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  • Apple Q3 2016 earnings is a mixed bag, iPhone still its biggest product

    Many people cite Sony's PlayStation 4 as keeping the company afloat, but clearly Apple's in the same boat, using the iPhone as a paddle, bucket and plug for its current profit-leaking business model. The company today announced its Q3 2016 earnings, and it's a mixed bag. While its Q3 2016 sales and revenue beat forecasts, the company's still down on its Q3 2015 numbers. Let's start with the brightest spark: the App Store. "Our Services business grew 19 percent year-over-year and App Store revenue was the highest ever, as our installed base continued to grow and transacting customers hit an all-time record,"...

  • iPhone 6 ruled as a rip-off of Chinese phone by Beijing patent authority

    Looking back, Apple probably wouldn't mark 2016 as a good year. After it was embroiled in a battle with the FBI in early 2016, it had to relinquish exclusive rights to the iPhone name in China just two months ago. Now, the company has suffered yet another setback in the country. The Beijing Intellectual Property Office has today ruled against Apple in its latest patent dispute. Its iPhone 6 (and Plus) design were found to infringe on patents owned by Chinese mobile phone company Baili. According to Bloomberg, the Apple devices were found to be too similar to Baili's 100C phone. Related: Apple...

  • Paid search in the App Store could see a major shift in app campaign strategies

    Apple’s announcement that it would be introducing paid search to its App Store did not completely take the market by surprise. There are however, still some unknowns and the app community as well as digital marketers would do well to take heed. Speculation that Apple may be introducing a new App Store strategy first surfaced in April this year. It was rumoured then that the company would allow app developers to pay to have their app displayed more prominently in searches and allow Apple to introduce an Adwords-based search model. More clarity was given on the 8th of...

  • Here’s why Apple spent $1-billion on Chinese cab service Didi

    Apple has made headlines this morning after it announced a US$1-billion investment in smart cab service Didi. The investment thus pits Apple directly against current cab king Uber in China, with the latter being backed by Google and Chinese web giant Baidu. Aside from Apple, Didi already has heavyweight backing in the form of Tencent and Alibaba. Why would Apple invest in the service though? Well, aside from the expected financial return, the Cupertino firm's explanation was a tad vague... A focus on services instead? "We are making the investment for a number of strategic reasons, including a chance to learn more about certain segments of the...

  • Apple loses exclusive rights to ‘iPhone’ name in China

    This has to be one of the strangest legal battles of the year, but Apple has now lost a case against a company in China selling its products using the iPhone name. No, these products aren't smartphones in the same vein as Apple's, but rather a range of quite fetching smartphone cases, bags, wallets, and other leather products. Chinese company Xintong Tiandi was awarded the rights to use the name IPHONE on its products back in 2010. As Apple couldn't prove that it was an established brand in the Chinese market prior to Xintong Tlandi's reservation of the name (it only began...

  • Why Apple is a lot like Gary Player right now

    There are many times when you buy a particular stock and then question why you own that particular stock. In fact, it happens all of the time, when you get your weekly, monthly or annual statements, it is after all supposed to be part of the process, making sure that the thesis is still firmly intact. Making sure that the specific investments that you own still fit the profile, still match all the criteria that you are looking for as an investor. It is Warren Buffett's friend and right hand man who always says that it isn't supposed to...

  • Windows users, say goodbye to Apple’s QuickTime

    To all Windows users with Apple's QuickTime installed, it's time to let go of the dream and uninstall that piece of software. In an article on The Wall Street Journal, Apple confirmed to the publication that it will no longer be supporting QuickTime 7 for Windows. This announcement comes after security firm Trend Micro confirmed a security exploit within the software, but had yet to find any evidence of its use. There has yet to be a fix from Apple. According to Trend Micro spokesperson Christopher Budd, Apple confirmed they were not going to fix the exploit and that the software wasn't...

  • Analysts get the iPhone SE, but aren’t sure it’ll succeed

    Among the many announcements made by Apple during Monday's launch event, the new 4-inch iPhone SE was probably the most important. Targeted at the 35% of Apple users who've stubbornly stuck with 4-inch devices, the SE is essential an iPhone 6 stuck in an iPhone 5s' body. It's interesting that Apple is sticking premium internals in a small device at a time when most other smartphone makers have abandoned it, but will it work out for the Cupertino-based giant? With the iPhone SE, tech analysis firm IHS says, Apple is choosing to aim at an underserved segment of consumers...

  • Kill the PC? The new iPad Pro probably won’t even save Apple’s tablet line

    At a special launch event on Monday, Apple launched a new 9.7-inch iPad Pro. It's certainly an impressive device -- as Apple's Phil Schiller noted on the day, it has plenty of "grunt" -- but is it the device to convince PC owners to move away from their clunky Windows machines? During the event, Apple senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller pointed out that there are around 600-million people using Windows PCs that are more than five years old. "This is really sad," he said. The bigwigs at Apple might believe that's the case, but I'm not so sure....

  • Tim Cook kicks off Apple launch with dig at FBI

    Apple launches are usually all about product, whether that's new headline-grabbing device or an update to a piece of its software. On Monday however, CEO Tim Cook, used the occasion of the company's latest launch to have a dig at the FBI. "We need to to decide, as a nation, how much power the government should have over our data and our information," Cook said at the event. The US investigative bureau and the technology giant have been in a protracted battle, with the former looking to Apple to give it access to an iPhone belonging to San...

  • Where will It end? Why Apple vs the FBI affects all of us

    Apple versus the FBI: which side are you on? Few technology stories, and even fewer cyber security issues, have broken into the mainstream media quite like this one. But the outcome of this epic tussle has hugely important implications for all of us – businesses and consumers alike. Apple and the Silicon Valley giants who broadly support its position argue that acceding to the FBI’s request to intentionally weaken iOS protections could set in motion a chain of events which undermine cyber security for hundreds of millions around the globe. Cracking the code We all know the background to this...

  • Tim Cook takes the worst photo with an iPhone, faces Twitter ridicule

    Apple has long promoted the iPhone camera capabilities, in fact it is one of the selling features of the iPhone. The company has a campaign called 'Taken on an iPhone' to showcase the iPhone's camera capabilities. It would appear however that Tim Cook, the man at the helm of the Cupertino based tech giant, cannot take beautiful photos with the iPhone. During the Superbowl 50 yesterday, Tim Cook took a picture of the Broncos as they celebrated their win. The picture was out-of-focus and had too much meaningless foreground. Twitter, that ever-ready-to-ridicule-beast, wasted no time in tweeting at Cook, some...

  • 8 reasons why your app isn’t making it onto the App Store [Infographic]

    So you've built an app that you're sure is going to change the world. You've put in the hard work, coding until the early hours of the morning, cajoling designer and content friends into lending you their expertise. But after you submit it to the App Store, it comes back rejected. "What the hell Apple?", you find yourself exclaiming in frustration, wondering what you could possibly have done wrong. Well as it turns out, there are any number of reasons for Apple rejecting an app. As the infographic below explains, apps can be rejected for everything from incomplete information...

  • Apple’s Q1 results: smartphone market maturity finally hits Cupertino’s finest

    Make no mistake, Apple had a very good Q1 , just not as good as many were expecting it to be. And according to analysts, that's because it's finally been affected by the same smartphone market maturity that's hit everyone else. The quarter saw Apple sell 74.8-million units. It's a record, but its only one percent up from the 74.5-million units it sold in the first quarter in the year 2015. And when it comes to Apple, people just expect more. It's worth noting however that the fact that Apple managed to increase iPhone sales at the same time...

  • Apple Q1 results a mixed bag, iPhone sales at 74.8m, iPad sales drop, revenue up

    Apple earnings are always a huge event but they are hardly ever exciting. Apple reports record sales and high revenue and everyone is left in awe and that is about it. The company's first quarter results for the year 2016 however are slightly different, in that though Apple is reporting record earnings, it has missed earnings expectations, iPhone sales seem to have reached saturation point and iPad sales have dropped. Apple said it recorded US$75.9-billion in revenue and with a net profit of US$18.4-billion in its earnings for the financial year Q1 2016 that ended 26 December 2015. That represents...