It’s just In recent years, Apple has constantly taken criticism over the bloated, jack-of-all-trades/master-of-none piece of software that i Tunes has become.
This appears to be at least one significant step in streamlining i Tunes and bringing it back around to the app’s original purpose. For one, it directs users to the completely redesigned App Store coming in i OS 11 that has a much bigger editorial focus.
Apple has also simplified things elsewhere, noting that i Tunes U content is now included in the Podcasts section of the app, and internet radio stations are in the music library sidebar. Second, cutting out the App Store should make bringing i Tunes to the Windows Store a much easier task.
As mentioned in Monday’s keynote, the Apple Podcasts app—which is almost certainly the most popular method of listening to podcasts in the world—is getting an overhaul in i OS 11, including a new interface as well as some changes to how podcasts can be structured.
For the most part, podcasters only really know when an episode’s MP3 file is downloaded.
Beyond that, we can’t really tell if anyone listens to an episode, or how long they listen—only the apps know for sure. This has the potential to dramatically change our perception of how many people really listen to a show, and how many people skip ads, as well as how long a podcast can run before people just give up.
As usual, Apple will be hosting a livestream of the keynote through its website and the Apple Events app.
The company is rumored to unveil a new flagship in the "i Phone 8," or "i Phone Edition," with full-face OLED display, facial recognition features, wireless charging and more.