‘The One Device’ Book Covering ‘Secret History’ of iPhone Available June 20

June 29 will mark ten years since the original iPhone went on sale in the United States. And just days before the anniversary, a new book detailing the smartphone's so-called "secret history" is set to be released.


The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone, by technology journalist Brian Merchant, reflects on how the iPhone transformed the world and turned Apple into the most valuable company ever.

An excerpt of the book, which is said to contain exclusive interviews with the engineers, inventors, and developers who guided every stage of the iPhone's creation, has been published on The Verge today:
If you worked at Apple in the mid-2000s, you might have noticed a strange phenomenon afoot: people were disappearing.

It happened slowly at first. One day there’d be an empty chair where a star engineer used to sit. A key member of the team, gone. Nobody could tell you exactly where they went.

“I had been hearing rumblings about, well, it was unclear what was being built, but it was clear that a lot of the best engineers from the best teams had been slurped over to this mysterious team,” says Evan Doll, who was then a software engineer at Apple…
The book can be pre-ordered for $18.50 on Amazon in hardcover format ahead of its release on June 20. It's also available to pre-order on the iBooks Store for $14.99 in digital format for iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

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Apple Shares Promo Videos for George R. R. Martin’s ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ Enhanced iBooks Exclusives

On its YouTube channel, Apple today shared three videos promoting iBooks exclusive enhanced versions of titles from George R.R. Martin's popular "A Song of Ice and Fire" series.

Each video features Martin talking about one of the books in the series, starting with "A Game of Thrones," which is the first book. In the two minute video, which is accompanied by artwork, Martin speaks about one of the first scenes he wrote, which involved the direwolf pups owned by the Starks. It also covers the iron throne and Daenerys Targaryen.


The videos on "A Clash of Kings" and "A Storm of Swords," are shorter in length at 30 seconds and feature Martin talking about the themes that are included in each book.




The Enhanced Editions of "A Game of Thrones," "A Clash of Kings," "A Storm of Swords," "A Feast for Crows" and "A Dance of Dragons" are available from the iBooks Store for $8.99 to $11.99.

Enhanced versions, exclusive to iBooks, include annotations, glossaries, family trees, interactive maps, and more.

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Apple Names Best Music, Movies, TV Shows, Podcasts, and Books of 2016

Apple today published its top 2016 content picks for the iTunes Store and the App Store, choosing the best apps, music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and books of the year.

"One Dance" from Drake was named Apple's Top Song of 2016, while Drake's "Views" Album was named the Top Album of the Year. Other top songs, which are available via an Apple Music playlist, include Rihanna's "Work," Flo Rida's "My House," The Chainsmokers' "Don't Let Me Down," Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling," and Calvin Harris' "This is What You Came For."

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Apple's full Top Songs playlist includes a total of 100 songs, while a separate Top Album list includes albums from Rihanna, Adele, Frank Ocean, Justin Bieber, Chris Stapleton, twenty one pilots, Ariana Grande, G-Eazy, The Weeknd, Taylor Swift, and more.

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As for movies, Apple's editorial staff made the following picks:

- Best Blockbuster: Deadpool
- Best Comedy: Sausage Party
- Best Hollywood Romance: La La Land
- Best Animated Movie: Kubo & the Two Strings
- Best Documentary: Weiner
- Best Feel-Good Movie: Sing Street
- Breakout Star of the Year: American Honey
- Best New Filmmaker: Moonlight

Top selling movies included Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Deadpool, Zootopia, The Martian, and Captain America: Civil War, while top selling Indie movies included Spotlight, The Hateful Eight, Room, Brooklyn, and Eye in the Sky.

Apple's chose the following TV shows as the best of the year:

- This Year's Obsession: American Crime Story: People v. O.J. Simpson
- Late Night Rule-Breaker: Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Vol. 3
- Best New Comedy: Atlanta, Season 1
- Most Original Kids Show: Steven Universe
- Extravaganza of the Year: RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars, Season 2
- Most Consistently Great: The Americans, Season 4
- Best New Drama: This Is Us, Season 1

Top selling television shows included Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Downton Abbey, The Americans, and Big Bang Theory.

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Apple's choice for novel of the year is Michael Chabon's Moonglow, with additional picks as follows:

- Novel of the Year: Moonglow - Michael Chabon
- Nonfiction of the Year: Evicted - Matthew Desmond
- YA Novel of the Year: If I Was Your Girl - Meredith Russo
- Debut of the Year: Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
- Mystery: Charcoal Joe - Walter Mosley
- Thriller: Behind Closed Doors - B.A. Paris
- Popular Fiction: Sweetbitter - Stephanie Danker
- Literary Fiction: What Is Not Your Is Not Yours - Helen Oyeyemi
- Fantasy: The Fate of the Tearling - Erika Johansen
- Kids: Raymie Nightingale - Kate DiCamillo
- Cookbook: Everything I Want to Eat - Jessica Koslow
- Graphic Novel: March: Book Three - John Lewis

Best selling fiction books included "The Girl on the Train," "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," "Me Before You," and "After You," while best selling non-fiction books included "When Breath Becomes Air," "Killing the Rising Sun," "The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo," "Alexander Hamilton," and "Hillbilly Elegy."

Apple's last set of top picks includes its choices for best podcasts:

- Revisionist History
- How I Built This
- In the Dark
- Jocko Podcast
- Anna Faris is Unqualified
- NPR Politics
- My Favorite Murder
- 2 Dope Queens Accused
- FiveThirtyEight Elections Heavyweight
- Pardon My Take

Top overall podcasts based on most downloads were Fresh Air, Stuff You Should Know, Serial, This American Life, and The Joe Rogan Experience.

Apple's picks for top apps, which include Prisma and Clash Royale, can be found in a separate App Store article.


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