USB-C vs Lightning for iDevice, Fender amps, iOS KeyChain, Watch passes FitBit, HomeKit opportunity

Fender’s latest amps let you change their presets with smartphones

Apple Insider thinks Apple will stick with Lightning over USB-C in the new ‘iPhone 8’ — A new iPhone is coming and it is probably loaded with all the technology Apple can bring to bear, but “iPhone 8” will probably be missing USB-C when it launches. AppleInsider explains why Apple will probably stick with Lightning for at least another year. [I don’t think this is overwhelmingly convincing. The only real difficulty I see is someone plugging a Mac charger into an iPhone or iPad by mistake if it’s USB-C …]

Fender intros iPhone-connected Mustang GT guitar amps with preset sharing — Fender has launched a new line of guitar amps, the Mustang GT series, notable for including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth —which not only enables streaming music, but changing presets via an associated iPhone and Android app, Fender Tone.

The Mac Observer’s advice on iCloud Keychain — You have so many passwords for way too many websites. How do you keep track of them all on your iPhone or iPad? One way you can ease the pain of password management is by using iCloud Keychain to remember all of your Safari logins on all of your devices. Here’s how to enable the feature under iOS 10. [Really be sure of your password for iCloud before you try this!]

Apple overtakes Fitbit to become world’s largest wearables vendor, study says — Citing a boom in Apple Watch sales, market research firm Strategy Analytics in a report said Apple has overtaken Fitbit to become the world’s largest wearables vendor for the first quarter of 2017.

More than 100 million U.S. households don’t have a smart home device — Seems there’s plenty of room for the Apple HomeKit market to grow. Research from Parks Associatesshows that more than 100 million US households didn’t have a smart home device at the end of 2016.
Apple’s HomeKit is a framework that allows control of compatible home automation devices through iOS and Siri.
Analysts at Parks Research say that reaching those households with no smart phone devices will require continued investments to create unique and personalized consumer experiences.

600th item of iOS news — Pretty good, huh? All that work for free for you, and that’s just since I switched to WordPress. MacNZ was running years before that, since 2007 in fact.