Apple kills iPod nano, iPod shuffle lines after nearly 12 years of service — Ending an era, the iPod nano and iPod shuffle have been officially discontinued, leaving only the A8 iPod touch as the sole survivor of the iPod line.
Apple has offset the loss of the legacy iPods by doubling the capacity of the iPod touch to 32 gigabytes for NZ$319/US$199, or 128 gigabytes for NZ$479/US$299. The touch still has the same A8 processor, but the 16- and 64-gigabyte models have been deleted from the simplified lineup. [The touch is basically an iPhone without calling. In a WiFi zone it can message, get email and browse the ’net, and it can of course run most apps.]
Apple iOS App Store continues dominance over Google Play in earnings battle, gap widening — While iOS App Store purchase volume may be losing ground from a marketshare perspective by number of downloads, Apple continues to dominate the market in consumer spending by a wide margin and is still growing.
Meanwhile, Google plans to merge Play Music & YouTube Red into new service, creating a stronger service in the face of competition like the increasingly video-saturated Apple Music.
Hands-on with iOS 11’s new Document Scanner — When iOS 11 debuts this fall, users will be able to take advantage of a new feature in the Notes app that automatically senses and scans documents, makes crops, adjusts image settings to remove tilt and glare, and allows on-the-fly markups using a finger or Apple Pencil. AppleInsider goes hands on with the function in this video.
Aha’s Take On Me recreated on ARKit — Trixi Studios has recreated the hand sketched style from the 1980’s A-ha Take On Me music video, but instead of working with a series of drawings they let ARKit do the heavy lifting.
Unlike Roomba, Apple confirms it won’t upload, share or sell your home data from HomePod — With vacuum maker iRobot looking to sell user’s house maps to smart home vendors, an AppleInsider reader asked Apple what it planned to do with data collected by the HomePod’s room mapping technology. Unsurprisingly, Apple confirmed it has no intention of saving or sharing information about a user’s home layout.
GoPro launches QuikStories automated video creation tool, rebrands GoPro app — Camera manufacturer GoPro on Thursday officially launched QuikStories, a video creation solution that automatically pulls content off Hero 5 and Hero 5 Session cameras and generates custom movies complete with special effects, music syncing and more.