To USB-C or not to USB-C, that and other questions are raised along with other links of note for the week ending March 5, 2017:
- On Today’s Curious Wall Street Journal Report Claiming the Next iPhone Will Replace Lightning Port With USB-C - Daring Fireball - The Wall Street Journal, a well-known source for controlled leaks from Apple has an oddly-written rumor claiming that Apple will introduce a USB-C port for the power-cord instead of the company’s original Lightning connector. First the Internet went about deciphering exactly what this means, and then there were debates about the pros and cons of replacing the USB-C port with USB-C.
- Should Apple dump Lightning from the iPhone 8? The cases for and against - Macworld - There were many debates on the Internet this week about whether the move to USB-C on the iPhone would be a good one, though perhaps none more reasoned than this article by Jason Snell. By the end, I think Jason had convinced himself the move to USB-C was ultimately a positive one. I think he has me on board for the iPhone side of the connector, but perhaps the bigger issue is what do you do with the other side of the connector, the USB-A end that connects to power bricks and ports that we see everywhere?
- Apple CEO Tim Cook: ‘You Will See Us Do More in the Pro Area’ - MacRumors - Tim Cook told a group of shareholders that Apple will do more" for Pros. Given that this seems to be Tim’s standard response anytime the question is asked, I’m not sure there’s anything earth-shattering here.
- Amazon plans to release new Alexa devices that can make phone calls and work as intercoms - Recode - New Echo hardware makes sense, especially given the sales this holiday season. I love my Echo and can’t wait to see what’s next for the platform.
- Amazon Developing Advanced Voice-Recognition for Alexa - Time - In other Echo related news, podcast listeners everywhere may rejoice as they may soon not have to worry about their Echos being accidentally (or sometimes intentionally) triggered by your favorite hosts accidentally saying the wrong turn of phrase.
- Twitter will now let you mute specific words from your timeline — and mute ‘eggs’ without profile photos - Recode - Twitter seems to finally be taking some real action against online harassment by allowing users to mute specific words and users that are suspect. Unfortunately, these features are only available in the native Twitter App, no word yet if they’ll be available to those of us who prefer to use third party apps.
- YouTube, the world’s biggest video site, wants to sell you TV for $35 a month - Recode - YouTube is putting together an interesting “skinny bundle” for cord cutters. Seems like everyone is getting into this business, except Apple.