Apple’s new kill-the-apps plan

The next operating system for the iPhone and iPad could cut popular third-party apps to size

The highlight of Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on Monday in the US was that the company’s next operating system for the iPhone and iPad, as well as incremental updates to some of its apps and services, will target some of the most popular third-party apps.

Hit list: Evernote

Hit list: Google Now

Google’s own assistant, Now, had proudly claimed all along that it could do contextual information better than anything out there. Not anymore.

Hit list: Flipboard

Hit list: SoundCloud, Pandora and Spotify

While users in India will not be too unhappy about Pandora and Spotify (these services don’t work here as of now), Apple is making the Music service rather robust. The five-pronged service includes a music player, a music store to buy tunes, social platform that lets users discover more music, radio stations and the ability to sync your music collection across multiple devices using iTunes Match. In one shot, Apple is going after three of the most popular apps, and the fact that these apps aren’t available in some countries around the world (Apple Music will be available globally), just tilts the balance in Apple’s favour.

Hit list: your Android phone

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