It was on January 9, 2007, that the late Apple founder and chief executive Steve Jobs went on stage at the company’s Macworld event to reveal a single device that was an amalgamation of an iPod, a phone and an internet communicator, which turned out to be the best selling phone that year and ever since, Apple managed to sell one billion iPhones around the world eventually became one of the wealthiest companies. Read More
The disappointing performance of the iPhone 7 sales and the near death of the iPad are the reason behind the pay cut of the top executives associated with Apple, including company CEO Tim Cook who faced a reduction in his incentive based salary by almost $1.5 million. For the first time after 2009, Apple missed its revenue and profit goals in 2016 and the weak performance took a toll on its top executives’ pay.
Apple always intends to do something revolutionary with each of its product and eventually sets a trend. With 2017 marking the company’s 10th Anniversary, our expectations are high with the upcoming releases. There are steady rumours of Apple removing home button in iPhone 8. The phone will feature an edge-to-edge display that’ll make the iPhone look like a single piece of glass. This will bring about a major change in the way we use the iPhone. It is assumed to be launched around late autumn this year.
Apple has removed the New York Times app from its store in China after a government request. Both the English and the Chinese versions of the app has been removed since the government considered it a violation of the country’s security terms and law regulations. It is assumed to be a part of the Chinese authority’s wider attempt to prevent readers in China from accessing independent news coverage by the New York Times of that country.
Apps from other international publications like the Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times are still available in the iTunes Store.
2016 was not a very influential year for Apple. The iPhone 7 was not as astounding as expected, hence the sales didn’t do well and if rumors are to be believed, future production cuts by 10% are to be observed. The iPhone 7 Plus is still popular, but a shortage of sensors for its camera has prompted Apple to scale back because it can’t meet demand. Also, Apple’s premium notebook lineup failed to earn recommendation from Consumer Reports, the reason being the poor battery fitted in the new Apple MacBook Pro devices of 2016. The models with the Touch Bar in the Apple MacBook Pros seemed to have a battery that is lower in capacity, when compared to the batteries in the Apple MacBook Pros of 2015.
The yearly sales didn’t inspire a lot of confidence in the company going forwards. Regardless of that, since a new year begins, we continue to expect a lot more from Apple since after all, there are a ton of potential new products the company is set to release.
The year 2016 started off on a promising note for Apple. During his maiden visit to India, Mr. Tim Cook, the chief executive officer, announced the setting up of an app development centre in Bengaluru and another one in Hyderabad for maps. The news has now been confirmed officially. The facility will start production from next April, according to industry sources.
Mr. Cook met the Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi earlier this year and discussed sensitive issues relating to cyber-security, data encryption, the possibility of fabricating the production in the country and extracting India’s young talent. The Apple CEO appreciated the breadth of young talent in India with significant skills that Apple would like to acquire and the immense potential for ‘app-development’ in the country.
In 2016, Google displayed its vision for a more pervasive and conventional way of interacting with technology. This year, we experienced the company’s focus on more of hardware offerings and launch of top notch devices such as The Android Wear 2.0, Daydream View VR headset, Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, Google Home Speaker, Chromecast Ultra and Google Wi-Fi router, were met with a good market response.
Google also announced improvements to Android by launching a new major update to the software, Android Nougat 7.1.1, which will be available for most of the android devices by early 2017. There was Google Duo as well, the FaceTime competitor, dedicated to a video-only experience, and not to forget Google Allo, the messaging app with a resident chatbot, the Google Assistant.
The ambitious startup that aimed to build a better version of Android than Google, has laid off staff, let go of its CEO and parted ways with another co-founder, and is now shutting down its services and nightly software builds on December 31. The company revealed that the move is a part of the ongoing unification of Cyanogen. With this, CyanogenMod will be killed though the company has also confirmed its next open-source initiative designated as LineageOS.
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Waymo, formerly known as the Google self-driving car project, is a self-governing car developer and an independent company under Alphabet Inc. The company began in 2009 as a project under Google. In 2015, the project completed its first driverless ride on public roads, giving a ride to a sole blind man in Austin, Texas.
In December 2016, Google evolved the project into a new company called Waymo, furnished under Google’s parent company Alphabet.