Apple Design Guru Jony Ive Returns to Hardware
Jony Ive, Apple's chief designer, will once again have direct oversight of the company's hardware and software design. Ive handed those responsibilities off to other managers in 2015 in order to concentrate on larger projects, such as Apple's new headquarters building and retail stores. With those projects complete or well under way, Ive will tackle Apple's consumer products once more. "Apple's design leaders and teams are again reporting directly to Jony Ive, who remains focused purely on design," Apple spokeswoman Amy Bessette told Reuters.
Apple Retunes Apple Music for Android Devices
Apple today released Apple Music 2.0 for Android handsets and the app introduces a number of features found on the iOS version. To start, Apple Music for Android drops all elements of Google's Material Design in favor of Apple's app design language.
Apple Improves Storage Options for iPhone SE
Apple today gave the iPhone SE a modest update thanks to improved storage capacities. Beginning this week, the iPhone SE will be available in 32 GB and 128 GB versions.
Apple Drops Watch Price to $299, Intros New Bands
Apple today permanently dropped the entry-level price of the Apple Watch from $399 to $299. Apple said it is dropping the price to make it appealing to a wider range of consumers.
Apple Promotes Jony Ive to Chief Design Officer
Apple has promoted Jony Ive, the company's design guru, to the newly created Chief Design Officer position. Ive's previous title was Senior Vice President of Design.
Apple Accidentally Spills iPhone 7 and 7+ Details
Apple today revealed new iPhones, the 7 and 7+, via its Twitter account before executives had a chance to show them off on stage at its live event. The devices largely resemble the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, but still manage to make some significant changes to the hardware.