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Nike’s Android app is bricking its Adapt BB self-tying shoes; iPhone app works fine

6 hours 50 min ago

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“But for people using Android, the app for the self-tying sneakers hasn’t been a perfect fit. Multiple reviews for the Nike Adapt app on Google’s Play Store said that it hasn’t connected to the left shoe, and an update rendered the sneaker’s main feature useless,” Ng reports. “‘The first software update for the shoe threw an error while updating, bricking the right shoe,’ Asa Domolky, a reviewer, wrote on the app.”

“The iOS version of the app has had less trouble, with over 150 reviews and mostly positive experiences,” Ng reports. “The Android app’s issues have Jonathan Warner, who ordered a pair of Adapt BBs, worried that he’ll mess up the $350 shoes… He said he’s been asking his friends to borrow an iPhone to connect his sneakers when they arrive. ‘I’m afraid to set mine up when they come, that’s why I need to borrow an iPhone,’ Warner said in a direct message. “I’ve made some bad life decisions, I think.””

The Nike Adapt BB has a near-symbiotic relationship with its digital app thanks to opt-in firmware updates.


 
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MacDailyNews Take: Android fails yet again.

“That’s why I need to borrow a [real] iPhone.” TFTFY.

“I’ve made some bad life decisions.” That much is sure.

This is really a non-story, though, as only a handful of cheapskate fragmandroid settlers are going to fork over $350 for a pair of sneakers.

SEE ALSO:
Nike debuts iPhone-controlled, ‘Adapt BB’ self-lacing sneakers – January 15, 2019
iPhone owners in the US spent an average of $79 on apps in 2018, up 36% YOY – February 11, 2019
Why Google is willing to pay Apple $12 billion per year – October 24, 2018
Analyst estimates Google will pay Apple $9 billion this year to remain default search – September 28, 2018
Apple thrives by going upscale: It is Economics 101 – September 26, 2018
Apple’s App Store is destroying Google Play in services and subscriptions – April 18, 2018
Apple takes U.S. market share from Android, dominates with 8 iPhones out of 10 best-selling smartphones – July 26, 2018
Apple’s iPhone X made 5 times the profit of 600 Android OEMs combined – April 18, 2018
Apple’s iPhone captured 86% of global handset profits in Q417; iPhone X alone took 35% of global handset profits – April 17, 2018
Apple App Store users spent nearly double that of Google Play users in Q417 – January 26, 2018
Apple’s iOS continues to attract content apps first, despite smaller unit share – October 30, 2017
Bernstein: Google to pay Apple $3 billion this year to remain the default search engine on iPhones and iPads – August 14, 2017
Higher income U.S. states use Apple iPhones; lower income states use Samsung Galaxy phones – September 27, 2016
iOS users are worth 10X more than those who settle for Android – July 27, 2016
Apple’s App Store revenue nearly double that of Google’s Android – April 20, 2016
Poor man’s iPhone: Android on the decline – February 26, 2015
Study: iPhone users are smarter and richer than those who settle for Android phones – January 22, 2015
Why Android users can’t have the nicest things – January 5, 2015
iPhone users earn significantly more than those who settle for Android phones – October 8, 2014
Yet more proof that Android is for poor people – June 27, 2014
More proof that Android is for poor people – May 13, 2014
Android users poorer, shorter, unhealthier, less educated, far less charitable than Apple iPhone users – November 13, 2013
IDC data shows two thirds of Android’s 81% smartphone share are cheap junk phones – November 13, 2013
CIRP: Apple iPhone users are younger, richer, and better educated than those who settle for Samsung knockoff phones – August 19, 2013

Loup Ventures: There are now 383 million Apple Pay users, up 135% year-over-year

7 hours 19 min ago

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“We also estimate, based on the number of active countries and number of use cases within those markets, that 12% of Apple Pay users are in the US, and 88% of users are international. For reference, we believe 21% of active iPhones are in the US,” Munster and Thompson write. “We estimate that 24% of US iPhone users have used Apple Pay vs. 47% of international users.”

Munster and Thompson write, “While Apple Pay likely won’t have a measurable impact on Services revenue growth, the model, enabled by Apple’s treatment of user privacy, lays the groundwork for handling other sensitive data and bringing ease of use to areas like healthcare.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple Pay just works.

SEE ALSO:
Apple debuts three new ads for Apple Pay (with video) – January 23, 2019
Apple Pay is a sleeper hit – January 23, 2019
Apple Pay gains traction where it counts – October 30, 2018
Driven by Apple Pay, contactless payment systems to represent 1 in 3 in-store transactions globally by 2020 – Juniper Research – July 30, 2018
Apple Pay dominates with far more users than Samsung Pay, Google Pay, and other OEM pay systems combined – June 27, 2018
Apple Pay Cash international roll out begins – February 23, 2018
Apple Pay users more than double globally, but only 16% of iPhone users have activated Apple Pay – February 22, 2018
watchOS 4.2 delivers Apple Pay Cash to Apple Watch – December 5, 2017
Apple releases iOS 11.2 with Apple Pay Cash – December 2, 2017

Google’s Nest Secure system contains a hidden microphone that Google kept secret from users

8 hours 40 min ago

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“I suppose it depends upon your outlook on if you are happy or creeped out that your security system secretly had an undocumented microphone capable of doing the listening all along,” Smith reports.

“Google didn’t really focus on the ‘surprise there was a microphone hidden in the Nest Guard brain of your Nest Secure’ angle, preferring a take on how Google Assistant and Nest Guard can help you out,” Smith reports. “The announcement concluded with: ‘We’ve built Nest Secure around you and the way you live, so you won’t be able to disarm the system using your voice. With the Google Assistant built in, your security system is now even more helpful.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Hopefully, at least one of those who chose a Google product for “home security” isn’t so debilitatingly stupid or morbidly naive as to not be able to manage to contact a lawyer to begin a very necessary class action lawsuit over Google’s “oversight” (pun intended).

Unfortunately, these poor saps chose to buy a Google product for “home security” in the first place, so all bets are off. They’re much more likely smiling over their drool cups about getting a “free” microphone from Google.

“Nest Secure.” What a joke.

If Google cannot track users, their business model is not viable. — MacDailyNews, February 14, 2019

SEE ALSO:
Some 17,000 Android apps track users, even when told to stop – February 14, 2019
Is Google purposefully breaking Microsoft, Apple browsers on its websites? – December 19, 2018
Google exposed user data, did not disclose to public fearing repercussions – October 10, 2018
After trying and failing to hide the issue, Alphabet pulls plug on Google+ after bug exposes data from up to 500,000 users – October 8, 2018
Why I’m done with Google’s Chrome browser – September 24, 2018
Researchers find Google harvests more data from Android – and Apple iOS – users than most people think – August 21, 2018
Google hit with lawsuit accusing them of tracking phone users regardless of privacy settings – August 20, 2018
Google tracks users movements even when explicitly told not to – Associated Press – August 13, 2018
New Android malware records ambient audio, fires off premium-rate texts, and harvests files, photos, contacts, and more – March 2, 2018
How Google is secretly recording Android settlers, monitoring millions of conversations every day and storing the creepy audio files – August 22, 2017
Android apps secretly tracking users by listening to inaudible sound hidden in ads – May 8, 2017
Edward Snowden: No matter what, do not use Google’s new Allo messenger app – September 23, 2016
Apple’s iOS 11 will deliver even more privacy to users – June 8, 2017
Google to pay $5.5 million for sneaking around Apple’s privacy settings to collect user data – August 31, 2016
Apple takes a swing at privacy-tampling, personal data-guzzling rivals like Google – September 29, 2015
Apple reinvents the privacy policy – September 29, 2015
Apple: Hey Siri and Live Photos data stays only on your device to ensure privacy – September 12, 2015
Apple issues iPhone manifesto; blasts Android’s lack of updates, lack of privacy, rampant malware – August 10, 2015
Edward Snowden supports Apple’s stance on customer privacy – June 17, 2015
Mossberg: Apple’s latest product is privacy – June 12, 2015
Apple looks to be building an alternative to the Google-branded, hand-over-your-privacy ‘Internet Experience’ – June 11, 2015
Understanding Apple and privacy – June 8, 2015
Edward Snowden: Apple is a privacy pioneer – June 5, 2015
Edward Snowden’s privacy tips: ‘Get rid of Dropbox,” avoid Facebook and Google – October 13, 2014
Apple CEO Tim Cook ups privacy to new level, takes direct swipe at Google – September 18, 2014
Apple slams Google in Safari 7.1 release notes: ‘Adds DuckDuckGo, a search engine that doesn’t track users’ – September 18, 2014
A message from Tim Cook about Apple’s commitment to your privacy – September 18, 2014
Apple will no longer unlock most iPhones, iPads for police, even with search warrants – September 18, 2014
Google to pay $17 million to settle U.S. states’ Safari user tracking probe – November 20, 2013
Judge dismisses case against Google over Safari user tracking – October 11, 2013
UK Apple Safari users sue Google for secretly tracking Web browsing – January 28, 2013
Google pays $22.5 million to settle charges of bypassing Apple Safari privacy settings – August 9, 2012
US FTC votes to fine Google $22.5 million for bypassing Safari privacy settings; Settlement allows Google to admit no liability – July 31, 2012
Google’s D.C. lobbyists have outspent Apple nearly 10 to 1 so far this year – July 23, 2012
Google to pay $22.5 million to settle charges over bypassing privacy settings of millions of Apple users – July 10, 2012
Apple’s anti-user tracking policy has mobile advertisers scrambling – May 9, 2012
Google said to be negotiating amount of U.S. FTC fine over Apple Safari breach – May 4, 2012
Cookies and privacy, Google and Safari – February 25, 2012
Obama’s privacy plan puts pinch on Google – February 24, 2012
Obama administration outlines online privacy guidelines – February 23, 2012
Google sued by Apple Safari-user for bypassing browser privacy – February 21, 2012
Google responds to Microsoft over privacy issues, calls IE’s cookie policy ‘widely non-operational’ – February 21, 2012
Google’s tracking of Safari users could prompt FTC investigation – February 18, 2012
WSJ: Google tracked iPhone, iPad users, bypassing Apple’s Safari browser privacy settings; Microsoft denounces – February 17, 2012

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

Apple’s HomePod sold 1.6 million units last holiday quarter

9 hours 13 min ago

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“By comparison, Strategy Analytics thinks that Amazon sold 13.7 million Echo devices over the same period. Google, meanwhile, sold 11.5 million. In terms of market share, Amazon has around 35.5 percent of the global market, followed by Google’s 30 percent,” Dormehl writes. “In third place, is China’s Alibaba with 7.3 percent, followed by Baidu’s 5.7 percent, and Xiaomi’s 4.6 percent.”

“Apple’s HomePod is considerably more expensive. Amazon and Google have their cheap Echo Dot and Google Home Mini devices,” Dormehl writes. “These are positioned at a much lower price point than Apple’s $349. While Apple is selling fewer devices, there’s also a good chance that it’s making more money per unit sold than its competitors.”

Stereo pairs create an even wider soundstage for an incredible listening experience on HomePod.


 
Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: That’s really not bad, considering Apple’s weak level of promotion for the device and its price point (which is really an amazing value for a self-tuning speaker of such quality). 1.6 million devices over 90 some odd days is 17,777 units per day, so obviously, Apple has plenty of headroom to increase sales and, by making moves to improve Siri and HomeKit, it seems they are intent on doing so.

You know, a strong television ad or two for HomePod run during some of these music competition shows (The Voice, The Masked Singer, etc.) wouldn’t be a bad idea.

Most regular Joes and Janes we talk to don’t even know what a HomePod is, much less understand all that it can do.

SEE ALSO:
Apple’s HomePod shipments surged 45% in holiday quarter – February 19, 2019
Apple buys voice app startup PullString – February 15, 2019
Head of Apple’s Siri team apparently has been reassigned – February 4, 2019
AI guru John Giannandrea named to Apple’s executive team – December 20, 2018
Former Apple employees on Eddy Cue: Siri and Eddy were ‘a bad fit’ – September 5, 2018
Apple’s Siri improved by 11 percentage points in correct answers over the last 15 months – July 25, 2018
Apple combines machine learning and Siri teams under John Giannandrea – July 10, 2018
Apple’s ‘personal assistant activation’ patent application hints at improved Siri – May 10, 2018
iOS 11.4 will allow Siri to recognize AirPlay commands – May 3, 2018
iPhone X owners are extremely satisfied with basically everything except Siri – April 20, 2018
Apple’s Siri, HomePod and the voice assistant showdown – April 6, 2018
Apple’s A.I. efforts get shot of adrenaline with Giannandrea coup – April 6, 2018
A.I. defector gives Apple access to Google’s secrets – April 6, 2018
Gene Munster: Poaching AI chief John Giannandrea from Google a win for Apple – April 5, 2018
Apple hires Google’s A.I. chief to improve Siri – April 4, 2018
Apple hires Amazon A9 exec Stasior to run Siri unit – October 15, 2012

Apple’s lucky iOS 13 will finally fix of one of the most annoying things about the iPhone

9 hours 44 min ago

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“While a handful of the more intriguing iOS 13 features have already leaked — with a redesigned home screen and a new dark mode being two prime examples — the reality is that much of what Apple has planned with iOS 13 remains a well-kept secret, at least for now,” Heisler writes. “There’s a new iOS 13 rumor which, if it pans out, should certainly improve the overall user experience.”

Heisler writes, “Citing an anonymous source, Max Weinbach took to Twitter yesterday and revealed that Apple is finally planning on fixing one of the more annoying aspects of the iPhone.”

So just got some amazing news…

In iOS 13 the volume HUD is gone! Apple is finally fixing their software!
It's also supposed to be ground breaking but whatever.

— Max Weinbach (@mweinbachXDA) February 19, 2019

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Volume HUD (Head-Up Display) is that rather huge and obtrusive dialog box that pops up center screen when users turn up or turn down the volume on your iPhone, iPad, and/or iPod touch. It’s so annoying that some users will simply deal with whatever volume their device is set at, rather than adjust it, in order to avoid the Volume HUD from blocking their video.

iOS 12 Volume Head-Up Display (screenshot: Gold Rush via Discovery Channel)

Apple considering preview of new modular Mac Pro at WWDC in June

10 hours 20 min ago

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“Apple has said it is working on a high-end high-throughput modular Mac Pro for its pro user base that will be easily upgradable and will feature components for the most system intensive tasks,” Hardwick reports. “According to sources who spoke to well-connected Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman, Apple has ‘internally weighed previewing a new version of the high-end Mac Pro’ at this year’s WWDC, although no firm decision appears to have been made.”

Hardwick reports, “We still have no word on when in 2019 the Mac Pro is coming, but Apple did promise a 2019 launch date in early 2018.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple had better do something Mac Pro-related at WWDC, lest the pitchforks that have been out for approximately three years threaten to get used!

SEE ALSO:
Lusting for Apple’s professional 6K display – February 19, 2019
Are Hackintosh users more passionate about the Mac than Apple? – February 19, 2019
Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple to unveil all-new Mac Pro, 16-inch MacBook Pro, 31-inch 6K monitor, and more this year – February 18, 2019

JP Morgan: iPhone supply chain looks to be stabilizing after weaker than expected holiday quarter

11 hours 18 min ago

(function (w, d) { for (var i = 0, j = d.getElementsByTagName("ins"), k = j[i]; i < j.length; k = j[++i]){ if(k.className == "adPushupAds" && k.getAttribute("data-push") != "1") { ((w.adpushup = w.adpushup || {}).control = (w.adpushup.control || [])).push(k); k.setAttribute("data-push", "1");} } })(window, document); window.wvData=window.wvData||{};function wvtag(a,b){wvData[a]=b;} wvtag('id', 'j4zZ1Se4EO1HPk0xCvtD7Q'); wvtag('widget-style', { className: 'wv-circle-small', backgroundColor: '#FF0101' }); “In a note to investors provided to AppleInsider, JP Morgan advises it analyzed the finances of firms in the iPhone supply chain, observing what it calls a seasonal deceleration for January,” Malcolm Owen writes for AppelInsider.

“While down on a sequential monthly basis, JPM notes that on a year-on-year analysis, aggregate revenue rose by 2 percent in January. The same metric in December showed a 4 percent decline, but in November it was up 9 percent,” Owen writes. “According to JP Morgan, it believes the small improvement in January ‘could be early signs of a stabilization.'”

“As a whole, the global smartphone market declined by ‘low-single digits’ for the entire year of 2018, including a ‘mid-single digit’ decline for the fourth quarter,” Owen writes. “A 6 percent decline in global shipments in the fourth quarter is said to imply a 2 percent year-on-year decline on full year shipments. ”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: If true, there’s some good news for Apple, Apple suppliers, and, likely, Apple investors as the market seems to prefer stability over uncertainty.

Apple debuts new Apple Watch Series 4 ad ‘Flight’ celebrating the freedom of cellular connectivity

11 hours 39 min ago

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Now you have the freedom to go with just your watch. – Apple Inc.

In the ad, a woman is running on a street and then cross country. It is a windy day and the wind picks her up and blows her into the sky. The ad then transfers to aerial acrobatics — skydiving without a parachute — until the woman dives into what looks like an Austrian lake unharmed. Upon surfacing, she receives a phone call, which she declines in favor of taking in the view and then swimming to shore.

The song featured in the ad is “Breathe” by Son Lux.

MacDailyNews Take: This is a very nice ad that certainly highlights that you can go anywhere with just your cellular-capable Apple Watch.

Apple’s Project Marzipan targeted to combine iPhone, iPad and Mac apps by 2021

12 hours 24 min ago

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“Each new app is another revenue opportunity for Apple because it takes a cut of many app-related purchases and subscriptions. The company has positioned its services division as a major growth area,” Gurman reports. “”

“Later this year, Apple plans to let developers port their iPad apps to Mac computers via a new software development kit that the company will release as early as June at its annual developer conference. Developers will still need to submit separate versions of the app to Apple’s iOS and Mac App Stores, but the new kit will mean they don’t have to write the underlying software code twice, said the people familiar with the plan,” Gurman reports. “In 2020, Apple plans to expand the kit so iPhone applications can be converted into Mac apps in the same way. Apple engineers have found this challenging because iPhone screens are so much smaller than Mac computer displays. By 2021, developers will be able to merge iPhone, iPad, and Mac applications into one app or what is known as a “single binary.” This means developers won’t have to submit their work to different Apple App Stores, allowing iOS apps to be downloaded directly from Mac computers — effectively combining the stores.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Hopefully the quality of “Marzipan” apps is poised to drastically improve.

Think code convergence (more so than today) with UI modifications per device. A unified underlying codebase for Intel, Apple A-series, and, in Apple’s labs, likely other chips, too (just in case). This would allow for a single App Store for Mac, iPhone, and iPad users that features a mix of apps: Some that are touch-only, some that are Mac-only, and some that are universal (can run on both traditional notebooks and desktops as well as on multi-touch computers like iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and – pretty please, Apple – Apple TV). Don’t be surprised to see Apple A-series-powered Macs, either.MacDailyNews Take, January 9, 2014

Our motivation is simple – we want to provide the most advanced and innovative platform to our developers, and we want them to stand directly on the shoulders of this platform and create the best apps the world has ever seen. We want to continually enhance the platform so developers can create even more amazing, powerful, fun and useful applications. Everyone wins – we sell more devices because we have the best apps, developers reach a wider and wider audience and customer base, and users are continually delighted by the best and broadest selection of apps on any platform. — Steve Jobs, April 2010

SEE ALSO:
An enterprise take on Apple’s ‘Project Marzipan’ – January 11, 2019
Apple’s initial macOS Mojave Marzipan apps are ugly ducklings – September 25, 2018
Marzipan in Mojave: Porting developer iOS apps to macOS – June 13, 2018
iOS  –  macOS: What Apple’s ‘No’ actually means – June 11, 2018
Craig Federighi doesn’t see a touchscreen Mac in the future – June 6, 2018
Apple’s Craig Federighi details how iOS apps will run on Macs – June 5, 2018
How Apple might approach an ARM-based Mac – May 30, 2018
Will the 2019 Mac Pro be powered by an Apple ARM-based chip? – April 6, 2018
Project Marzipan: Can Apple succeed where Microsoft failed? – December 21, 2017
Apple is working to unite iOS and macOS; will they standardize their chip platform next? – December 21, 2017
Why Apple would want to unify iOS and Mac apps in 2018 – December 20, 2017
Apple to provide tool for developers build cross-platform apps that run on iOS and macOS in 2018 – December 20, 2017
The once and future OS for Apple – December 8, 2017
Apple, a semiconductor superpower in the making, looks to build their own ARM-based processors for Macs – September 29, 2017
On the future of Apple’s Macintosh – February 6, 2017
Apple’s Craig Federighi explains why there is no touchscreen Mac – November 1, 2016

Siri will suggest ‘Today at Apple’ sessions in iOS 12.2

Wed, 2019-02-20 15:46

(function (w, d) { for (var i = 0, j = d.getElementsByTagName("ins"), k = j[i]; i < j.length; k = j[++i]){ if(k.className == "adPushupAds" && k.getAttribute("data-push") != "1") { ((w.adpushup = w.adpushup || {}).control = (w.adpushup.control || [])).push(k); k.setAttribute("data-push", "1");} } })(window, document); window.wvData=window.wvData||{};function wvtag(a,b){wvData[a]=b;} wvtag('id', 'j4zZ1Se4EO1HPk0xCvtD7Q'); wvtag('widget-style', { className: 'wv-circle-small', backgroundColor: '#FF0101' }); “Apple released the third developer beta of iOS 12.2 today, and with it comes a few new features. In addition to design tweaks and subscription discount options for developers, Apple has enhanced Siri functionality to help spread awareness of its Today at Apple retail initiative,” Michael Steeber reports for 9to5Mac.

“Upon updating to iOS 12.2, users with the Apple Store app installed will find a new toggle located in Settings > Siri & Search > Apple Store,” Steeber reports. “Apple has added a feature called ‘Find Interests in Other Apps,’ that when enabled will offer Siri suggestions for Today at Apple sessions based on your installed applications and Safari usage.”

“For instance, if you use Procreate on your iPad every day, Siri could suggest an Art Walk or a drawing session,” Steeber reports. “If you use a lot of workout apps, Siri might suggest the Health & Fitness Walk.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Not only is it a nice feature, it’s a way to get you into the store.

BTW: At Apple, the era of the soft sell is over.

SEE ALSO:
Apple taking its in-store iPhone push too far by promoting upgrades instead of repairs? – February 14, 2019

Exclusive Apple Watch Hermès faces set to arrive in watchOS 5.2

Wed, 2019-02-20 10:01

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“As discovered by French blog WatchGeneration.fr, owners of the designer Apple Watch will see a new gradient style Hermès watch face in two colors: Cherry/Sakura and Bleu (pink and blue),” Cao reports. “And just like the other Hermès Apple Watch faces for the Series 4, these will adapt based on where the hour and minute hands are… And similar to the other Hermès faces, you’ll be limited to a single complication on the face, only capable of showing the date, a specific time zone or a stopwatch.”

Cao reports, “The new watch faces will require an Apple Watch Series 4 Hermès as well as iOS 12.2 on your iPhone and watchOS 5.2.”

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MacDailyNews Note: They look like this:

New exclusive Apple Watch Hermès faces coming in watchOS 5.2 https://t.co/xOvsx9GIdi pic.twitter.com/MeiOHV7jva

— phoneweek (@phoneweekuk) February 19, 2019

Apple Pay expands to 40 more banks following launches in Saudi Arabia and Czech Republic

Wed, 2019-02-20 09:30

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“There have also been new ways added to use Apple Pay recently,” Hall reports. “The LA Metro rail and bus network are supporting Apple Pay through the TAP system, and Target is finally rolling out support in stores alongside Taco Bell and other US merchants.”

“Apple Pay lets you use your existing credit or debit card from your iPhone or Apple Watch to pay securely and privately in stores where contactless payments are accepted,” Hall reports. “Apple Pay also works in apps from the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, and on the web from the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.”

See the full list of new banks that now work with Apple Pay, including over 20 more banks in the US and new France entries, here.

MacDailyNews Take: Congrats to the new Apple Pay countries and new banks that work with the contactless payment market’s domination (by far) service!

Bring Wikipedia to your Apple Watch with MiniWiki app

Wed, 2019-02-20 09:03

(function (w, d) { for (var i = 0, j = d.getElementsByTagName("ins"), k = j[i]; i < j.length; k = j[++i]){ if(k.className == "adPushupAds" && k.getAttribute("data-push") != "1") { ((w.adpushup = w.adpushup || {}).control = (w.adpushup.control || [])).push(k); k.setAttribute("data-push", "1");} } })(window, document); window.wvData=window.wvData||{};function wvtag(a,b){wvData[a]=b;} wvtag('id', 'j4zZ1Se4EO1HPk0xCvtD7Q'); wvtag('widget-style', { className: 'wv-circle-small', backgroundColor: '#FF0101' }); “Australian developer Will Bishop is back again with another great app for Apple Watch,” Brent Dirks writes for AppAdvice. “In 2018, two of his apps – Chirp for Twitter and Nano for Reddit – made our list of the Top 10 apps of the year for the wearable device.”

“And his latest app brings another popular site to Apple Watch,” Dirks writes. “As you could probably tell by the name, MiniWiki is all about the popular online encyclopedia.”

“You can search for a subject with voice dictation or scribble,” Dirks writes. “The articles look great on the watch and you can scroll through the information by using the Digital Crown or swiping up or down on the screen.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: For when you have that burning question and don’t want to reach for your iPhone or iPad, MiniWiki on Apple Watch delivers the the answer!

iPhone SE is back on sale in Apple’s online clearance section starting at $249

Wed, 2019-02-20 08:45

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“All versions are priced by capacity, with the 32-gigabyte variants priced at $249, representing a saving of $100 from the normal list price, while the 128-gigabyte versions are discounted $150 off the list price at $299,” Owen reports. “This is the same price as seen in earlier instances of the sale.”

Owen reports, “It is unclear how long the iPhone SE will be available to purchase form the online Apple Store, but previous instances saw availability last between hours and two days.”

Apple’s 4-inch iPhone SE


 
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MacDailyNews Take: Get ’em while they last!

SEE ALSO:
Apple needs an ‘iPhone SE 2’ now more than ever – February 12, 2019
Apple iPhone SE 2 with glass back to launch soon? – February 2, 2019
iPhone SE 2: Who wants an iPhone with a tiny 4-inch display? – January 25, 2019
Apple restocks iPhone SE on clearance site, all models available – January 24, 2019

Apple iPhone continues to dominate Japanese smartphone market

Wed, 2019-02-20 08:04

(function (w, d) { for (var i = 0, j = d.getElementsByTagName("ins"), k = j[i]; i < j.length; k = j[++i]){ if(k.className == "adPushupAds" && k.getAttribute("data-push") != "1") { ((w.adpushup = w.adpushup || {}).control = (w.adpushup.control || [])).push(k); k.setAttribute("data-push", "1");} } })(window, document); window.wvData=window.wvData||{};function wvtag(a,b){wvData[a]=b;} wvtag('id', 'j4zZ1Se4EO1HPk0xCvtD7Q'); wvtag('widget-style', { className: 'wv-circle-small', backgroundColor: '#FF0101' }); Smartphone shipments fell 3.8% year on year in Japan to 9.9 million in Q4 2018, marking a fourth consecutive quarter of shipment decline. In terms of shipment numbers, Japan came fourth worldwide, behind China, the US and India. 32.5 million smartphones shipped in Japan in the whole of 2018, 1.9% fewer than in 2017.

The performance of the Japanese market has been adversely affected by the notoriously high mobile tariff costs and increasing device costs, especially for iPhones, given mobile operators are given lower subsidies, capped by the MIC and JFTC. This has slowed the replacement cycle, especially as 48-month contracts have been introduced by the major operators. On the other hand, this has given a boost to lower-cost SIM-only contracts and the secondhand smartphone market.

Despite a sharp 10.5% decline in Q4, Apple still enjoys a dominant position in Japan, its full-year market share exceeding 50% for the first time in 2018, up from 48.0% in 2017 and 48.2% in 2016. Sharp, in a distant second place, only accounted for 11% of shipments in 2018. Competition is becoming more intense for Android vendors. Local names, such as Sharp, Sony and Kyocera, which used to account for a sizeable share of the market, are being increasingly challenged by Samsung, Huawei and Google, which have pushed in with aggressive spending on marketing.

Canalys forecasts a modest 2.7% year-on-year decline for Japan in 2019, as it is further affected by the lengthening refresh cycle. A changing market dynamic is forthcoming in 2019 – a price cut in mobile subscription costs of up to 40% is imminent due to pressure from the regulators. Premium handset and local vendors, such as Sharp and Kyocera, whose sales rely on subsidies and operator promotions, are expected to be dealt an even heavier blow. There will be growth opportunities for mid-to-low-end handsets via MVNOs and open channels. Moreover, Rakuten, which is due to launch its own network in October 2019, will become Japan’s fourth operator, further adding to channel competition. As Japan aims to be 5G-ready in 2020 for the Tokyo Summer Olympics, operators have rushed to launch the first commercial 5G network. But the big three operators may find it hard to fund investment amid the impact of further mobile cost regulation on their revenue.

Vendor highlights

Apple dominated in Japan with a 56.0% market share in Q4 2018, down from 60% in Q4 2017 as shipments fell sharply by 10.5% year on year, more than the overall market. The iPhone XR contributed 39.8% of Apple’s shipments in Q4, helped by aggressive subsidies from major operators to offset the lower demand for its XS series due to the high prices. The flagship XS and XS Max performed poorly compared to the earlier iPhone X during their launch quarters, shipping only 1.4 million units in aggregate, which inevitably dragged down Apple’s overall ASP to US$744 from US$794 last year. At the lower end, the iPhone 6S increased shipments due to Docomo’s “Docomo with” plan, which comes with much lower subscription costs aimed to attract lower-income users. The biggest challenge for Apple in 2019 is to retain its dominance amid downward pressure on operator subsidies, the rising secondhand market and increasing competition from vendors such as Huawei.

It has been tough for the Japanese vendors on their home turf. Sharp, Sony, Kyocera and Fujitsu continued to struggle in Japan, suffering declines of varying degrees in Q4 2018 due to a lack of competitive products. Despite being constantly challenged by foreign vendors, the four local vendors retained a combined market share of 25.2% this quarter due to traditional strong ties with the major operators. But the outlook remains bleak for local vendors in 2019.

Being the only top five vendor that achieved positive year-on-year growth of 10.1%, with nearly 680,000 units shipped, Samsung owes much of its success to the strong performance of the S9 and S9 Note compared to their predecessors. Samsung also grew 168% quarter on quarter due to a boost from its Galaxy Feel 2, which is specially designed for Japanese consumers. Being Samsung’s only mid-range device in Japan, the Galaxy Feel series has been instrumental in creating volume growth for the vendor. But Samsung will start to feel the pressure as Chinese vendors, such as Huawei and Oppo, continue to grow in Japan.

MacDailyNews Take: iPhone is holding its own in Japan despite lower carrier subsidies, a lengthening replacement cycle, a strong dollar, and more!

Apple’s HomePod shipments surged 45% in holiday quarter

Wed, 2019-02-20 07:33

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David Watkins, Director at Strategy Analytics, commented in a statement: “Smart speakers and smart displays were once again the most sought-after tech products this past holiday season and we estimate that more than 60 million households worldwide now own at least one device. Smart displays such as Google’s Home Hub, Amazon’s Echo Show and Baidu’s Xiaodu Zaijia are proving popular with consumers who are attracted by the combination of audio and visual stimulus and the wider range of use cases compared to speaker only devices. Smart displays made up more than 10% of total shipment demand in Q4 2018 and they are expected to be a significant driver of growth in the market through 2019.”

David Mercer, Vice President at Strategy Analytics, added in a statement, “The major technology vendors have done a great job at establishing the voice assistant market and our research shows that users are highly satisfied with the way smart speakers are improving their daily lives. Now comes the question of how to monetize the user base and it will be interesting to see how each player addresses this challenge. The first step will be to encourage wider and more frequent use of apps and services via smart speakers that carry a revenue generation opportunity for the device OEM or platform provider. Voice shopping and ad-insertion are obvious examples but the industry must address the data security and privacy concerns of smart speaker users before these become viable revenue streams.”

Source: Strategy Analytics, Inc.

MacDailyNews Take: Of course, Apple does not play the market share game, selling units for the sake of selling units. Apple sells premium products to premium customers at premium prices. Apple’s unit sales in relation to vendors pumping out cheap POS junk is virtually meaningless. Apple’s HomePod sales increasing 45% on the other hand is very meaningful as every buyer will be or become an Apple Music subscriber, generating the type of recurring revenue that very few $49 speaker buyers would ever provide.

Lusting for Apple’s professional 6K display

Wed, 2019-02-20 07:12

(function (w, d) { for (var i = 0, j = d.getElementsByTagName("ins"), k = j[i]; i < j.length; k = j[++i]){ if(k.className == "adPushupAds" && k.getAttribute("data-push") != "1") { ((w.adpushup = w.adpushup || {}).control = (w.adpushup.control || [])).push(k); k.setAttribute("data-push", "1");} } })(window, document); window.wvData=window.wvData||{};function wvtag(a,b){wvData[a]=b;} wvtag('id', 'j4zZ1Se4EO1HPk0xCvtD7Q'); wvtag('widget-style', { className: 'wv-circle-small', backgroundColor: '#FF0101' }); “According to a report from reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will launch its first 6K display for the Mac Pro this year,” Jeff Benjamin writes for 9to5Mac. “This report lines up with Apple’s own statement about its plans for this year, but adds some much-needed meat to the story.”

Beyond the 6K specification, “the second big piece of information relates to the size of the display. Kuo is very specific when it comes to reporting the size of the panel, noting that it’s 31.6-inches, which amounts to the diagonal measurement of the display panel itself,” Benjamin writes. “In addition to the size, Kuo also notes that the display will feature “outstanding picture quality”, which is owed to a Mini LED-like backlight design… More specifically, Kuo notes that it will be a 6K3K display, equating to roughly in the ballpark of ~6000 pixels horizontally, and ~3000 pixels vertically.”

“When looking at the potential resolution of a 6K3K display, one particular resolution immediately comes to mind — 6400×3600,” Benjamin writes. “An Apple 6K display with a 6400×3600 resolution would have 23,040,000 pixels versus just 14,745,600 pixels found in 5K displays with a 5120×2880 resolution. That suggests a 44% increase in usable resolution — a major win for creative professionals… Apple’s 6K display would have enough resolution to fit nine different instances of full-resolution 1080p video inside with room to spare.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We’ve been waiting for a new Apple display to replace our tired monitors for what seems like forever. Hopefully Apple will have plenty of these 6K babies stocked up for launch because there’s going to be a run on them from Day One!

Next-gen iPhone rumors predict ‘frosted glass casing’

Wed, 2019-02-20 06:30

(function (w, d) { for (var i = 0, j = d.getElementsByTagName("ins"), k = j[i]; i < j.length; k = j[++i]){ if(k.className == "adPushupAds" && k.getAttribute("data-push") != "1") { ((w.adpushup = w.adpushup || {}).control = (w.adpushup.control || [])).push(k); k.setAttribute("data-push", "1");} } })(window, document); window.wvData=window.wvData||{};function wvtag(a,b){wvData[a]=b;} wvtag('id', 'j4zZ1Se4EO1HPk0xCvtD7Q'); wvtag('widget-style', { className: 'wv-circle-small', backgroundColor: '#FF0101' }); “Reliable supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo dropped a treasure chest of Apple hardware rumors for 2019 over the weekend, including the first mention of a possible iPhone 11 design change,” Zac Hall writes for 9to5Mac. “According to Kuo, Apple plans to use a ‘frosted glass casing’ on the new flagship iPhones later this year — a design that would be totally new for iPhones.”

“I don’t personally have complaints about fingerprints on the glass back and the grippy feel is preferred to more slippery aluminum, but I have experienced moments of confusion between the front and back of the iPhone,” Hall writes. “A matte glass back restores the sense of front and back at the cost of a less uniform design.”

“In a year when we expect the iPhone design to retain the same three screen sizes, this iPhone 11 rumor suggests one way Apple can create a visual distinction between the old iPhones and the new models,” Hall writes. “A fresh matte glass finish sounds like a neat modern take on the glossy glass surface seen on the last two years of iPhones without compromise.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We vote for less slippery naked iPhones in 2019!

Apple hardware durability: A professor found an Apple IIe in his dad’s attic – and it worked just fine

Wed, 2019-02-20 05:46

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“Which is why I find myself a touch unsurprised at the events that transpired in Professor John Pfaff’s parents’ attic,” Matyszczyk reports. “Pfaff, a Fordham law professor, took to Twitter at the weekend to offer his personal tale of product durability.”

“As he began to witness the resurrection of games such a Adventureland, Olympic Decathlon, and even — I didn’t know this had existed — Neuromancer, he considered the effect this would have on his children. Specifically, on their historical perspectives,” Matyszczyk reports. “He found old floppy disks and even a letter addressed to him, written in 1986 and typed by his dad on the computer.”

Oh.
My.
God.

An Apple IIe. Sat in my parents’ attic for years. Decades.

And it works.

Put in an old game disk. Asks if I want to restore a saved game.

And finds one!

It must be 30 years old.

I’m 10 years old again. pic.twitter.com/zL7wWxOo36

— John Pfaff (@JohnFPfaff) February 17, 2019

My kids thought things were insanely retro when my wife and I played NES Super Mario on the oldest’s Switch.

Tomorrow morning their definition of retro is going to shift significantly. pic.twitter.com/cwpMyvCoYw

— John Pfaff (@JohnFPfaff) February 17, 2019

Just found this letter my dad typed to me in 1986, when I was 11 and at summer camp.

I REALLY WONDER what my theory abt the daily newspaper comics Spider-Man was.

My dad passed away almost exactly a year ago. It’s amazing to come across something so “ordinary” from him. pic.twitter.com/Aog3MiSnXN

— John Pfaff (@JohnFPfaff) February 17, 2019

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MacDailyNews Take: We posted this specifically from a 27-inch iMac (Mid 2011) because we can.

Macintosh. You get what you pay for, and then some!

Are Hackintosh users more passionate about the Mac than Apple?

Wed, 2019-02-20 05:08

(function (w, d) { for (var i = 0, j = d.getElementsByTagName("ins"), k = j[i]; i < j.length; k = j[++i]){ if(k.className == "adPushupAds" && k.getAttribute("data-push") != "1") { ((w.adpushup = w.adpushup || {}).control = (w.adpushup.control || [])).push(k); k.setAttribute("data-push", "1");} } })(window, document); window.wvData=window.wvData||{};function wvtag(a,b){wvData[a]=b;} wvtag('id', 'j4zZ1Se4EO1HPk0xCvtD7Q'); wvtag('widget-style', { className: 'wv-circle-small', backgroundColor: '#FF0101' }); “The Hackintosh has become a phenomenon in recent years, despite knotty ethical questions, because Apple’s neglected superfans won’t stop thinking different,” Ernie Smith writes for Motherboard. “The Hackintosh community is, admittedly, relatively small—in no small part because of the technical learning curve that often comes with the practice. It’s effectively a subculture borne from the combination of two other subcultures: Apple superfans and hobbyists who build their own computers. But it does draw in some highly passionate users, many of whom are experts at creative pursuits, in part because of the user base Apple’s machines long fostered. Case in point: Paul Chato.”

“These days, Chato is an entrepreneur who runs a web design firm, but back in the late ’70s and ’80s, he was best known as a primary member of a popular Canadian comedy troupe named The Frantics,” Smith writes. “More recently, though, Chato has found a degree of success as a YouTuber, operating a vlog that offers up his irreverent take on the mostly tech-related things he’s passionate about.”

In the end, I don’t think Apple trusts the OS.That’s what really bothers me. I don’t think they realize that if they put MacOS in a nice, plain box that doesn’t thermal throttle it will sell really well. It’s the OS, stupid. — Paul Chato

“Two years ago, in one of his earliest clips on the channel, Chato drew attention to the fact that he has used Apple products for more than 30 years—from the original all-in-one to a variety of modern-day MacBook Pros—but moved to producing Hackintosh machines instead. ‘I feel absolutely abandoned by Apple in terms of meeting my needs,’ he stated in the video,” Smith writes. “Hackintoshing is an interesting process because, in cases like Chato’s and (admittedly) my own, it highlights a dichotomy between the company and its supporters: It’s a user base, one technical enough to jump through numerous hoops, that loves a company’s product so much that they’re willing to subvert it to get that product in its unvarnished form, because the company’s growth has left them behind.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: And, there you have it: Betteridge’s law of headlines, destroyed in one fell swoop.

As we wrote just last week, “Apple management’s misplaced priorities, especially regarding the Mac, continue to hugely disappoint.”

You kind of want to manage it like you’re in the dairy business. If it gets past its freshness date, you have a problem. — Tim Cook, 2008

Peter Paul Chato’s YouTube channel is here.

SEE ALSO:
Apple’s iMac was last updated 602 days ago, longest span ever between updates – February 15, 2019
Apple CEO Cook on Macintosh’s 35th anniversary: ‘We love the Mac’ – January 24, 2019
Apple CEO Tim Cook, one-time ‘operations genius,’ is a failure at operations – January 11, 2019
Apple’s newest Mac Pro turns five years old today – December 19, 2018
Apple’s 2013 Mac Pro, five years later – May 31, 2018
Why can’t Apple keep their products up-to-date? – April 10, 2018
Why is it taking Apple so long to update the Mac Pro? – April 10, 2018
Apple needs to stop promising new products and start delivering them – April 6, 2018
Apple: No new Mac Pro until 2019 – April 5, 2018
The culture at Apple changed when Tim Cook took over as CEO – April 10, 2017
Apple’s desperate Mac Pro damage control message hints at a confused, divided company – April 6, 2017
Who has taken over at Apple? – April 5, 2017
Apple’s embarrassing Mac Pro mea culpa – April 4, 2017
Mac Pro: Why did it take Apple so long to wake up? – April 4, 2017
Apple sorry for what happened with the Mac Pro over the last 3+ years – namely, nothing – April 4, 2017
Apple’s apparent antipathy towards the Mac prompts calls for macOS licensing – March 27, 2017
Why Apple’s new Mac Pro might never arrive – March 10, 2017
Dare we hold out hope for the Mac Pro? – March 1, 2017
Attention, Tim Cook! Apple isn’t firing on all cylinders and you need to fix it – January 4, 2017
How Tim Cook’s Apple alienated Mac loyalists – December 20, 2016
Apple’s not very good, really quite poor 2016 – December 19, 2016
Apple’s software has been anything but ‘magical’ lately – December 19, 2016
Lazy Apple. It’s not hard to imagine Steve Jobs asking, ‘What have you been doing for the last four years?’ – December 9, 2016
Open letter to Tim Cook: Apple needs to do better – January 5, 2015

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