A few days ago, Beyonce set the music world on fire by dropping a surprise album exclusively on iTunes. No one knew it was going to happen. There was no promotional tour, no pre-release of select cuts. One moment, the project didn't exist. The next moment, it was on iTunes, and burning up the charts. About a day later, Apple claimed it had set an iTunes record.
There is no ambiguity about which tablet people want. But, there is often a great gulf between what people want, and what they can afford. That gulf is where the non-iPad, tablet market lives. Amazon has a new plan to capture that market that should put fear into the other, Android tablet competitors.
There is no denying it. Touch ID is big, and is set to get a lot bigger. Unlocking an iPhone, and authenticating iTunes purchases was a good start, but everybody knew that the technology could be used for so much more. In a recent patent filing, Apple is showing us how much more they have in mind:
Apple is clearly have no trouble selling apps on the App Store. That may explain why the App Store has been updated so little over the years. But there is still a lot of room for improvement where the App Store is concerned, and Apple seems poised to address one of my biggest feature requests:
If you want to contribute to the typhoon relief for the Philippines, Apple has made it doorknob simple. Just fire up iTunes, any version. Pictured above is the iPad version. Just watch that featured carousel at the top. If it is not there immediately, after a few seconds, the Red Cross banner will come around. Click or tap it to get to the screen that you see above.