On this episode of Not Another Mac Podcast, Mark is joined by Antonio Rosario and Scott Wilsey. We discuss the future of the iPad, Music and Apple's approach to streaming as well as iCloud reliability.
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iPad: Is it dead? No we are not talking about the demise of the iPad. However, we do ponder why we are no longer seeing growth in that sector. Mark feels that the longevity of iOS, in regards to supporting older hardware, is a key reason for the delay in the upgrade progress. Scott agrees somewhat but it was interesting to find out that he has predominately moved away from the iPad to the iPhone 5s. Scott shares some of his reasons and I think many people would be in the same position. Do you use your iPhone more than your iPad, especially if you have an iPhone 6 Plus? Let us know in the comments. Scott feels that Apple has forgotten why the iPad is is important and that it is akin to a big iPhone. Would you agree? In some ways, I would as the iPad mini is really a product that isn't needed in a world where there is an iPhone 6 Plus. Now, if only Apple made an iPod touch in a plus size! Mark ponders what the next big thing is for the iPad. Whilst the roundtable don't dip too far into the rumour mill, then entire panel believe that a 12-inch iPad would be beneficial for many uses and the addition of periphery items such as a stylus, and mouse support, would further encourage acceptance amongst business users. Would you like Apple to more external device support? Mark simply wants options. Antonio believes that one of the things that needs to be worked on, that would also benefit from a larger iPad, is professional editing apps. Everyone agrees and Mark also mentions how well Microsoft Office for iOS performs.
Music: The roundtable discuss music, Apple Music, or is that iTunes, or iTunes Match, or Beats...OMG! Antonio and Mark express their concerns with Apple and Music, yet Scott doesn't have the same problems, despite being able to sympathise with them. Mark belives it is now too difficult to have and manage music on iOS as a result of the Apple Music introduction. Would you agree? Are you struggling to deal with the changes? Do you find that you are spending more time trying to work out the technology than you are enjoying the music? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. Mark discusses how iTunes Match is failing for him and his specific needs. Yes, it is a unique case and one that many listeners will likely find interesting. Mark truly misses the iPod classic and the simplicity that it offered. Do you still use an iPod? Antonio adds to Mark's thoughts by stating very honestly that in the days or records, cassettes, and compact discs we never had to negotiate with the media in order to play it. It is extremely funny, and so true. I'm sure you will enjoy. Scott counteracts the arguments by Antonio and Mark by stating that Apple Music has allowed him to enjoy music more as he no longer needs to worry about micro managing a digital collection. I must admit that this line of thinking does make me consider if I am using the system in the best possible way.
iTunes: It is no longer about tunes and music management. We ask if iTunes is simply too large and what can be done to reduce the impact on users. Should it be once again simplified? Mark believes that Apple should be killing off legacy services, such as iTunes Match, prior to releasing new technological advances. It is his hope that this would reduce some of the confusion. However, one of the key areas of confusion is where the iPhone stats that there is a specific amount of data available, but then iTunes says that this is incorrect. We discuss the problem and why it happens. To make matters worse, or more frustrating for users, Mark recommends that you shouldn't buy audio books on iTunes because Apple does not allow you to re-download an audio book if you delete it. We shall file that in the ridiculous, but true category.
iCloud: Mark believes that Apple still hasn't mastered cloud computing, despite relying on it so heavily. Do you rely on iCloud, or other Cloud services? Which services do you use? Interestingly, Scott says that iCloud Photo Library is perfect. Perhaps there is hope after all. Although, Antonio offers a slightly different view. It is a very interesting conversation and everyone can certainly learn something from Antonio's view on the matter.
Mark, Antonio, and Scott all rant: Yeah, you're not getting that insider information without listening to the show. All that can be said is it will be memorable should you listen right to the end of the episode.