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New Emoji's Coming to iOS 11 July 17 2017

In celebration of today, "World Emoji Day", Apple has unveiled new emojis to be released across all of their software platforms this coming fall. The new icons reflect Apple's commitment to inclusion & diversity by appealing to a broader range of users. Apple gave no specific release for the new characters, but it can be assumed that their release will coincide with new versions of iOS & macOS coming out later this year.

iPhone 8 Camera Features July 14 2017

Apple is working on a rear-facing 3D laser system that will enable better depth detection for augmented reality apps and more accurate autofocus in the iPhone 8, reports citing a source with knowledge of the company's plans. The iPhone 8 is said to use a VCSEL (vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser) system for the rear camera, which analysts  could be added to the device. There's also been some evidence that Apple has been sourcing VCSEL components from companies like Lumentum and Finisar, and Fast Company have previously speculated says Apple has tapped both companies along with II-VI for sensors.
So with the Apple iPhone Camera it seems we may be getting some pretty interesting stuff like a 3D laser to help focusing and possibly even a feature to help AR(Augmented reality). So if Apple can get this all done before the expected release in the fall i think we all will be thrilled to have it. I can personally say i will be in line for the Phone.

Potential iPhone Innovations Face Engineering Hurdles July 11 2017

Consumers & speculators agree that there is much buzz surrounding rumored iPhone innovations leaked from China and elsewhere. There is currently a great deal of hear-say regarding the future of the flagship's biometric security features. Though Apple has offered no comment on the matter, rumors have narrowed it down to either the implementation of Touch ID into the display or facial recognition as means of unlocking the iPhone. With the September deadline fast approaching, Apple must overcome major engineering hurdles with either of the rumored innovations. Some sources hint that the Touch ID displays are still weeks from becoming a reality, while others mention that the new front facing camera's will be able to perfectly capture the complexion of any iPhone user, regardless of lighting or angle. Time is of the essence, and the folks in Cupertino will need to step up their game if they are to meet manufacturing deadlines.

Touch ID To Facial Recognition July 05 2017

Following a report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggesting the next-generation "iPhone 8" will be removing the touch ID entirely. Bloomburg says Apple is working on an "improved" security system that will let customers unlock their iPhones and make Apple Pay payments with facial recognition technology. Apple's new facial recognition engine is powered by a 3D sensor rumored to be built into the front-facing camera, and according to Bloomberg's sources, Apple is also said to be testing eye scanning to "augment the system." Using facial recognition, the iPhone can be unlocked within a few hundred milliseconds and it allegedly works even when the device is lying on a table. It's said to capture more data points than a fingerprint scan, making it more secure than Touch ID. Rumors surrounding Touch ID in the iPhone 8 have been all over the place during the course of the last few months. Apple was rumored to be having difficulty embedding the Touch ID fingerprint sensor under the display of the device and explored other solutions including a resr touch ID button but the company's final solution remains up in the air. What we do know is that the most recent dummy models and part leaks show a display without a Touch ID button, suggesting it's either under the display or non-existent. Today's report also includes a quick mention that Apple is testing faster displays with ProMotion technology for the iPhone 8. ProMotion display technology, which features a 120Hz refresh rate for improvements to motion and animations, was first introduced in 2017 iPad Pro models.  So it looks like Apple is looking into the future.

Windows To Mac June 29 2017

Nearly 21 percent of current Windows laptop owners and 25 percent of current Windows desktop owners intend to switch to a Mac within the next six months, according to a recent survey conducted by market research firm Verto Analytics. Verto Analytics said the survey is based on 6,000 current Windows PC owners age 18 and older in the United States.

Of the respondents, those with an average annual income of $150,000 or more showed the highest likelihood of switching to a Mac.

By comparison, the research firm said at least 98 percent of current Mac owners surveyed intend to stick with Mac as their next computer. In other words, only 2 percent of current Mac users surveyed are planning to switch to another computer brand, be it running Windows or another operating system.So all you people who are against Apple and their computers here is proof that Macintosh is the king and always will be.


Medical Records On iPhone June 20 2017

In its quest to turn the iPhone into a comprehensive health repository for every iPhone user, Apple has teamed up with Health Gorilla, a company specializing in aggregating diagnostic information, reports CNBC.

Citing two sources familiar with Apple's plans, CNBC says Apple is working with Health Gorilla to add diagnostic data to the iPhone by cooperating with hospitals, imaging centers, and lab-testing companies. According to Health Gorillas website, the startup offers a secure clinical network that aggregates health data from a range of providers, offering doctors and hospitals access to a comprehensive overview of a patient's health. While the service is aimed at medical providers, patients are also able to use the service to get a copy of their medical records "in 10 minutes."

Access your complete health profile in one place, from prior medical history, to doctor and specialist referrals, to your latest test results. It's all available through Health Gorilla's secure clinical network, anytime - from your computer or your favorite device on the go.

Thousands of physicians, specialists, labs, clinics, health centers, hospitals, and other facilities are already connected to Health Gorilla. Reach them easily, and securely share information with everyone in your care circle - whether medical professionals or family and loved ones. So it looks like Apple has our best interests in mind


New iPhone Will Be Waterproof June 15 2017

iPhone assembler Wistron has confirmed that at least one of Apple's next-generation iPhone models will be "waterproof" and include wireless charging capabilities. Given the higher-end "iPhone 8" is expected to be a premium smartphone, positioned above the iPhone 7s Plus, that model will likely feature wireless charging and improved water resistance as well. That leaves the next 4.7-inch iPhone, which is already rumored to have wireless charging, and it's reasonable to assume the smaller model will have improved water resistance too. iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models are already splash- and water-resistant with an IP67 rating, but Apple's fine print warns that "splash, water, and dust resistance are not permanent conditions and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear." iPhone Water damage is not covered by Apple's warranties.

Nevertheless, many iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users use their smartphones in the shower, for example, without issue.

A report earlier this year said Apple's next iPhone models will feature Improved IP68 rated Water resistance . In the IP68 rating, the "6" means the next iPhone would remain effectively dust proof, with "no ingress of dust" and "complete protection against contact," while the "8" means the device will be even more water resistant. Samsung's Galaxy S8, which already has IP68-rated water resistance, is able to withstand 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes.  So now we can only hope that Apple will step up there game

Apple Stocks June 12 2017

Apple shares are currently trading for around $143 after Monday's opening bell, around 3.5 percent lower than Friday's closing price of $148.98. Apple's stock has dropped around 8 percent since reaching an all-time high of $156.10 on May 12, amid a wider downturn in the stock market. Technology stocks have been hit particularly hard, as some investment firms fear that stocks like Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Alphabet in particular rose too quickly. Japanese bank Mizuho downgraded Apple to a "hold" rating today, as analyst Abhey Lamba believes enthusiasm around the company's upcoming product cycle is "fully captured" at current levels, with limited upside to estimates from here on out. The bank lowered its AAPL price target to $150, down from $160. Apple shouldn't be compared to the likes of Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google, jointly called FANG, as the iPhone maker's stock has significantly under performed against its rivals over the past five years. "For example, the average 'FANG' stock is up 674 percent over the past five years compared to a 100 percent increase for Apple and a 84 percent rise for the S&P 500 Index," said White, in a note obtained by MacRumors. "Even Microsoft has outperformed Apple with a 175 percent increase during this time."So lets hope Apple can step it up.

RAM Upgradeability Returns to 21.5" 4K iMac June 08 2017

"Mac" & "upgrade" haven't been synonymous for quite some time. It appears however that with Apple's implementation of the Kaby Lake generation Intel processors into its Mac lineup, things are about to change. In years past upgrading the RAM in your Mac was a simple & straightforward task that could be completed within an afternoon. For reasons unknown consumers saw the ability to upgrade their Macs phased out & replaced with soldered on components. The last user upgrade-able iMac was released in 2013. The current release of Kaby Lake iMacs is good news to those who like to dig a little deeper into their beloved machines. Apple officially touts these new components as technically "non-user-replaceable" due to the challenge of removing the 4K display, but with the right tools & know-how it isn't by any means impossible.

Apples New T.V Show June 07 2017

Apple's first original television series, Planet of the Apps, premiered last night. Produced by Ben Silverman, Howard Owens, and will.i.am, Planet of the Apps is an unscripted television show about apps and the developers who make them. The show is similar to other television shows like The Voice and Shark Tank, in that it features developers pitching their app ideas for a chance to be mentored by influencers and entrepreneurs like Gary Vaynerchuk, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jessica Alba. According to Reuters, the first two episodes feature developers presenting apps for online shopping, campus safety, and a school backpack, which will be featured in the App Store following the conclusion of each episode. Developers who are able to make it to the final round of the show will receive up to $10 million in funding. So i recommend if you have a good app idea for Apple sign up.

Apples New iCloud Option June 06 2017

Following yesterdays Worldwide Developers Conference keynote that saw the debut of new software and hardware products, Apple has updated and simplified its iCloud storage pricing tiers.There getting rid of the 1TB option and going straight with 2TB for the price of $9.99. Customers are now getting more storage for there money. Apples new pricing tier now goes as follows,

- 50GB: $0.99
- 200GB: $2.99
- 2TB: $9.99

While U.S. prices are listed above, the same changes have been made in all countries where iCloud storage is available. 1TB storage options have been eliminated across the board, while 2TBs of storage is now available at the lower 1TB cost. So I guess Apple really is looking out for the little guys.

 


App Store Developers Making bank June 05 2017

Apple announced over the weekend that its global developers community has earned 70 billion since its launch in 2008. They went on the say,

People everywhere love apps and our customers are downloading them in record numbers," said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Seventy billion dollars earned by developers is simply mind-blowing. We are amazed at all of the great new apps our developers create and can’t wait to see them again next week at our Worldwide Developers Conference.”

Given that Apple takes a 30 percent cut of App Store sales, including in-app purchases, the App Store's all-time revenue has likely passed $100 billion.

Apple said App Store downloads have grown over 70 percent in the past 12 months, led by the Gaming and Entertainment categories. Lifestyle apps, as well as Health and Fitness apps, have experienced over 70 percent growth in the past year. The Photo and Video category has also grown nearly 90 percent in that time. So if any of you out there have an app idea I recommend going with the app store. You just might hit it big.


Apple Maps Revamp June 02 2017

Initially released in conjunction with iOS 6 & the iPhone 5 back in 2012, Apple Maps has received scathing criticism the world over since 2012. The application's main gripe with consumers was its lack of accuracy, frequently landing users in places other than where they intended to be. To combat the issue Apple has enlisted the help of third-party contractors to verify that homes, businesses, & public services are actually where Apple Maps says they are.

Touch ID Possibilites May 30 2017

A home button with integrated Touch ID may become a thing of the past, speculates Apple  supplier TSMC. Possible future iPhone innovations could include screens that double as a fingerprint sensors or enhanced image sensors within the camera. Apple has also considered moving Touch ID to the back of iPhone, which is a design choice criticized being copied from other rival Android flagships.

Apple, A trillion dollor company May 22 2017

Apple has the potential to become a trillion dollar company by 2019, according to RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani. In a research note on Monday, Daryanani said Apple could reach or exceed a trillion dollar market cap within the next 12 to 18 months.

Part of Daryananis reaserch says,

"In aggregate, we see a scenario where in the 2019 fiscal year, Apple sustains $12+ earnings per share and, assuming the valuation frameworks remains stable/improves, it should get AAPL stock toward $192–$195, which would equate to a market cap above $1 trillion."

Daryanani believes the so-called "iPhone 8 " and the upgrade supercycle it's expected to drive will be a major catalyst towards Apple's path to a trillion dollar valuation. Looking further ahead, he thinks there is potential for Apple to continue growing its Services category revenue by double digits year over year.Apple's Services category made 7.17 billion last quarter, from $6 billion in the year-ago quarter, representing 18 percent year-over-year growth. Apple CEO Tim cook said the Services category is already the size of a Fortune 100 company, with hopes to double the category's revenue by 2020. So it seems that Apple is on the up and up.


Apple may be discontinuating the iPad mini May 18 2017

If your waiting for the next iPad mini you just might have to settle with a different iPad.BGR citing a source close to Apple, claims the 7.9-inch tablet is being phased out. The report doesn't offer a timeline as to when the iPad mini will be discontinued, and its sources couldn't confirm if the iPad mini 4 will remain on sale for a period of time.

 

 

Apple launched the original iPad mini in 2012. Since the iPhone 6 Plus launched in 2014, it's been speculated that the 5.5-inch smartphone may be at least partially cannibalizing sales of the iPad mini, but Apple doesn't break out its tablet sales numbers on a model-by-model basis, so it's hard to say for sure.So lets just hope Apple can come out with something just as good.


Apple Watch to start monitoring glucose? May 16 2017

Apple has some interesting health plans for there watches. Apple may start monitoring glucose yes you heard me glucose. Researchers from BGR said,

"It has been rumored that Apple is interested in glucose monitoring, and it appears that the time may now be right. Previous rumors have stated that Apple might only be able to achieve this through a separate device that might complement the watch, however BGR has learned that this might not be accurate."

In April, a CNBC report suggested Apple had a team of biomedical engineers working to develop sensors for non-invasively monitoring blood glucose, with work on the sensors far enough along that the company had started conducting feasibility trials. BGR claims Apple has hired more than 200 PhDs in the health field in the last year with the aim of "innovating in the health space" through a glucose monitoring feature that will be released in an "upcoming Apple Watch."  so lets hope Apple can figure this out becouse if they do it could be a huge medical breakthrough.

                     


iPhone to cost no less then $1000 May 15 2017

Apples new iPhone 8 with the OLED display and wireless charger is expected to cost around $1000. The latest prediction comes from Goldman Sachs analyst Simona Jankowski, who today said she expects the rumored high-end iPhone to be available in 128GB and 256GB storage capacities for $999 and $1,099 respectively. Unlike the iPhone 7 she doesn't believe it will be available for 32GB model. Part of her research says,

"Relative to the 128GB iPhone 7 Plus, we estimate the new features and higher commodity prices to increase the bill of materials by over $70, which we expect Apple to offset via a $130 price increase, resulting in a starting price of $999 for the 128GB capacity and $1,099 for the 256GB capacity (we don’t expect the iPhone 8 to come in 32GB)."

So will this be Apples most expensive iPhone i guess we will just have to wait and see.


iPhone worlds most popular phone May 12 2017

Last quarter Apples iPhone's remained the worlds most popular phone according to Strategy Analytics. The iPhone 7 and 7 plus were the two most popular models with an estimated 21.5 million and 17.4 million shipments respectively.

Apple reported that they sold 50.8 million iPhone's last quarter Strategy Analytics' estimates suggest the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus accounted for roughly 76.5 percent of Apple's smartphone sales last quarter. Now lets just hope thst the iPhone 8 can be just as popular.


Influential people in tech May 10 2017

Tim Cook was just announced as one of the 20 most influential people in tech according to time magazine. Cook ranked fourth for his "nearly unmatched influence over the technology world". Time magazine went to say,

"Anything Apple does is bound to be copied by a seemingly endless number of rivals, meaning his choices will reverberate far beyond One Infinite Loop. Today, Apple is rumored to be experimenting with everything from advanced artificial intelligence to augmented reality and self-driving vehicles. Given Apple’s role as tastemaker extraordinaire, how Cook decides to move forward with any one of these projects will shape the future of the consumer technology landscape."

Cook finished behind Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on the list.Lets hope Cook can get in the top 3 next year.


Apple iPhone 8 on schedule for fall realease May 09 2017

After the September unveiling Apple has plans to start selling their new range of iPhone's in October. Previous rumors have said that Apple might have some difficulty to meet its fall release because of the new OLED screens as seen in the picture below.

But with the new iPhone coming out it will have plenty of new features like a new glass body, wireless charging and a new rear dual lens camera with facial recognition. So lets hope Apple can get things done for the October release.  All we can say is that we're excited. 

 


Apple's Secret Swipe May 05 2017

Apple has many surprises but on of the most useful ones I've found is the secret iPhone Calculator swipe.

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So if you have ever been on your iPhone doing calculations on the calculator and you make a mistake or add a wrong number. Then you have to start over that has always infuriated me. But now a College student by the name of Jazz Johnson has found a secret swipe. As seen in the picture above all it takes is a swipe of the finger to do a back space. My biggest question is why Apple hasn't told us about this maybe they like to Have people get angry at there phones. But now that no longer has to be the case you can now use the calculator with ease.

 


The Next Big Thing For Apple May 04 2017

According to Apple analyst Steven Milunovich Apple is planning the next best thing for apple. With all the rumors about the iPhone 8 Milunovich said there will be incremental changes like a new screen, longer battery life, better processor, and possibly wireless charging but that isnt the greatest thing he said. He announced that apples next big thing could be augmented reality. Millunvich said the following,

"But perhaps the next big thing is augmented reality, which is initially going to be in the phone and eventually could be separate devices like glasses. We think there basically could be a fight for the body," he said. "For the wrist, ears, eventually in terms of the face for wearables."

Some of the biggest news is that apple already has patents for augmented reality maps and glasses so i guess we can only hope to see this on upcoming apple products. So i guess you can say the future of apple is looking bright.

 


Tim Cook discusses slump in iPhone purchases May 02 2017

Tim Cook announced today during Q2 call Apple iPhone purchases are at a low due to the increase of future iPhone rumors in 2017.

Tim said the following on the matter.

"I only glanced at it and so I haven't had time to study it, but in general, what we are seeing... we're seeing what we believe to be a pause in purchases on iPhone, which we believe are due to the earlier and much more frequent reports about future iPhones. And so that part is clearly going on, and it could be what's behind the data. I don't know, but we are seeing that, in full transparency."

Time will tell.