iOS 8 will be released sometime today – a few thoughts and a word of warning regarding iCloud Drive.
New iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, WATCH, etc. Yeah the usual stuff. Looks great. Can’t wait to upgrade to an iPhone 6 this month. Read Macstories review for more on that.
What was really exciting and surprising for me was the fact that U2 performed at the end of the keynote. They performed a new song, The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone), and announced that they were giving away their new album to all iTunes account holders. Go here to get it for free via iTunes.
Shipping their new album through iTunes to 500 million potential listeners is a big deal. To put that into perspective, ‘No Line on the Horizon’, U2’s previous album, sold 1.1 million copies in the U.S.
The album will be available to everyone who doesn’t have an iTunes account in mid-October:
On Oct. 14, the 11-song “Songs of Innocence” will be released (including a deluxe version with four additional tracks) through other physical and online retailers. The album was recorded in Dublin, London, New York and Los Angeles, and produced by Danger Mouse and other producers.
Exciting times ahead if you believe Bono the salesman:
We’re collaborating with Apple on some cool stuff over the next couple of years, innovations that will transform the way music is listened to and viewed. We’ll keep you posted. If you like Songs of Innocence, stay with us for Songs of Experience. It should be ready soon enough… although I know I’ve said that before…
I love the brutal honesty/vanity/everything in the last paragraph:
I hope after listening to our new long player a few times, you’ll understand why it took so long. We really went there… it’s a very, very personal album. Apologies if that gets excruciating… actually, I take that back. No apologies if it gets excruciating. What’s the point in being in U2 if you can’t go there?
Gotta go back and listen for the second time and see what grows one me.
Professional Live Blorging Admin Chris Enns, esquire.
John Gruber does one of his patented throwaway comments that could be telling his readers actual details:
The only way this could get funnier would be if it doesn’t even ship until after Apple announces their wrist wearable thing next month.
It’s Friday afternoon and I’m late for a family supper but why not throw some prognostication about the Apple wearable device onto the fire before I leave?
Why a Wearable?
I still have a hard time seeing Apple releasing something wearable. As a friend and I talked about it we realized Apple has finally convinced most of us to not wear a watch anymore because why bother? The iPhone in your pocket is a better watch, among other things, than any watch we’d be able to afford. And now you’re telling me Apple is going to try and convince me to start wearing a watch again?
What is that Thing?
Apple’s never been afraid to go double back on previous plans if new ideas emerge. I don’t see a lot of people with Fitbit’s on in regular society, but the number is certainly growing. The health/fitness angle on some sort of wearable has to be an attractive market to play in for Apple on many levels. Not the least of which is the new Health app coming in iOS8. They’re going to need some sort of thing to collect more data on you than just your iPhone would provide – never mind all those people who just have an iPad.
This calm before the potential storm of whatever hardware Apple may come out with is typically a very exciting time – see pre iPhone, iPad, etc. days – but the wearable discussion has a general feeling of so what?
It’s hard to get excited for an inanimate thing that will just sit on my wrist and collect data about me. It’d be a little easier if I thought they’d actually put a screen/interface on their wearable but I just figure out how or why they’d want to do that. The iPhone makes a perfect screen and interface for that already.
We will of course have to wait and see what happens on September 9th, 2014 at the rumoured Apple event. New iPhones to be sure. iOS 8 availability announcement likely.
Will there be one more thing?
A great article by Jason Snell at Macworld on the 30th anniversary of the Mac:
“Every company that made computers when we started the Mac, they’re all gone,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, in an interview on Apple’s Cupertino campus Thursday.
And where the Mac is headed now in 2014:
“There is a super important role [for the Mac] that will always be,” Schiller said. “We don’t see an end to that role. There’s a role for the Mac as far as our eye can see. A role in conjunction with smartphones and tablets, that allows you to make the choice of what you want to use.
I really like that phrase – “as far as our eye can see” – because it says there’s a long future for the Mac but we can only see so far. Who can really know what’s going to come.