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The losing streak is over. For the past three quarters, Apple has reported lower earnings on a year-over-year basis thanks in part to declining iPhone and Mac sales. However, Apple turned the tide for fiscal Q1 2017 by delivering a record $78.4 billion in revenue for the quarter compared to $75.9 billion one year ago. Earnings per share came in $3.36 per share compared to “The Street” estimate of $3.21 per share. Net profit stood at $17.9 billion for the quarter. International sales amounted to 64 percent of all of Apple’s quarterly revenue. iPhone sales inched up to 78.3 million units, compared... Read more...
Apple has been criticized for not innovating as much as it could have with its iPhone 7, a handset that critics feel is an uninspired upgrade over previous iPhone models. If Apple is unwilling to listen to the critics, it may want to pay attention to the sales figures and market share reports, which seem to be saying the same thing. Over in China, Oppo is now the top dog while demand for the iPhone was "lower than expected." The latest figures from Counterpoint's Market Monitor service show that smartphone demand in China is still robust and growing. Smartphone shipments in the fourth quarter rose... Read more...
It may be hard to believe, but it has now been 7 years since then CEO Apple CEO Steve Jobs (RIP) unveiled the original iPad. At the time, Apple heralded the iPad as a reinvention of mobile computing; a device that could do most of what your desktop or notebook could do, but in a smaller, lighter form-factor. Initially available in only a 9.7-inch display size, sales of the iPad quickly took off, skyrocketing to become Apple’s No. 2 revenue generator right behind the iPhone. It wasn’t long before Apple began to expand its lineup, adding the smaller 7.9-inch iPad mini in 2012, the 12.9-inch iPad... Read more...
Apple and Qualcomm are quibbling the way Apple and Samsung used to, and just as before there is big money at stake, as much as a $1 billion. That is the amount Apple earlier this week accused Qualcomm of withholding in rebates related to license agreements, and the Cupertino outfit is suing semiconductor giant in China for 1 billion yuan (around $145.3 million) in damages. This is an interesting dispute that goes beyond the typical patent infringement claims that big corporations typically argue over. In this case, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently slapped Qualcomm with a lawsuit alleging... Read more...
Updated 1/26/2017: Upon further, deeper investigation it turns out our original article contained inaccurate information. Apple never included user reviews for the LG 5K Display, so it is not possible that the company could have censored negative feedback. The reasons for Apple's approach to this are unknown, as reviews for the LG 4K Display are available and have been since the product was first introduced. With that being said, the Ratings & Reviews section for the LG 5K Display is now open for public commentary. We apologize for our error in reporting but felt it was important to update... Read more...
It appears that Apple’s difficulties surrounding the AirPods Bluetooth earbuds are ongoing. The company initially had trouble getting the AirPods out the door in time for the originally-announced October launch date. Then, when the initial influx of AirPods arrived in December, there wasn’t enough stock to go around so shipping times quickly extended from days to weeks to well over a month. Now, Apple is having to face another problem with the AirPods as customers have taken to its Support Communities site to complain about random disconnections while on a phone call. This is a quite peculiar problem,... Read more...
It looks as though President Donald Trump may be getting his wish when it comes to bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States. It is being reported that Foxconn is looking to build a “highly automated” manufacturing facility in the U.S. that would produce display panels. It’s expected that investment in the facility will top $7 billion, and that long-time partner Apple will assist Foxconn in its funding, construction and operation. "Apple is willing to invest in the facility together because they need the [panels] as well," said Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou. The facility could have the... Read more...
Apple has received criticism for not injecting more innovation into its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets, and the same will probably be true of the inevitable iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus variants. However, Apple will have an opportunity to shake things up when it releases its iPhone 8 and one of the things it might be considering is revising its Touch ID system to combine fingerprint recognition with facial recognition for enhanced security. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo states in a new research report that he expects Apple to go this route, though not only for security purposes. Revising... Read more...
The pieces to the puzzle are starting to come together. Earlier this week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hit Qualcomm with a lawsuit concerning anticompetitive practices with its licensing. The FTC specifically called out Qualcomm’s actions towards Apple, writing, “Qualcomm recognized that any competitor that won Apple’s business would become stronger, and used exclusivity to prevent Apple from working with and improving the effectiveness of Qualcomm’s competitors.” The lawsuit from the FTC followed similar actions taken by governments in Asia and Europe. On Friday, Apple launched the latest... Read more...
Certainly it is not easy running Apple, one of the biggest companies in the world (it cracked the top 10 of the Fortune 500 list with a No. 9 ranking in 2016, and with a market capitalization of more than $629 billion, it is the most valuable firm on the planet), but easy or not, that is the job of Tim Cook. How he is doing is up for debate, and according to at least one former Apple employee, Cook has sucked the excitement out of Apple. Bill Burrough, a former Apple engineer, described Apple to CNBC as being like the "wild west" in 2007. Burrough said that during his first two years of employment... Read more...
Texting and driving is illegal in forty-six states and territories. While most people would argue that the person texting and driving is ultimately responsible for their dangerous actions, one court case argues that cellphone companies are also at fault. California resident Julio Ceja has filed a class action lawsuit against Apple, claiming that corporation values profit over safety. Why would anyone blame Apple for a car accident? Julio Ceja was rear-ended by another vehicle in Costa Mesa, California while stopped at a stoplight. The distracted driver was using her iPhone during the accident.... Read more...
Qualcomm has faced legal hurdles in recent years for its licensing practices in both Europe and in Asia. Now, the company is coming under fire right here in the United States, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is leading the charge. The FTC alleges that Qualcomm used its dominant position as the world’s premier supplier of mobile baseband chips to force “onerous and anticompetitive supply and licensing terms” upon smartphone manufacturers. These actions were also reportedly meant to stifle Qualcomm’s competitors in the baseband field in order to maintain its position as the top supplier. Qualcomm... Read more...
According to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the limitations surrounding the MacBook Pro’s support for greater than 16GB of RAM will be lifted this year. Apple is expected to adopt Kaby Lake processors (months after the PC community quickly embraced them), and at the same time offer a 32GB RAM option. This will likely be a build-to-order option for the MacBook Pro, but it’d be a welcome addition for mobile professionals. Interestingly, Kuo says that the 32GB option will apparently be limited to the larger 15-inch model, and will not be available on the 13-inch model. Apple is expected to begin production... Read more...
Though Apple is making a killing on mobile app sales, that is not stopping the company from raising prices in several regions overseas. In the United Kingdom, one of Apple's biggest and most lucrative markets, app prices and in-app purchases are jumping up more than 25 percent. So for an app that might have sold for $0.99 in the United States, it will now sell for £0.99 in the U.K. instead of £0.79.The price hike is a result of a weak pound exchange rate following the Brexit vote. It's not just £0.79 apps that are going up by 25 percent or more, either. Similar price hikes will hit every price... Read more...
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