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Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple AirPods with ‘all-new design’ coming in 2020; wireless charging model in Q119

Tue, 2018-12-04 03:04

“The AirPods truly-wireless earbuds are on track to be Apple’s best growth product for the foreseeable future, according to Ming-Chi Kuo,” Benjamin Mayo reports for 9to5Mac. “Kuo said that Apple will release an ‘upgraded model with wireless charging support’ in the first quarter of 2019.

“Kuo also said an all-new design AirPods is currently on track to launch in early 2020,” Mayo reports. “Kuo forecasts dramatic unit growth for AirPods with units rising from 16 million units in 2017 to over 100 million by 2021. He calls them Apple’s most popular accessory ever.”

“Kuo refers to the 1Q2019 update as a ‘model with wireless charging support,’ which at first sounds like the wireless charging case Apple originally announced with the AirPower mat in September 2017,” Mayo reports. “Kuo does not go into detail about what the ‘all-new design’ 2020 AirPods will feature. Previous rumors have suggested features like sweat resistance, Hey Siri integration and more.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We want this new charging cases, if only to have the light on the outside where it belongs!

A week with Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Air with Retina display

Tue, 2018-12-04 02:34

“Having resisted the urgings of an Apple store salesman to buy a MacBook Pro, I brought the Air home with a sense of achievement and loyalty,” Chris Matyszczyk writes for ZDNet. “I’ve used Airs for years. They’ve represented a certain grace in computers, a simplicity and effectiveness that few could approach.”

“But as I began to unbox my new Air, I feared that times have changed and I wouldn’t be breathing quite the same Air again,” Matyszczyk writes. “For a start, I’ve been used to the 11-inch version for a long time… When you’ve been used to an 11-inch screen for so long, the necessary leap to 13 inches is jarring.”

“Still, the one thing I do more than any other on a laptop is type. This is where the new Air leaves me hanging. It isn’t so much the butterfly keyboard and how it feels to the touch. My typing seems to be doing just fine. No obvious increase in typos. No painful misspelling of Peter Thiel or Utterly Bonkers,” Matyszczyk writes. “No, it’s the noise. The new Air clacks. And clacks. And clacks.”

With faster memory and the latest processors and graphics, MacBook Air delivers the performance you need for organizing your photos, browsing the web and creating presentations.


 
Matyszczyk writes, “I still hanker after the Classic.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Out favorite Mac of all time remains the 11-inch MacBook Air, so we know what you mean, Chris. Still, the display, the speed, and the battery life make the 13-inch MacBook Air with Retina display a worthy successor.

SEE ALSO:
ZDNet reviews Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Air: ‘A good balancing act’ – November 12, 2018
John Gruber reviews Apple’s new MacBook Air: ‘It’s pretty damn sweet’ – November 6, 2018
TechCrunch reviews Apple’s new MacBook Air: The clear pick over the 12-inch MacBook – November 6, 2018
Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Air has a processor like no other laptop – October 31, 2018
Apple reveals all-new MacBook Air with a gorgeous 13-inch Retina display – October 30, 2018

Apple will wait until at least 2020 to release a 5G iPhone

Tue, 2018-12-04 01:32

“Apple Inc. plans to hold off until at least 2020 before offering an iPhone that can connect to the next generation of high-speed phone services coming next year, according to people familiar with its plans,” Ian King, Mark Gurman, and Scott Moritz report for Bloomberg. “The delay may make it easier for rivals like Samsung Electronics Co. to win over consumers to phones that connect to 5G networks, which will provide a leap forward in mobile data speeds when they are introduced in 2019.”

MacDailyNews Take: The first sentence isn’t news, it’s a rehash of the same trio’s report from June 2017 – yes, it’s 18 months old – and the second sentence isn’t news, either; it’s conjecture by three peddlers of very old “news.”

“As with 3G and 4G, the two previous generations of mobile technology, Apple will wait as long as a year after the initial deployment of the new networks before its main product gets the capability to access them, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing the company’s plans,” King, Gurman, and Moritz report.

MacDailyNews Take: Ooh, those two implementations really hurt Apple iPhone sales, didn’t they?

BTW: Apple’s iPhone captured 86% of global handset profits in Q417.

“Apple’s previous calculations — proven correct — were that the new networks and the first versions of rival smartphones would come with problems such as spotty coverage, making consumers less compelled to immediately make the jump. This time, 5G boosters argue the switch is a much bigger speed upgrade, making Apple’s decision to wait riskier,” King, Gurman, and Moritz report. “‘Apple has always been a laggard in cellular technology,’ said Mark Hung, an analyst at Gartner Inc. ‘They weren’t impacted in the past, but 5G is going to be much easier to market. But if they wait beyond 2020, then I think they’ll be impacted.'”

MacDailyNews Take: So, when Apple releases 5G iPhones in 2020, there’ll be no impact, evaporating the entire premise for this 18-month-old “news” rehash.

“To be sure, for some existing Apple customers, the lack of 5G connectivity next year won’t be a deterrent,” King, Gurman, and Moritz report. “A portion of consumers upgrade their current iPhones to the new models regardless of the changes to the device. Given that hardware upgrade cycles are slowing overall, a 2020 launch for 5G could create a super cycle of upgrades from iPhone users who would still be using an iPhone X or XS two years from now.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: In other words, Apple is going to wait until 5G is worth supporting, not rush it to market in order to bilk the ignoranti with a check mark on a spec sheet that most will never use in 2019.

If 5G actually mattered to enough people in 2019, Apple would have a 5G iPhone available in 2019. Further, if Apple is making the 5G modem themselves, nobody would know about it.

This story sounds like an idea dropped into reporters’ laps from Qualcomm’s department of disinformation.

5G is still very much in the trial phase and will have very limited availability in 2018. There is currently no standard for 5G deployments. The Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance says that 5G should be rolled out in the U.S. by 2020.

Apple’s next-gen iPhones will be just fine.

What’s really exciting about 5G is that wireless broadband will eventually be able to compete with the fscking, overcharging, deceitful-bundling, monopoly-abusing cable company ISPs and give people real choice and lower prices that competition delivers.

Your competition-free ride is almost over, Comcast, Spectrum, etc.! — MacDailyNews, June 9, 2017

SEE ALSO:
More evidence that Apple’s building its own cellular modem – July 31, 2017
Apple’s next-gen iPhones said to lack 5G modem to match rivals’ data speed – June 9, 2017

Stock market set to jump at open on 90-day U.S.-China trade detente

Tue, 2018-12-04 00:58

“U.S. stock index futures jumped around 2 percent on Monday, setting Wall Street up to add to last week’s strong gains, after the United States and China declared a temporary trade truce,” Shreyashi Sanyal reports for Reuters. “Strong gains in Apple Inc and other technology stocks pushed Nasdaq futures up more than 2 percent, while S&P 500 e-minis touched a near 1-month high. Gains in Dow futures set the blue-chip index up for a near 450-point gain at the open.”

“Washington and Beijing agreed to a 90-day trade ceasefire during the G20 summit in Argentina on Saturday and U.S. President Donald Trump said China has agreed to ‘reduce and remove’ tariffs below the 40 percent level that the country is currently charging on U.S.-made vehicles,” Sanyal reports. “However, the White House also said that the existing 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods would be lifted to 25 percent if no deal was reached within 90 days.”

“The trade optimism spilt over to shares of Apple, which gained 3.3 percent in premarket trading,” Sanyal reports. “Trump had said last week that the next round of tariffs could also be placed on the company’s iPhones, as part of the $267 billion list of goods not yet hit by tariffs.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Hopefully, the U.S.-China trade negotiations are fruitful!

I’m cognizant that in both the U.S. and China, there have been cases where everyone hasn’t benefited, where the benefit hasn’t been balanced. My belief is that one plus one equals three. The pie gets larger, working together. — Apple CEO Tim Cook, March 24, 2018

Apple CEO Cook on the passing of President George H.W. Bush: ‘We have lost a great American’

Sun, 2018-12-02 06:19

“The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the Nasdaq will close on Wednesday to honor former President George H.W. Bush following his death, spokespeople confirmed Saturday,” Chris Mills Rodrigo reports for The Hill.

“NYSE spokeswoman Kristen Kaus told The Hill that the exchange will also observe a minute of silence on Monday in honor of the late president, who died on Friday,” Rodrigo reports. “The Nasdaq will also observe a moment of silence on Monday, with spokesman Will Briganti saying it ‘plans to close its U.S. equities and options markets on December 5 in honor of the national day of mourning.'”

“President Trump has called for a national day of mourning on Wednesday and ordered flags to be flown at half-staff for 30 days following Bush’s death,” Rodrigo reports. “The White House said Saturday that Trump and first lady Melania Trump would also attend funeral services for the late president at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Specifics on the funeral have not yet been released.”

Read more in the full article here.

Apple CEO Tim Cook was among many notable people worldwide who sent his sympathies to the Bush family:

We have lost a great American. Service defined President George H.W. Bush’s life, and he taught all of us about leadership, sacrifice and decency. We send our deepest sympathies to the Bush family. — Apple CEO Tim Cook

We have lost a great American. Service defined President George H.W. Bush’s life, and he taught all of us about leadership, sacrifice and decency. We send our deepest sympathies to the Bush family.

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) December 1, 2018

Statement from President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump on the Passing of Former President George H.W. Bush pic.twitter.com/qxPsp4Ggs7

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2018

President George H.W. Bush led a long, successful and beautiful life. Whenever I was with him I saw his absolute joy for life and true pride in his family. His accomplishments were great from beginning to end. He was a truly wonderful man and will be missed by all!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2018

In coordination with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, I am honored to announce today that the late President George H.W. Bush will lie in state in the United States Capitol Rotunda. pic.twitter.com/W6oKZWx0gQ

— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) December 1, 2018

I already miss the greatest human being that I will ever know. Love you Dad!

— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) December 1, 2018

America has lost a patriot and humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush. While our hearts are heavy today, they are also filled with gratitude. Our thoughts are with the entire Bush family tonight – and all who were inspired by George and Barbara’s example. pic.twitter.com/g9OUPu2pjY

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 1, 2018

Hillary and I mourn the passing of President George H. W. Bush, and give thanks for his great long life of service, love and friendship. I am grateful for every minute I spent with him and will always hold our friendship as one of my life’s greatest gifts. https://t.co/1CYdrIeKmz

— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) December 1, 2018

THREAD: #GenDunford on the passing of President @GeorgeHWBush: “The life of President George Herbert Walker Bush is an inspiration to all Americans. Today, we remember and honor his example of character, leadership, and service. pic.twitter.com/90uP7EHNVa

— The Joint Staff (@thejointstaff) December 1, 2018

The Secret Service sends our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Former President George H.W. Bush. Timberwolf, you defined patriotism and leadership throughout your life of service to this country and you will be sorely missed. pic.twitter.com/qof2DRNX0B

— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) December 1, 2018

The Queen pays tribute to George H.W. Bush, saying he was a "great friend and ally" of the UK, and a patriot who served his country "with honour and distinction" during WWIIhttps://t.co/Bm9EofsXZy

— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) December 1, 2018

President George Herbert Walker Bush was the epitome of a public servant. He loved America with all of his heart and served her as fully and completely as anyone ever has.

Read my full statement here: https://t.co/IaLM1VW19x

— Condoleezza Rice (@CondoleezzaRice) December 1, 2018

President Bush's greatest legacy is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), extending freedom and independence & dramatically changing the lives of millions of Americans. May he RIP. https://t.co/mTBcUZ14rc

— Ted Kennedy Jr. (@TedKennedyJR) December 1, 2018

Our @USNavy mourns the loss of President George H.W. Bush. The country has lost a great leader and we have lost a true shipmate. He epitomized integrity, accountability, initiative, and toughness in the service of our nation. – @CNORichardson pic.twitter.com/I6Tw1lMQTW

— U.S. Pacific Fleet (@USPacificFleet) December 1, 2018

George H.W. Bush's commitment to public service and a better America will always remain with us. We send our deepest sympathy and prayers to the Bush family. #Bush41

— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) December 1, 2018

George H.W. Bush was a beloved father & grandfather, a war hero, a public servant, & a class act. In my experiences w/ him, I always valued his desire to listen, look at evidence & ask for ideas, even from people w/ different beliefs. My heart goes out to the entire Bush family.

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 1, 2018

President George H.W. Bush exemplified selfless public service. Kindness. Decency. Integrity. Country over Party. May 41 RIP and his extraordinary life continue to inspire generations to serve. You will be sorely missed. My condolences to the Bush family.

— Susan Rice (@AmbassadorRice) December 1, 2018

CBS News veteran Bob Schieffer covered George H.W. Bush since his first run for the White House in 1980. On @CBSThisMorning, he reflects on covering the 41st president: "He was truly one of the kindest people that I ever knew" https://t.co/1L8cuzsD3q pic.twitter.com/PwBQwENtco

— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 1, 2018

Bill Clinton just published a heartfelt story about George H.W. Bush's kind Oval Office note https://t.co/uzJ9JRfLcH pic.twitter.com/tjGUOTPIPW

— Mother Jones (@MotherJones) December 1, 2018

Sully has the watch. https://t.co/olnBtN4WgE

— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) December 3, 2018

MacDailyNews Take:

R.I.P., George H. W. Bush. https://t.co/TtMHFeNMdx

— MacDailyNews (@MacDailyNews) December 1, 2018

Apple’s App Store revenue surged on Black Friday to $169.3 million globally, setting a single-day record

Sun, 2018-12-02 04:39

“U.S. consumers spent an estimated $52 million on Apple’s App Store this Black Friday, setting a new single-day revenue record for the store,” Randy Nelson writes for Sensor Tower. “This marked an increase in spending of 31.6 percent over last year’s Black Friday, when gross revenue on the store hit an estimated $39.5 million, and 31 percent more than Christmas 2017’s $39.8 million spent, Sensor Tower Store Intelligence data shows.”

“Our data further reveals that approximately $117.3 million was spent by App Store users outside the United States on Black Friday, for a global total of $169.3 million, up 18.4 percent from 2017,” Nelson writes. “Spending outside the U.S. grew 13.9 percent year-over-year, spotlighting the predominantly America-centric nature of this Black Friday bump. The year-over-year growth of 31.6 percent in the U.S. between Black Friday 2017 and 2018 was slightly greater than the 29.2 percent increase between 2016 and 2017.”

Nelson writes, “The $52 million spent on the U.S. App Store was more than double the $23.9 million we estimate Google Player users spent on the same day.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: YKBAID.

SEE ALSO:
Gene Munster: Apple’s latest reinvention is Apple as a service – November 30, 2018
Analysts see Apple’s long-term potential despite recent overwrought selloff – November 30, 2018
Morgan Stanley projects Apple’s Services revenue to grow to $100 billion by 2023 – November 29, 2018
Apple takes U.S. market share from Android, dominates with 8 iPhones out of 10 best-selling smartphones – July 26, 2018
Apple’s killer services business will be a profit monster within 10 years – July 16, 2018
Apple’s revolutionary iPhone X was the world’s best selling smartphone in Q118 – June 14, 2018
Morgan Stanley: Buy Apple shares on the ‘emerging power’ of its services – May 24, 2018
Apple as a service: Services offer growth, visibility, and profitability – May 15, 2018
AAPL’s paradigm shift – May 11, 2018
Apple’s iPhone X made 5 times the profit of 600 Android OEMs combined – April 18, 2018
Apple’s App Store is destroying Google Play in services and subscriptions – 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
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 App Store users spent nearly double that of Google Play users in Q417 – January 26, 2018
Inside Apple’s massive services results – August 9, 2017
Misunderstanding Apple Services – August 7, 2017
Dispelling the Apple Services myth – May 3, 2017
Apple’s Services business: $7 billion in revenue last quarter alone – May 3, 2017
Apple’s Services (App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay) business is an unstoppable juggernaut that’s still just gathering strength – May 3, 2017
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

Marriott: Hackers accessed up to 500 million Starwood customer records

Sat, 2018-12-01 12:04

“Marriott International Inc said on Friday that hackers accessed up to 500 million customer records in its Starwood Hotels reservation system in an attack that began four years ago, exposing data including passport numbers and payment cards,” Jim Finkle and Arjun Panchadar reports for Reuters. “Shares were down 5.7 percent in late afternoon trade on news of the hack, one of the largest in history, which prompted regulators in Britain and at least five U.S. states to launch investigations.”

“The Federal Bureau of Investigation said it was looking into the attack on Starwood, whose brands include Sheraton, St. Regis, W and Westin hotels. It advised affected customers to check for identity fraud and report it to the bureau’s Internet Crime Complaint Cente,” Finkle and Panchadar reports. “The hack began in 2014, a year before Marriott offered to buy Starwood to create the world’s largest hotel operator. The $13.6 billion deal closed in September 2016.”

“Some 327 million customer records containing information including passport details, birthdates, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses were exposed, according to the company. The hackers also accessed payment card data for an undisclosed number of customers, the company said,” Finkle and Panchadar reports. “The company said on its website that it learned of the breach on Sept. 8 when an internal security tool sent an alert about suspicious activity… Company representatives could not be reached to comment on the lawsuit, government investigations or to explain why it had taken so long to uncover and disclose the hack.”

“The breach appeared to be the second-largest on record, based on records compromised, after one at Yahoo in 2013 that exposed all of its 3 billion user accounts. That incident cost $47 million in litigation expenses and prompted Verizon Communications Inc. to cut $350 million off the price it paid when it acquired most of Yahoo,” Finkle and Panchadar reports. “Retailers Target Corp and Home Depot Inc each incurred costs of about $200 million after massive payment-card breaches in 2013 and 2014.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Once again, the importance of safeguarding security and privacy are highlighted. At least this colossal nightmare is good news for Apple.

Good luck, fellow SPG members!

Marriott’s statement, verbatim:

Marriott Announces Starwood Guest Reservation Database Security Incident

Marriott has taken measures to investigate and address a data security incident involving the Starwood guest reservation database. On November 19, 2018, the investigation determined that there was unauthorized access to the database, which contained guest information relating to reservations at Starwood properties* on or before September 10, 2018.

On September 8, 2018, Marriott received an alert from an internal security tool regarding an attempt to access the Starwood guest reservation database in the United States. Marriott quickly engaged leading security experts to help determine what occurred. Marriott learned during the investigation that there had been unauthorized access to the Starwood network since 2014. The company recently discovered that an unauthorized party had copied and encrypted information, and took steps towards removing it. On November 19, 2018, Marriott was able to decrypt the information and determined that the contents were from the Starwood guest reservation database.

The company has not finished identifying duplicate information in the database, but believes it contains information on up to approximately 500 million guests who made a reservation at a Starwood property. For approximately 327 million of these guests, the information includes some combination of name, mailing address, phone number, email address, passport number, Starwood Preferred Guest (“SPG”) account information, date of birth, gender, arrival and departure information, reservation date, and communication preferences. For some, the information also includes payment card numbers and payment card expiration dates, but the payment card numbers were encrypted using Advanced Encryption Standard encryption (AES-128). There are two components needed to decrypt the payment card numbers, and at this point, Marriott has not been able to rule out the possibility that both were taken. For the remaining guests, the information was limited to name and sometimes other data such as mailing address, email address, or other information.

Marriott reported this incident to law enforcement and continues to support their investigation. The company has already begun notifying regulatory authorities.

“We deeply regret this incident happened,” said Arne Sorenson, Marriott’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We fell short of what our guests deserve and what we expect of ourselves. We are doing everything we can to support our guests, and using lessons learned to be better moving forward.”

“Today, Marriott is reaffirming our commitment to our guests around the world. We are working hard to ensure our guests have answers to questions about their personal information, with a dedicated website and call center. We will also continue to support the efforts of law enforcement and to work with leading security experts to improve. Finally, we are devoting the resources necessary to phase out Starwood systems and accelerate the ongoing security enhancements to our network,” Mr. Sorenson continued.

Guest Support
Marriott has taken the following steps to help guests monitor and protect their information:

Dedicated Website and Call Center
We have established a dedicated website (info.starwoodhotels.com) and call center to answer questions you may have about this incident. The frequently-asked questions on info.starwoodhotels.com may be supplemented from time to time. The call center is open seven days a week and is available in multiple languages. Call volume may be high, and we appreciate your patience.

Email Notification
Marriott will begin sending emails on a rolling basis starting today, November 30, 2018, to affected guests whose email addresses are in the Starwood guest reservation database.

Free WebWatcher Enrollment
Marriott is providing guests the opportunity to enroll in WebWatcher free of charge for one year. WebWatcher monitors internet sites where personal information is shared and generates an alert to the consumer if evidence of the consumer’s personal information is found. Due to regulatory and other reasons, WebWatcher or similar products are not available in all countries. Guests from the United States who activate WebWatcher will also be provided fraud consultation services and reimbursement coverage for free. To activate WebWatcher, go to info.starwoodhotels.com and click on your country, if listed, for enrollment.

Marriott is furnishing a Form 8-K with the SEC attaching a copy of this press release and presenting certain other information with respect to the incident.

* Starwood brands include: W Hotels, St. Regis, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Westin Hotels & Resorts, Element Hotels, Aloft Hotels, The Luxury Collection, Tribute Portfolio, Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts, Four Points by Sheraton and Design Hotels. Starwood branded timeshare properties are also included.

Marriott International, Inc.

Investment Pro: Apple’s stock is undervalued

Sat, 2018-12-01 09:25

“With the stock down more than 15 percent over the past month alone, Apple Inc. could be seen as being in a ‘period of undervaluation,’ ARK Investment Management CEO Cathie Wood told Bloomberg TV,” Jayson Derrick reports for Benzinga.

“Wall Street analysts are wrongly focusing their attention on how many iPhones Apple is able to sell and their corresponding average selling prices, Wood said during an interview on ‘Bloomberg Technology,'” Derrick reports. “The Street’s simplistic approach to Apple’s stock overlooks the company’s Services businesses — which continue to expand beyond the App Store and into new ventures like health care and augmented reality, she said.”

Derrick reports, “As a services-focused company, Apple’s stock warrants a higher multiple compared to where the Street is pricing Cupertino as a hardware company, Wood said.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: All hail this brief break of sanity!

We now return you to the ongoing stampede of uninformed lemmings.

(Beloved interns, roll out the barrel! Cheers, everyone!)

SEE ALSO:
Apple estimates cut again amid fears of sluggish iPhone demand – November 29, 2018
Poor news curation at Bloomberg, CNBC, Reuters created misleading iPhone supply chain panic – November 19, 2018
WSJ: Apple slashes production orders for all three new iPhone models – November 19, 2018
Misreading Apple’s supply chain and iPhone XR demand – 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
iPhone XR production cuts not due to soft demand – analyst – November 10, 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 Music now has 56 million subscribers as Cupertino considers taking stake in iHeartMedia; HomePod sales notch best week since launch

Sat, 2018-12-01 08:46

“After a slow start in streaming, music industry executives say Apple is gaining confidence, making acquisitions and forging partnerships that are likely to fuel further growth,” Anna Nicolaou and Tim Bradshaw report for Financial Times. “The number of Apple Music subscribers has grown to 56m, up from 50m in May, according to industry insiders.”

“Apple is starting to close the gap with Spotify. According to music industry executives who have seen the latest figures, Apple Music recently overtook Spotify to become the top music streaming service in the US, the world’s biggest music market by revenues,” Nicolaou and Bradshaw report. “On Friday, the company surprised investors by announcing that Apple Music will be available on Amazon’s Alexa-powered Echo devices before Christmas. Amazon’s Echo competes directly with Apple’s HomePod smart speaker, and the tie-up marks the first time that Apple’s streaming service can be controlled by a virtual assistant other than Siri.”

“News that the company is considering a deal with radio group iHeartMedia, which was first reported by the Financial Times last month, also caught investors off guard. The Silicon Valley company that put a smartphone in hundreds of millions of pockets is turning to one of the oldest forms of listening to increase its influence on the music industry: terrestrial radio,” Nicolaou and Bradshaw report. “According to people familiar with the negotiations, Apple has considered buying a stake in the radio group, as well as signing a marketing or promotional partnership. It could also acquire iHeartRadio’s streaming platform, with its 120m registered users.”

Apple’s HomePod


 
“Last week, over the Thanksgiving holiday and ‘Black Friday’ shopping frenzy,” Nicolaou and Bradshaw report, “HomePod sales had their best week since its launch in February, Apple said on Friday.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Terrestrial radio is the gateway drug to music subscription services.

It’s nice to see Apple getting aggressive in music again after a whole lot of nothing under Jimmy Iovine, the consummate bullshit artist.

SEE ALSO:
Apple Music comes to Amazon Echo smart speakers starting December 17th – November 30, 2018
Apple slashes MacBook and MacBook Pro prices by up to $300 on Amazon – November 20, 2018
Amazon strikes deal with Apple to sell new iPhones, iPads, and more worldwide – November 9, 2018
Apple in preliminary talks to take stake in U.S. radio company iHeartMedia – November 1, 2018
Apple Music’s Beats 1 opens NYC studio – October 23, 2018
Apple Music continues to take share from Spotify – September 25, 2018
Why Apple Music surpassed Spotify in the U.S. – July 12, 2018
Apple slices into Spotify’s lead in U.S. music market – July 9, 2018
Apple Music now has more paying subscribers in the U.S. than Spotify – July 6, 2018
Apple revs up their own music publishing business – June 14, 2018
Oliver Schusser named new Apple Music chief as service passes 40 million subscribers – April 11, 2018
Apple Music hits 40 million paid subscribers milestone – April 4, 2018
Apple Music hits 38 million paid subscribers – March 12, 2018
Jimmy Iovine plans exit from Apple – March 21, 2018
Apple Music expands student membership pricing to 82 new countries – February 13, 2018
Apple Music poised to knock off Spotify – February 12, 2018
Apple Music was always going to win – February 6, 2018
Apple Music on track to overtake Spotify, become No. 1 streaming service in U.S. this summer – February 4, 2018
Apple Music and Spotify now account for the majority of music consumption in the UK – January 3, 2018
Spotify files for its IPO – January 3, 2018
Spotify hit with $1.6 billion lawsuit from music publisher – January 2, 2018
Apple Music passes Pandora and Spotify in mobile usage – March 29, 2017
Spotify hits 50 million paid subscribers – March 3, 2017
Apple Music surpasses 20 million paid members 17 months after launch – December 6, 2016
Oh ok, Spotify listeners are upgrading to Apple Music – July 19, 2015
Spotify CEO claims to be ‘ok’ with Apple Music – June 9, 2015

Apple approves Indian government’s Do Not Disturb app, avoiding iPhone ban

Sat, 2018-12-01 08:08

“Fed up with years of waiting for Apple to implement anti-spam measures for iPhones, India’s telecom regulator TRAI threatened in July to ban iPhones from the country’s cellular networks if Apple didn’t approve a government-developed Do Not Disturb app by January 2019,” Jeremy Horwitz reports for VentureBeat. “With that deadline fast approaching, an Apple spokesperson in India has confirmed that the app become available today in the iOS App Store.”

“The app, titled TRAI DND – Do Not Disturb, promises to help Indian consumers curb unwanted phone calls and text messages — an issue that has become hugely problematic within the country,” Horwitz reports. “Apple wouldn’t allow the app to be released to iOS users, citing privacy concerns, though it agreed to cooperate on a version of the app that wouldn’t share a user’s call or message logs with Indian authorities.”

“It’s unclear whether the version of DND released in the App Store implements additional privacy protections beyond what was originally devised by TRAI,” Horwitz reports. “The registration process appears to leverage the SMS/Call Reporting framework Apple recently introduced into iOS, tying reporting directly into the Phone and Messages applications, and sharing only specific spam content with authorities.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Looks like a workable compromise has been met!

SEE ALSO:
India’s TRAI threatens to ‘derecognize’ iPhones from Indian cellular networks if Apple does not preinstall government anti-spam app – August 9, 2018
India may ban iPhone if Apple keeps fighting TRAI by not allowing DND App in iOS Store – July 20, 2018
Apple accused of ‘anti-consumer’ behavior by Indian regulator – August 8, 2017
Apple’s refusal to approve India’s anti-spam app angers regulators – September 6, 2017
Apple accused of ‘anti-consumer’ behavior by Indian regulator – August 8, 2017

Rogue heart rate app with $90 in-app purchase highlights flaws in Apple’s App Store review process

Sat, 2018-12-01 07:00

“Today, multiple media outlets brought attention to a malicious ‘heart rate’ scanning app that attempted to dupe wide-eyed shoppers into buying a $90 in-app purchase, which highlights that Apple still needs to do a lot more work on the app review process,” Andrew O’Hara writes for AppleInsider.

“The entire app is fraudulent and purports to read a users heart rate by having them place their finger on the Touch ID sensor,” O’Hara writes. “In actuality, after a second or so of random ‘heart rate’ values flashing on the screen, the app dims the screen to its minimum brightness and invokes an in-app purchase for $89.99.”

“It is obvious this app should have never made it past the review process, not even looking at the substantial cost of the in-app purchase, considering that it is impossible for your iPhone to actually read your heart rate through the Touch ID sensor. The scam is even more obvious when used on a newer device that relies on Face ID When I ran the app on our iPhone XS Max — which lacks Touch ID — the app still claimed to show me my heart rate.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: To call Apple’s App Store reviews a “process” demeans the word. It certainly comes across as poorly staffed and/or badly automated and the results are a lot more random than any process we’ve seen.

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

Apple CEO Tim Cook to receive Anti-Defamation League’s 2018 Courage Against Hate Award on December 3rd

Sat, 2018-12-01 06:32

The recipient of the Anti-Defamation League’s 2018 Courage Against Hate Award, Apple CEO Tim Cook, will be a speaker at the ADL’s 2018 Never Is Now event on December 3, 2018, which runs from 9am-6pm in the Metropolitan Pavilion on 125 West 18th Street in Manhattan.

Beginning at 3:20pm, Apple CEO Tim Cook will be presented with ADL’s 2018 Courage Against Hate Award.

Never Is Now is ADL’s Annual Summit on Anti-Semitism and Hate. As ADL’s signature annual event, it is at its core, a one day conference focused on understanding contemporary drivers and dynamics of anti-Semitism. At Never Is Now, attendees can hear from experts, academics and leaders in the fight against anti-Semitism, bigotry and all forms of hatred.

The even will be live-streamed here: https://livestream.com/ADL/NeverIsNow

The ADL’s profile on Apple CEO Tim Cook is here.

MacDailyNews Take: Congratulations to Tim on receiving the Anti-Defamation League’s 2018 Courage Against Hate Award!

Racial prejudice, anti-Semitism, or hatred of anyone with different beliefs has no place in the human mind or heart. — Billy Graham

I don’t stand for anti-Semitism. We can’t have that. — Charles Barkley

Anti-Semitism is a noxious weed that should be cut out. — William Howard Taft

How to best organize your Mac’s files, folders and documents

Sat, 2018-12-01 05:44

“If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance your computer is a mess,” Harry Guinness writes for Envato Tuts+. “You’ve got files all over your desktop, a Downloads folder crammed with app installers from two years ago, and who knows where the file that Jason from Billings needed yesterday is. Let’s look at how to fix it.”

“Now, before diving in we need to address the biggest problem with any file organization system: you,” Guinness writes. “There’s no point setting up an intricate file system where every folder is colour coded, tagged, and cross referenced with every other folder. It’ll last about three minutes.”

“There are three main ways you can structure your file system: project or client-based, date-based, and file type-based. There are pros and cons to each method of organizing folders and you can use a combination, for example grouping everything by project but within each project grouping things by file type or grouping everything by year but within each year grouping it by client,” Guinness writes. “Let’s look each way to organize computer files. You should pick the method that seems to fit your workflow best and stick to it.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Wouldn’t you love to see how Steve Jobs organized his Mac?

Okay, so how do you do it?

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Apple: What the past and present tell us about the future

Sat, 2018-12-01 05:00

“Apple has massively rewarded those who took the risk of owning the stock over time. We also know that Apple shareholders have had some nervous years along the ride,” Logan Kane writes for Seeking Alpha. “Despite the volatility seen in the stock, the company’s fundamentals are solid.”

“The volatility has a lot to do with who your fellow shareholders are and not as much to do with Apple’s profits and revenue,” Kane writes. “While Apple hasn’t done what I initially expected it to do this fall, the stock is an even better long-term buy now than it was a couple of months ago.”

“To illustrate this point, I built a graph of the last 10 years of Apple which shows the cumulative drawdowns in the stock. During this time, had you bought and hold AAPL, you’d be up over six times your original investment plus dividends, even after the 20+ percent drop since the most recent high,” Kane writes. “During this period, you would have had to endure drawdowns of 60 percent during the 2008 crisis, 40 percent in 2013, close to 30 percent in 2016, and over 25 percent now.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Smart investors can tune out the specious noise.

SEE ALSO:
Analysts see Apple’s long-term potential despite recent overwrought selloff – November 30, 2018
The pessimism and hypocrisy surrounding Apple is endless – November 28, 2018
In the darkest hour of Apple’s ‘white-knuckle period,’ some investors are loving it – November 21, 2018
Poor news curation at Bloomberg, CNBC, Reuters created misleading iPhone supply chain panic – November 19, 2018
WSJ: Apple slashes production orders for all three new iPhone models – November 19, 2018
Misreading Apple’s supply chain and iPhone XR demand – 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
iPhone XR production cuts not due to soft demand – analyst – November 10, 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

Should Apple have its own search engine?

Sat, 2018-12-01 04:01

“In a recent interview with Axios on HBO, Apple CEO Tim Cook was made to answer a very uncomfortable question,” Jason Cross writes for Macworld. “He was asked how he squares taking billions of dollars from Google to make it the default search engine for Safari (both on Mac and iOS) with his company’s stance on privacy.”

Cross writes, “Tim’s answer was honest, if not satisfactory. ‘I think their search engine is the best. Look at what we’ve done with the controls we’ve built in. We have private web browsing. We have an intelligent tracker prevention. What we’ve tried to do is come up with ways to help our users through their course of the day. It’s not a perfect thing. I’d be the very first person to say that. But it goes a long way to helping.'”

“For Apple to ensure that searching the web—maybe the most important and common part of the computing experience—meets its own privacy values, it would need to build its own search engine,” Cross writes. “There’s another solution… Apple should buy DuckDuckGo, invest heavily in scaling up capacity and improving its web crawling proficiency, and rebrand it as Apple Search.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Yup.

If you really want to wage thermonuclear war, wage thermonuclear war.MacDailyNews, “It’s time for Apple to buy DuckDuckGo,” May 30, 2014

Plus, it has a stupid name that just begs to be changed to “Apple Search.” It’s perfect for Apple!MacDailyNews, June 19, 2015

If you haven’t already, give DuckDuckGo a try today!

Apple allows users to easily switch to the privacy-respecting DuckDuckGo search engine on Safari:

macOS:
1. Click Safari in the top menu bar.
2. Select Preferences.
3. Click on Search.
4. Select DuckDuckGo.

iOS:
1. Open Settings.
2. Navigate and tap on Safari.
3. Tap on Search Engine.
4. Select DuckDuckGo.

SEE ALSO:
DuckDuckGo: What it’s like to use a search engine that values your privacy – November 5, 2018
Will Apple buy DuckDuckGo this year? – January 6, 2016
Why I switched from Google to DuckDuckGo – July 4, 2015
Why Apple should buy DuckDuckGo – June 19, 2015
DuckDuckGo has grown 600% since Apple made it a search option – and Snowden’s revelations – June 17, 2015
Apple’s default search engine: Is DuckDuckGo next in line? – March 4, 2015
Microsoft, Yahoo vie to become Apple Safari’s default search option – November 26, 2014
Apple adds DuckDuckGo option to iOS 8 Safari, ‘a search engine that doesn’t track users’ – 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
It’s time for Apple to buy DuckDuckGo – May 30, 2014

Target may finally be preparing to bring Apple Pay to stores

Sat, 2018-12-01 03:16

“The days of Apple Pay not being accepted at Target could be coming to an end,” Luke Dormehl reports for Cult of Mac. “According to a number of users on Twitter, the Target store in San Francisco is currently accepting Apple Pay purchases in its premises.”

“While this has yet to be rolled out to its other 1,821 stores, this suggests the company may be changing its stance on Apple’s mobile payment service,” Dormehl reports. “Target has been a notable holdout when it comes to accepting Apple Pay.”

“It’s not clear why the company may have changed its position,” Dormehl reports. “There’s a chance that the store in question activated NFC payments by mistake, although it’s equally (if not more?) possible that this is a small scale trial, which could later roll out to other venues.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Make it so, Target. Serve your customers. Stop throwing up artificial roadblocks that hinder the way your best customers want to pay – with their Appel Watches and iPhones!

Boycott any company that willfully turns off NFC in a effort to block the vastly more secure, much more private, and far easier-to-use Apple Pay service – especially companies that have proven to have lax security that puts your personal data at risk!

SEE ALSO:
Judge rules banks can sue Target over credit card breach; Apple Pay value proposition intensifies – December 8, 2014
Windows to blame for Home Depot’s gigantic security breach; senior executives given new MacBooks and iPhones – November 10, 2014
Lessons from Home Depot: Expect hackers to crack more retailers this holiday season – November 7, 2014
Retailers like CVS and Rite Aid that block Apple Pay are taking a big security risk – October 28, 2014
Massive data breach: Target’s Windows-based PoS terminals were infected with malware – January 13, 2014

Gene Munster: Apple’s latest reinvention is Apple as a service

Sat, 2018-12-01 02:30

“Apple’s recent decision to end unit reporting is evidence of Apple’s latest reinvention — into a services business,” Gene Munster and Will Thompson write for Loup Ventures. “It will take time, but this change lays the groundwork for future AAPL multiple expansion.”

“Six months ago we introduced our view of an upcoming investor paradigm shift from Apple as a hardware company to Apple as a Service,” Munster and Thompson write. “We are now in the midst of a four step transformation process: from news to knee-jerk to indifference to enlightenment.”

“From Mac to iPod to iPhone, the company has gone through several significant reinventions. Its next reinvention is beginning, as Apple transforms both its hardware and software businesses into a single unified service,” Munster and Thompson write. “In the past, when Apple entered a major transition, investor optimism initially declined, then stabilized, then improved. This process takes about a year to unfold… Late in 2019 and beyond – Investors will slowly credit the company for results in 2019 that support the Apple as a Service paradigm. Rising investor confidence in a more predictable hardware business, additive Services, and new products should result in a higher multiple for shares of AAPL.”

Much more in the full article – recommendedhere.

MacDailyNews Take: Again, are unit sales figures that no other major tech company offers (or have ever offered) really worth $300 billion in market value?

As we wrote yesterday: We’ll gladly accept a nice AAPL discount sale that benefits not only smart investors but Apple’s buyback program as well. Tim Cook et al. are wise to clam up and let the manipulators and fools speciously talk down the stock in their fact-free echo chamber as loudly as possible before Apple reports all-time record holiday quarter earnings in January.

Eventually, the so-called analysts will wise up. As we all know, they’re always well behind the curve.

When the lemmings, er… “analysts” start their upgrade parade, then you’ll know the bottom has been found.MacDailyNews, November 26, 2018

SEE ALSO:
Analysts see Apple’s long-term potential despite recent overwrought selloff – November 30, 2018
Morgan Stanley projects Apple’s Services revenue to grow to $100 billion by 2023 – November 29, 2018
The pessimism and hypocrisy surrounding Apple is endless – November 28, 2018
In the darkest hour of Apple’s ‘white-knuckle period,’ some investors are loving it – November 21, 2018
Poor news curation at Bloomberg, CNBC, Reuters created misleading iPhone supply chain panic – November 19, 2018
WSJ: Apple slashes production orders for all three new iPhone models – November 19, 2018
Misreading Apple’s supply chain and iPhone XR demand – 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
iPhone XR production cuts not due to soft demand – analyst – November 10, 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

DriveSavers claims to be able to retrieve data from locked iOS devices for $3,900

Sat, 2018-12-01 02:05

“DriveSavers [this week] announced the launch of a new consumer-facing service that’s designed to unlock iOS devices for customers who have forgotten their passcodes, been locked out after too many incorrect entry attempts, or who need to access the data on the device of a deceased family member,” Juli Clover reports for MacRumors.

“DriveSavers says it is using ‘new proprietary technology’ to recover data from a passcode-locked devices, a service that has previously been limited to law enforcement agencies and unavailable to the average consumer,” Clover reports. “It is not known what technology DriveSavers is using to access data on the device.”

“The company is able to fully unlock the iPhone and return the unlocked device to the owner, and there’s an option to back up the phone’s data to an external device. DriveSavers is not able to provide further information on its unlocking methods,” Clover reports. “The service is not inexpensive, priced around $3,900. DriveSavers is also using strict identification protocols, in some cases requesting documents that include death certificates, probate documents, court documents, and more.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Obviously, if this works Apple’s most-recent iOS versions this is a security hole that Apple will want to identify and close ASAP.

DriveSavers’ announcement of the service is here.

SEE ALSO:
Apple’s builds insurmountable wall against ‘GrayKey’ iPhone passcode hack in iOS 12 – October 24, 2018
Apple vs. GrayKey: Leaked emails expose the fight for your iPhone privacy – July 26, 2018
Apple punches back at Grayshift, maker of the GrayKey iPhone-hacking box – June 15, 2018
Cops are confident Grayshift iPhone hackers already have a workaround to Apple’s new iOS security feature – June 15, 2018
Apple to undercut GrayShift, Cellebrite tools for cracking iPhones – June 13, 2018
Apple’s iOS 11.4 update with ‘USB Restricted Mode’ may defeat GrayKey, Cellebrite forensic tools – May 8, 2018
GrayKey box can guess a six-digit iPhone password in 11 hours on average – April 16, 2018
Police around the U.S. can now unlock iPhones – April 12, 2018
Law enforcement uses ‘GrayKey’ box to unlock iPhones – March 16, 2018
The man who wrote those password rules has a new tip: N3v$r M1^d! – August 8, 2017

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

Analysts see Apple’s long-term potential despite recent overwrought selloff

Sat, 2018-12-01 01:45

“Apple Inc. analysts expect continued volatility as the company grapples with the prospect of slowing iPhone sales and tariffs against mobile devices made in China, but they also see an opportunity emerging after the biggest monthly decline for the stock in more than a decade,” Ryan Vlastelica reports for Bloomberg. “”

“Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives cut his price target to $275 from $310 on Wednesday, the latest investment bank to do so on iPhone demand concerns,” Vlastelica reports. “However, he affirmed his outperform rating and wrote that Apple remains one of its ‘favorite tech names heading into 2019 despite the horror show over the last month seen out of Cupertino.'”

“The comments echoed a recent report from Morgan Stanley, which also touted Apple’s services business and argued that the recent decline had been overdone,” Vlastelica reports. “Apple shares have plunged almost 25 percent from a record high in early October, a slump that ended the company’s multiyear streak as the largest stock by market capitalization. The stock has dropped more than 20 percent thus far this month, putting it on track for its biggest monthly decline since September 2008, during the financial crisis.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Unit sales figures that no other major tech company offers (or have ever offered) are worth $300 billion in market value?

As we wrote yesterday: We’ll gladly accept a nice AAPL discount sale that benefits not only smart investors but Apple’s buyback program as well. Tim Cook et al. are wise to clam up and let the manipulators and fools speciously talk down the stock in their fact-free echo chamber as loudly as possible before Apple reports all-time record holiday quarter earnings in January.

Eventually, the so-called analysts will wise up. As we all know, they’re always well behind the curve.

SEE ALSO:
The pessimism and hypocrisy surrounding Apple is endless – November 28, 2018
In the darkest hour of Apple’s ‘white-knuckle period,’ some investors are loving it – November 21, 2018
Poor news curation at Bloomberg, CNBC, Reuters created misleading iPhone supply chain panic – November 19, 2018
WSJ: Apple slashes production orders for all three new iPhone models – November 19, 2018
Misreading Apple’s supply chain and iPhone XR demand – 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
iPhone XR production cuts not due to soft demand – analyst – November 10, 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 Music comes to Amazon Echo smart speakers starting December 17th

Sat, 2018-12-01 00:55

Highlighting growing cooperation between the two companies, Amazon has announced that Apple Music is coming to Amazon Echo smart speakers starting December 17th via The Amazon Blog:

Music has always been one of Alexa’s most popular features and today we’re excited to announce that Apple Music will be available on Echo devices beginning the week of December 17.

Apple Music subscribers will be able to enjoy Apple Music’s 50 million songs on Echo devices. Customers will be able to ask Alexa to play their favorite songs, artists, and albums—or any of the playlists made by Apple Music’s editors from around the world, covering many activities and moods. Customers will also be able to ask Alexa to stream expert-made radio stations centered on popular genres like Hip-Hop, decades like the 80s, and even music from around the world, like K-Pop. Just ask Alexa to play Beats 1 to hear Apple Music’s global livestream including in-depth artist interviews— all completely ad-free. Simply enable the Apple Music skill in the Alexa app and link your account to start listening.

“Music is one of the most popular features on Alexa—since we launched Alexa four years ago, customers are listening to more music in their homes than ever before,” said Dave Limp, senior vice president, Amazon Devices. “We are committed to offering great music providers to our customers and since launching the Music Skill API to developers just last month, we’ve expanded the music selection on Alexa to include even more top tier services. We’re thrilled to bring Apple Music – one of the most popular music services in the US – to Echo customers this holiday.”

Customers tell us that the simplicity and ease of asking Alexa for the content they want to hear has brought more music into their homes. Customers ask Alexa to play all kinds of music in many different languages. They stream tens of millions of hours of radio per month and have set tens of millions of music alarms since the feature launched less than a year ago.

Fun fact: Top country is the most requested music to wake up to.

We’re excited to bring Apple Music to our Alexa customers this holiday season.

Source: Amazon

MacDailyNews Take: Oh ok.

Sleep tight, Spotify.

SEE ALSO:
Apple slashes MacBook and MacBook Pro prices by up to $300 on Amazon – November 20, 2018
Amazon strikes deal with Apple to sell new iPhones, iPads, and more worldwide – November 9, 2018
Apple in preliminary talks to take stake in U.S. radio company iHeartMedia – November 1, 2018
Apple Music’s Beats 1 opens NYC studio – October 23, 2018
Apple Music continues to take share from Spotify – September 25, 2018
Why Apple Music surpassed Spotify in the U.S. – July 12, 2018
Apple slices into Spotify’s lead in U.S. music market – July 9, 2018
Apple Music now has more paying subscribers in the U.S. than Spotify – July 6, 2018
Apple revs up their own music publishing business – June 14, 2018
Oliver Schusser named new Apple Music chief as service passes 40 million subscribers – April 11, 2018
Apple Music hits 40 million paid subscribers milestone – April 4, 2018
Apple Music hits 38 million paid subscribers – March 12, 2018
Apple Music expands student membership pricing to 82 new countries – February 13, 2018
Apple Music poised to knock off Spotify – February 12, 2018
Apple Music was always going to win – February 6, 2018
Apple Music on track to overtake Spotify, become No. 1 streaming service in U.S. this summer – February 4, 2018
Apple Music and Spotify now account for the majority of music consumption in the UK – January 3, 2018
Spotify files for its IPO – January 3, 2018
Spotify hit with $1.6 billion lawsuit from music publisher – January 2, 2018
Apple Music passes Pandora and Spotify in mobile usage – March 29, 2017
Spotify hits 50 million paid subscribers – March 3, 2017
Apple Music surpasses 20 million paid members 17 months after launch – December 6, 2016
Oh ok, Spotify listeners are upgrading to Apple Music – July 19, 2015
Spotify CEO claims to be ‘ok’ with Apple Music – June 9, 2015

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