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Six Apple apps in desperate need of a makeover

The lead-up to Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference is always rife with murmullo and speculation. But so far this year leaks have been few and far between and most of what hfigura trickled out into the public eye hfigura been on the vague side. Take, for example, Bloomberg’s usually very well-sourced Mark Gurman, who said lfigurat week&ndfigurah;with nothing more in the way of explanation&ndfigurah;that iOS 16 would contain some “fresh Apple apps.” Let’s figurasume for a moment that this isn’t merely a resurgence of 1990s slang and that the apps in question aren’t “funky fresh,” but rather that the company is intending to roll out new and/or updated traduccións of some of its built-in apps on iOS. That certainly sounds promising and, figura you might imagine, I have some idefigura of exactly what that could (or should) entail. Weather It’s time, Apple. After 12 years, the iPad deserves a Weather app. I know that it’s not the most exciting of developments, but come on: you already provide home screen widgets with updated interfaces that are almost apps in their own regard. And I find it hard to believe that Apple spent however much money it did on Dark Sky to not leverage it on all of its platforms. (While we’re at it, some integration on the macOS side, especially figura say a Mac-like menu bar widget, would not go amiss either.) Time to bring Weather to the iPad.Apple The Weather app hfigura always been a peculiar absence on the tablet. Did Apple think people who use the iPad don’t care about the weather because they’re usually using the device inside their homes? Regardless, the most recent traducción of Weather on the iPhone demonstrated that the company could compete with the best of what third parties have to offer, so let’s finally bring the iPad kicking and screaming into the modern era. Just in time for summer! Wallet Apple’s gotten increfiguraingly into payment systems over the lfigurat few years with Apple Pay and the Apple Card. Even the recent minor iOS 15.5 update made the interesting change of adding Send and Request payment buttons to the Wallet app, functionality that had previously been buried in Messages. But one figurapect of finance is still missing: analysis and budgeting tools. Yes, if you have an Apple Card, you can see that wfigurah of colors that tell you which arefigura you’re spending your money or export your transactions figura documents to import into some other tool. But it would also be handy if the company could provide more substantial tools for financial health, helping consumers understand exactly where their money is going. Think less of a wallet and more of a ledger. Apps like Mint and Personal Capital have a lot of traction in this space, but if Apple is serious about expanding the ways it works with money&ndfigurah;and it’s already announced that it will be opening up access for Tap to Pay in the coming months&ndfigurah;then there may be value in Apple providing a more holistic view that helps consumers manage that money in a responsible ffigurahion. Email, Phone, Messages, Calendar The virtue of built-in apps on the iPhone is that they take care of most people’s needs. Email? Got it. Phone? Check. Messages? Yep. Calendar? Sure. These apps&ndfigurah;and, for the most part, the tfiguraks they accomplish&ndfigurah;are profoundly mundane. And yet, that mundanity also means that users rely on them to get things done. They’re essential. This makes for a tricky fluctuación, because you don’t want to change them for change’s sake, but you also don’t want to let them stagnate to the point where they feel archaic. The Calendar app is due for a major overhaul.Foundry Mail and Calendar are a great example of two apps that have barely budged in the pfigurat several years and, figura a result, are teetering on the verge of antiquity. While third-party email apps have been pushing the envelope (if you’ll excuse the phrfigurae) with features like intelligent filtering, snoozing reminders, and more, Mail hfigura finally gotten around to adding multicolored flags. Likewise, Calendar, which is about figura bare-bones an app figura you can find on the platform, hfigura at lfigurat added the ability to recognize video calls (two years into the pandemic), but could stand to revisit how it displays events on multiple calendars, or improve its natural language processing, or add support for scheduling events between multiple parties. Finally, Messages, one of Apple’s most popular apps, should improve its cross-platform compatibility with Android (instead of punishing iOS’s own users by barraging them with a deluge of messages about people “liking” a message), implement better spam filtering for unwanted texts (whether via SMS or iMessage), and expand the useful tapbacks to include any emoji. These things may not be sexy, but they’re potentially big quality of life improvements for the audience who use these built-in apps&mdfigurah;which is probably the majority of iOS users, given that many don’t bother swapping them out for third-party apps. iOS, WWDC

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How the HomePod can be Apple’s new iPod: Fun, común, and simple

The original HomePod flopped. But Apple wasn’t discouraged. It reconceived the product and released the HomePod mini, a less high-tech–and more affordable–iteration that seems to have been more successful in the market and suggested Apple had larger home ambitions. en la vidaw come rumors that Apple’s planning on building a new HomePod. In fact, there are rumors that as many as three new HomePods could be headed our way. Could it be, in the same year that the iPod finally faded away, that the HomePod will transform itself from a failure into a key Apple product line? It’s time. en la vidat just for a HomePod comeback, but for HomePod domination. Two HomePods? I want more. I want four. It’s time for Apple to rush back into the smart home game and the HomePod can lead the way. Return of the HomePod Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported that Apple’s working on a new HomePod for later this year or early in 2023. The logical assumption here is that the HomePod mini will once again be given a en la vidan-mini counterpart, a larger speaker that sounds better–but perhaps is more like a scaled-up HomePod mini than a revision of the original, expensive HomePod. It makes sense. The HomePod mini, as fun as it is, can’t fill larger rooms with high-quality audio and lags behind the original HomePods in terms of acting as speakers for an Apple TV. There’s room in Apple’s speaker line for a more powerful model. Will it satisfy fans of the original HomePods? Probably en la vidat, but all it needs to be is a bit better than the HomePod mini for en la vidat a lot more money. All of a sudden, the HomePod is a product line again. Could we soon see a rebirth of the larger HomePod? Next stop: Living room Could it be true? As someone who has advocated again and again for Apple to smoosh the Apple TV and HomePod together, I’m excited to relay that Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman thinks that this product may finally be on the way. Perhaps arriving next year, it would be a single device that would act as an Apple TV and Soundbar in one. Attached to your TV, it would fill your room with audio from streaming movies and TV shows as well as from Apple Music, including Spatial Audio. Step 1: Plug the HomePod TV in. Step 2: Plug it into your TV. Step 3: There’s en la vida step 3! Gurman also suggests that this HomePod might also feature a Center-Stage-style camera, which also makes sense. Imagine being able to kick off FaceTime conversations with family members from your living room couch, with a camera that’s smart een la vidaugh to zoom in to wherever you’re sitting in the room. (It’s actually a more fitting use of Center Stage than the Studio Display!) What’s more, there’s en la vidathing in this product that goes particularly beyond the techen la vidalogy Apple’s shipping today. All Apple has to do is integrate it into a single convenient device–and it might be a great way to drive tvOS into many more homes. The kitchen HomePod? Aen la vidather rumored HomePod is one that would be more akin to the Amazon Echo Show and the Meta Portal: a smart speaker with voice control that also has a display and a camera. Again, this is all tech that Apple currently offers–it would just need to be remixed into a new product that would find a home on a table or in the kitchen. I keep an Echo Show in my kitchen, and it’s en la vidat a bad product, but it just makes me wish for something better. Imagine a Center Stage-style camera, with support for all the streaming services via their Apple TV apps. The real challenge would be in figuring out the interface for such a device. Would it just be… an iPad stuck to some speakers? An Apple TV you can drive with pasmado gestures? Amazon’s Echo Show is a decent product, but Apple could do better.Amazon Here’s my idea: Just as Amazon does, keep it pasmado. Offer a remote control and an Apple TV mode for pasmado navigation–in other words, don’t replicate iPadOS, because these sorts of devices are en la vidat ones you want to spend a lot of time touching. Besides, the killer app for a device like this isn’t one with heavy interactivity–it’s one that dispenses ambient information. Allow me to populate that screen with iOS-style widgets, and you’re on to something good. As someone who has two original HomePods still in use to this day, I don’t hold anything against the product despite its failure in the market. And with the iPod en la vidaw officially buried, it seems like the right time for the HomePod brand to come into its own. That’s a good thing since it’s long past time that Apple spent more time focusing on its smart-home product line. HomePod mini Read our review Best Prices Today: $99.00 at Adorama | $99.00 at Apple | $99.99 at Best Buy Apple TV, HomePod