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Apple Champs-Élysées to open in Paris this Sunday

Fri, 2018-11-16 07:15

Apple today announced its latest retail location, Apple Champs-Élysées, paying tribute to Paris’s rich history and creativity. Housed in a Haussmann-era apartment building, the inner courtyard has been transformed into Apple’s grandest Forum, dedicated to free Today at Apple sessions.

Apple offers more than 18,000 Today at Apple sessions around the world every week, focused on creative passions like photography, music, coding and design. In the first week, Apple Champs-Élysées will host sessions with popular musicians, filmmakers, animators and more.

“The energy in Paris is electric and it will be one of our premier cities for Today at Apple,” said Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail, in a statement. “I hope that everyone who visits Apple Champs-Élysées will be inspired to unlock their creative curiosity and learn something new.”

Apple Champs-Élysées


 
A careful blend of historic and modern architecture, the store design honors the building’s past while introducing modern spaces. The facade and entryway have been meticulously restored and the Burgundy stone of the exterior has been carried throughout the building. French oak parquet floors line the upper levels, which aim to revive the building’s original spirit by restoring the detailing and interconnected spaces of the quintessential Parisian apartment.

“Working within a historic Parisian building is a great responsibility and a phenomenal opportunity,” said Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, in a statement. “Our first priority was to honor the history of the building, while thoughtfully updating it to create spaces both grand and intimate. The carefully interweaving layers are warm and light filled, celebrating the timeless spirit of the city.”

The store’s Forum, which will be home to Today at Apple sessions focused on photography, music, coding, design and more


 
Several of the design features also serve an environmental purpose. A sculptural roof light covers the courtyard, providing sunlight to the space below and generating renewable energy with integrated photovoltaic panels. An integrated rainwater collection system provides water for the bathrooms, trees and green walls. Like all of Apple’s facilities, Apple Champs-Élysées is powered by 100 percent renewable energy.

More than 330 employees, including over 100 new hires, will welcome customers when the store opens Sunday. The group represents 15 nationalities and speaks 17 languages, with more than 200 employees joining from other Apple stores in Paris and around the world. Apple Champs-Élysées opens Sunday at 12 p.m.

Source: Apple Inc.

MacDailyNews Take: Congrats, Paris!

Apple releases Final Cut Pro 10.4.4, Motion 5.4.2 and Compressor 4.4.2

Fri, 2018-11-16 06:49

The latest update to Final Cut Pro X, available today on the Mac App Store, introduces workflow extensions that enable professional video editors to use third-party apps and services directly within the editing interface.

Workflow extensions match the look of Final Cut Pro and integrate tightly into the app, allowing editors to drag media into Final Cut Pro libraries, sync playback between extensions and timeline, add clip markers and more. These extensions make it easy to use popular tools that enhance post-production including review and approval with Frame.io, stock footage browsing and purchasing with Shutterstock and media asset management with CatDV. Workflow extensions can be downloaded free from the Mac App Store starting today. Additional third-party extensions for Final Cut Pro will be available on an ongoing basis.


 

 

Workflow extensions make it possible to use popular tools and services from developers like Frame.io, Shutterstock and CatDV from right within the Final Cut Pro interface


 
The new version of Final Cut Pro also includes a number of features that are highly requested from pro video editors. Batch sharing allows a user to export multiple clips or projects in one step and is especially useful when transcoding dailies on set for quick turnaround or delivering multiple versions of a project. A new Comparison Viewer window lets editors view reference images while color grading to ensure a consistent look across their project.

A new floating timecode window makes it easy for video editors and others in the editing room to follow along by displaying color-coded clip names, roles, project timecode and source timecode in a customizable, resizable display. High-quality video noise reduction minimizes artifacts in low light or archival footage. Editors can now create and deliver closed captions in SRT format or choose to burn them into their video for compatibility with a wide range of video websites. And improved marquee selection makes it quick to select individual clips or the entire secondary storyline which saves valuable time for common edit operations.

Motion, the powerful motion graphics companion to Final Cut Pro, also gets an update today that adds a comprehensive set of color grading tools including color wheels, color curves, hue/saturation curves and custom LUTs. These tools match the professional color correction features found in Final Cut Pro and can now be used in Motion to fine-tune the look of titles and motion graphics. New filters in Motion include a customizable comic effect that instantly turns any image or video into a color or monochrome comic book illustration. And the new tiny planet filter lets motion graphics artists transform 360-degree video into beautiful spherical animations that can be keyframed to change over time.

Compressor, the advanced encoding companion to Final Cut Pro, moves to a new 64-bit engine that takes advantage of all the memory in a user’s Mac for improved performance when encoding high resolution, high frame rate video. Compressor maintains support for 32-bit codecs, so editors can continue to work with key legacy formats. And the app now supports SRT closed captions, which is an important format for delivering captioned video to the web and international markets.
Pricing and Availability

Final Cut Pro 10.4.4, Motion 5.4.2 and Compressor 4.4.2 will be available on the Mac App Store as free updates for existing users. New users can purchase the apps for $299.99, $49.99 and $49.99, respectively. Education customers can purchase the Pro Apps Bundle for Education for $199.99, which includes all three pro video apps plus Logic Pro X and MainStage. For more information, visit apple.com/final-cut-pro.

Source: Apple Inc.

MacDailyNews Take: It’s snappy!

B&H Photo offers holiday deals on Apple products

Fri, 2018-11-16 05:29

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Source: B&H Photo

MacDailyNews Take: Only 39 days until Christmas!

Misreading Apple’s supply chain and iPhone XR demand

Fri, 2018-11-16 05:05

“Apple’s supply chain scale is truly unprecedented,” Ben Bajarin writes for Tech.pinions. “Through all these years, Apple has learned how to build one of the most fluid supply chains in the history of manufacturing.”

“Most companies do not face the kind of manufacturing challenges Apple does because most companies do not ship technology innovation at the scale that Apple does. This makes most companies supply chain a bit easier to manage,” Bajarin writes. ” But when I say Apple’s manufacturing is fluid, what I mean is that they can respond to waves of demand and other market changes in real-time.”

This is “why we get a range of supplier reports where one quarter an Apple supplier has a huge quarter, and in the same quarter, another supplier will suggest a decline,” Bajarin writes. “Apple may have all the components they need on hand to scale up or down iPhone XR unit sales for the next six months or longer, but a critical point I think is missed is that the current December quarter should never have been expected to be a big iPhone XR sales quarter as a part of the iPhone mix. Most of the buyers who purchase in the December quarter are the type of consumers who want the latest and greatest and therefore they tend to buy the higher end more premium iPhone.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Shh! We were hoping for sub-$185/share!

If there actually is an issue with iPhone XR sales — and the jury is still way out on that one — that could be a good thing for Apple as it could mean that when spending over $750 on an iPhone, more people than ever say to themselves, “Well, I might as well get the very best one available,” and buy the iPhone Xs Max over iPhone XR. This would positively impact Apple’s iPhone ASP, of course. — MacDailyNews, November 9, 2018

Even if a particular data point were factual it would be impossible to accurately interpret the data point as to what it meant for our overall business… There is just an inordinate[ly] long list of things that would make any single data point not a great proxy for what’s going on. Apple CEO Tim Cook, January 23, 2013

SEE ALSO:
Apple supplier AMS cuts forecast – November 15, 2018
Apple: Ignore the noise – November 14, 2018
Dialog Semi says not seeing hit to demand from Apple – November 14, 2018
Don’t panic about iPhone sales just yet – November 14, 2018
Apple stock: This is not a repeat of 2015-16 – November 14, 2018
Apple’s Asian suppliers fall on report of canceled iPhone XR production boost – November 6, 2018
Nikkei claims iPhone XR production cuts, Apple stock drops over 3% – November 5, 2018
Apple’s revolutionary iPhone X was the world’s best selling smartphone in Q118 – June 14, 2018
Nikkei again claims ‘weak demand’ for iPhone X despite much evidence to the contrary – February 20, 2018
iPhone X drives smartphone revenue dominance; Apple made more money in Q417 than the rest of the smartphone makers combined – February 16, 2018
Apple iPhone took more than half of worldwide smartphone revenue share in Q417, a new record – February 15, 2018
Apple supplier says report of iPhone X production cuts was overstated – January 30, 2018
Another January, another misleading iPhone supply cuts story from Nikkei – January 29, 2018
Apple stock drops after Nikkei report of iPhone X production cut – January 29, 2018
Canalys: Apple shipped 29 million iPhone X units in Q4 2017; world’s best-selling smartphone over the holiday season – January 23, 2018
Reports of Apple cutting iPhone X orders make no sense – January 2, 2018
Apple stock tumbles on one poorly-sourced report of low iPhone X demand – December 26, 2017
Apple and suppliers shares drop on report of weak iPhone X demand – December 26, 2017
Nikkei: Apple to decrease iPhone production 10% in first quarter of 2017 – December 30, 2016

Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Air might portend the end of configurable Macs

Fri, 2018-11-16 04:02

“While the focus on Apple’s smooshing together of its platforms has been primarily about the software (iOS apps running on the Mac) and hardware (the potential of future Macs running Apple-designed ARM processors), the new MacBook Air got me thinking about another way Apple’s approach to iPads and iPhones may dramatically change how we shop for Macs in the future,” Jason Snell writes for Macworld.

“The new $1,199 base-model MacBook Air comes with a 1.6GHz dual-core Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz. If you max out all of its specs, on the other hand, you’ll walk away with a $2,600 computer… with the very same 1.6GHz processor,” Snell writes. “The new iPad Pro comes in a single processor option, the A12X. The iPhone XR and XS are powered by the A12. That’s it.”

“This feels like the future of the Mac, certainly on the consumer end of the product line,” Snell writes. “If Apple starts building Macs with ARM processors, is it going to want to offer different classes of processors within those models? On iOS, Apple has steadfastly refused to do this. Every model-year of a given model is generally powered by the same processor across the board.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Snell also speculates that “RAM feels like a configuration option that might very well disappear when Apple makes the move to ARM. Instead, Apple will pick a RAM configuration that feels right for a given product, and stick with it.”

This would be a issue because until the most-recent top-of-the-line iPad Pro’s 6GB RAM, every single iPad Apple has ever produced lacked enough RAM to rally handle a professional workflow. Some people work across myriad apps, multiple tabs, etc. and need sufficient RAM – more RAM that whatever Apple imagines “the average user” would require. We’d hate to be forced to buy the highest storage option just to get enough RAM to work with, especially if we don’t need that storage.

Apple hiring wireless chip engineers to work in Qualcomm’s backyard

Fri, 2018-11-16 03:27

“Apple Inc. is aggressively hiring engineers in Qualcomm Inc.’s home base of San Diego, seeking designers to develop wireless components and processors that would further weaken the chipmaker’s chances of again supplying chips for the iPhone maker’s future devices,” Mark Gurman and Ian King report for Bloomberg. “”

“This month, Apple published 10 job listings on its website for chip design-related positions located in the city, marking the first time the Cupertino, California-based technology giant has publicly recruited for such roles in the Southern California hotbed for chip design,” Gurman and King report. “Apple is advertising for engineers to work on multiple types of chip components, including engineers to work on the company’s Neural Engine artificial intelligence processor and wireless chips.”

“Apple’s chipmaking efforts are still based at its Northern California headquarters,” Gurman and King report. “To date, the company has released wireless chips for AirPods and the Apple Watch, but hasn’t produced its own complete wireless systems for the iPhone, its best-selling device. Apple is seeking engineers with experience in mainstream wireless protocols like LTE and Bluetooth, and for those with experience in newer technology like 5G and millimeter wave.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Sleep tight, Qualcomm.

SEE ALSO:
Apple not in settlement talks ‘at any level’ with Qualcomm – November 7, 2018
Qualcomm claims Apple owes them $7 billion in royalties while Apple says 73% of Qualcomm’s patents have expired – October 27, 2018
Qualcomm seeks to keep patent claims out of legal fight with Apple – October 26, 2018
Qualcomm and U.S. FTC ask judge to delay ruling to pursue settlement talks – October 16, 2018
Munich Court throws out Qualcomm patent infringement lawsuit against Apple: No infringement – October 11, 2018
20-year-old court filing comes back to haunt Qualcomm in antitrust dispute with U.S FTC – October 5, 2018
U.S. ITC judge denies Qualcomm’s request, won’t stop iPhone imports – September 29, 2018
Qualcomm accuses Apple of stealing ‘vast swaths’ of chip secrets and passing them to Intel – September 25, 2018
Qualcomm dealt another blow in second ITC action against Apple – September 19, 2018
Qualcomm CEO sees chance of Apple settlement this year – September 18, 2018
Qualcomm makes a tactical error in its battle with Apple – September 7, 2018
Magistrate judge rebukes Qualcomm for iPhone patent infringement allegations it originally chose not to bring – September 6, 2018
EU regulators charge Qualcomm with additional violation in pricing case – July 19, 2018
Apple petitions U.S. Patent Office to invalidate four Qualcomm patents – June 22, 2018
Apple brings 5G and national security into Qualcomm patent battle – June 18, 2018
Analyst: Apple, Qualcomm legal fight could settle this year – June 11, 2018
Apple CEO Tim Cook to be deposed in Qualcomm lawsuit – April 6, 2018
Judge Koh sets aside sanctions order against Apple in FTC v. Qualcomm antitrust case – February 8, 2018
Apple gets support from Lawyers for Civil Justice in fight against discovery sanctions – February 1, 2018
EU fines chipmaker Qualcomm $1.2 billion for paying Apple to shut out rivals’ chips – January 24, 2018
Apple sanctioned in Qualcomm FTC case for withholding documents – December 22, 2017
Apple countersues Qualcomm for patent infringement – November 29, 2017
Apple designing next-gen iPhones, iPads that would dump Qualcomm components – October 31, 2017

Why didn’t Apple upgrade the iMac last month?

Fri, 2018-11-16 02:59

“During its Oct. 30 product event, Apple launched a slate of new products, including new iPad Pro tablets and long overdue overhauls of its MacBook Air notebook computer and Mac Mini desktop computer,” Ashraf Eassa writes for The Motley Fool. “However, Apple didn’t upgrade either its iMac or iMac Pro all-in-one desktop computers.”

“It’s clear that the iMac needs an update. The current models ship with Intel 7th Gen Core processors which, frankly, are outdated. The chip giant has been shipping 8th Gen Core desktop processors that’d offer sizable performance jumps over those 7th Gen Core processors for a while,” Eassa writes. “In fact, those processors are found inside of Apple’s freshly announced Mac Mini desktop computers.”

“A little while back, respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo with TF International Securities said that a new iMac was coming this year that would incorporate ‘a significant display performance upgrade,'” Eassa writes. “Perhaps producing such displays in volume while meeting Apple’s desired performance requirements is proving more challenging than Apple or its display manufacturing partners had hoped?”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: A processor-only bump for iMac could still happen via press release at any time. Fingers crossed for those of us in the market for state-of-the-art iMacs!

Prominent investment fund managers loaded up on Apple before recent share price decline

Fri, 2018-11-16 02:26

“Several prominent investors put fresh money to work in Apple during the third quarter even as they sold out of other high-flying tech companies, betting the iPhone maker’s stock would keep rising as strong growth overshadowed rising trade tensions between the United States and China,” Svea Herbst-Bayliss and David Randall report for Reuters. “The purchases, which were revealed in securities filings on Wednesday, may be leaving large investors with steep losses if Apple continues its more than 15 percent decline for the month so far.”

MacDailyNews Take: Only if they sell. (Hopefully their rules allow them to hold for a bit).

“Mutual fund giant Fidelity added 7 million shares, bringing its total holdings to 110.9 million shares,” Herbst-Bayliss and Randall report. “Janus Henderson Group added 3.3 million shares for a total of 20.8 million shares and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co boosted its holding to 42.7 million shares after adding 1.3 million. Philippe Laffont’s Coatue Management made a big bet by raising his exposure by 938 percent to 884,321 shares while Chase Coleman’s Tiger Global Management put on a new position to own just over 1 million shares.”

“Despite the steep declines in Apple, some hedge fund managers said that they are continuing to add to shares in the company,” Herbst-Bayliss and Randall report. “The moves into the shares of Apple came at a time when several prominent hedge funds were starting to shed their holdings of the FANG stocks – Facebook Inc, Amazon.com Inc, Netflix Inc, and Google’s parent Alphabet Inc.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Now, bundle up, put on the tea kettle, and ride out the storm!

SEE ALSO:
Apple supplier AMS cuts forecast – November 15, 2018
Apple: Ignore the noise – November 14, 2018
Dialog Semi says not seeing hit to demand from Apple – November 14, 2018
Don’t panic about iPhone sales just yet – November 14, 2018
Apple stock: This is not a repeat of 2015-16 – November 14, 2018
Apple’s Asian suppliers fall on report of canceled iPhone XR production boost – November 6, 2018
Nikkei claims iPhone XR production cuts, Apple stock drops over 3% – November 5, 2018
Apple’s revolutionary iPhone X was the world’s best selling smartphone in Q118 – June 14, 2018
Nikkei again claims ‘weak demand’ for iPhone X despite much evidence to the contrary – February 20, 2018
iPhone X drives smartphone revenue dominance; Apple made more money in Q417 than the rest of the smartphone makers combined – February 16, 2018
Apple iPhone took more than half of worldwide smartphone revenue share in Q417, a new record – February 15, 2018
Apple supplier says report of iPhone X production cuts was overstated – January 30, 2018
Another January, another misleading iPhone supply cuts story from Nikkei – January 29, 2018
Apple stock drops after Nikkei report of iPhone X production cut – January 29, 2018
Canalys: Apple shipped 29 million iPhone X units in Q4 2017; world’s best-selling smartphone over the holiday season – January 23, 2018
Reports of Apple cutting iPhone X orders make no sense – January 2, 2018
Apple stock tumbles on one poorly-sourced report of low iPhone X demand – December 26, 2017
Apple and suppliers shares drop on report of weak iPhone X demand – December 26, 2017
Nikkei: Apple to decrease iPhone production 10% in first quarter of 2017 – December 30, 2016

Apple patent application reveals work on offline Siri

Fri, 2018-11-16 02:03

“Apple wants Siri to be able to work when you don’t have an online connection. The company has filed for a patent (number 20180330731) for an ‘offline personal assistant’ for an offline mode that wouldn’t require on a backend server to assist with Siri’s functions,” Dennis Sellers reports for Apple World Today.

“In the patent filing, Apple says that, typically, a conventional automated digital assistant of an electronic device must rely on a backend (e.g., server-side) component to function, often due to computational limitations of the electronic device. As an example, speech-to-text functionality is often performed and/or validated by the backend component,” Sellers reports. “As another example, the backend component is typically responsible for interpreting intent from a speech input and/or operationalizing the intent into a task.”

Seller reports, “The tech giant wants Siri to be able to perform tasks such a speech-to-text processing, dialog processing, and more to happen on the iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple Watch hardware.”

Read more, and see Apple’s patent application diagram, in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: As Apple SoCs become ever more powerful, this is inevitable.

Switzerland investigates UBS, Credit Suisse over Apple Pay boycott

Fri, 2018-11-16 00:55

“Switzerland has launched an investigation into a number of its financial companies, including big banks like Credit Suisse and UBS” Spriha Srivastava reports for CNBC. “WEKO, the country’s competition watchdog, said Thursday that it will investigate some of the biggest financial firms for a suspected boycott of mobile payment solutions such as Apple Pay.”

“The list of firms to be investigated includes Aduno Holding, Postfinance, Swisscard and Swiss units of Credit Suisse and UBS, WEKO said,” Srivastava reports. “The competition watchdog also added that raids were carried out at offices of the companies being investigated.”

“Local media reports suggest that the investigation is aimed at clarifying whether several Swiss financial institutions have reached an agreement to boycott mobile payment solutions from international providers such as Apple Pay,” Srivastava reports. “‘We do not comment on ongoing investigations, but would like to point out that in 2016 we tried to reach an agreement with Apple Pay regarding the use of UBS credit cards. Although we have offered several alternatives, unfortunately no agreement could be reached,’ UBS said in a statement.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Other banks and financial companies seem to have been able to reach deals with Apple, once they stopped asking for craziness they’d never get like access to iPhone’s NFC chip or similar stupidities that would destroy the security of Apple devices.

SEE ALSO:
Australian Banks tell Apple: It’s not about your Apple Pay Fees, it’s about access to NFC – February 13, 2017
Apple Pay boss says Aussie customers willing to dump banks who fail to support Apple Pay – February 10, 2017
Apple steps up battle with Australian banks over Apple Pay boycott motive – February 6, 2017
ACCC proposes to deny authorisation for banks to collectively bargain with and boycott Apple on Apple Pay – November 29, 2016
Australian banks dismiss Android NFC past in Apple Pay negotiations – November 14, 2016
Australian banks accuse Apple of anti-competitive behavior, want access to iPhone’s NFC chip to take on Apple Pay – July 28, 2016

Apple supplier AMS cuts forecast

Fri, 2018-11-16 00:32

“Austria’s AMS, which makes facial recognition technology, became the latest Apple supplier to cut its revenue forecast, adding to growing evidence that the latest iPhones are not selling well,” Kirsti Knolle reports for Reuters. “The Swiss-listed group cut its fourth-quarter revenue outlook by 15 percent and pushed back its medium-term targets, blaming ‘recent demand changes from a major customer.'”

“AMS, which specializes in sensors, did not name Apple as the customer, but analysts estimate that the U.S. giant accounts for 40 percent of the Austrian group’s sales,” Knolle reports. “Apple shocked investors two weeks ago with a lower than expected sales forecast for the Christmas quarter, prompting suppliers including U.S. firm Lumentum, British chipmaker IQE and screen maker Japan Display to issue warnings that pointed to weakness in new iPhone sales. Like Lumentum, AMS supplies Apple with software components needed for its FaceID technology.”

“The new AMS guidance suggested between 11 and 18 million fewer iPhones would be produced in the fourth quarter than an initially estimated 77-82 million, Credit Suisse analysts said in a note to customers,” Knolle reports. “AMS shares gained as much as 6.4 percent to 29.65 Swiss francs after a steep drop in early trade. AMS expects revenue to come in between $480 million and $520 million in the three months to Dec. 31, compared with the $570-$610 million it forecast last month.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: More noise for smart Apple investors to ignore.

ASPs, not unit sales. Services growth above all else.

SEE ALSO:
Apple: Ignore the noise – November 14, 2018
Dialog Semi says not seeing hit to demand from Apple – November 14, 2018
Don’t panic about iPhone sales just yet – November 14, 2018
Apple stock: This is not a repeat of 2015-16 – November 14, 2018
Apple’s Asian suppliers fall on report of canceled iPhone XR production boost – November 6, 2018
Nikkei claims iPhone XR production cuts, Apple stock drops over 3% – November 5, 2018
Apple’s revolutionary iPhone X was the world’s best selling smartphone in Q118 – June 14, 2018
Nikkei again claims ‘weak demand’ for iPhone X despite much evidence to the contrary – February 20, 2018
iPhone X drives smartphone revenue dominance; Apple made more money in Q417 than the rest of the smartphone makers combined – February 16, 2018
Apple iPhone took more than half of worldwide smartphone revenue share in Q417, a new record – February 15, 2018
Apple supplier says report of iPhone X production cuts was overstated – January 30, 2018
Another January, another misleading iPhone supply cuts story from Nikkei – January 29, 2018
Apple stock drops after Nikkei report of iPhone X production cut – January 29, 2018
Canalys: Apple shipped 29 million iPhone X units in Q4 2017; world’s best-selling smartphone over the holiday season – January 23, 2018
Reports of Apple cutting iPhone X orders make no sense – January 2, 2018
Apple stock tumbles on one poorly-sourced report of low iPhone X demand – December 26, 2017
Apple and suppliers shares drop on report of weak iPhone X demand – December 26, 2017
Nikkei: Apple to decrease iPhone production 10% in first quarter of 2017 – December 30, 2016

Here’s what could be in store for Apple’s iPad Pro in 2019

Thu, 2018-11-15 15:01

“Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo with TF International Securities recently published a report (via MacRumors) in which he talked about one of the key new features he expects to see in Apple’s next iPad Pro,” Ashraf Eassa writes for The Motley Fool. “Kuo wrote that he gives better-than-even odds that the iPad that Apple introduces in either the fourth quarter of 2019 or the first quarter of 2020 ‘may adopt [time-of-flight].’ As MacRumors explains, ‘[a] time-of-flight camera system is designed to determine the distance between objects by measuring the time-of-flight of a light or laser signal between the camera and the subject at each point in the image.'”

“Put simply, the rear-facing camera of the next iPad Pro should get 3D sensing capability,” Eassa writes. “‘We believe that 3D modeling captured by ToF and then edited by an Apple Pencil on an iPad will create an all-new productivity experience for design applications in a totally different manner from [traditional] computers,’ said Kuo.”

Apple’s current iPad Family 12.9-inch iPad Pro (left), 11-inch iPad Pro (center), and 9.7-inch iPad (right)


 
“Although that potential iPad Pro camera upgrade sounds quite compelling, Apple’s mighty research and development organization is unlikely to be content with just a single upgrade,” Eassa writes. “In the next iPad Pro, expect Apple to deliver a new A13X applications processor that meaningfully boosts GPU, CPU, and Neural Engine (used for machine learning tasks) performance over the current-generation A12X Bionic.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We expect lucky iOS 13, to be unveiled in June, along with lucky A13 and A13X, due next fall, will deliver more power user features to iPad Pro and iPhone models that have the hardware to handle them.

Leaked photos reveal Apple’s next-gen AirPods expected to launch this year

Thu, 2018-11-15 09:33

“Well, Apple fans, it looks like your favorite gadget maker has one more surprise up its sleeve ahead of the holidays this year,” Zach Epstein reports for BGR. “Earlier this week, one of the most prolific leakers who covers mobile tech said that Apple “definitely” still plans to release next-generation AirPods this year.”

“Anonymous Twitter user ‘Mr. White’ has been sharing photos of unreleased products and components for years now, but he still manages to fly under the radar most of the time,” Epstein reports. “Despite the fact that he’s not as well-known as some other gadget leakers, his leaks almost always end up being genuine.”

“We have no concrete details regarding what upgrades Apple’s new AirPods might offer,” Epstein reports. ” We also don’t know if the charging case they ship with will support wireless charging despite Apple having never released the AirPower charging mat it unveiled more than a year ago. All we know is that the second-generation AirPods are pictured in these leaked photos, and that they’re expected to launch before the end of the year.”

pic.twitter.com/X1o9TsB60U

— Mr·white (@laobaiTD) November 14, 2018

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Looking pretty similar to the current AirPods and AirPods Charging Case, but there you have it. Hopefully, we’ll see Apple’s next-gen AirPods ASAP!

Apple: Ignore the noise

Thu, 2018-11-15 08:50

“Apple makes for one of the safest long-term investments available in the market. Although the stock will have volatile periods, investors should let the company’s long-term prospects lead their investment decision,” Michael Wiggins De Oliveira writes for Seeking Alpha. “And above all, they should be guided by its valuation at all times.”

“Apple released its Q4 2018 results, which showed everything investors needed to know: the top line grew by 20% and EPS at 41%,” De Oliveira writes. “This information, together with its valuation, is all the insight investors truly need when it comes to Apple.”

“Yet, surprisingly, even after a remarkably strong quarter, investors are willing to exit the stock,” De Oliveira writes. “The iPhone is the main gateway to the company’s Services business (up 17% YoY). Apple is showing a strong ability to leverage off its key product, the iPhone, with other business lines. Yet, because guidance is weak into this holiday season, investors are exiting their investment, which is counter-intuitive.”

“When a highly followed stock has a myriad of analysts, investors, and all sorts of talking heads offering advice on the stock, a lot of noise accumulates. I, on the other hand, advocate that the best way to compound strong returns is by spending time invested in the stock rather than attempting to try to time entry and exit into the stock,” De Oliveira writes. “No investment is risk-free. That is not how investing works. But sometimes, some things do make intuitive sense… Overall, you can trust that Tim Cook, Maestri and the rest of their team are driven and highly competitive and will do everything they can to increase Apple’s intrinsic value.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: If you’re investing in Apple based on 90 days worth of iPhone unit sales, you’re too stupid to be investing.

SEE ALSO:
Dialog Semi says not seeing hit to demand from Apple – November 14, 2018
Don’t panic about iPhone sales just yet – November 14, 2018
Apple stock: This is not a repeat of 2015-16 – November 14, 2018
Apple’s Asian suppliers fall on report of canceled iPhone XR production boost – November 6, 2018
Nikkei claims iPhone XR production cuts, Apple stock drops over 3% – November 5, 2018
Apple’s revolutionary iPhone X was the world’s best selling smartphone in Q118 – June 14, 2018
Nikkei again claims ‘weak demand’ for iPhone X despite much evidence to the contrary – February 20, 2018
iPhone X drives smartphone revenue dominance; Apple made more money in Q417 than the rest of the smartphone makers combined – February 16, 2018
Apple iPhone took more than half of worldwide smartphone revenue share in Q417, a new record – February 15, 2018
Apple supplier says report of iPhone X production cuts was overstated – January 30, 2018
Another January, another misleading iPhone supply cuts story from Nikkei – January 29, 2018
Apple stock drops after Nikkei report of iPhone X production cut – January 29, 2018
Canalys: Apple shipped 29 million iPhone X units in Q4 2017; world’s best-selling smartphone over the holiday season – January 23, 2018
Reports of Apple cutting iPhone X orders make no sense – January 2, 2018
Apple stock tumbles on one poorly-sourced report of low iPhone X demand – December 26, 2017
Apple and suppliers shares drop on report of weak iPhone X demand – December 26, 2017
Nikkei: Apple to decrease iPhone production 10% in first quarter of 2017 – December 30, 2016
Nikkei proclaims ‘iPhone 7’ Dead On Arrival; bemoans Apple’s ‘lack of innovation’ – May 12, 2016
Japan’s Nikkei, The Wall Street Journal blow it, get iPhone demand story all wrong – January 16, 2013
Did Apple reduce 4-inch Retina display orders due to improving yields? – January 15, 2013
Analysts: iPhone 5 demand ‘robust;’ ignore the non-news noise – January 15, 2013
Apple iPhone suppliers decline on report orders cut by 50% – January 15, 2013
Apple swoon erases $17 billion from stock market – January 14, 2013
Apple iPhone 5 production cut signaling a new product release? – January 14, 2013
Apple drops to 11-month low on old reports of component cuts – January 14, 2013
The strange math of Apple’s alleged massive iPhone 5 component cuts – January 14, 2013
UBS analysts: Apple iPhone component order reduction ‘old news’ – January 14, 2013
Apple pulls down U.S. futures – January 14, 2013
Apple shares drop below $500 after reported cuts in iPhone 5 parts orders – January 14, 2013

Apple releases new version of the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock

Thu, 2018-11-15 08:35

“Apple today released a new version of its Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock, which carries a model number of MU9F2AM/A and was added to the online Apple Store today,” Juli Clover reports for MacRumors.

“The previous version of the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock, which had a model number of MLDW2AM/A, has been removed from the online store,” Clover reports.

“There are no design tweaks to the dock, which suggests that the new model includes unspecified internal updates,” Clover reports. “It is not known why Apple has introduced a revamped version, but the changes are likely to be minor.”

Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock – $79


 
Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Mac users, do yourself a favor and get the a href=”https://amzn.to/2TeQWs6″ target=”_new”>$9.99 elago W3 Stand for Apple Watch Series 4 (40mm) / Series 3 / Series 2 / Series 1 / 42mm / 40mm / 38mm (Nightstand Mode). Just add an Apple Watch Charging Cable and you’re good to go! (It makes a great stocking stuffer, too! Hint, hint.)

SEE ALSO:
Apple debuts new USB-C magnetic Apple Watch charger – October 19, 2018

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Edward W.” for the heads up.]

Faketastic: Your smartphone photos are totally fake — and you love it

Thu, 2018-11-15 07:45

“At night for the past few weeks, I’ve been tromping around dark places taking photos using a new mode on Google’s $800 Pixel 3 called Night Sight. Friends in a candlelit bar look like they brought a lighting crew. Dark streets are flush with reds and greens. A midnight cityscape lights up as though it were late afternoon. It goes way beyond an Instagram filter into you-gotta-see-this territory,” Geoffrey A. Fowler writes for The Washington Post. “Night Sight is a super step forward for smartphone photography — and an example of how our photos are becoming, well, super fake.”

“It’s true — you don’t look like your photos. Photography has never been just about capturing reality, but the latest phones are increasingly taking photos into uncharted territory,” Fowler writes. “The iPhone’s “portrait mode” applies made-up blur to backgrounds and identifies facial features to reduce red-eye. Selfies on phones popular in Asia automatically slim heads, brighten eyes and smooth skin. And most recent phones use a technique called HDR that merges multiple shots to produce a hyper-toned version of reality. When I recently took the same sunset photo with an iPhone 6 from 2014 and this year’s iPhone XR, I was gobsmacked at the difference — the newer iPhone shot looked as though it had been painted with watercolors.”

If you’ve been holding on to an old iPhone 6, 6s or 7, I don’t blame you.

But you might be amazed at how much the camera has improved in the iPhone XR. Here’s a comparison with the iPhone 6 I took of a challenging sunset. https://t.co/jmytEm6t4r pic.twitter.com/x2KrJKg8Hi

— Geoffrey A. Fowler (@geoffreyfowler) October 23, 2018

“What’s happening? Smartphones democratized photography for 2.5 billion people — taking a great photo used to require special hardware and a user manual,” Fowler writes. “Now artificial intelligence and other software advances are democratizing creating beauty.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Fowler asks, “So if our phones are making up colors and lighting to please us, does it really count as photography?”

Well, since photographers have been dodging, burning, and more in darkrooms since the inception of photography, and doing far, far, far more than that since computer image editing tools became available and we still call it “photography,” the answer is: Yes!

SEE ALSO:
Digital Photography Review: Apple’s iPhone XS/Max is a leap forward in computational photography – October 5, 2018
Austin Mann reviews iPhone Xs camera: ‘I’ve never worked with a camera that can balance light like this – not even close’ – September 20, 2018
Inside Apple’s iPhone Xs camera technology that rivals DSLR quality – September 20, 2018
‘Shot on iPhone Xs’ video showcases Apple’s amazing new camera – September 13, 2018

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

Apple’s MacBook Pro gets AMD Radeon Pro Vega Graphics options

Thu, 2018-11-15 07:04

“Apple quietly announced [last month] that its MacBook Pro, which was not updated on stage at its Brooklyn event, will be getting a graphics bump,” Andrew E. Freedman reports for Tom’s Hardware.That comes courtesy of AMD’s Radeon Vega Mobile discrete graphics.”

Freedman reports, “The new update will come [this] month only on the most expensive model: a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar that starts at $2,799 before configuration options.”

“It will be ‘configurable to Radeon Pro Vega 16 with 4GB of HBM2 memory or Radeon Pro Vega 20 with 4GB of HBM2 memory,’ rather than the Radeon Pro 560X that it comes with now,” Freedman reports. “The chip is built on a 14nm process. Apple suggests this will deliver up to 60 percent faster graphics performance.”

Apple’s new 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models


 
Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The options and prices are now active in Apple’s online store:

• Radeon Pro Vega 16 with 4GB of HBM2 memory: $250
• Radeon Pro Vega 20 with 4GB of HBM2 memory: $350

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

Apple falls into bear market territory

Thu, 2018-11-15 06:38

“Shares of Apple, a bellwether for the technology sector, entered a bear market on Wednesday as the decline from its recent all-time high now totals more than 20 percent,” Thomas Franck reports for CNBC.

“Apple, which fell more than 2 percent Wednesday, was last seen trading around $186.70 per share,” Franck reports. “Shares are off their record high of $233.47, clinched on Oct. 3; Apple’s value has dropped to about $886 billion from $1.13 trillion at those October highs.”

“‘It’s like Tim Cook opened up Pandora’s Box by pulling the unit metrics on iPhone shipments,’ Daniel Ives, analyst at Wedbush Securities, told CNBC on Wednesday,” Franck reports. “The iPad maker is morphing from a business propelled by the volume of devices it ships into one that stresses luxury products and software sales. That evolution has been marked by shockwaves for much of the technology space, with several of Apple’s largest semiconductor suppliers noting marked declines in order volume.”

A selection of current Apple products


 
Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: No pain, no gain.

SEE ALSO:
Don’t panic about iPhone sales just yet – November 14, 2018
Apple stock: This is not a repeat of 2015-16 – November 14, 2018
Apple’s Asian suppliers fall on report of canceled iPhone XR production boost – November 6, 2018
Nikkei claims iPhone XR production cuts, Apple stock drops over 3% – November 5, 2018
Apple’s revolutionary iPhone X was the world’s best selling smartphone in Q118 – June 14, 2018
Nikkei again claims ‘weak demand’ for iPhone X despite much evidence to the contrary – February 20, 2018
iPhone X drives smartphone revenue dominance; Apple made more money in Q417 than the rest of the smartphone makers combined – February 16, 2018
Apple iPhone took more than half of worldwide smartphone revenue share in Q417, a new record – February 15, 2018
Apple supplier says report of iPhone X production cuts was overstated – January 30, 2018
Another January, another misleading iPhone supply cuts story from Nikkei – January 29, 2018
Apple stock drops after Nikkei report of iPhone X production cut – January 29, 2018
Canalys: Apple shipped 29 million iPhone X units in Q4 2017; world’s best-selling smartphone over the holiday season – January 23, 2018
Reports of Apple cutting iPhone X orders make no sense – January 2, 2018
Apple stock tumbles on one poorly-sourced report of low iPhone X demand – December 26, 2017
Apple and suppliers shares drop on report of weak iPhone X demand – December 26, 2017
Nikkei: Apple to decrease iPhone production 10% in first quarter of 2017 – December 30, 2016
Nikkei proclaims ‘iPhone 7’ Dead On Arrival; bemoans Apple’s ‘lack of innovation’ – May 12, 2016
Japan’s Nikkei, The Wall Street Journal blow it, get iPhone demand story all wrong – January 16, 2013
Did Apple reduce 4-inch Retina display orders due to improving yields? – January 15, 2013
Analysts: iPhone 5 demand ‘robust;’ ignore the non-news noise – January 15, 2013
Apple iPhone suppliers decline on report orders cut by 50% – January 15, 2013
Apple swoon erases $17 billion from stock market – January 14, 2013
Apple iPhone 5 production cut signaling a new product release? – January 14, 2013
Apple drops to 11-month low on old reports of component cuts – January 14, 2013
The strange math of Apple’s alleged massive iPhone 5 component cuts – January 14, 2013
UBS analysts: Apple iPhone component order reduction ‘old news’ – January 14, 2013
Apple pulls down U.S. futures – January 14, 2013
Apple shares drop below $500 after reported cuts in iPhone 5 parts orders – January 14, 2013

Dialog Semi says not seeing hit to demand from Apple

Thu, 2018-11-15 05:50

“Dialog Semiconductor said on Wednesday it was not seeing a hit to demand from its main customer, Apple Inc, after some suppliers issued profit warnings due to weakness in iPhone sales,” Douglas Busvine reports for Reuters. “The Anglo-German chip designer said its power management products were installed in many Apple products – and not just the latest iPhones that can be unlocked using facial recognition technology.”

“Frankfurt-listed Dialog has struck a $600 million deal to transfer 300 staff and patents to Apple key to designing the next iteration of the main Power Management Integrated Circuit (PMIC) that manages an iPhone’s battery resources,” Busvine reports. “Dialog shares were up 2.5 percent in late afternoon trading on Wednesday and have gained more than a third in value since the Apple deal was announced on Oct. 10.”

Apple’s A12 Bionic-powered iPhone Xr comes in six new finishes: white, black, blue, yellow, coral and (PRODUCT)RED.


 
“It is still selling its existing generation of main PMICs to Apple, whose iPads also pack the technology, for example,” Busvine reports. “agherli said Dialog had also scored a couple of 2019 design wins from Apple for sub-PMICs, which power device features such as cameras, and one for companion chargers, an on-board feature that helps accelerates battery charging.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: There’s a data point that puts a crimp in the current fantasy narrative. No matter, the naysayers will simply bleat louder (as Apple likely shifts their buyback program into high gear during these deep discount sale days)!

SEE ALSO:
Don’t panic about iPhone sales just yet – November 14, 2018
Apple stock: This is not a repeat of 2015-16 – November 14, 2018
Apple’s Asian suppliers fall on report of canceled iPhone XR production boost – November 6, 2018
Nikkei claims iPhone XR production cuts, Apple stock drops over 3% – November 5, 2018
Apple’s revolutionary iPhone X was the world’s best selling smartphone in Q118 – June 14, 2018
Nikkei again claims ‘weak demand’ for iPhone X despite much evidence to the contrary – February 20, 2018
iPhone X drives smartphone revenue dominance; Apple made more money in Q417 than the rest of the smartphone makers combined – February 16, 2018
Apple iPhone took more than half of worldwide smartphone revenue share in Q417, a new record – February 15, 2018
Apple supplier says report of iPhone X production cuts was overstated – January 30, 2018
Another January, another misleading iPhone supply cuts story from Nikkei – January 29, 2018
Apple stock drops after Nikkei report of iPhone X production cut – January 29, 2018
Canalys: Apple shipped 29 million iPhone X units in Q4 2017; world’s best-selling smartphone over the holiday season – January 23, 2018
Reports of Apple cutting iPhone X orders make no sense – January 2, 2018
Apple stock tumbles on one poorly-sourced report of low iPhone X demand – December 26, 2017
Apple and suppliers shares drop on report of weak iPhone X demand – December 26, 2017
Nikkei: Apple to decrease iPhone production 10% in first quarter of 2017 – December 30, 2016
Nikkei proclaims ‘iPhone 7’ Dead On Arrival; bemoans Apple’s ‘lack of innovation’ – May 12, 2016
Japan’s Nikkei, The Wall Street Journal blow it, get iPhone demand story all wrong – January 16, 2013
Did Apple reduce 4-inch Retina display orders due to improving yields? – January 15, 2013
Analysts: iPhone 5 demand ‘robust;’ ignore the non-news noise – January 15, 2013
Apple iPhone suppliers decline on report orders cut by 50% – January 15, 2013
Apple swoon erases $17 billion from stock market – January 14, 2013
Apple iPhone 5 production cut signaling a new product release? – January 14, 2013
Apple drops to 11-month low on old reports of component cuts – January 14, 2013
The strange math of Apple’s alleged massive iPhone 5 component cuts – January 14, 2013
UBS analysts: Apple iPhone component order reduction ‘old news’ – January 14, 2013
Apple pulls down U.S. futures – January 14, 2013
Apple shares drop below $500 after reported cuts in iPhone 5 parts orders – January 14, 2013

How to set up your new Mac mini

Thu, 2018-11-15 04:56

“The new Mac mini is Apple’s version of a barebones computer. The entry model starts at $799 and only comes with the Mac mini, a power cable, and documentation,” Anthony Casella writes for iMore. “You’ll need to provide your own monitor, keyboard, and mouse or trackpad.”

“Since the new Mac mini has a number of I/O ports, your choices of monitor connectivity can be in the form of a Thunderbolt 3 connector or an HDMI connector,” Casella writes.

“Whether you use your 5K Thunderbolt Display or your spare 1080p television with HDMI, the new Mac mini will be good to go,” Casella writes. “The new Mac mini also has two USB 2.0 ports [sic] [recte USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10 Gbps)] so if you have older wired keyboards or mice, you’ll be all set as well.”

Mac mini now features the Apple T2 Security Chip, enabling on-the-fly data encryption, secure boot and up to 30 times faster HEVC video transcoding.


 

Mac mini now offers faster and expanded I/O to allow it to connect to almost anything, including four Thunderbolt 3 ports, an HMDI 2.0, two USB-A ports, an audio jack and Gigabit Ethernet, as well as a 10Gb Ethernet option.


 
Setting up the hardware and the software are covered in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: If you’re in the market for a monitor for your new Mac mini, you can get the same monitor that Apple sets for $699, LG 27-inch 4K UHD IPS Monitor with HDR10 with USB Type-C Connectivity and FreeSync, for $639.95 via Amazon currently.

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