Apple Introduces Beta Version Of Watch OS 3.2

watchos-3-2-apple-watch-theater-modeApple recently has launched a beta version of its new software update of the Watch OS 3.2 and has introduced new developer-related features for the watch on currently shipping devices. The update includes a major user feature called the ‘Theatre Mode’ which lets you mute the volume of the Apple Watch and avoid waking the screen on wrist raise.

Also Apple watchOS 3.2 update also includes SiriKit where users can ask Siri on their Apple Watch to book a ride, send a message, make a payment, or make other requests that an app can handle. Read More

Apple To Patent A Vaporizer

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Apple is reportedly working on its own vaporizer that uses high temperatures to ‘cause the substance to sublimate or vaporize’ and could be used for both solid and liquid chemicals, hinting the use of the unit for marijuana. The patent application doesn’t mention whether it’s a standalone product intended for recreational use.  Read More

Apple’s iOS 10.2.1 Update Now Available

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The new update by Apple i.e. the 10.2.1 has been rolled out to all the compatible iOS devices, providing major bug fixes and crucial security updates. It weighs 72MB in size and includes 11 focused fixes around WebKit, the browser engine behind Safari, the App Store, and lots of iOS apps. There have been no significant user changes elsewhere. It is recommended to install this update as soon as possible to avoid malware and other such issues.

Apple has listed the issues in detail, fixed by the update on its support page. Read More

Apple Sues Qualcomm Over Royalties For Over $1 Billion

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Apple has filed suit against the world’s biggest chip maker and supplier company, Qualcomm, and suing it for over $ 1 billion, for “charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with”.  The suit follows the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s lawsuit against Qualcomm earlier this week over unfair patent licensing practices.

The company said in its suit that Qualcomm should be paid royalties based on the value of its particular contribution, not for contributions from other patent holders. Currently, Qualcomm’s royalties are based off the selling price of a phone, rather than what portion Qualcomm’s technology enabled.

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Apple’s Team To Fly Down To India For Discussing Production & Factory Plans

 

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The Apple team is all set to meet the Indian Government officials next week to discuss and plan the setting up of the proposed production unit in Bangalore. They are flying down from the US to present the company’s case and to seek tax and revenue benefits from the government. Officials from various departments such as industry, revenue and information technology are expected to be present in the meeting that is to be held in New Delhi.

Apple is bound and determined to begin the assembly operations and hence full manufacture is set to begin by the end of next year. Read More

Apple’s iPhone Completes 10 Years Of Accomplishment

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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

Tim Cook Faces Salary Cut By 15% As iPhone Sales Shrink

CUPERTINO, CA - OCTOBER 27: Apple CEO Tim Cook waves after a product launch event on October 27, 2016 in Cupertino, California. Apple Inc. unveiled the latest iterations of its MacBook Pro line of laptops and TV app. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

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.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 to drop the ‘Home Button’, So Will The iPhone 8

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.

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The ‘New York Times’ App Removed From China’s iTunes App Store

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.

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Apple To Dominate 2017

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.

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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.

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