Things get a little too convenient this week on Tehran [Apple TV+ recap] ★★

Apple TV+ show Tehran puts its second-season plot in motion this week, but the Israeli espionage drama keeps making bizarre missteps in its pursuit of pulse-pounding thrills, twists and turns.

Manjar steps into Farraz’s home in the perfect disguise, Tamar tries out her new character, Milad almost screws everything up for all of them.

Everybody’s tense and everybody’s guilty, as usual. And Tehran continues to benefit from good performances, tight editing and solid music and sound design, which keep every nail-biting scene running efficiently. But is that enough to save the show from an increasingly blinkered perspective?

Tehran recap: ‘PTSD’

In this week’s episode of Tehran, entitled “PTSD,” Mossad agent Tamar Rabinyan (played by Niv Sultan) is ready to put the next phase of her plan into action. She plans to get in good with thug Vahid Nemati (Sia Alipour), so she can edge closer to Peyman Mohammadi (Darius Homayoun), the son of Revolutionary Guards commander Qassem Mohammadi (Vassilis Koukalani). Then she will kill Qassem and presumably retire.

Of course, we all know how that story tends to go. Before she’s even started on her plan to cozy up to the criminal element that will be her ticket to salvation, there’s a fly in the ointment: Her boyfriend Milad Kahani (Shervin Alenabi).

Last week, Milad killed a low-level drug pusher. The Iranians put the squeeze on the dealer, who then ran to punish Milad for involving him in the situation. So now there’s a body to bury. Milad’s wigging out because he feels guilty, and Tamar’s handler Marjan Montazemi (Glenn Close) doesn’t trust him.

Dueling agendas

Thankfully Marjan’s got her own operation going to keep her busy. Namely pretending to be from Veterans Affairs so she can act as Faraz Kamali’s (Shaun Toub) and his wife Naahid’s (Shila Ommi) psychiatrist. Naahid’s been going out of her mind lately due to Faraz’s firing (and the sense that her safety and sanity come last to him).

It takes Naahid a minute to admit it and let her guard down but she’s grateful for the opportunity to talk. Faraz is immediately suspicious, but naturally, Marjan’s been working her alias for years, so it’s meant to look watertight when he does a background check on her.

Tamar’s first stop is the gym where Vahid works, and in zero time flat she’s got an invite to lunch at his place. She charmed him when he visited their apartment enough that she can afford to become point man in the operation, allowing Milad more time to fret at home.

Finally, Milad goes to his murder victim’s apartment, loots his safe and steals his dog and car. Faraz doesn’t arrive in time to catch him. Then, Milad shows up at Vahid’s house with the money (blowing her cover in front of him), thinking that with the money they can vanish, without knowing (or not wanting to put it together) that they’re in way too deep to get out now.

Iran and England is not exactly a love story, is it?

This episode of Tehran has its fair share of big problems. The Iranian cops sent to chase Milad and Tamar in the stolen car wind up shooting the cute little French bulldog because it won’t stop barking. I don’t buy that for a second — the thing is the size of a squirrel. It just seems like another opportunity to paint the Iranians as the real villains of the show, even though our “hero” is trying to assassinate the head of the Iranian military.

Tehran hasn’t completely abandoned the “both sides are bad” perspective on paper. However, it does take every opportunity to paint the Iranians as a little more stupid, and a little more violent, than the Israeli agents at the heart of the show.

And then Milad leaves the stolen money in the car when they flee. That’s a lot of convenience. Plus, when Marjan is interviewing Naahid, the writers make a pretty odd language mistake. She asks Naahid about Farraz taking his old job the second Mohammadi asked him to.

“He could have said no … couldn’t’ve he?” she asks Naahid. That’s torturous, even for TV writers. Glenn Close is always a welcome addition to any ensemble (and indeed she’s been doing typically great work otherwise). But she’s usually got slightly better instincts than to let something like that go.

How convenient …

The episode also suffers from plot convenience of the highest order. Within one episode of announcing her intentions to use Milad to get to Vahid to get to Peyman to get to Qassem, Tamar’s already three-quarters of the way to her objective.

It’s not that I don’t buy rich guys are horndog idiots who’d let a pretty girl do anything. It’s just that the show makes the world of Iranian politics much much smaller than I imagine it actually feels. I could have used a little more in the way of active obstacles instead of behavioral ones (like Milad’s insistence, stubbornness, idiocy and jealousy – again a lot).

Still, I won’t lie and say I don’t want to know what happens in next week’s episode of Tehran.

★★☆☆☆

Watch Tehran on Apple TV+

New episodes of Tehran arrive each Friday on Apple TV+.

Rated: TV-MA

Watch on: Apple TV+

Scout Tafoya is a film and TV critic, director and creator of the long-running video essay series The Unloved for RogerEbert.com. He has written for The Village Voice, Film Comment, The Los Angeles Review of Books and Nylon Magazine. He is the author of Cinemaphagy: On the Psychedelic Classical Form of Tobe Hooper, the director of 25 feature films, and the director and editor of more than 300 video essays, which can be found at Patreon.com/honorszombie.

This article was originally posted here

Things get a little too convenient this week on Tehran [Apple TV+ recap] ★★

Apple TV+ show Tehran puts its second-season plot in motion this week, but the Israeli espionage drama keeps making bizarre missteps in its pursuit of pulse-pounding thrills, twists and turns.

Manjar steps into Farraz’s home in the perfect disguise, Tamar tries out her new character, Milad almost screws everything up for all of them.

Everybody’s tense and everybody’s guilty, as usual. And Tehran continues to benefit from good performances, tight editing and solid music and sound design, which keep every nail-biting scene running efficiently. But is that enough to save the show from an increasingly blinkered perspective?

Tehran recap: ‘PTSD’

In this week’s episode of Tehran, entitled “PTSD,” Mossad agent Tamar Rabinyan (played by Niv Sultan) is ready to put the next phase of her plan into action. She plans to get in good with thug Vahid Nemati (Sia Alipour), so she can edge closer to Peyman Mohammadi (Darius Homayoun), the son of Revolutionary Guards commander Qassem Mohammadi (Vassilis Koukalani). Then she will kill Qassem and presumably retire.

Of course, we all know how that story tends to go. Before she’s even started on her plan to cozy up to the criminal element that will be her ticket to salvation, there’s a fly in the ointment: Her boyfriend Milad Kahani (Shervin Alenabi).

Last week, Milad killed a low-level drug pusher. The Iranians put the squeeze on the dealer, who then ran to punish Milad for involving him in the situation. So now there’s a body to bury. Milad’s wigging out because he feels guilty, and Tamar’s handler Marjan Montazemi (Glenn Close) doesn’t trust him.

Dueling agendas

Thankfully Marjan’s got her own operation going to keep her busy. Namely pretending to be from Veterans Affairs so she can act as Faraz Kamali’s (Shaun Toub) and his wife Naahid’s (Shila Ommi) psychiatrist. Naahid’s been going out of her mind lately due to Faraz’s firing (and the sense that her safety and sanity come last to him).

It takes Naahid a minute to admit it and let her guard down but she’s grateful for the opportunity to talk. Faraz is immediately suspicious, but naturally, Marjan’s been working her alias for years, so it’s meant to look watertight when he does a background check on her.

Tamar’s first stop is the gym where Vahid works, and in zero time flat she’s got an invite to lunch at his place. She charmed him when he visited their apartment enough that she can afford to become point man in the operation, allowing Milad more time to fret at home.

Finally, Milad goes to his murder victim’s apartment, loots his safe and steals his dog and car. Faraz doesn’t arrive in time to catch him. Then, Milad shows up at Vahid’s house with the money (blowing her cover in front of him), thinking that with the money they can vanish, without knowing (or not wanting to put it together) that they’re in way too deep to get out now.

Iran and England is not exactly a love story, is it?

This episode of Tehran has its fair share of big problems. The Iranian cops sent to chase Milad and Tamar in the stolen car wind up shooting the cute little French bulldog because it won’t stop barking. I don’t buy that for a second — the thing is the size of a squirrel. It just seems like another opportunity to paint the Iranians as the real villains of the show, even though our “hero” is trying to assassinate the head of the Iranian military.

Tehran hasn’t completely abandoned the “both sides are bad” perspective on paper. However, it does take every opportunity to paint the Iranians as a little more stupid, and a little more violent, than the Israeli agents at the heart of the show.

And then Milad leaves the stolen money in the car when they flee. That’s a lot of convenience. Plus, when Marjan is interviewing Naahid, the writers make a pretty odd language mistake. She asks Naahid about Farraz taking his old job the second Mohammadi asked him to.

“He could have said no … couldn’t’ve he?” she asks Naahid. That’s torturous, even for TV writers. Glenn Close is always a welcome addition to any ensemble (and indeed she’s been doing typically great work otherwise). But she’s usually got slightly better instincts than to let something like that go.

How convenient …

The episode also suffers from plot convenience of the highest order. Within one episode of announcing her intentions to use Milad to get to Vahid to get to Peyman to get to Qassem, Tamar’s already three-quarters of the way to her objective.

It’s not that I don’t buy rich guys are horndog idiots who’d let a pretty girl do anything. It’s just that the show makes the world of Iranian politics much much smaller than I imagine it actually feels. I could have used a little more in the way of active obstacles instead of behavioral ones (like Milad’s insistence, stubbornness, idiocy and jealousy – again a lot).

Still, I won’t lie and say I don’t want to know what happens in next week’s episode of Tehran.

★★☆☆☆

Watch Tehran on Apple TV+

New episodes of Tehran arrive each Friday on Apple TV+.

Rated: TV-MA

Watch on: Apple TV+

Scout Tafoya is a film and TV critic, director and creator of the long-running video essay series The Unloved for RogerEbert.com. He has written for The Village Voice, Film Comment, The Los Angeles Review of Books and Nylon Magazine. He is the author of Cinemaphagy: On the Psychedelic Classical Form of Tobe Hooper, the director of 25 feature films, and the director and editor of more than 300 video essays, which can be found at Patreon.com/honorszombie.

This article was originally posted here

Things get a little too convenient this week on Tehran [Apple TV+ recap] ★★

Apple TV+ show Tehran puts its second-season plot in motion this week, but the Israeli espionage drama keeps making bizarre missteps in its pursuit of pulse-pounding thrills, twists and turns.

Manjar steps into Farraz’s home in the perfect disguise, Tamar tries out her new character, Milad almost screws everything up for all of them.

Everybody’s tense and everybody’s guilty, as usual. And Tehran continues to benefit from good performances, tight editing and solid music and sound design, which keep every nail-biting scene running efficiently. But is that enough to save the show from an increasingly blinkered perspective?

Tehran recap: ‘PTSD’

In this week’s episode of Tehran, entitled “PTSD,” Mossad agent Tamar Rabinyan (played by Niv Sultan) is ready to put the next phase of her plan into action. She plans to get in good with thug Vahid Nemati (Sia Alipour), so she can edge closer to Peyman Mohammadi (Darius Homayoun), the son of Revolutionary Guards commander Qassem Mohammadi (Vassilis Koukalani). Then she will kill Qassem and presumably retire.

Of course, we all know how that story tends to go. Before she’s even started on her plan to cozy up to the criminal element that will be her ticket to salvation, there’s a fly in the ointment: Her boyfriend Milad Kahani (Shervin Alenabi).

Last week, Milad killed a low-level drug pusher. The Iranians put the squeeze on the dealer, who then ran to punish Milad for involving him in the situation. So now there’s a body to bury. Milad’s wigging out because he feels guilty, and Tamar’s handler Marjan Montazemi (Glenn Close) doesn’t trust him.

Dueling agendas

Thankfully Marjan’s got her own operation going to keep her busy. Namely pretending to be from Veterans Affairs so she can act as Faraz Kamali’s (Shaun Toub) and his wife Naahid’s (Shila Ommi) psychiatrist. Naahid’s been going out of her mind lately due to Faraz’s firing (and the sense that her safety and sanity come last to him).

It takes Naahid a minute to admit it and let her guard down but she’s grateful for the opportunity to talk. Faraz is immediately suspicious, but naturally, Marjan’s been working her alias for years, so it’s meant to look watertight when he does a background check on her.

Tamar’s first stop is the gym where Vahid works, and in zero time flat she’s got an invite to lunch at his place. She charmed him when he visited their apartment enough that she can afford to become point man in the operation, allowing Milad more time to fret at home.

Finally, Milad goes to his murder victim’s apartment, loots his safe and steals his dog and car. Faraz doesn’t arrive in time to catch him. Then, Milad shows up at Vahid’s house with the money (blowing her cover in front of him), thinking that with the money they can vanish, without knowing (or not wanting to put it together) that they’re in way too deep to get out now.

Iran and England is not exactly a love story, is it?

This episode of Tehran has its fair share of big problems. The Iranian cops sent to chase Milad and Tamar in the stolen car wind up shooting the cute little French bulldog because it won’t stop barking. I don’t buy that for a second — the thing is the size of a squirrel. It just seems like another opportunity to paint the Iranians as the real villains of the show, even though our “hero” is trying to assassinate the head of the Iranian military.

Tehran hasn’t completely abandoned the “both sides are bad” perspective on paper. However, it does take every opportunity to paint the Iranians as a little more stupid, and a little more violent, than the Israeli agents at the heart of the show.

And then Milad leaves the stolen money in the car when they flee. That’s a lot of convenience. Plus, when Marjan is interviewing Naahid, the writers make a pretty odd language mistake. She asks Naahid about Farraz taking his old job the second Mohammadi asked him to.

“He could have said no … couldn’t’ve he?” she asks Naahid. That’s torturous, even for TV writers. Glenn Close is always a welcome addition to any ensemble (and indeed she’s been doing typically great work otherwise). But she’s usually got slightly better instincts than to let something like that go.

How convenient …

The episode also suffers from plot convenience of the highest order. Within one episode of announcing her intentions to use Milad to get to Vahid to get to Peyman to get to Qassem, Tamar’s already three-quarters of the way to her objective.

It’s not that I don’t buy rich guys are horndog idiots who’d let a pretty girl do anything. It’s just that the show makes the world of Iranian politics much much smaller than I imagine it actually feels. I could have used a little more in the way of active obstacles instead of behavioral ones (like Milad’s insistence, stubbornness, idiocy and jealousy – again a lot).

Still, I won’t lie and say I don’t want to know what happens in next week’s episode of Tehran.

★★☆☆☆

Watch Tehran on Apple TV+

New episodes of Tehran arrive each Friday on Apple TV+.

Rated: TV-MA

Watch on: Apple TV+

Scout Tafoya is a film and TV critic, director and creator of the long-running video essay series The Unloved for RogerEbert.com. He has written for The Village Voice, Film Comment, The Los Angeles Review of Books and Nylon Magazine. He is the author of Cinemaphagy: On the Psychedelic Classical Form of Tobe Hooper, the director of 25 feature films, and the director and editor of more than 300 video essays, which can be found at Patreon.com/honorszombie.

This article was originally posted here

Watch the trailer for season 5 of Apple TV+ series ‘Carpool Karaoke’ presenting the new guests

It might be hard to believe, but one of Apple’s original series for Apple TV+ is still alive and kicking. That’s right, Carpool Karaoke is still doing its thing, putting celebrities in vehicles and having them sing along to popular songs. And apparently we’re right on the cusp of the fifth season premiere!

Well, almost. Today’s big unveiling of the fifth season’s official trailer tells us that the newest season in the sing-along show is going to premiere on Friday, May 27. So, pretty close. The gist of the show is staying the same, where we see celebrities in various pairings sing together. There will be some antics outside of the vehicles, too.

In the past the show has presented folks like Snoop Dogg and Matthew McConaughey, Ariana Grande and Seth MacFarlane, and others. This time around for the fifth season we’ve got the cast from HBO’s hit series The White Lotus (Sydney Sweeney, Alexandra Daddario, and Murray Bartlett) in one car; Simu Liu (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) paired with Jessica Henwick (Iron Fist) in another; and Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) and Jonathan Scott (Property Brothers) in one more for good measure.

There are a few other guests, too:

The stars sharing a car, singing along to their personal playlists, and embarking on adventures this season include Simu Liu & Jessica Henwick; ‘White Lotus’ costars Murray Bartlett, Alexandra Daddario & Sydney Sweeney; Anitta & Saweetie; Zooey Deschanel & Jonathan Scott, who first met on ‘Carpool Karaoke;’ Britt Baker, Christian Cage, Bryan Danielson, MJF, Will Hobbs, CM Punk and Ruby Soho of All Elite Wrestling; and Charli, Dixie, Heidi and Marc D’Amelio. Additional episodes will debut later this year.

So, another star-studded cast for the upcoming season. Which makes sense, considering there wouldn’t be much of a show if they couldn’t line up the talent. And apparently this show keeps eating up the streaming hours if Apple keeps bringing it back.

What about you? Have you been keeping up with Carpool Karaoke? Will you be checking out the upcoming season?

This article was originally posted here

Watch the trailer for season 5 of Apple TV+ series ‘Carpool Karaoke’ presenting the new guests

It might be hard to believe, but one of Apple’s original series for Apple TV+ is still alive and kicking. That’s right, Carpool Karaoke is still doing its thing, putting celebrities in vehicles and having them sing along to popular songs. And apparently we’re right on the cusp of the fifth season premiere!

Well, almost. Today’s big unveiling of the fifth season’s official trailer tells us that the newest season in the sing-along show is going to premiere on Friday, May 27. So, pretty close. The gist of the show is staying the same, where we see celebrities in various pairings sing together. There will be some antics outside of the vehicles, too.

In the past the show has presented folks like Snoop Dogg and Matthew McConaughey, Ariana Grande and Seth MacFarlane, and others. This time around for the fifth season we’ve got the cast from HBO’s hit series The White Lotus (Sydney Sweeney, Alexandra Daddario, and Murray Bartlett) in one car; Simu Liu (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) paired with Jessica Henwick (Iron Fist) in another; and Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) and Jonathan Scott (Property Brothers) in one more for good measure.

There are a few other guests, too:

The stars sharing a car, singing along to their personal playlists, and embarking on adventures this season include Simu Liu & Jessica Henwick; ‘White Lotus’ costars Murray Bartlett, Alexandra Daddario & Sydney Sweeney; Anitta & Saweetie; Zooey Deschanel & Jonathan Scott, who first met on ‘Carpool Karaoke;’ Britt Baker, Christian Cage, Bryan Danielson, MJF, Will Hobbs, CM Punk and Ruby Soho of All Elite Wrestling; and Charli, Dixie, Heidi and Marc D’Amelio. Additional episodes will debut later this year.

So, another star-studded cast for the upcoming season. Which makes sense, considering there wouldn’t be much of a show if they couldn’t line up the talent. And apparently this show keeps eating up the streaming hours if Apple keeps bringing it back.

What about you? Have you been keeping up with Carpool Karaoke? Will you be checking out the upcoming season?

This article was originally posted here

Watch the trailer for season 5 of Apple TV+ series ‘Carpool Karaoke’ presenting the new guests

It might be hard to believe, but one of Apple’s original series for Apple TV+ is still alive and kicking. That’s right, Carpool Karaoke is still doing its thing, putting celebrities in vehicles and having them sing along to popular songs. And apparently we’re right on the cusp of the fifth season premiere!

Well, almost. Today’s big unveiling of the fifth season’s official trailer tells us that the newest season in the sing-along show is going to premiere on Friday, May 27. So, pretty close. The gist of the show is staying the same, where we see celebrities in various pairings sing together. There will be some antics outside of the vehicles, too.

In the past the show has presented folks like Snoop Dogg and Matthew McConaughey, Ariana Grande and Seth MacFarlane, and others. This time around for the fifth season we’ve got the cast from HBO’s hit series The White Lotus (Sydney Sweeney, Alexandra Daddario, and Murray Bartlett) in one car; Simu Liu (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) paired with Jessica Henwick (Iron Fist) in another; and Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) and Jonathan Scott (Property Brothers) in one more for good measure.

There are a few other guests, too:

The stars sharing a car, singing along to their personal playlists, and embarking on adventures this season include Simu Liu & Jessica Henwick; ‘White Lotus’ costars Murray Bartlett, Alexandra Daddario & Sydney Sweeney; Anitta & Saweetie; Zooey Deschanel & Jonathan Scott, who first met on ‘Carpool Karaoke;’ Britt Baker, Christian Cage, Bryan Danielson, MJF, Will Hobbs, CM Punk and Ruby Soho of All Elite Wrestling; and Charli, Dixie, Heidi and Marc D’Amelio. Additional episodes will debut later this year.

So, another star-studded cast for the upcoming season. Which makes sense, considering there wouldn’t be much of a show if they couldn’t line up the talent. And apparently this show keeps eating up the streaming hours if Apple keeps bringing it back.

What about you? Have you been keeping up with Carpool Karaoke? Will you be checking out the upcoming season?

This article was originally posted here

RIP iPod: A Look Back at Apple’s Iconic Music Player Over the Years

Apple earlier this week announced the discontinuation of the iPod touch, and because it was the last iPod still available for purchase, its sunsetting effectively marks the end of the entire iPod lineup.

RIP iPod Feature
To send the iPod on its way, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the most notable iPod releases over the last 21 years.

Original iPod (2001)

Introduced in October 2001, the original iPod was introduced as a device that put 1,000 songs in your pocket. It became one of Apple’s most iconic and well-known products, and is one of the devices responsible for skyrocketing Apple back to success.

2001 ipod


The original iPod offered a hard drive with 5GB of storage space and a Scroll Wheel that physically turns, and it remains the only iPod with this design. It also featured a FireWire port to connect to a Mac, and it sold for $399. Apple followed the original iPod with an almost identical second-generation model in 2002 that featured a capacitive-sensing Touch Wheel with click buttons around the sides, and a third-generation model added an even more refined Touch Wheel with buttons above. The third-generation iPod also added a Dock Connector.

third generation ipod


With the fourth-generation model that came out in 2004, Apple introduced the Click Wheel, an iteration of the Touch Wheel that also incorporated the buttons. The fourth-generation model is notable because Apple continued to use the Click Wheel for years to come.

ipod click wheel 4th gen


The iPod photo with its color display followed the fourth-generation model later in 2004, and Apple expanded the color display to all models in 2005 with the iPod with color display. Both of these were considered part of the fourth-generation lineup.

ipod color


Apple added video capabilities in 2005 with the fifth-generation iPod, and this was also the first iPod that came in black aside from the special black and red U2 edition of the iPod.

u2 ipod


After the iPod video, Apple introduced the iPod classic, and several versions came out in 2007, 2008, and 2009, all of which were similar in design. The 2009 iPod classic was Apple’s final iPod at the size, and it featured a 160GB hard drive, a Click Wheel, and a widescreen color display. It stuck around until it was discontinued in 2014.

ipod classic views

iPod mini (2004)

Apple’s first iPod mini came out in 2004, and it was much smaller in size than the standard iPod. It came in several fun colors that include yellow, blue, pink, and gold, and it had a standard Click Wheel.

ipod mini 2005


The iPod mini didn’t stick around for long, and while there was a second-generation version in 2005, it was discontinued after that in favor of the iPod nano.

iPod nano (2005)

Replacing the iPod mini, the iPod nano is one of Apple’s most interesting iPods because of the many major design iterations that it saw over the years.

ipodnano1


Apple started out with a slim, aluminum-colored iPod with a Click Wheel, a color screen, and flash memory that allowed Apple to cut down on the size. The nano was replaced in 2006 with the second-generation version that had more rounded edges, a smaller form factor, and bright aluminum colors.

ipodnano2


For the third-generation iPod nano that came out in 2007, Apple went in an entirely different direction, and this nano was colloquially known as the iPod nano “fatty.” It had a wider, squatter body with a wider display, and it came in several color options.

ipodnano3


The nano fatty only lasted for one year before being replaced with the once-again slimmed down fourth-generation iPod nano, which came in a whole rainbow of colors. It got a taller screen, a curved front, and an accelerometer for the “Shake” feature that let you shake an iPod to shuffle songs.

ipod nano 4


Apple’s 2009 fifth-generation iPod nano was similar to the fourth-generation model, but had a taller screen and it gained a camera and a microphone. It also came in glossier colors, but Apple kept the wide array of color options.

ipodnano5


The nano got a major design overhaul in 2010 with the sixth-generation version that was just a screen in a square-shaped body. It used a multi-touch display instead of a Click Wheel, and this is the version that people attached watch straps to, making it something of a precursor to the Apple Watch.

ipod nano 6th gen watch strap


Apple changed the design in 2012 with the seventh-generation iPod nano, reverting to the rectangular shape but leaving the multi-touch display in place. The nano from this era looked similar to a tinier iPod touch, featuring a Home button and support for multiple apps. The seven-generation iPod nano got new colors in 2015 before being discontinued in 2017.

ipod nano colors

iPod shuffle (2005)

Apple’s first iPod shuffle was introduced in 2005 ahead of the second-generation iPod mini, and it looked a lot like an Apple TV Remote. It was Apple’s first iPod with no display, featuring nothing but a control pad in order to keep the size down, plus it doubled as a flash drive.

ipod shuffle anniversary wikimedia commons


The second-generation iPod shuffle got a significant redesign in 2006, and Apple shrunk it to about half the size of the original and added a belt clip. It was advertised as the world’s smallest MP3 player at the time, and there was even a little iPod shuffle dock for charging it up through the headphone jack. It launched in silver, but Apple eventually came out with additional colors like pink, blue, green, and orange.

ipod shuffle 2nd gen


The iPod shuffle got yet another redesign in 2009, with Apple adding a voice feature that let it speak the names of songs and albums aloud using text-to-speech. This is the model where Apple did away with the on-device controls, instead using headphones with an attached remote for playback.

ipod shuffle 3rd gen


In 2010, Apple decided no on-device controls was a bad idea, introducing the fourth-generation iPod shuffle. The fourth-generation model was the last iPod shuffle, featuring bright colors, a smaller chassis, and the return of the Control Pad.

ipod shuffle 2015 lineup


The iPod Shuffle didn’t receive any other design updates, though Apple did introduce new colors in 2015. It was ultimately discontinued in 2017.

iPod touch (2007)

The first iPod touch came out in 2007 alongside the iPhone, and it was a more affordable ‌iPhone‌ alternative that did not have cellular capabilities. It looked a lot like an ‌iPhone‌ with a 3.5-inch multi-touch display, and it came with WiFi support, Safari integration, and apps like YouTube, Mail, Maps, and Weather.

ipod touch original


The second and third-generation iPod touch models had the same design, but when the ‌iPhone‌ 4 came out in 2010, Apple also redesigned the iPod touch to have a similar look. It included a front-facing FaceTime camera, a rear camera, and support for iMessage, plus it came in black or white.

ipod touch 2011


Apple redesigned the iPod touch again in 2012, and the fifth-generation model had a larger display and a thinner body, plus it was the first iPod touch to come in bright colors. It was released alongside the ‌iPhone‌ 5 as a pocketable computer with an A5 chip.

ipod touch 5 colors


After the fifth-generation iPod touch, the design didn’t change, but Apple introduced a sixth-generation model in 2017 and a seventh-generation model in 2019, both with updated chips. After the 2019 release of the seventh-generation iPod touch, the device went without an update for three years until its discontinuation earlier this week.

iPod Touch Background Feature 2

iPod Replacements

Apple said that it decided to sunset the iPod lineup because the iPod’s capabilities are now built into every Apple device, from the ‌iPhone‌ and the iPad to the Mac, ‌Apple TV‌, HomePod, and Apple Watch.

ipod touch discontinued


Almost every modern Apple device supports the Apple Music service that Apple introduced in 2015, and it is also available on the web, on Android devices, and more, making the iPod superfluous. Apple is selling the iPod touch while supplies last, but it is already sold out in the United States.

You may still be able to find an iPod touch from a third-party retailer, but make sure to act quick because they’re selling out quickly as people aim to get one of the last available iPods.

RIP iPod: A Look Back at Apple’s Iconic Music Player Over the Years

Apple earlier this week announced the discontinuation of the iPod touch, and because it was the last iPod still available for purchase, its sunsetting effectively marks the end of the entire iPod lineup.

RIP iPod Feature
To send the iPod on its way, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the most notable iPod releases over the last 21 years.

Original iPod (2001)

Introduced in October 2001, the original iPod was introduced as a device that put 1,000 songs in your pocket. It became one of Apple’s most iconic and well-known products, and is one of the devices responsible for skyrocketing Apple back to success.

2001 ipod


The original iPod offered a hard drive with 5GB of storage space and a Scroll Wheel that physically turns, and it remains the only iPod with this design. It also featured a FireWire port to connect to a Mac, and it sold for $399. Apple followed the original iPod with an almost identical second-generation model in 2002 that featured a capacitive-sensing Touch Wheel with click buttons around the sides, and a third-generation model added an even more refined Touch Wheel with buttons above. The third-generation iPod also added a Dock Connector.

third generation ipod


With the fourth-generation model that came out in 2004, Apple introduced the Click Wheel, an iteration of the Touch Wheel that also incorporated the buttons. The fourth-generation model is notable because Apple continued to use the Click Wheel for years to come.

ipod click wheel 4th gen


The iPod photo with its color display followed the fourth-generation model later in 2004, and Apple expanded the color display to all models in 2005 with the iPod with color display. Both of these were considered part of the fourth-generation lineup.

ipod color


Apple added video capabilities in 2005 with the fifth-generation iPod, and this was also the first iPod that came in black aside from the special black and red U2 edition of the iPod.

u2 ipod


After the iPod video, Apple introduced the iPod classic, and several versions came out in 2007, 2008, and 2009, all of which were similar in design. The 2009 iPod classic was Apple’s final iPod at the size, and it featured a 160GB hard drive, a Click Wheel, and a widescreen color display. It stuck around until it was discontinued in 2014.

ipod classic views

iPod mini (2004)

Apple’s first iPod mini came out in 2004, and it was much smaller in size than the standard iPod. It came in several fun colors that include yellow, blue, pink, and gold, and it had a standard Click Wheel.

ipod mini 2005


The iPod mini didn’t stick around for long, and while there was a second-generation version in 2005, it was discontinued after that in favor of the iPod nano.

iPod nano (2005)

Replacing the iPod mini, the iPod nano is one of Apple’s most interesting iPods because of the many major design iterations that it saw over the years.

ipodnano1


Apple started out with a slim, aluminum-colored iPod with a Click Wheel, a color screen, and flash memory that allowed Apple to cut down on the size. The nano was replaced in 2006 with the second-generation version that had more rounded edges, a smaller form factor, and bright aluminum colors.

ipodnano2


For the third-generation iPod nano that came out in 2007, Apple went in an entirely different direction, and this nano was colloquially known as the iPod nano “fatty.” It had a wider, squatter body with a wider display, and it came in several color options.

ipodnano3


The nano fatty only lasted for one year before being replaced with the once-again slimmed down fourth-generation iPod nano, which came in a whole rainbow of colors. It got a taller screen, a curved front, and an accelerometer for the “Shake” feature that let you shake an iPod to shuffle songs.

ipod nano 4


Apple’s 2009 fifth-generation iPod nano was similar to the fourth-generation model, but had a taller screen and it gained a camera and a microphone. It also came in glossier colors, but Apple kept the wide array of color options.

ipodnano5


The nano got a major design overhaul in 2010 with the sixth-generation version that was just a screen in a square-shaped body. It used a multi-touch display instead of a Click Wheel, and this is the version that people attached watch straps to, making it something of a precursor to the Apple Watch.

ipod nano 6th gen watch strap


Apple changed the design in 2012 with the seventh-generation iPod nano, reverting to the rectangular shape but leaving the multi-touch display in place. The nano from this era looked similar to a tinier iPod touch, featuring a Home button and support for multiple apps. The seven-generation iPod nano got new colors in 2015 before being discontinued in 2017.

ipod nano colors

iPod shuffle (2005)

Apple’s first iPod shuffle was introduced in 2005 ahead of the second-generation iPod mini, and it looked a lot like an Apple TV Remote. It was Apple’s first iPod with no display, featuring nothing but a control pad in order to keep the size down, plus it doubled as a flash drive.

ipod shuffle anniversary wikimedia commons


The second-generation iPod shuffle got a significant redesign in 2006, and Apple shrunk it to about half the size of the original and added a belt clip. It was advertised as the world’s smallest MP3 player at the time, and there was even a little iPod shuffle dock for charging it up through the headphone jack. It launched in silver, but Apple eventually came out with additional colors like pink, blue, green, and orange.

ipod shuffle 2nd gen


The iPod shuffle got yet another redesign in 2009, with Apple adding a voice feature that let it speak the names of songs and albums aloud using text-to-speech. This is the model where Apple did away with the on-device controls, instead using headphones with an attached remote for playback.

ipod shuffle 3rd gen


In 2010, Apple decided no on-device controls was a bad idea, introducing the fourth-generation iPod shuffle. The fourth-generation model was the last iPod shuffle, featuring bright colors, a smaller chassis, and the return of the Control Pad.

ipod shuffle 2015 lineup


The iPod Shuffle didn’t receive any other design updates, though Apple did introduce new colors in 2015. It was ultimately discontinued in 2017.

iPod touch (2007)

The first iPod touch came out in 2007 alongside the iPhone, and it was a more affordable ‌iPhone‌ alternative that did not have cellular capabilities. It looked a lot like an ‌iPhone‌ with a 3.5-inch multi-touch display, and it came with WiFi support, Safari integration, and apps like YouTube, Mail, Maps, and Weather.

ipod touch original


The second and third-generation iPod touch models had the same design, but when the ‌iPhone‌ 4 came out in 2010, Apple also redesigned the iPod touch to have a similar look. It included a front-facing FaceTime camera, a rear camera, and support for iMessage, plus it came in black or white.

ipod touch 2011


Apple redesigned the iPod touch again in 2012, and the fifth-generation model had a larger display and a thinner body, plus it was the first iPod touch to come in bright colors. It was released alongside the ‌iPhone‌ 5 as a pocketable computer with an A5 chip.

ipod touch 5 colors


After the fifth-generation iPod touch, the design didn’t change, but Apple introduced a sixth-generation model in 2017 and a seventh-generation model in 2019, both with updated chips. After the 2019 release of the seventh-generation iPod touch, the device went without an update for three years until its discontinuation earlier this week.

iPod Touch Background Feature 2

iPod Replacements

Apple said that it decided to sunset the iPod lineup because the iPod’s capabilities are now built into every Apple device, from the ‌iPhone‌ and the iPad to the Mac, ‌Apple TV‌, HomePod, and Apple Watch.

ipod touch discontinued


Almost every modern Apple device supports the Apple Music service that Apple introduced in 2015, and it is also available on the web, on Android devices, and more, making the iPod superfluous. Apple is selling the iPod touch while supplies last, but it is already sold out in the United States.

You may still be able to find an iPod touch from a third-party retailer, but make sure to act quick because they’re selling out quickly as people aim to get one of the last available iPods.

RIP iPod: A Look Back at Apple’s Iconic Music Player Over the Years

Apple earlier this week announced the discontinuation of the iPod touch, and because it was the last iPod still available for purchase, its sunsetting effectively marks the end of the entire iPod lineup.

RIP iPod Feature
To send the iPod on its way, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the most notable iPod releases over the last 21 years.

Original iPod (2001)

Introduced in October 2001, the original iPod was introduced as a device that put 1,000 songs in your pocket. It became one of Apple’s most iconic and well-known products, and is one of the devices responsible for skyrocketing Apple back to success.

2001 ipod


The original iPod offered a hard drive with 5GB of storage space and a Scroll Wheel that physically turns, and it remains the only iPod with this design. It also featured a FireWire port to connect to a Mac, and it sold for $399. Apple followed the original iPod with an almost identical second-generation model in 2002 that featured a capacitive-sensing Touch Wheel with click buttons around the sides, and a third-generation model added an even more refined Touch Wheel with buttons above. The third-generation iPod also added a Dock Connector.

third generation ipod


With the fourth-generation model that came out in 2004, Apple introduced the Click Wheel, an iteration of the Touch Wheel that also incorporated the buttons. The fourth-generation model is notable because Apple continued to use the Click Wheel for years to come.

ipod click wheel 4th gen


The iPod photo with its color display followed the fourth-generation model later in 2004, and Apple expanded the color display to all models in 2005 with the iPod with color display. Both of these were considered part of the fourth-generation lineup.

ipod color


Apple added video capabilities in 2005 with the fifth-generation iPod, and this was also the first iPod that came in black aside from the special black and red U2 edition of the iPod.

u2 ipod


After the iPod video, Apple introduced the iPod classic, and several versions came out in 2007, 2008, and 2009, all of which were similar in design. The 2009 iPod classic was Apple’s final iPod at the size, and it featured a 160GB hard drive, a Click Wheel, and a widescreen color display. It stuck around until it was discontinued in 2014.

ipod classic views

iPod mini (2004)

Apple’s first iPod mini came out in 2004, and it was much smaller in size than the standard iPod. It came in several fun colors that include yellow, blue, pink, and gold, and it had a standard Click Wheel.

ipod mini 2005


The iPod mini didn’t stick around for long, and while there was a second-generation version in 2005, it was discontinued after that in favor of the iPod nano.

iPod nano (2005)

Replacing the iPod mini, the iPod nano is one of Apple’s most interesting iPods because of the many major design iterations that it saw over the years.

ipodnano1


Apple started out with a slim, aluminum-colored iPod with a Click Wheel, a color screen, and flash memory that allowed Apple to cut down on the size. The nano was replaced in 2006 with the second-generation version that had more rounded edges, a smaller form factor, and bright aluminum colors.

ipodnano2


For the third-generation iPod nano that came out in 2007, Apple went in an entirely different direction, and this nano was colloquially known as the iPod nano “fatty.” It had a wider, squatter body with a wider display, and it came in several color options.

ipodnano3


The nano fatty only lasted for one year before being replaced with the once-again slimmed down fourth-generation iPod nano, which came in a whole rainbow of colors. It got a taller screen, a curved front, and an accelerometer for the “Shake” feature that let you shake an iPod to shuffle songs.

ipod nano 4


Apple’s 2009 fifth-generation iPod nano was similar to the fourth-generation model, but had a taller screen and it gained a camera and a microphone. It also came in glossier colors, but Apple kept the wide array of color options.

ipodnano5


The nano got a major design overhaul in 2010 with the sixth-generation version that was just a screen in a square-shaped body. It used a multi-touch display instead of a Click Wheel, and this is the version that people attached watch straps to, making it something of a precursor to the Apple Watch.

ipod nano 6th gen watch strap


Apple changed the design in 2012 with the seventh-generation iPod nano, reverting to the rectangular shape but leaving the multi-touch display in place. The nano from this era looked similar to a tinier iPod touch, featuring a Home button and support for multiple apps. The seven-generation iPod nano got new colors in 2015 before being discontinued in 2017.

ipod nano colors

iPod shuffle (2005)

Apple’s first iPod shuffle was introduced in 2005 ahead of the second-generation iPod mini, and it looked a lot like an Apple TV Remote. It was Apple’s first iPod with no display, featuring nothing but a control pad in order to keep the size down, plus it doubled as a flash drive.

ipod shuffle anniversary wikimedia commons


The second-generation iPod shuffle got a significant redesign in 2006, and Apple shrunk it to about half the size of the original and added a belt clip. It was advertised as the world’s smallest MP3 player at the time, and there was even a little iPod shuffle dock for charging it up through the headphone jack. It launched in silver, but Apple eventually came out with additional colors like pink, blue, green, and orange.

ipod shuffle 2nd gen


The iPod shuffle got yet another redesign in 2009, with Apple adding a voice feature that let it speak the names of songs and albums aloud using text-to-speech. This is the model where Apple did away with the on-device controls, instead using headphones with an attached remote for playback.

ipod shuffle 3rd gen


In 2010, Apple decided no on-device controls was a bad idea, introducing the fourth-generation iPod shuffle. The fourth-generation model was the last iPod shuffle, featuring bright colors, a smaller chassis, and the return of the Control Pad.

ipod shuffle 2015 lineup


The iPod Shuffle didn’t receive any other design updates, though Apple did introduce new colors in 2015. It was ultimately discontinued in 2017.

iPod touch (2007)

The first iPod touch came out in 2007 alongside the iPhone, and it was a more affordable ‌iPhone‌ alternative that did not have cellular capabilities. It looked a lot like an ‌iPhone‌ with a 3.5-inch multi-touch display, and it came with WiFi support, Safari integration, and apps like YouTube, Mail, Maps, and Weather.

ipod touch original


The second and third-generation iPod touch models had the same design, but when the ‌iPhone‌ 4 came out in 2010, Apple also redesigned the iPod touch to have a similar look. It included a front-facing FaceTime camera, a rear camera, and support for iMessage, plus it came in black or white.

ipod touch 2011


Apple redesigned the iPod touch again in 2012, and the fifth-generation model had a larger display and a thinner body, plus it was the first iPod touch to come in bright colors. It was released alongside the ‌iPhone‌ 5 as a pocketable computer with an A5 chip.

ipod touch 5 colors


After the fifth-generation iPod touch, the design didn’t change, but Apple introduced a sixth-generation model in 2017 and a seventh-generation model in 2019, both with updated chips. After the 2019 release of the seventh-generation iPod touch, the device went without an update for three years until its discontinuation earlier this week.

iPod Touch Background Feature 2

iPod Replacements

Apple said that it decided to sunset the iPod lineup because the iPod’s capabilities are now built into every Apple device, from the ‌iPhone‌ and the iPad to the Mac, ‌Apple TV‌, HomePod, and Apple Watch.

ipod touch discontinued


Almost every modern Apple device supports the Apple Music service that Apple introduced in 2015, and it is also available on the web, on Android devices, and more, making the iPod superfluous. Apple is selling the iPod touch while supplies last, but it is already sold out in the United States.

You may still be able to find an iPod touch from a third-party retailer, but make sure to act quick because they’re selling out quickly as people aim to get one of the last available iPods.

Apple’s Tim Cook delivers commencement address at Gallaudet University

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Apple CEO Tim Cook gave a commencement address at Gallaudet University on Friday — and underscored the company’s commitment to accessibility, privacy, and the environment.

Gallaudet University in Washington, DC is the country’s leading university for the deaf. Apple has partnered with the school to provide assistive technology and scholarships to students.

During his speech, Cook highlighted that partnership, and said that the cooperation has allowed Apple to create accessibility-focused features within its own products — such as Apple Maps.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have such innovative and committed partners,” Cook said.

The Apple chief executive also reiterated the company’s stated purpose of making technology that enriches the lives of its customers. He also doubled-down on Apple’s core values, such as its focus on accessibility, privacy, and environmental responsibility.

Cook also gave the students some advice on staying true to their values as they embarked on their post-graduate journeys.

“What does it take to build a life that provides meaning and fulfillment?” said Cook. “No one can answer that question for you, and that includes me. There is no iPhone feature that can come to the rescue. AI is good, but it’s not that good. Still, I have one important piece of advice I want to share — so important, that it’s the only piece of advice I’m going to share today. And that is this: whatever you do, lead with your values.”

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Apple’s Tim Cook delivers commencement address at Gallaudet University

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content.

Apple CEO Tim Cook gave a commencement address at Gallaudet University on Friday — and underscored the company’s commitment to accessibility, privacy, and the environment.

Gallaudet University in Washington, DC is the country’s leading university for the deaf. Apple has partnered with the school to provide assistive technology and scholarships to students.

During his speech, Cook highlighted that partnership, and said that the cooperation has allowed Apple to create accessibility-focused features within its own products — such as Apple Maps.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have such innovative and committed partners,” Cook said.

The Apple chief executive also reiterated the company’s stated purpose of making technology that enriches the lives of its customers. He also doubled-down on Apple’s core values, such as its focus on accessibility, privacy, and environmental responsibility.

Cook also gave the students some advice on staying true to their values as they embarked on their post-graduate journeys.

“What does it take to build a life that provides meaning and fulfillment?” said Cook. “No one can answer that question for you, and that includes me. There is no iPhone feature that can come to the rescue. AI is good, but it’s not that good. Still, I have one important piece of advice I want to share — so important, that it’s the only piece of advice I’m going to share today. And that is this: whatever you do, lead with your values.”

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Wall Street rallies as growth stocks rebound; Twitter slides as Musk puts deal ‘temporarily on hold’

Growth stocks led a rebound in Wall Street’s main indexes on Friday in a week beset by worries aboutrampant U.S. inflation the worsening outlook for economic growth, while Twitter sank after Elon Musk put his deal for the social media company “temporarily on hold.”

Is Apple stock primed for a big move?

Reuters:

Growth stocks Microsoft Corp, Apple Inc, Google-owner Alphabet Inc, Amazon.com and Nvidia Corp gained between 3.2% and 9.4% after falling for most of the week.

U.S. stocks have swung wildly this week on fears that the Ukraine war, surging inflation, COVID-19 lockdowns in China and a hawkish Federal Reserve policy could spark a global economic slowdown.

Fed Chair Jerome Powell repeated on Thursday his expectation that the central bank will raise interest rates by half a percentage point at each of its next two policy meetings while pledging that “we’re prepared to do more” if data turns the wrong way.

Twitter Inc was among the biggest losers, slumping 8.1% after Tesla chief Elon Musk said the $44-billion deal to buy the micro-blogging platform was “temporarily on hold” even though he said he is committed to the acquisition.

MacDailyNews Take: The current U.S. Fed is painfully reactive and woefully late. A well-educated high school student could’ve handled inflation better than the ball-less Jerome Powell who’s stuck perpetually in catch-up mode and falling further behind, like some scrub last place lane-filler chasing Usain Bolt.

‘Tis best to get a handle on inflation, if you know how, while you still can.MacDailyNews, May 11, 2021

Earlier this year, Interactive Brokers founder Thomas Peterffy said, “Inflation is 7% — 1% or 2% [in interest rate hikes] doesn’t mean anything. If they really wanted to stop inflation, they would have to raise rates to 4%, 5%, 6%.”

Inflation is repudiation. — Calvin Coolidge

When a business or an individual spends more than it makes, it goes bankrupt. When government does it, it sends you the bill. And when government does it for 40 years, the bill comes in two ways: higher taxes and inflation. Make no mistake about it, inflation is a tax and not by accident. — Ronald Reagan

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Wall Street rallies as growth stocks rebound; Twitter slides as Musk puts deal ‘temporarily on hold’

Growth stocks led a rebound in Wall Street’s main indexes on Friday in a week beset by worries aboutrampant U.S. inflation the worsening outlook for economic growth, while Twitter sank after Elon Musk put his deal for the social media company “temporarily on hold.”

Is Apple stock primed for a big move?

Reuters:

Growth stocks Microsoft Corp, Apple Inc, Google-owner Alphabet Inc, Amazon.com and Nvidia Corp gained between 3.2% and 9.4% after falling for most of the week.

U.S. stocks have swung wildly this week on fears that the Ukraine war, surging inflation, COVID-19 lockdowns in China and a hawkish Federal Reserve policy could spark a global economic slowdown.

Fed Chair Jerome Powell repeated on Thursday his expectation that the central bank will raise interest rates by half a percentage point at each of its next two policy meetings while pledging that “we’re prepared to do more” if data turns the wrong way.

Twitter Inc was among the biggest losers, slumping 8.1% after Tesla chief Elon Musk said the $44-billion deal to buy the micro-blogging platform was “temporarily on hold” even though he said he is committed to the acquisition.

MacDailyNews Take: The current U.S. Fed is painfully reactive and woefully late. A well-educated high school student could’ve handled inflation better than the ball-less Jerome Powell who’s stuck perpetually in catch-up mode and falling further behind, like some scrub last place lane-filler chasing Usain Bolt.

‘Tis best to get a handle on inflation, if you know how, while you still can.MacDailyNews, May 11, 2021

Earlier this year, Interactive Brokers founder Thomas Peterffy said, “Inflation is 7% — 1% or 2% [in interest rate hikes] doesn’t mean anything. If they really wanted to stop inflation, they would have to raise rates to 4%, 5%, 6%.”

Inflation is repudiation. — Calvin Coolidge

When a business or an individual spends more than it makes, it goes bankrupt. When government does it, it sends you the bill. And when government does it for 40 years, the bill comes in two ways: higher taxes and inflation. Make no mistake about it, inflation is a tax and not by accident. — Ronald Reagan

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Wall Street rallies as growth stocks rebound; Twitter slides as Musk puts deal ‘temporarily on hold’

Growth stocks led a rebound in Wall Street’s main indexes on Friday in a week beset by worries aboutrampant U.S. inflation the worsening outlook for economic growth, while Twitter sank after Elon Musk put his deal for the social media company “temporarily on hold.”

Is Apple stock primed for a big move?

Reuters:

Growth stocks Microsoft Corp, Apple Inc, Google-owner Alphabet Inc, Amazon.com and Nvidia Corp gained between 3.2% and 9.4% after falling for most of the week.

U.S. stocks have swung wildly this week on fears that the Ukraine war, surging inflation, COVID-19 lockdowns in China and a hawkish Federal Reserve policy could spark a global economic slowdown.

Fed Chair Jerome Powell repeated on Thursday his expectation that the central bank will raise interest rates by half a percentage point at each of its next two policy meetings while pledging that “we’re prepared to do more” if data turns the wrong way.

Twitter Inc was among the biggest losers, slumping 8.1% after Tesla chief Elon Musk said the $44-billion deal to buy the micro-blogging platform was “temporarily on hold” even though he said he is committed to the acquisition.

MacDailyNews Take: The current U.S. Fed is painfully reactive and woefully late. A well-educated high school student could’ve handled inflation better than the ball-less Jerome Powell who’s stuck perpetually in catch-up mode and falling further behind, like some scrub last place lane-filler chasing Usain Bolt.

‘Tis best to get a handle on inflation, if you know how, while you still can.MacDailyNews, May 11, 2021

Earlier this year, Interactive Brokers founder Thomas Peterffy said, “Inflation is 7% — 1% or 2% [in interest rate hikes] doesn’t mean anything. If they really wanted to stop inflation, they would have to raise rates to 4%, 5%, 6%.”

Inflation is repudiation. — Calvin Coolidge

When a business or an individual spends more than it makes, it goes bankrupt. When government does it, it sends you the bill. And when government does it for 40 years, the bill comes in two ways: higher taxes and inflation. Make no mistake about it, inflation is a tax and not by accident. — Ronald Reagan

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Apple Is Finally Testing USB-C iPhones

Evidence is mounting that Apple is finally at least considering a switch to a USB-C connector on next year’s iPhone lineup.

Although rumors about this have circulated for years, information from typically reliable sources now suggests that it’s a much more realistic possibility.

It all started earlier this week when the venerable Ming-Chi Kuo said that the 2023 iPhone would abandon Lightning and switch to USB-C. Kuo’s information came from surveying his usual supply chain sources, which appear to be ramping up for a significant increase in USB-C components for next year.

Now Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has weighed in with independent confirmation that Apple is conducting internal tests of iPhones with USB-C ports.

Gurman’s sources indicate that Apple has yet to make a final decision on whether it’s going to make the switch. There’s no way it’s happening with this year’s iPhone, which already entered trial production months ago, and Gurman confirms that it wouldn’t occur until 2023 “at the earliest.”

Not surprisingly, Apple is also said to be working on an adapter “that would let future iPhones work with accessories designed for the current Lightning connector.” Apple did something similar when it shifted from its original 30-pin Dock Connector to Lightning in 2012 with the iPhone 5. Apple also provided a Lightning-to-3.5mm headphone adapter when it removed the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 in 2016.

It’s too early to say if Apple plans to bundle the proposed Lightning to USB-C adapter with the “iPhone 15” next year. However, with the company’s penchant for removing as many accessories as possible from the iPhone’s box, we’re not holding our breath.

Lightning vs. USB-C

Such a transition isn’t something Apple is taking lightly, which is probably why it’s taken so long to come to this point in the first place.

A cynical take is that Apple has stubbornly stuck with the Lightning port to avoid giving up the licensing fees it collects from its Made-for-iPhone (MFi) partners. While that may have once been a significant revenue stream for Apple, the dwindling number of wired accessories that connect to an iPhone makes it hard to believe it accounts for much more than a rounding error on its books.

Money aside, Apple can also use its MFi program to exert a level of control over the accessory market that it couldn’t accomplish as easily with USB-C. While Apple could still require the use of its authentication chips for certain specialized accessories – more common ones like chargers, headphones, and speakers would need to be open for everyone.

More significantly, many long-time iPhone users are already heavily invested in the Lightning ecosystem, with an existing collection of chargers, docks, speakers, and other accessories that use the Lightning connector. A switch to USB-C would break direct compatibility with these. Apple’s USB-C to Lightning adapter would offer a smoother transition, but some users would still be upset.

We saw the same thing years ago when Apple first adopted the Lightning port, making it much more complicated the use Dock Connector accessories that once just worked with iPhones, iPads, and iPods. The only saving grace this time around is that fewer people are using these kinds of accessories today. Speakers are more likely to be wireless than using a Dock Connector, and wireless chargers have replaced charging docks.

The wired accessory market has become so secondary that many believed that Apple would simply ditch the wired ports entirely, forcing users to rely on MagSafe for charging and data transfer. While we still think that’s Apple’s long-term plan, the world isn’t ready for it yet.

However, Apple doesn’t have the luxury of waiting for that day when wireless connectivity is ubiquitous. The European Union has finally mandated that all electronic devices switch to USB-C for charging, and while the deadline for that hasn’t yet been formally set, most are expecting it to be a requirement by 2024.

[The information provided in this article has NOT been confirmed by Apple and may be speculation. Provided details may not be factual. Take all rumors, tech or otherwise, with a grain of salt.]

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Apple News Audio, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, and Nanuleu

Founded in 2015, Club MacStories has delivered exclusive content every week for over six years.

In that time, members have enjoyed nearly 400 weekly and monthly newsletters packed with more of your favorite MacStories writing as well as Club-only podcasts, eBooks, discounts on apps, icons, and services. Join today, and you’ll get everything new that we publish every week, plus access to our entire archive of back issues and downloadable perks.

The Club expanded in 2021 with Club MacStories+ and Club Premier. Club MacStories+ members enjoy even more exclusive stories, a vibrant Discord community, a rotating roster of app discounts, and more. And, with Club Premier, you get everything we offer at every Club level plus an extended, ad-free version of our podcast AppStories that is delivered early each week in high-bitrate audio.

Choose the Club plan that’s right for you:

  • Club MacStories: Weekly and monthly newsletters via email and the web that are brimming with app collections, tips, automation workflows, longform writing, a Club-only podcast, periodic giveaways, and more;
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Apple News Audio, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, and Nanuleu

Founded in 2015, Club MacStories has delivered exclusive content every week for over six years.

In that time, members have enjoyed nearly 400 weekly and monthly newsletters packed with more of your favorite MacStories writing as well as Club-only podcasts, eBooks, discounts on apps, icons, and services. Join today, and you’ll get everything new that we publish every week, plus access to our entire archive of back issues and downloadable perks.

The Club expanded in 2021 with Club MacStories+ and Club Premier. Club MacStories+ members enjoy even more exclusive stories, a vibrant Discord community, a rotating roster of app discounts, and more. And, with Club Premier, you get everything we offer at every Club level plus an extended, ad-free version of our podcast AppStories that is delivered early each week in high-bitrate audio.

Choose the Club plan that’s right for you:

  • Club MacStories: Weekly and monthly newsletters via email and the web that are brimming with app collections, tips, automation workflows, longform writing, a Club-only podcast, periodic giveaways, and more;
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  • Club Premier: Everything in from our other plans and AppStories+, an extended version of our flagship podcast that’s delivered early, ad-free, and in high-bitrate audio.

Apple News Audio, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, and Nanuleu

Founded in 2015, Club MacStories has delivered exclusive content every week for over six years.

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Apple is Testing iPhone Models With a USB-C Port [Report]

Apple has begun testing iPhone models with a USB-C port ahead of legislation that could force the company to abandon its Lightning port, reports Bloomberg.

Apple Inc. is testing future iPhone models that replace the current Lightning charging port with the more prevalent USB-C connector, according to people with knowledge of the situation, a move that could help the company conform with looming European regulations.

In addition to testing USB-C port models, Apple is working on an adapter that would let future iPhones work with Lightning accessories.

Bloomberg believes that Apple would make the switch to USB-C in 2023 at the earliest. This lines up with a recent prediction from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who said that Apple will switch to USB-C for the iPhone 15.

While moving to USB-C would help Apple streamline all its devices with one port, they would lose control over the lucrative market for iPhone accessories. Additionally, Apple has argued that the EU’s plan to force USB-C on companies will stifle future innovation.

“We are concerned that regulation mandating just one type of connector for all devices on the market will harm European consumers by slowing down the introduction of beneficial innovations in charging standards, including those related to safety and energy efficiency,” the company said last year.

It’s been rumored that the company would rather release a portless iPhone than switch to USB-C. While this is possible, there are some issues related to data transfer speed, charging speed, and interoperability.

Please download the iClarified app or follow iClarified on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and RSS for updates.

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Apple is Testing iPhone Models With a USB-C Port [Report]

Apple has begun testing iPhone models with a USB-C port ahead of legislation that could force the company to abandon its Lightning port, reports Bloomberg.

Apple Inc. is testing future iPhone models that replace the current Lightning charging port with the more prevalent USB-C connector, according to people with knowledge of the situation, a move that could help the company conform with looming European regulations.

In addition to testing USB-C port models, Apple is working on an adapter that would let future iPhones work with Lightning accessories.

Bloomberg believes that Apple would make the switch to USB-C in 2023 at the earliest. This lines up with a recent prediction from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who said that Apple will switch to USB-C for the iPhone 15.

While moving to USB-C would help Apple streamline all its devices with one port, they would lose control over the lucrative market for iPhone accessories. Additionally, Apple has argued that the EU’s plan to force USB-C on companies will stifle future innovation.

“We are concerned that regulation mandating just one type of connector for all devices on the market will harm European consumers by slowing down the introduction of beneficial innovations in charging standards, including those related to safety and energy efficiency,” the company said last year.

It’s been rumored that the company would rather release a portless iPhone than switch to USB-C. While this is possible, there are some issues related to data transfer speed, charging speed, and interoperability.

Please download the iClarified app or follow iClarified on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and RSS for updates.

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Goldman Sachs loses executive who secured Apple Card deal

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“Deal Guy” Scott Young is leaving Goldman Sachs, having helped win the Apple Card project for the firm, its most successful credit card launch ever.

According to CNBC, chief commercial officer Scott Young of Goldman Sachs’s consumer business, is leaving to join the fintech startup, iCreditWorks. Reportedly know as the “deal guy,” Young worked with Omer Ismail and Lloyd Blankfein, on securing the Apple Card deal in 2018.

He joins iCreditWorks as part of a team producing a point of sale mobile app which aims to handle personal loans for users in the health industry. The company was founded three years ago and founder Stephen Sweeney says he and partners have so far invested $50 million in the business.

“When you’re trying to build a disruptive platform that has wide commercial appeal, you need an executive who has the chops to make those deals happen,” Sweeney told CNBC. “As chief commercial officer at Goldman, [Young] was at the nexus of all those transactions; sourcing, negotiating and securing deals.”

Apple Card ultimately launched in 2019, and is considered a success. It remains US-only, however, three years after its launch and promises of international releases.

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Eve Outdoor Cam Surfaces on Amazon.de Ahead of Launch

With the new Eve Outdoor Cam, the Munich-based company Eve Systems will be offering its previously announced new outdoor camera from May 17th – The exclusive HomeKit Secure Video camera with integrated floodlight. Although it’s currently listed on Amazon.de, it’s currently listed as ‘unavailable’, so we hope to see that change on the aforementioned date.

Like the Eve Cam, the new Eve Outdoor Cam works exclusively via HomeKit Secure Video. This means that the video material only ends up on Apple’s iCloud servers, and only if requested, after it has been encrypted by the Home Hub while still in your own four walls.

Floodlit HomeKit camera


The special thing about the Eve Outdoor Cam is the integrated floodlight, which can also be separately controlled as a light via HomeKit. With the integrated motion detector and the necessary 100-240V connection, the camera can easily replace an existing outdoor floodlight.

The camera delivers 1080p resolution at 24 frames per second with a field of view of 157°. The infrared motion detection, on the other hand, triggers at an angle of 100° at a distance of up to 9m at an installation height of 2.5m. Even after installation, the angle of the camera can still be adjusted via the three-axis joint.

The concept is not new


The concept of an outdoor camera with an integrated floodlight is not new. Netatmo has had a very similar HomeKit Secure Video camera in its range for several years. The recommended retail price of the new Eve Outdoor Cam is €249.99 – €50 less than the competition. However, it should be noted that the street price of Netatmo cameras is often below the recommended retail price.

The Eve Outdoor Cam can now be pre-ordered from Amazon for just under €250. Delivery should take place from May 17, 2022.

This article was originally posted here

Eve Outdoor Cam Surfaces on Amazon.de Ahead of Launch

With the new Eve Outdoor Cam, the Munich-based company Eve Systems will be offering its previously announced new outdoor camera from May 17th – The exclusive HomeKit Secure Video camera with integrated floodlight. Although it’s currently listed on Amazon.de, it’s currently listed as ‘unavailable’, so we hope to see that change on the aforementioned date.

Like the Eve Cam, the new Eve Outdoor Cam works exclusively via HomeKit Secure Video. This means that the video material only ends up on Apple’s iCloud servers, and only if requested, after it has been encrypted by the Home Hub while still in your own four walls.

Floodlit HomeKit camera


The special thing about the Eve Outdoor Cam is the integrated floodlight, which can also be separately controlled as a light via HomeKit. With the integrated motion detector and the necessary 100-240V connection, the camera can easily replace an existing outdoor floodlight.

The camera delivers 1080p resolution at 24 frames per second with a field of view of 157°. The infrared motion detection, on the other hand, triggers at an angle of 100° at a distance of up to 9m at an installation height of 2.5m. Even after installation, the angle of the camera can still be adjusted via the three-axis joint.

The concept is not new


The concept of an outdoor camera with an integrated floodlight is not new. Netatmo has had a very similar HomeKit Secure Video camera in its range for several years. The recommended retail price of the new Eve Outdoor Cam is €249.99 – €50 less than the competition. However, it should be noted that the street price of Netatmo cameras is often below the recommended retail price.

The Eve Outdoor Cam can now be pre-ordered from Amazon for just under €250. Delivery should take place from May 17, 2022.

This article was originally posted here

Eve Outdoor Cam Surfaces on Amazon.de Ahead of Launch

With the new Eve Outdoor Cam, the Munich-based company Eve Systems will be offering its previously announced new outdoor camera from May 17th – The exclusive HomeKit Secure Video camera with integrated floodlight. Although it’s currently listed on Amazon.de, it’s currently listed as ‘unavailable’, so we hope to see that change on the aforementioned date.

Like the Eve Cam, the new Eve Outdoor Cam works exclusively via HomeKit Secure Video. This means that the video material only ends up on Apple’s iCloud servers, and only if requested, after it has been encrypted by the Home Hub while still in your own four walls.

Floodlit HomeKit camera


The special thing about the Eve Outdoor Cam is the integrated floodlight, which can also be separately controlled as a light via HomeKit. With the integrated motion detector and the necessary 100-240V connection, the camera can easily replace an existing outdoor floodlight.

The camera delivers 1080p resolution at 24 frames per second with a field of view of 157°. The infrared motion detection, on the other hand, triggers at an angle of 100° at a distance of up to 9m at an installation height of 2.5m. Even after installation, the angle of the camera can still be adjusted via the three-axis joint.

The concept is not new


The concept of an outdoor camera with an integrated floodlight is not new. Netatmo has had a very similar HomeKit Secure Video camera in its range for several years. The recommended retail price of the new Eve Outdoor Cam is €249.99 – €50 less than the competition. However, it should be noted that the street price of Netatmo cameras is often below the recommended retail price.

The Eve Outdoor Cam can now be pre-ordered from Amazon for just under €250. Delivery should take place from May 17, 2022.

This article was originally posted here

Eve Outdoor Cam Surfaces on Amazon.de Ahead of Launch

With the new Eve Outdoor Cam, the Munich-based company Eve Systems will be offering its previously announced new outdoor camera from May 17th – The exclusive HomeKit Secure Video camera with integrated floodlight. Although it’s currently listed on Amazon.de, it’s currently listed as ‘unavailable’, so we hope to see that change on the aforementioned date.

Like the Eve Cam, the new Eve Outdoor Cam works exclusively via HomeKit Secure Video. This means that the video material only ends up on Apple’s iCloud servers, and only if requested, after it has been encrypted by the Home Hub while still in your own four walls.

Floodlit HomeKit camera


The special thing about the Eve Outdoor Cam is the integrated floodlight, which can also be separately controlled as a light via HomeKit. With the integrated motion detector and the necessary 100-240V connection, the camera can easily replace an existing outdoor floodlight.

The camera delivers 1080p resolution at 24 frames per second with a field of view of 157°. The infrared motion detection, on the other hand, triggers at an angle of 100° at a distance of up to 9m at an installation height of 2.5m. Even after installation, the angle of the camera can still be adjusted via the three-axis joint.

The concept is not new


The concept of an outdoor camera with an integrated floodlight is not new. Netatmo has had a very similar HomeKit Secure Video camera in its range for several years. The recommended retail price of the new Eve Outdoor Cam is €249.99 – €50 less than the competition. However, it should be noted that the street price of Netatmo cameras is often below the recommended retail price.

The Eve Outdoor Cam can now be pre-ordered from Amazon for just under €250. Delivery should take place from May 17, 2022.

This article was originally posted here

Apple announces ‘Carpool Karaoke: The Series’ season five premiere date

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“Carpool Karaoke” will return to Apple TV+ on May 27 and will feature guests such as Zooey Deschanel and Jonathan Scott.

In a press release, Apple announced that the new season will feature celebrities like Simu Liu, Jessica Henwick, Murray Bartlett, Alexandra Daddario, and Sydney Sweeney.

A minute-long teaser was made available on The Late Late Show with James Cordon’s official YouTube channel.

The series has won Emmy awards for each of its past four seasons, alongside multiple other awards including the Producers Guild Award.

“Carpool Karaoke” is a spinoff of CBS’s Late Late Show with James Cordon’s segment of the same name. Apple purchased the series in 2016.

Apple TV+ had recently shared the first trailer for season two of the series “Physical,” and announced a hybrid live-action and animated kids show entitled “Lovely Little Farm.”

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Apple Notifying Developers Who Get to Attend WWDC Viewing Event at Apple Park

Apple has started sending out emails letting developers know if they’ve been chosen to attend the special WWDC viewing event that is set to take place at Apple Park on Monday, June 6.

wwdc 2022 apple park event
Apple began taking applications for the viewing event on Monday, and said that developers would be informed if they were selected by 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time tonight. Those picked are receiving emails right now, and will need to RSVP by May 18 at 6:00 p.m. to confirm their attendance.

Only a small number of developers are being invited to the ‌Apple Park‌ campus to watch the WWDC 2022 keynote and the Platforms State of the Union. Apple says that it will be an all-day experience at ‌‌‌Apple Park‌‌‌, with developers also be invited to explore the new Developer Center that Apple has built. Apple last year said that it was building a dedicated Developer Center on the ‌‌‌Apple Park‌‌‌ campus, though few details have been provided about it.

We’re hosting a special all-day experience at Apple Park on June 6 to kick off WWDC22. Gather with others in the developer community to watch the keynote and State of the Union videos alongside Apple engineers and experts, explore the all-new Developer Center, and so much more. We can’t wait to connect in person.

The ‌‌‌Apple Park‌‌‌ event is free, and all members of the Apple Developer Program and Apple Developer Enterprise Program were invited to apply. Though the event is free, those picked will need to travel to Cupertino, California.

WWDC is set to kick off at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time on Monday, June 6.

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Apple began taking applications for the viewing event on Monday, and said that developers would be informed if they were selected by 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time tonight. Those picked are receiving emails right now, and will need to RSVP by May 18 at 6:00 p.m. to confirm their attendance.

Only a small number of developers are being invited to the ‌Apple Park‌ campus to watch the WWDC 2022 keynote and the Platforms State of the Union. Apple says that it will be an all-day experience at ‌‌‌Apple Park‌‌‌, with developers also be invited to explore the new Developer Center that Apple has built. Apple last year said that it was building a dedicated Developer Center on the ‌‌‌Apple Park‌‌‌ campus, though few details have been provided about it.

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The ‌‌‌Apple Park‌‌‌ event is free, and all members of the Apple Developer Program and Apple Developer Enterprise Program were invited to apply. Though the event is free, those picked will need to travel to Cupertino, California.

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