Today in Apple history: iPod gets a new Click Wheel

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The fourth-generation iPod brought key improvements like the Click Wheel, but still left some people disappointed.
The fourth-generation iPod brought key improvements, but still left some people disappointed.
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July 19: Today in Apple history: iPod gets a new Click Wheel July 19, 2004: The fourth-generation iPod brings neat innovations to the popular audio device, including the Click Wheel interface recently introduced on the iPod mini.

“The best digital music player just got better,” says Steve Jobs on the day the product launches, and yet some people feel disappointed.

iPod memorial earns one Reddit user a sweet surprise

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So long, old friend!
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A device that you carry around with you, day in and day out, for several years is going to prompt some kind of emotional attachment. Every scratch triggers a certain memory, every dent takes you back to a certain time and place. Add in the fact that you upload your most cherished media to it, and it becomes kind of like a diary, charting your development over time.

When said gadget dies it can therefore be a pretty sombre occasion. That was certainly the case for one Reddit user, who recently posted a memorial to their dearly departed 160GB iPod. Only for something totally unexpected to happen.

Sketchy report claims 2018 iPhones won’t use Lightning port

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Are we nearing the end of the Lightning era?
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This year’s iPhone lineup will come without a Lightning connector, according to a sketchy new report out of Asia.

Apple is expected to use an alternate method of charging and syncing that will please a lot of iPhone users. However, it could mean that all your existing iPhone accessories will no longer be compatible.

Today in Apple history: Bill Gates predicts doom for Apple’s biggest product

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Unfortunately for Gates, Steve Jobs was one step ahead.
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May 12: Today in Apple history: Bill Gates predicts doom for iPod May 12, 2005: Longtime Apple frenemy Bill Gates tells a German newspaper that Apple may have hit it big with the iPod, but that its success isn’t going to last forever.

The reason? Mobile phones are going to steal the iPod’s market share. The good news for Gates is that he was right on the money. The bad news for Microsoft is that Apple cannibalized itself by making the iPhone, which became even more successful than the iPod.

How to make your iPhone speakers louder [Quick Tips]

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Tweak this iOS setting to make iPhone speakers louder. (Works with iPad and iPod, too!)
Tweak this setting to make your iPhone speakers louder. (Works with iPad and iPod, too!)
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Apple improves the speakers in iPhones, iPads and iPods with each release — usually making them louder than the previous generation. Still, people constantly complain that iPhones are not loud enough.

In our latest Quick Tips video, I’ll show you a super-easy way to boost those tiny speakers. Check out the video below to see how to make iPhone speakers louder!

HomePod 2 concept brings iPod click wheel to Apple’s speaker

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Which HomePod would you pick?
Photo: Martin Hajek

Apple’s new HomePod is flying off shelves with shipping times already slipping, but some Apple fans are already dreaming up what the next generation HomePod will look like.

Concept designer Martin Hajek published a beautiful new set of renders that imagine what HomePod might look like if Apple expands the product category to include larger and smaller versions of the HomePod just like with the iPhone. One of the mockups even brings back the iPod’s iconic click wheel.

Take a look:

Former iPod product lead builds an awesome dash cam

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Owl Car Cam
Owl is an extra eye behind the wheel.
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Get an extra eye on the road with the awesome Owl Car Cam. Founded by Andy Hodge, a former iPod product leader, this dash camera was designed to give you home-grade security behind the wheel. It’s packed with stellar features you won’t find elsewhere.

Today in Apple history: iPod drives profits to new heights

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The iPod was kind of a big deal in 2005.
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Jan12January 12, 2005: Apple reports record earnings for the preceding three months — with holiday sales of the iPod and demand for the latest iBook giving Apple a four-fold increase in profits.

Apple brags that it has sold a total of 10 million iPods, and that the massive popularity of its portable music player has driven Apple to the highest earnings in its history.