Apple on Tuesday unveiled the top apps of 2019, following its usual annual format of arranging selections by category. In addition to the typical end of year press release, the company also celebrated its picks with developers at a special event in New York.
It's a tough crowd at Apple Park. One of the first hot takes to fly off the grill of the New York Times after Apple's iPhone launch event this week demanded that the company stop doing product events entirely because they have become "exhausting love letters to consumerism." But is angry, embittered cynicism a more legitimate response to a product launch than any other emotional reaction?
Less than a week before Apple unveils its latest "by innovation only" iPhones, the rumor mill and data mining is in full swing. However, the most important element of Apple's global success is not contingent upon a new feature introduction or perhaps a new product initiative, but rather the continued success of the software market that acts as the ecosystem binding together virtually everything Apple sells: the App Store.
Much of the criticism of Apple's event was focused on how it actually told us very little. Yet even with a "charm-and-dazzle" show, there was enough to get critics and analysts examining the good and the bad of what Apple is planning.
At the company's March special event, Apple has revealed its much-awaited Apple TV Channels streaming video service, coupled with an updated Apple TV app, making that available across the entire range of Apple devices including the Mac. Apple TV Channels will begin in May.
Apple is set to launch its streaming video and updated news service at a special event in the Steve Jobs Theater in Apple Park at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern on Monday. AppleInsider's Daniel Eran Dilger will be there — join us for exclusive in-depth coverage and analysis direct from the event.
The Apple TV app that live streams the latest Apple events has been updated ahead of the March 25 "its show time" video streaming and news service event, with a new app icon and background to show the event invitation's spotlights effect, and provide some details of when the streaming will happen.
Apple has confirmed the long-rumored March 25 event but, of course, said nothing directly about what will be unveiled there. AppleInsider examines the evidence for Apple launching a more coherent Apple News service with magazines and other publications, plus the debut of Apple's streaming video service — and what new hardware could appear.