Per The Register, “Advertising revenue flowing back to app developers from Android apps has exceeded the amount returned to developers by Apple for the first time.”
I live in Colorado, where cellular reception can be very hit or miss. As just one example there are only two spots in my apartment where I can make a phone call. So when I’m at home trying to view a website using Safari on my iPhone and the page is loading really slow, I find it really annoying that my iPhone is trying to use my cellular data rather than my home wireless network (WiFi).
Note: Apple implies that the cellular data is “assisting” the WiFi, but with the poor cell reception here, I can confirm that this feature just slows down my iPhone internet speed.
bgr.com found a nice part of a talk by Steve Jobs in 1998 where he talked about products vs profits. I don’t think I’m the only one who thinks that Apple has lost their way in this regard. macOS keeps getting more and more clumsy, and both it and iOS have more bugs (that affect me) than ever. And then there’s the battery issues in the 2016 MacBook Pro and macOS, which is discussed in the bgr.com article.
I just upgraded to iOS 10 yesterday. So far it seems to work a lot like Android, with “cards” for notifications, and you swipe right on the home screen to see Google Now, or whatever Apple calls that screen.
According to Forbes and other sources, Apple now has its own version of a “Stagefright” security flaw, and it affects all but the most recent versions of iOS and Mac OS X. Theoretically all it requires is that a hacker sends your phone one text.
One lesson learned from Apple recently is that if your products stagnate, people will start to look around, and may spend their money elsewhere. As just one small example of this, iOS got boring for me, so I started looking around and bought an Android tablet instead of a new iPad. These days the Mac and macOS feel stagnant — or worse than that, moving in the wrong direction by removing features like Spaces — so I’m looking at desktop alternatives as well.
PC World reports that Gartner reports the smartphone sales shown in the chart: Android dominates worldwide sales units with 80.7%, iOS has 17.7%, and Windows is there at 1.1%.
I started to write a joke or two, but this picture from Apple’s 2015 WWDC (developer’s conference) speaks volumes about the ratio of male to female developers attending the conference. Photo from this Twitter page.
If you want to stream audio output to multiple speakers from your Mac, PC, iOS or Android device, I can tell you that this DIY article is spot on. Based on that article I just did a very similar thing, with good results. The only caveat is that the volume knob on the Lepai LP-2020A+ is very tight, and only seems to work in certain positions, but other than that, the approach works as advertised. I went with the Micca MB42 Bookshelf Speakers for $59, but in retrospect I wish I had tried the smaller Micca COVO-S Compact 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers.