iTunes replaced on Apple devices by Apple Music and TV apps

iTunes has been replaced by Apple Music, Apple TV, Apple Books, and Apple Podcasts on iOS and MacOS devices.  Prior iTunes media library content can now be found in these new apps.  Instructions on how to manage Apple Music and other subscriptions are available.

Apple iTunes is still available for Microsoft Windows.

Apple reports some iPhone 6 smartphones experiencing power on issues

Apple released a statement that some iPhone 6 smartphones cannot be turned on due to a failed internal component.  iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users can see if their phone may be affected by entering the phone serial number at this link.

Apple iPhone 5 users will also have to do an iOS update or they may experience issues in several major iPhone apps starting on November 3rd 2019.

New Apple products include iPhone 11 and Watch Series 5

Apple announced the upcoming release of several new products at its September 10th 2019 event, including:

Update: The new 16-inch MacBook Pro with Magic Keyboard was released in November 2019.

Microsoft Office free apps for smartphones and tablets with 10.1 inch or smaller screen

Microsoft Office apps such as Excel, Word, and PowerPoint are available as free downloads for iOS , Android and Windows smartphones and tablets that have a screen size of 10.1 inches or smallerUsers can view, edit and create new Office format files with these free apps once they login with a Microsoft user account, but they must subscribe to Office 365 to unlock all app functionality.

Students and teachers with a valid school email address are also eligible for the free Office 365 Education version.

Apple device users can run the iWork productivity apps, which includes Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) announcements

Apple made several major announcements at its Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June 2019, including:

Samsung releases Galaxy S10 smartphones and folding screen smartphone

Samsung has announced the upcoming release of its new series of Galaxy S10 smartphones, the Galaxy S10e, S10 and S10+ models.  New features include Dynamic AMOLED display, improved wireless charging speeds and ultrasonic on-screen fingerprint sensor for Galaxy S10 and S10+ models.

Samsung will also release Galaxy Fold, its first smartphone with a folding screen. This smartphone has a 7.3 inch Infinity Flex Display that unfolds to form a tablet interface.

New wearable fitness devices Galaxy Watch Active and Galaxy Fit that can monitor your heart rate will also be available soon.   Samsung’s Wireless PowerShare technology can charge wirelessly between smartphones and accessories.

Update: the Samsung Galaxy Fold folding smartphone was finally released for public sale in September 2019.

Google releases new accessibility apps Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier

Google has announced the release of accessibility apps Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier to help users with hearing issues.

Live Transcribe transcribes live audio in real time using Google’s speech recognition technology.  This feature is installed on Pixel 3 smartphones under the Accessibility settings and will soon be available in a limited beta release to users worldwide via the Google Play Store.

Sound Amplifier amplifies microphone sounds while reducing unwanted or distracting background noises and is available now at Google Play.

Apple disables FaceTime until security bug is fixed

Update: Apple released iOS 12.1.4 on February 7, 2019 to fix the FaceTime issue.   FaceTime is now available at the Apple System Status page.

USA Today and the Washington Post have reported that some iPhone FaceTime users have been able to listen to people they are calling before the call is answered.   FaceTime runs on iPhones and iPads running iOS 12.1 as well as Macs running macOS Mojave.

Apple is currently working on a fix for this security issue.   FaceTime has been temporarily taken down as noted on the Apple System Status page.