regarding Apple’s MacBook Air future, there is a case to be made that it will soon no longer fit in Apple’s lineup.
While the brief (for Apple) 1-hour broadcast focused on hardware, Bob LeVitus noted that it also included a couple of surprising announcements about Apple’s subscription service offerings.
Spotify doesn’t like the Apple One bundle, saying that Apple is abusing its dominant market position.
Once again, Apple is using its dominant position and unfair practices to disadvantage competitors and deprive consumers by favoring its own services. We call on competition authorities to act urgently to restrict Apple’s anti-competitive behavior, which if left unchecked, will cause irreparable harm to the developer community and threaten our collective freedoms to listen, learn, create, and connect.
Bundles save people money, therefore bundles are good for customers. As for competitors? At least Apple pays artists more. As for the dominant position claim, as of 2019 Apple Music has more paid subscribers in the U.S., but Spotify has more paid users in the world. As Neil Cybart said, this is just guerilla warfare of companies piling on against Apple because they’re not making as much money. As I say, cutthroat capitalism.
Apple has taken direct aim at Peloton unveiling its new Fitness+ service that is based around the Apple Watch.