iOS predictions, Apple Music #9, expanding AirPods capacity, FaceTime controversy, RollerCoaster Tycoon, iPhone production in India


Will 2017 be a rollercoaster?
Will 2017 be a rollercoaster?

Dennis Sellers also predicts for iPhone, iPad, iOS — “The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus (I don’t think they’ll be dubbed iPhone 10 and 10 Plus, even though 2017 is the 10th anniversary of Apple’s smartphone) will debut in September. They’ll have a glass casing, a bezel-less form factor, and wireless charging.” And there’s more.
[Personally, I don’t care about wireless charging. It’s slow and inconsistent, and I imagine a little hit and miss and perhaps even dangerous.]

Apple Music was number nine among the top smartphone apps of 2016 — Apple Music landed on the number nine spot of the 10 top smartphone apps of 2016, according to a Nielsen survey. The research group says it had over 68 million average unique users. That’s up 20% year-over-year.

Inventec expanding its capacity to met AirPod demand — Apple CEO Tim Cook has called the AirPods a “runaway success,” and maybe he’s not exaggerating. Apple is seeing strong demand for the wireless earpieces during the year-end holidays and its strong sales are expected to benefit the device’s manufacturer Inventec, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report (as noted by DigiTimes).

Family blames Apple’s FaceTime for their daughter’s death — A family grieving the death of their daughter wants Apple held accountable for encouraging distracted driving with its FaceTime app, in a lawsuit filed Friday in Santa Clara County Superior Court. FaceTime is a videoconferencing app that Apple includes with its iOS and Mac devices.  [It wasn’t their daughter FaceTiming, but the driver of the vehicle that slammed into their car.]

Review: ‘RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic’ for iOS is faithful port of ’90s title — Attention computer gamers from the ’90s and early ’00s: Atari has launched its third try with the RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise, and AppleInsider will tell you how well the port of the early titles in the series has transferred over to mobile, as well as explore if the game is worth the relatively steep price tag for mobile, or not. (NZ$8.99/US$5.99 from the App Store.)

Apple rumored to begin iPhone production in India by end of 2017 — Amid rumours that Apple is ramping up efforts to sell its wares in India, a report claims the company is “very serious” about starting up iPhone production operations in the country by the end of 2017.

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