It’s been a while since Apple delivered one thing actually
revolutionary. Each product in its shops appears similar to
it did final yr… and the yr earlier than that… and the yr earlier than
that.

Amazon Prime Video has a number of the finest unique TV exhibits and
Oscar-worthy new motion pictures (Greatest Image winner
Moonlight is coming quickly), which is why it
infuriates me that I can’t stream that content material instantly on my
Apple TV. However that’s about to vary.

Recode is reporting that Apple and Amazon are understanding
their long-standing variations to deliver a Prime Video app to
the Apple TV App Retailer someday this summer time. Insert actually
all of the raised fingers emojis right here.

My present workaround is to open the Prime Video app on my
iPhone after which use AirPlay to beam no matter I’m watching to my
Apple TV. It’s straightforward sufficient to do, however when confronted with the
alternative of going via these further steps or simply watching
no matter’s new on Netflix, I nearly all the time select the latter.
(This is the reason I’m nonetheless not caught up on the third
season of Clear. I do know, I do know, don’t @ me.)

No phrase on whether or not Amazon plans to start out promoting the Apple TV
once more—the corporate kicked the gadget out of its retailer nearly two
years in the past. On the time, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos mentioned that
determination was as a result of the Apple TV didn’t help Prime
Video. Why? Cash. Bezos mentioned a Prime Video app wasn’t
accessible for Apple TV due to an absence of “acceptable
enterprise phrases.” When requested by
The Verge whether or not these enterprise phrases concerned
Apple’s 30 p.c App Retailer lower, Bezos mentioned “personal enterprise
discussions ought to keep personal.”

If Amazon Prime Video finally ends up on the Apple TV this summer time, it’s
as a result of “acceptable enterprise phrases” have been agreed to.
No matter these phrases are, it’s excellent news for avid TV watchers
like myself.

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</p></div> </div> </div> ” data-medium-file=”” data-large-file=”” class=”alignleft size-full wp-image-422189″ title=”FNF bug” src=”https://i1.wp.com/cdn.cultofmac.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/FNF-Three.jpg?resize=80%2C80″ alt=”Friday Night time Fights bug” data-recalc-dims=”1″>Followers will pin a lot of the blame on
chief design officer
Jony Ive. After greater than twenty years of spectacular and
unparalleled concepts, it appears Steve Jobs’s finest buddy
is operating on empty. Is it time for him to go to make room
for contemporary blood and new concepts?

Be a part of us on this week’s Friday Night time Struggle as we battle it out
over whether or not Apple’s design workforce wants vital
change.

Tonebands ($18 MSRP every,
or $39 for the three-band assortment) are Sport-style bands
manufactured from silicone—and one tiny, however presumably vital, function:
completely different coloured latch pins to match your Watch end. “Not
all Apple watches are silver!” the makers say. “We had
black(-ish) watches and we wished black(-ish) pins.” Gold and
rose gold latches are coming quickly; within the meantime, the bands
themselves are available grey, white, and lavender.

” data-medium-file=”” data-large-file=”” class=”alignleft size-full wp-image-325152″ title=”Cartoonluke_360.png” src=”https://i1.wp.com/cdn.cultofmac.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/cartoonluke_360.png_.jpg?resize=110%2C110″ alt=”Luke Dormehl FNF” data-recalc-dims=”1″>Luke
Dormehl:

I understand
that that is going to be one of many extra controversial
arguments we’ve had shortly. Proper at first, I’ll level
out that I’m making an argument from a fan’s perspective. You
could make a enterprise case for the issues I’m going to recommend
being constructive, however the market hates uncertainty, and getting
rid of most likely its largest asset (sure, greater than Tim Cook dinner)
is just about the definition of uncertainty.


I’m a Jony Ive fan. Creatively, the
decade that adopted the iMac G3 might be probably the most thrilling
one in Apple’s historical past. Over a ten yr interval, Ive — working
carefully with Steve Jobs — eternally modified how we considered
private computer systems with the iMac. It morphed from a enjoyable,
colourful, translucent “blobject” with the first-gen iMac to the
equally enjoyable, sunflower-inspired iMac G4, to the enormous iPod look
of the iMac G5 and thru to the minimalist aluminum Intel
iMac, whose design language we nonetheless have at this time. Alongside
this, he introduced us the enduring iPod with its white earbuds, the
iPhone, the iBook, and some other variety of lovely designs
that seem like they belong in a museum.

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However
since Jobs died in 2011, it appears one thing has modified. Your
present MacBook or iMac could also be technically the perfect laptop
you’ve ever owned, however is it your favourite? And does
it have a design that stands out in a sea of similar-looking
merchandise? I’d recommend not.


Only a few
artists can hold reinventing themselves again and again
all through their profession. By now, we’ve bought a fairly good thought
of what Jony’s platonic best for a tech product is: and it’s
an austere sheet of super-thin aluminum. Sure, there’s a little bit of
experimentation with new supplies, however there hasn’t been an
Apple product for fairly some time that’s dropped jaws in the identical
method these earlier merchandise I described did. The truth is, most of
the experimentation appears to have been about shearing off elements
that customers really need, all within the title of simplicity.


Different
features of Jony’s work, significantly the software program, have gotten
actively worse since he took them over.

Sure, I recognize what he has executed for computing. Together with
Jobs, he created merchandise that made design followers of us all. A
entire era of designers have been impressed by the good
work he’s executed. Wouldn’t you wish to see what just a few of them
may do? Ive was round 30 when he designed the iMac. Think about
giving a younger up-and-coming designer the chance to create
their dream laptop at this time. Not less than at one level, Apple was
the corporate that was all about considering completely different.

After a quarter-century working at Apple, Jony deserves a
well-earned break. I’m certain you agree…

The
new MacBook Professional is Apple’s finest laptop computer but.
Picture: Apple

Apple’s status because the world’s finest laptop computer maker took a
severe hit in 2016, as a result of new MacBook Professional’s adoption of
USB-C.

Within the newest
model rankings by
Laptop computer
Journal
, Apple’s slipped 5 spots as Lenovo and Asus
surged to the highest of the pack with their inexpensive and
reliable wares.

Try the complete rankings:

The
of us behind the rankings credit score Lenovo’s rise to its
“groundbreaking applied sciences and vastly improved buyer
help.” Asus scored excessive factors for worth. In the meantime, Dell
in some way made the highest Three with its premium laptops and stable
guarantee protection.


As for
Apple, Laptop computer
Journal
says utilizing USB-C as the one port possibility
actually damage the corporate’s status, as a result of house owners should carry
round a bunch of dongles.


“The
firm’s MacBooks are slim, highly effective and well-built, however
you’ll want a pile of cash and a bagful of dongles,” writes
the journal, earlier than tossing Cupertino a bone. “The corporate’s
help and guarantee choices are second to none.”

Apple launched its new MacBook Professional with Contact Bar on the finish of
2016. Whereas many reviewers praised the brand new Contact Bar, some

professionals panned the brand new machines for not having sufficient
energy.

In a shock roundtable interview final week, Apple execs
revealed the corporate is engaged on a
new Mac Professional machine. Massive updates are additionally on the best way for
the
MacBook Professional and
iMac lineups as nicely, so hopefully Apple will have the ability to
recuperate the laptop computer crown in 2018.

.

</div> ” data-medium-file=”” data-large-file=”” class=”alignleft size-full wp-image-325097″ title=”Killian FNF” src=”https://i1.wp.com/cdn.cultofmac.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Killian-FNF.jpg?resize=110%2C110″ alt=”Killian Bell FNF” data-recalc-dims=”1″>Killian
Bell:
I do agree that Apple design has turn out to be considerably
boring, however the firm is nonetheless creating merchandise
which can be in contrast to anything in the marketplace. The latest
Mac Professional
will not be the machine many professionals wished, however there
isn’t a desktop prefer it in the marketplace with that a lot energy. The
12-inch MacBook can be a factor of magnificence, and whereas there are
different ultra-portable notebooks on the market, few are fairly as slim
and fairly.

I get your level, although. It does really feel like Ive has misplaced his
ardour since Jobs handed away, and we’re definitely not seeing
the distinctive, market-changing designs we’re used to from
Apple. I additionally agree that there’s room for contemporary concepts, and
that Apple ought to undoubtedly be recruiting new blood
into its design workforce who can have a look at expertise in new methods.
However that doesn’t essentially imply Ive ought to go.

Why can’t we have now the perfect of each worlds? Why can’t we mix
new concepts from younger expertise with Ive’s expertise and
experience? He’s been at Apple for therefore lengthy now that his
data alone makes him a worthy member of the manager
workforce. Eliminating him gained’t obtain a lot, and I believe within the
future, it will be an amazing loss for Apple.

Tonebands ($18 MSRP every,
or $39 for the three-band assortment) are Sport-style bands
manufactured from silicone—and one tiny, however presumably vital, function:
completely different coloured latch pins to match your Watch end. “Not
all Apple watches are silver!” the makers say. “We had
black(-ish) watches and we wished black(-ish) pins.” Gold and
rose gold latches are coming quickly; within the meantime, the bands
themselves are available grey, white, and lavender.

” data-medium-file=”” data-large-file=”” class=”alignleft size-full wp-image-325152″ title=”Cartoonluke_360.png” src=”https://i1.wp.com/cdn.cultofmac.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/cartoonluke_360.png_.jpg?resize=110%2C110″ alt=”Luke Dormehl FNF” data-recalc-dims=”1″>Luke: So stunned
that you just’re not taking a completely completely different facet on this to me.
I assumed for certain that you just’d level out that Apple remains to be
making some lovely units, even when corporations like (shock
horror) Microsoft and Samsung are additionally producing some fairly
gorgeous computer systems and smartphones of their very own. Look, I
definitely don’t assume Apple has something to realize from firing
Jony Ive. As I famous, it will be horrible for Apple share
costs, for one factor. Even when it means paying Jony Ive a
wage for all times to maintain him away from different corporations, I believe
that will be a great factor. However when it comes to overseeing the
design lab, and having all the pieces produced in it really feel prefer it’s
a part of Jony Ive’s imaginative and prescient for computing — yeah, I’d undoubtedly
be fascinated about a change.

15 inch MacBook Pro Silver The
new MacBook Professional is Apple’s finest laptop computer but.
Picture: Apple

Apple’s status because the world’s finest laptop computer maker took a
severe hit in 2016, as a result of new MacBook Professional’s adoption of
USB-C.

Within the newest
model rankings by
Laptop computer
Journal
, Apple’s slipped 5 spots as Lenovo and Asus
surged to the highest of the pack with their inexpensive and
reliable wares.

Try the complete rankings:

The
of us behind the rankings credit score Lenovo’s rise to its
“groundbreaking applied sciences and vastly improved buyer
help.” Asus scored excessive factors for worth. In the meantime, Dell
in some way made the highest Three with its premium laptops and stable
guarantee protection.


As for
Apple, Laptop computer
Journal
says utilizing USB-C as the one port possibility
actually damage the corporate’s status, as a result of house owners should carry
round a bunch of dongles.


“The
firm’s MacBooks are slim, highly effective and well-built, however
you’ll want a pile of cash and a bagful of dongles,” writes
the journal, earlier than tossing Cupertino a bone. “The corporate’s
help and guarantee choices are second to none.”

Apple launched its new MacBook Professional with Contact Bar on the finish of
2016. Whereas many reviewers praised the brand new Contact Bar, some

professionals panned the brand new machines for not having sufficient
energy.

In a shock roundtable interview final week, Apple execs
revealed the corporate is engaged on a
new Mac Professional machine. Massive updates are additionally on the best way for
the
MacBook Professional and
iMac lineups as nicely, so hopefully Apple will have the ability to
recuperate the laptop computer crown in 2018.

.

</div> ” data-medium-file=”” data-large-file=”” class=”alignleft size-full wp-image-325097″ title=”Killian FNF” src=”https://i1.wp.com/cdn.cultofmac.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Killian-FNF.jpg?resize=110%2C110″ alt=”Killian Bell FNF” data-recalc-dims=”1″>Killian: I don’t assume the issue is Ive or a
lack of contemporary concepts, although. In some instances, it’s merely that
Apple refuses to develop sure sorts of merchandise. You
talked about Microsoft earlier, which will get lots of reward for its
terrific Floor Professional pill/laptop computer 2-in-1. However as a lot as many
followers would really like a kind of powered by a hybrid of macOS and
iOS — as we’ve mentioned earlier than — Apple simply gained’t do it. It’s
not that it can’t; it simply
gained’t. The identical goes for a touchscreen Mac just like the Floor
Studio.

I believe you’re forgetting that each different firm has a
related downside. When you take away the merchandise Apple gained’t make
and deal with these it’s making, all the trade has been
caught in a rut for years. Nobody is making a laptop computer or desktop
or pill with a revolutionary design that Apple missed out on.
Smartphones are altering once more, however that has solely simply began
occurring with the arrival of recent show applied sciences — and
they’re basically the identical as they have been earlier than, solely
prettier.

It’s the identical factor we return to time and again: Apple is simply
too huge to be experimental now. The problem doesn’t lie with Jony
Ive; it’s that Apple as an entire is just too scared to make
substantial modifications to insanely profitable merchandise that would
backfire. It’s terrified to radically redesign the iPhone in
case it loses thousands and thousands of consumers to Samsung or Google or LG
— which might not go do nicely with buyers. It doesn’t have
the liberty it did when it was preventing to turn out to be a significant
participant and it didn’t have a lot at stake.

Tonebands ($18 MSRP every,
or $39 for the three-band assortment) are Sport-style bands
manufactured from silicone—and one tiny, however presumably vital, function:
completely different coloured latch pins to match your Watch end. “Not
all Apple watches are silver!” the makers say. “We had
black(-ish) watches and we wished black(-ish) pins.” Gold and
rose gold latches are coming quickly; within the meantime, the bands
themselves are available grey, white, and lavender.

” data-medium-file=”” data-large-file=”” class=”alignleft size-full wp-image-325152″ title=”Cartoonluke_360.png” src=”https://i1.wp.com/cdn.cultofmac.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/cartoonluke_360.png_.jpg?resize=110%2C110″ alt=”Luke Dormehl FNF” data-recalc-dims=”1″>Luke:
You’re massively underestimating how a lot energy Ive has at
Apple. He’s bought as a lot sway, if no more, than Tim Cook dinner when
it involves Apple’s general route. Lots of what you say is
fairly proper, however let’s not fake that Apple hasn’t been a
market chief earlier than after which come out with some extraordinary
new expertise that’s modified the sport. But it surely’s an attention-grabbing
level to ask: has Apple merely turn out to be too huge to create a
world-changing product in the best way it did with all these nice
Jony Ive designs I alluded to earlier. Let’s flip it over to
readers. Have you ever been impressed by Jony Ive’s current work?
Would you have an interest to see what a contemporary pair of eyes may
do when it comes to releasing the following nice product? Or are Jony’s
finest days nonetheless forward of him? Depart your feedback beneath. And
have an awesome weekend.

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Night time Fights
is a collection of weekly loss of life
matches between two no-mercy brawlers who will combat to
the loss of life — or at the least conform to disagree — about which is
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