Apple prepares for deeper integration of Shazam in iOS
Apple has only just released the latest major update for its iPhone software, iOS 14, but it's already hard at work on forthcoming minor updates. iOS 14.2 has been released to developers, and it includes a significant...
September 18, 2020
Apple’s HomePod will soon support non-Apple music services
Last night was the keynote for Apple's annual WWDC event, which is an online-only affair this year. You can watch the full presentation on YouTube, and read about the new features coming to iPhone's iOS software. But what...
June 23, 2020
Apple reveals lower-than-expected iPhone sales last quarter
Apple has warned investors that its revenues for the final quarter of 2018 (its fiscal Q1) will be lower than it previously forecast. The company now expects quarterly revenues of around $84bn, compared to the $89bn-$93bn...
January 3, 2019
Report: US iPhone app spending grew by 23% in 2017
Sensor Tower is the latest research firm putting out numbers on the apps market for 2017, this time focusing on iPhone app spending in the US. It claims that the average amount spent per active iPhone in the US was $58...
April 16, 2018
Study predicts sharp growth for average iPhone app spend
American iPhone owners spent an average of $47 on apps in 2016 according to research firm SensorTower. But it expects that to grow to $63 this year, $77 in 2018 and $88 in 2019. That’s 86% growth from 2016 to 2019, although...
October 30, 2017
Analyst suggests Apple should bundle Apple Music with iPhone 8
Apple has confirmed that its next press launch will be on 12 September, which is when we can expect the iPhone 8 to be unveiled. Could there be some Apple Music news then too? It will be surprising if Apple doesn’t offer...
September 1, 2017
Mobile apps spending expected to reach $81bn in 2021
Analytics firm App Annie has published its latest set of predictions for the smartphone apps market in 2017. Obligatory big numbers: it anticipates 195bn global downloads across Android and iOS this year, with smartphone...
March 30, 2017
Apple’s iMessage Store has nearly 5k apps already
Six months after its launch, Apple’s iMessage Store – the in-app catalogue of stickers and add-ons for iOS’ native messaging app – now has nearly 5k apps available. That’s according to research firm Sensor Tower,...
March 17, 2017
iPhone helps Apple return to growth as services loom large
Crisis? What crisis? Apple announced its financial results for the final quarter of 2016 – its fiscal first quarter of 2017 – yesterday, reporting record revenues and iPhone sales. But it’s the continued surge in...
February 1, 2017
Apple iMessage gets an App Store: Genius lyrics included
Apple is launching its iOS 10 software today, and as part of it is opening up its iMessage messaging app to developers
September 14, 2016
Campaigns: Video Deluxe – Sandbox 155
Perhaps more than normal, there have been a number of properly eye-catching music videos recently – so we have decided to take a closer look at the best of them. First up, J-pop band Lyrical School, who have created...
August 18, 2016
The history of the album-app: creativity galore but commercially tough
As long as there have been app stores for smartphone and tablets, there have been musicians and developers exploring the potential for albums to be delivered as apps. Many of these projects have been creative and technologically...
July 25, 2016