Apple iOS 9.3 -- download to your iPhone (also mysterious Android migration whisper)

Apple is/isn’t/is/isn’t making a tool to move users to Android: Cupertino denies it, but “a senior industry source” says Euro carriers are forcing the issue

Apple iOS 9 3 beta
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Apple iOS 9.3 download is here (as a beta version). Your humble blogwatcher rounds up the key new features, but he also investigates the rumor of iCorp helping people migrate to Android.

And it’s all unique, meadow-fresh stuff, obviously. Err, well, no: The new iOS “magically innovates” functionality “inspired by” f.lux, Windows, ChromeOS, and of course Android.

Speaking of Google’s rival, what if iUsers want to move to it? Will Apple assist or no?

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers start their photocopiers. Not to mention: Not Today (The Building is on Fire)—Songify This...

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Here’s some interesting news. Andrew Cunningham doesn’t sit on it—iOS 9.3 brings multi-user mode to iPads, along with more features and fixes:

Apple has just released the first beta of iOS 9.3 to its public beta testers and developers. [The] new features will make 9.3 the biggest release since iOS 9.0.

The first and most significant is a multi-user mode for iPads. [Users] will have a roaming user they can access the same apps and data no matter which iPad they use to log in. ... Content can be cached.

These new user profiles are just one part of a larger group of features meant to make the iPad more appealing for schools. [The] features are aimed squarely at Google's Chromebooks. ... Apple has clarified...that the multi-user mode has been developed specifically for [classrooms] and won't be available to normal users.

Of the other additions coming in iOS 9.3, Night Shift is the biggest. ... Your iPhone or iPad will subtly shift the white balance of its screen from end of the spectrum to the warm yellow end...when the sun sets. more or less identical to...f.lux.

iOS 9.3 on anything...from the lowly iPhone 4S and iPad 2 all the way up to the shiny new iPhone 6S and iPad Pro.

Why on earth would I want my screen to turn yellow? Dieter Bohn explains—iOS 9.3 will turn down the blue light on your iPad:

The point is to have the screen blast less blue light into your eyeballs, which is one of the things [believed to] cause sleep problems.

Amazon added a similar feature to its Fire tablets last month. [It’s] been a popular feature on a lot of gadgets.

[On Macs and PCs] F.lux, is well-known and oft-used. ... F.lux actually created an iOS version of the app, but last November Apple shut the app down. [So] many speculated that it would become a baked-in feature for iOS. Good guess.

Take's usually not a good install betas on [your] main devices.

But what’s this? Christopher Williams mongers a weird rumor—Apple’s Android switching plan:

According to a senior industry source, Apple [will] develop a simple tool to help consumers shift data...if they move to Android.

If the tool under development is made available, it would represent a significant shift for [Apple]. Steve Jobs wrote that Apple should aim to “further lock customers into our ecosystem.”

In 2013 the European Commission [sought] information on potentially onerous commercial terms imposed by Apple, but it is understood to have dropped the investigation.

Apple did not respond to requests for comment.

Cue countless bloggers flaunting the “news”. Mof Gimmers, for example—Apple to make it easier to move to Android:

Of course, this isn’t a gesture of goodwill, [nor] are Apple doing it because they’ll cockily assume that no-one would ever want to do such a thing. ... It comes from pressure from European telecom operators.

You may know about the Move app...which let Android users easily transfer their data to iPhone. Now, it looks like they’re opening the channel the other way.

Telecom companies would like to see more movement between the two systems, as it will increase their bargaining power [so] Apple are getting it in the neck from the people who help them to sell phones.

But be still, your beating heart. John Paczkowski pokes fun at the idea—Apple: No, We’re Not:

[It] seems unlikely given Apple’s fondness for its vast installed base [and] the historically tough negotiating stance it typically takes with carrier[s].

Apple rather definitively calling bull****. “There is no truth to this rumor. ... We are entirely focused on switching users from Android to iPhone.”

Update: Let’s run the numbers. WestEnd511 reiterates his cautious view—Capitulating To The Carriers (And The Regulators)?:

A probable explanation may be that AAPL is capitulating to the carriers and regulatory pressure. ... Anti-trust risk [is] an understated risk to the AAPL growth.

Growing pressure from overseas regulators and carriers could potentially further weigh in on the...adoption rate given the already competitive premium handset market, the shift in carrier distribution model and new product risk.

Notably, recent investigations by the European Commission on AAPL for antitrust concerns may be pressuring the carriers to pressure AAPL. ... I suspect that the carriers are using the possibility of the commission reopening [its] probe as leverage.

Regulatory risk is an area that is often overlooked by AAPL investors and this is certainly not a Europe-only issue. ... Canadian carriers could potentially deploy similar tactics.

Capitulating to the carriers and the regulators is something AAPL cannot avoid.

And Finally...

Not Today (The Building is on Fire)—Songify This
[original video]

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