Yo, HTC raps ... apparently. In today's Apple Daily, watch as the Taiwanese smartphone maker starts a rap battle with Apple and Samsung. Elsewhere, listeners seem to prefer the iPhone over Neil Young's ambitious PonoPlayer, and we could see iOS 8.2 sooner than expected.
Apple Watch-Focused iOS 8.2 May Launch Ahead of Apple Watch Itself
Since iOS 8.2 contains Apple Watch support and the WatchKit API, it's generally been thought that the two would launch at the same time. But that just isn't so, according to sources who spoke with BGR. According to them, we'll see it in March, and thus anywhere from a week to a full month ahead of Apple CEO Tim Cook's stated April launch date for the Apple Watch.
All the same, there are signs that there's some truth to the rumor, as Apple recently started asking key app developers to have their apps ready by mid-February, prompting speculation that Apple will hold a big media event regarding the Apple Watch in March. That, or perhaps an earlier launch than Tim Cook's vague "April" launch window would have us believe.
HTC Targets Apple, Samsung in Rap Video
Samsung's well known for attempting to bash Apple through its many television ads, but at least the Korean tech giant has the sense to bring a touch of class (however small) to the business at hand. Taiwanese smartphone developer HTC, however, is having none of that.
Apparently wanting a rapper of its own considering Dr. Dre's affiliation with Apple and Jay-Z's association with Samsung, the smartphone maker enlisted the skills of Greg Carr (or "Doc G") and David Bruce to rap about how HTC's phones are better than iPhones and Galaxies.
Let's just say the final product, called "Hold the Crown," probably could have been better. Throughout the whole video, poor saps dressed as iPhones and Galaxies put on a performance that recalls the left shark from the Super Bowl, and the rappers take verbal shots at Apple and Samsung. To Apple: "Your chip is slower, But you'll never touch our BoomSound." Ouch. To Samsung: "More than a few clowns stole what we originated, we own the universe, your Galaxy is overrated." Yeesh.
Oh, and there's even an interview with the rappers. You can check out the full lyrics over at Engadget.
iPhone Trumps Neil Young's PonoPlayer in Blind Music Trials
Remember the PonoPlayer? Singer Neil Young unveiled the $399 Kickstarter-funded device just under a year ago, believing that its gigantic, supposedly lossless files would deliver a far better audio experience than Apple's iPod and iPhone owing to their reliance on smaller sound files.
Not so, claims Yahoo Tech's David Pogue (via AppleInsider), a former musician who had a chance to try out Young's Toblerone-shaped audio device. According to Pogue, the audio files from the PonoPlayer sounded no different than high-quality MP3s played on an iPhone. Indeed, Pogue found that listeners actually preferred the iPhone's sound over the PonoPlayer's in a series of blind trials comparing the new audio player and Apple's smartphone.
"Pono's statement that 'Everyone who's ever heard PonoMusic will tell you that the difference is surprising and dramatic' is baloney," Pogue said. "When conducting the test with today's modern music files, I couldn't find even one person who heard a dramatic difference."