Apple is a huge brand and has millions of loyal clients across the entire world, but it seems that the huge customer base wants some more devices coming out of Cupertino, not only newer and updated iPhones and iPads, which are Apple’s most important products. That’s why we’re seeing plenty of rumors related either to the iWatch or the standalone Apple TV that would expand beyond being just a media box. Apple CEO Tim Cook has recently reassured investors about Apple’s future, saying the following:
Now, new rumors have been circulating, pointing to the fact that Apple could update its Apple TV into a set-top box with a revamped operating system based on iOS. The device won’t be a full-fledged TV set, but it will come with gaming support, meaning that games could be downloaded directly to the Apple TV. The device could be launched in March or earlier and it seems that developers are currently working on Bluetooth controller options, as well.
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There are also claims that motion control systems could be included in Apple’s much-rumoured TV set, but nothing is sure at the moment. Apple has has recently spent $280 million buying the Israeli company PrimeSense that created the motion sensing technology used in Microsoft’s Kinect sensors. What do you think, is this the next big thing for Apple?
Jan 28, 2014 - 3:20 PM - by Maura
Following on from last week’s leak of what were claimed to be screenshots of Apple’s new iOS in the Car, Gigaom reports that the same developer that leaked the photos, Steven Troughton-Smith, has today posted what appears to be a video showing iOS in the Car up and running in iOS 7.0.3.
Here is a complete list of the key features of iOS in the Car, courtesy of Troughton-Smith’s YouTube channel.
Gigaom notes that Apple is believed to be intending to launch iOS in the Car with the release of iOS 7.1, which is currently on its fourth beta.
• Supports Multiple Resolutions
• Supports touchscreens (presumably single-touch?), hardware buttons, wheels and touchpads
• Does not support multitasking - car display will always show same current on-screen app as iPhone (which can be locked/asleep)
• Whitelisted to specific Apple apps - no public API for developers [yet?]
• Has no keyboard UI - voice recognition as input
• UI clearly subject to change
• Missing functionality in video is due to iOS Simulator not containing all the stock iOS apps
Source: Watch: Video might show Apple?s iOS in the Car in action ? Tech News and Analysis
Apple’s quarterly conference call for the first fiscal quarter of 2014 disclosed more details than the usual financial results. Tim Cook himself has admitted that demand for the plasticky iPhone 5c was different than what Apple had expected.
During the conference, Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer has revealed that the latest new iOS7 has been installed on 80 percent of compatible iOS devices like iPhones and iPads. Apple said that iOS 7 was reported to be installed on 78 percent of devices. iOS’ rival, Android, has been facing the fragmentation problem since it was launched. Now, the most used Android version is the last-generation 4.3 “Jelly Bean,” running on roughly 60 percent of devices. The latest KitKat 4.4 is on only 1.5 percent of Android devices.
Also, it’s likely that those who have installed iOS 7.0.1 and 7.0.2. have also been taken into account. The iPhone 5s, 5c, 5 4S and 4, as well as all the iPads down to the iPad 2 and original iPad mini can be upgraded to iOS 7. Apple has also informed developers that iOS 6 has slipped to 17 percent from its 20% in the beginning of December, last year.
Yesterday, Apple has made public the fiscal Q1 2014 earnings, having reported $57.6 billion in revenue and $13.1 billion in net profit representing $14.50 per share. When it comes to the number of sold devices, Apple has shipped 51 million iPhones, 26 million iPads and 4.8 million Macs in the holiday quarter. Compared to Q1 2013, iPhone sales grew 6.7 percent while iPad sales grew 13.5 percent.
So, it seems that the iPad has seen a bigger growth than the iPhone. As we previously reported, analysts were expecting Apple to ship an average of 55 million iPhones and 25 million iPads. As a result, shares of Apple fell nearly 6 percent after the results were first revealed.
The iPad sales numbers beat the expectations, while the iPhone missed them. However, both the iPhone and iPad sales figures were new records, better than previous year’s 47.8 million iPhones and 22.9 million iPads. Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said the following:
Apple also sold 4.8 million Macs, compared to 4.1 million in the year-ago quarter. For fiscal 2014 second quarter, Apple is estimating a lower revenue between $42 billion and $44 billion, since the highly lucrative holiday quarter has ended.
We are really happy with our record iPhone and iPad sales, the strong performance of our Mac products and the continued growth of iTunes, Software and Services. We love having the most satisfied, loyal and engaged customers, and are continuing to invest heavily in our future to make their experiences with our products and services even better.
According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Apple is laying the groundwork for an upcoming mobile-payments service of its own. Apple has sold well over 500 million iPhones and iPads to date, so it has hundreds of millions of credit cards on file through its iTunes stores ready to become used for the new service. Speaking on this matter, Denee Carrington, analyst at Forrester Research said that Apple has an enormous potential in this field
So, it seems that this could be one of the great things that Tim Cook was talking about. Besides the absolutely staggering amount of iPhone and iPad users, let’s not forget that Apple is also looking to develop the iBeacon technology which can determine where you are inside a store. And if we collate to this the fact that the iPhone 5s comes with a fingerprint sensor for increased security, then it all makes sense.
Apple is absolutely the sleeping giant in the payments world. They have the capability; they just haven’t tied it all together. If Apple is in the game, it certainly changes the space and would make merchants think differently about who to partner with
It seems that App Store chief Eddy Cue has recently met with numerous payments executives to discuss Apple’s interest in building a payments business for physical goods and services, according to the WSJ report. Apple can combine all these elements together to create its own mobile payments service and challenge companies like PayPal, Square, and Stripe. This new report from the WSJ confirms what analyst Timothy Arcuri was saying in a previous article that we did – “Apple is also planning software innovations which might include the new iBeacon technology and improvements for Touch ID and Passbook.”
What’s your take on this? Would you be interested in using such a service?
Reading bedtime stories to your kids represents an important step in their relationship with you and also in their growth process. But these days, there are many situations when the working mum or dad isn’t near their children when they have to go to bed. There are many causes: maybe they are tethered to the office, the parents are separated or maybe they are army personnel serving thousands of miles away from home. And if your granny has an iPad at hand, then by using this app, she could tell some bedtime stories to her beloved grandchildren, as well. Four university students have created a new video calling app for iPad which allows parents and children to read picture books together even if they're apart. Ben Mallett, one of the co-founders, said the following:
Caribu for iPad can be downloaded for free and comes with a free story book so that users can see how it works like. Each video call interlocutor has a virtual bookshelf to choose books from, and each book will cost $2.99. Thanks to the shared pointer, the users are able follow the story together. The app also comes with synchronised page turning and offline reading which lets you read books when you’re together.
We wanted to create an app which helped families defy long distance and bring each other closer together. So many families are separated these days, with divorce, travel, and even long working hours meaning families don't spend that much time together. This app is about bringing families together through technology, and allowing them to share important moments in their days, wherever they are in the world
Source: Caribu on iTunes
More than two weeks ago, we shared with you an article about Pac-Man, a classical game that went free for that week alone. Now, it has come to our attention that classical game Tales of Phantasia, originally launched by Namco back in 1995 for Super Famicom devices (the Japanese moniker for Super Nintendo) has been released for iOS users.
Tales of Phantasia is available on the iTunes store as a free-to-play game supported by in-game purchases. However, the developers say that you can play from start to finish without having to purchase anything, but it will just take longer than in the scenario where you would’ve purchased optional status boosts for your characters.
Cress, a young man living in the village of Toltus was out hunting with his friend Chester. Just as they had caught their prey, they heard the warning bell from the direction of the village. Cress returns to the village and from there, his journey begins to unfold in unexpected turns through time and space.
The iOS version of the game is available for iPhone, iPod and iPad users and comes with touch-screen controls, achievements and leaderboards, as well as voice-overs and revamped animations. During the Tokyo Game Show which took place in September, last year, Namco Bandai first launched the game to the Japanese App Store and now it has made its way into the US and Canadian app stores.
Source: Tales of Phantasia on iTunes, iPhoneforums
Jan 24, 2014 - 2:47 PM - by dgstorm
It's hard to believe, but it has been 30 years since Apple first released their first Mac Desktop. The first Macintosh was unveiled in 1984 and was hailed as the "computer that changed everything." That description wasn't just hyperbole either. Apple is celebrating this momentous occasion by sharing an interactive timeline and the video below. The "movie" basically details the history of Mac computers as they evolved over the last thirty years, starting with the classic Macintosh and culminating with the Macs of today.
Apple's interactive timeline can be...
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The holiday season has ended and so have the majority of deals on Apple products, but Best Buy has some more goodies in its gift bag. Only this Friday and Saturday, the big retailer will discount all the models of the iPad Air by $50. The company will also offer $30 discounts on first-generation iPad mini models. Best Buy is also running is trade-in program until February 1, so if you have an old electronic device, you can earn some extra cash.
iPhone buyers haven’t been overlooked, as they can save $50 off the 16GB iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c and $100 off the 32GB iPhone 5c from now through February 2. The usual two-year agreement is part of the deal, of course. Android buyers can also get the Samsung’s Galaxy S4 for free through Verizon on Friday and Saturday and free through AT&T from Friday through Saturday, February 2.
Best Buy customers can score at least a $10 gift card by trading in virtually any electronic device, including digital cameras, digital camcorders, laptops, tablets, mobile phones, gaming consoles, and MP3 players. Certain tablets, phones, and gaming systems can qualify for at least a $75 gift card. The device does have to power up and be free of water damage and any cracks in the screen. This latest trade-in deal runs through February 1.
Disney’s Where’s My Mickey game is very popular among iOS users and is based on the popular Where’s My Water? game also released by Disney. Ever since it was launched on the iTunes Store back in June, 2013, the game was available for $1.99, but now Apple has selected it as App of the Week, so for the first time it can be downloaded free of charge.
For those who aren’t familiar with the game, Where’s My Mickey? is a physics-based title that asks players to help Mickey Mouse collect water to progress through levels. The game comes with Mickey-based art and weather mechanics like wind, clouds, and rain, and five different episodes of levels for free. There are two additional episode packs that you can purchase for $0.99, as well as in-app purchases for hints, if you need some extra help.
Where’s My Mickey? introduces a whole new world of life-like physics-based gameplay with stimulating weather mechanics and humorous animations. Immerse yourself in the ultimate mobile gaming experience as you watch funny episodes while solving challenging puzzles! Tap, swipe, and swirl to help Mickey collect water and complete each story. Every drop counts!
iPad users are not being neglected with this promotion, as the iPad-optimized Where’s My Mickey? XL version of the game is also available for free. Find below the links to both versions and let us know what you think of the game.
Source: Where’s My Mickey?, Where’s My Mickey? XL
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