Katie's Week in Review: February 19, 2017

Do you know the way to San Jose? Apple announces WWDC dates, teases their new Apple Music series and more. Here are the links of note for the week ending February 19, 2017:

  • Apple brings WWDC back to San Jose in 2017 - The Loop - For the first time since 2002, Apple will bring WWDC back to San Jose. The Conference will be held the week of June 5, 2017 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose. A few Apple Bloggers, including Jim Dalrymple were given the heads up and had an opportunity to talk to Apple’s Phil Schiller about the move. WWDC will be able the same size as previous conferences, but the move to San Jose makes the logistics a lot easier for the company. Of course, the change in venue could negatively impact some of the social events that pops around WWDC including third-party conferences, meet-ups, and parties. Time will tell.
  • Apple Vowed To Revolutionize Television. An Inside Look at Why It Hasn’t - Bloomberg - Mark Gurman takes a look at the history of the Apple TV, what could have been, and why the platform has generally failed to launch. Gurman says a new 4K Apple TV is in the works, but if that’s the only change between the next generation and current set-top box, it’s probably not enough to make me upgrade.
  • Apple’s new TV show has Jessica Alba, Gwyneth Paltrow and Will.i.am telling people why their app ideas are terrible - Recode - Eddie Cue and Ben Silverman appeared at the Code Media conference to talk about Apple’s new TV show Planet of the Apps. You can view the full interview (about 1h 10m) here. Planet of the Apps appears to be a mix of Shark Take and the Voice with developer sand entrepreneurs making a pitch to a celebrity panel. If the idea is chosen, the teams will work with the celebrities and compete for VC money and App store placement. (You can view Apple’s Trailer here.) I’m not an Apple Music subscriber, but even if I was, it’s probably not the type of thing I’d be interested in. Then again, I’m not a real fan of reality TV.
  • Amazon has quietly updated its free shipping policy for the better - 9to5Toys - Last year, Amazon raised the threshold for free shipping for non-prime members to $49. This week, they dropped it back down to $35 or more, likely in response to Walmart offering free shipping on any orders of $35 or more. I’m a long time Amazon Prime subscriber, but I applaud the change.
  • Is ‘unlimited’ phone data a ripoff? - Recode - Earlier this year T-Mobile simplified their pricing. Verizon has announced they were bringing back an unlimited data plan and AT&T announced this week they were doing the same. One thing is for sure, the competition is good for consumers. But the question still remains if these unlimited plans, as good as they sound, are really good ideas. For most consumers, probably not.
  • Iconfactory Plans to Rebuild Twitterrific for Mac with Kickstarter Campaign - Mac Observer - Iconfacory wants to bring back their Twitter client for Mac. Although Twitterrific for Mac continues to function, it has not been updated in some time and Iconfactory is asking users to pledge money up front through Kickstarter to support the development of a new version of the App. It’s an interesting model, I’m curious to see how this goes.
  • Apple suspends sales of LG’s UltraFine 5K monitor over hardware issues - Apple Insider - There have been reports of the new LG UltraFine 5K monitor, allegedly due to interference with Wi-Fi routers. Right now the monitor is still available on Apple’s online store but showing ship times of 3–4 weeks.
  • Apple Music — Carpool Karaoke: The Series — Trailer Apple’s other new series coming to Apple Music is Carpool Karaoke. This series looks to have a bit more boarder appeal than Planet of the Apps. The trailer is a lot of fun: