On this Wednesday, we celebrate the end of the 16GB iPhone and get concerned that the MacBook Air’s days are numbered too. We also take another look at Apple’s possible purchase of Tidal in today’s look at the world of technology.
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The 16GB iPhone is dead, but …
The Wall Street Journal has now 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.
Not surprisingly, someone is already unhappy about this bit of news. Gizmodo’s Stan Schroeder believes that 32GB isn’t enough for most users. He’s probably right. Still, moving from 16GB to 32GB is still a step in the right direction, no?
More on Apple and Tidal
We’ve received no official word that Apple is buying Tidal, but Forbes has published an excellent article on what the acquisition could mean for Apple Music. The bottom line: It’s all the original content, folks.
They explain the purchase “could give Apple a leg up over larger rival Spotify (30 million paying subscribers), which has noted that it would not engage in the exclusive content model. If Apple does buy Tidal, there’s a good possibility that it could become the go-to streaming platform for new music.”
China is falling out of love with Apple
Apple has made a huge push into China in recent years as the Red Dragon has become the largest consumer market in the world. It looks like that push hasn’t been working, at least in the short-term, according to Bloomberg.
In May, Apple’s share of the smartphone market in China slipped to fifth place to 10.8 percent, compared to 12 percent a year earlier. Meanwhile, Chinese vendor Huawei Technologies Co. increased its lead to 17.3 percent. Local brands Huawei, Vivo, Oppo, and Xiaomi, are now the top four smartphone makers in China with a combined market share of 53 percent.
Apple is expected to unveil new iPhones in September.
The new Iron Man isn’t a man at all. (She’s a woman!)
Here are other topics now being discussed online:
Today, July 6 is International Kissing Day and National Fried Chicken Day.
Rewind: In the first All-Star game in Major League Baseball in 1933, the American League beat the National league, 5-2.
Have a few more minutes? Check out these other stories making news:
- Verizon confirms new plans with higher prices, more data, CNET
- The MacBook Air will likely never get an update, Mashable
- Alibaba unveils its first smart car — and it’s available for pre-order now, TechCrunch
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