The United States experienced plenty of fireworks during the Independence Day holiday week — some good, many others bad. Things were mostly quiet on the technology front, although Apple did release the company’s long-awaited next round of software betas.
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A week for new betas
On Tuesday, July 5, Apple unveiled new developer betas for iOS 10, macOS Sierra, tvOS 10, and watchOS 3. One day later, the first public betas for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra arrived. Those not willing to jump on the beta train will receive the new software versions this fall.
iPhone 7 mockup by Martin Hajek
The death of the 16GB iPhone
The Wall Street Journal has confirmed that Apple is no longer going to produce 16GB iOS devices beginning this fall with the “iPhone 7.” Instead, the lowest priced smartphone is said to feature 32GB of storage.
There are differing views on whether this possible change is good for consumers. In a post for Forbes, Gordon Kelly says yes.
Not so fast, says Gizmodo’s Stan Schroeder, who believes that 32GB is still not enough.
On the App Store
In recent months, we’ve introduced App Collections, which is where you’ll find the most impressive apps and games on the App Store. Take a look at our newest lists:
- Great Alternatives To Apple’s Camera App
- The Apps + Messages App Drawer for iOS 10
- Download Apps to Entertain and Educate Your Toddler
- The Hottest New Apps on the App Store
- Best Movie Apps for Apple TV
- Wake Up on Time With These Great Alarm Clock Apps
- Get Things Done With Our 5 Favorite To-Do Apps
- The Best TV Tracking App for iPhone
- Help Kids Learn the Alphabet on an iPhone or iPad
Christine Chan reviews new App Store titles
Noodlecake has nailed it again with the super polished graphics, awesome soundtrack, intuitive controls, and challenging courses and content. Plus, all bases are covered with both online and local multiplayer, and daily levels that test your skill. Seriously, what isn’t there to love about this game?- Christine Chan on Super Stickman Golf 3
Our short week for reviews features a new golf game and photo editor:
Wearables and Other Accessory News
One of our favorite headphone makers, Masters & Dynamic, announced a new promotion for Spotify users who just happen to love The Rolling Stones.
Selected Spotify superfans of the iconic band in the United States and the United Kingdom will be able to purchase limited-edition headphones for $499. Only 1,962 will be available to commemorate the year the band formed.
Starting on Wednesday, July 13, the general public will be allowed the chance to pick up and remaining stock.
In other accessory news:
The Week Ahead
Microsoft hosts the company’s Worldwide Partner Conference beginning today, July 10 through Thursday, July 14. This year’s event is being held in Toronto, Canada.
Finally, Wonder Women Tech begins on July 15. The three-day event highlights, educates, and celebrates women and diversity in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) innovation and entrepreneurialism.
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