iPhone, Mac and iPad sales all increased this quarter

One day before Apple's most important product launch in years, the company has released its quarterly earnings info. As usual, Apple's fiscal Q4 doesn't contain a full three months of iPhone sales, so it's hard to tell how the launch of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus affected the company, let alone the iPhone X. But, the company did manage to sell 46.7 million iPhones in the last three months, good for a slight 2.6 percent growth compared to a year ago.

Source: Apple

Apple extends iTunes movie rentals to 48 hours

It used to be that when you rented a movie from Apple's iTunes service, you'd have 24 hours to finish watching it. You could start streaming the rental within 30 days of purchase, of course. Just a couple of weeks after Apple made 4K an affordable option, the company has doubled the rental time to 48 hours. This is perfect for those of us with young kids who want to watch a movie over (and over and over) or busy schedules that don't let us get to our movies right away. The timer starts even if you're watching the film offline, too.

Via: TechCrunch

Source: Apple

Apple iPad sales grow year-over-year for the first time since 2013

This time of year isn't usually great for Apple's hardware sales, but the company's newly released Q3 earnings has at least one pleasant surprise. In addition to raking in $45.4 billion in revenue over the past three months, Apple also said it sold 41 million iPhones and 11.4 million iPads. That works out to growth of a tepid 1.5 percent for iPhones over last year, but the iPads? We're looking at a jump of nearly 15 percent since last August. This also marks the first time iPad sales have grown year-over-year in Q3 since the dark days fo 2013.

This is the secret to how Apple is making Siri sound more human


The next Siri won’t put the emPHAsis on the wrong sylLAble.

That’s more or less the promise Apple made during last week’s World Wide Developers Conference Keynote. Demonstrating onstage, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, asked Siri about the weather.  

“Here's the forecast for the next three days: Sunny, sunny, and sunny," replied Siri.

Each “sunny” sounded a shade different. Though Federighi declared it “very powerful,” the developer audience didn’t break into wild applause.

Maybe that’s a victory in itself. With the upcoming iOS 11, the now 6-year-old Siri will sound so natural that no one will notice, and by notice I mean those cringe-worthy moments when Siri (or really any voice assistant) attempts to pronounce a name, location, or offer a more natural reply and it sounds like they swallowed Continue reading "This is the secret to how Apple is making Siri sound more human"

Apple reportedly buys an AI-based face recognition startup

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/dims-shared/dims3/GLOB/crop/4000x2667+0+0/resize/1600x1067!/format/jpg/quality/85/http://hss-prod.hss.aol.com/hss/storage/midas/70ab91cd6feaac012a138e0001eb086d/203355854/489962702.jpg" />Those rumors of Apple exploring <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2017/01/21/apple-reportedly-reinventing-iphone-fingerprint-reader/">facial recognition for sign-ins</a> might just have some merit. <em>Calcalist</em> <a href="https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=iw&amp;tl=en&amp;js=y&amp;prev=_t&amp;hl=en&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.calcalist.co.il%2Finternet%2Farticles%2F0%2C7340%2CL-3708019%2C00.html&amp;edit-text=">reports</a> that Apple has acquired RealFace, an Israeli startup that developed deep learning-based face authentication technology. The terms of the deal aren't public, but it's estimated at "several million dollars." Cupertino would mainly be interested in the promise of the technology than pure resources, in other words.
                                    <strong>Via: </strong><a  href="http://www.timesofisrael.com/apple-buys-israels-facial-recognition-firm-realface-report/">Times of Israel</a><!--//-->
                                    <strong>Source: </strong><a  href="https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=iw&amp;tl=en&amp;js=y&amp;prev=_t&amp;hl=en&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.calcalist.co.il%2Finternet%2Farticles%2F0%2C7340%2CL-3708019%2C00.html&amp;edit-text=">Calcalist (translated)</a><!--//-->

Apple’s ‘polarizing’ new products are paying off

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/67f8e3c7e304ba767657accd3a081bb3/204890280/2017sizes-iphone7-29-1-edJT.jpg" />Throughout much of 2016, it seemed like <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/12/29/2016-apple-fans-lose/">lots of Apple fans were unhappy</a>. The year brought few updates to the Mac (and the one big change was <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/11/14/macbook-pro-review-2016/">quite polarizing</a>), a barely redesigned iPhone with no headphone jack, AirPods that shipped two months late and a new Apple Watch that was <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/09/23/apple-watch-series-2-review/">a modest improvement</a> to a product still seen as nonessential.
But it's time to accept that the complainers on the internet (including those of us in the media) might not have our fingers on the pulse of Apple fandom. Case in point: Apple just reported a massively successful quarter. According to CEO Tim Cook, both iPhone and Apple Watch sales hit records for both unit sales and revenue. In the case of the iPhone, that reversed three consecutive quarters of declining sales. The iPhone turnaround had to be a huge relief for Apple: The product is the company's biggest Continue reading "Apple’s ‘polarizing’ new products are paying off"

Tim Cook says India is ‘a great place to be’ as Apple posts its all-time record revenue

Apple CEO Tim Cook’s bet on overseas markets as the company looks for further growth and expansion is starting to show results. The company posted strong quarterly iPhone sales and revenue Tuesday, reporting substantial growth in regions such as India, the fastest growth smartphone market.  Cook, who paid his maiden visit to India as CEO of the company last year, said Apple had "all-time record revenue results" in the country without revealing any numbers.   The company shipped nearly 2.6 million iPhones in India last year, according to marketing research firm Counterpoint, which claimed that iPhones now account for 62 percent of all premium smartphones shipped in the country.  Read more... More about Mac, Macbook Pro, Ipad, Iphone, and Tim Cook

Apple’s bulletproof Wall Street growth story came to a halt this year

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 22:  Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an Apple announcement at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on October 22, 2013 in San Francisco, California.  The tech giant announced its new iPad Air, a new iPad mini with Retina display, OS X Mavericks and highlighted its Mac Pro.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) This year was an interesting one in a long time for Apple — but not necessarily in a good way. iPhones aren’t selling the way they used to, the Apple Watch isn’t a big hit, and Alphabet is emerging as a bigger and formidable competitor. And that has Wall street asking some serious questions about Apple’s future. At the beginning of the year, Apple experienced a… Read More

What to expect from Apple’s ‘Hello Again’ event

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/efe970febfec8b5ea8bca3c13eb0083e/204503260/599930746-ed.jpg" /><div>Apple is sneaking in <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/10/19/apple-will-finally-update-its-mac-lineup-on-october-27th/">one more big product unveiling</a> before 2016 comes to a close, and expectations for new Macs are running high. And how couldn't they be? Aside from <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2015/10/13/apple-imac-review-2015-21-5-inch-4k/">last year's iMacs</a> and the <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/04/25/apple-macbook-review-2016/">12-inch MacBook</a>, Cupertino's computer lineup has gone largely untouched since 2015 -- and there are numerous systems that have remained the same for <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2013/12/23/apple-mac-pro-review-2013/">even longer</a>. But which Macs are going to get an upgrade on Oct. 27th? And is there a chance that other devices will get their moment in the sun? We've rounded up some of the more credible rumors to give you a sense of what's likely in store.</div>

What to expect from Apple’s ‘See You’ iPhone event

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/eb2c6995fab1fd29986db032f40ca192/204269172/539893086-ed.jpg" />It's that time of year again. It's the end of summer, and Apple is once again on the cusp of introducing a new iPhone. Only this year, there's a different buzz. There's been talk of Cupertino playing it relatively safe with a new smartphone for the second year in a row or even taking away the time-honored headphone jack. What's the deal with that? And of course, this is likely just the tip of the iceberg. The <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2015/04/30/apple-watch-review/">Apple Watch</a> is getting long in the tooth, new versions of iOS and macOS are nearly ready... and as many will tell you, large swaths of Apple's iPad and Mac lineups are gathering dust. But just what are you going to see when Tim Cook and company take the stage? We've rounded up some of the more plausible leaks, rumors and educated guesses to help set expectations for Apple's <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/08/29/apple-event-september-7/">September 7th media extravaganza</a>.

Apple services are growing, hardware slowing

Apple posted quarterly results, and received a standing ovation: the stock rose 7% at the opening this morning. What’s intriguing is that the numbers show lower sales of iPhone (down 15% compared to last year), Mac (down 10.5%), and iPad (down 8.3%). But Apple has pulled off some hand jive, and drawn attention to what may be the future of its growth engine: services. In the release, Luca Maestri — Apple’s CFO — wrote ‘our Services business grew 19 percent year-over-year and App Store revenue was the highest ever, as our installed base continued to grow and transacting customers hit an all-time record’. As I mentioned earlier this week (see What’s going on in Phoneland?), the market had already priced in the negatives coming in Apple’s quarterly results. As others — like Chris O’Brien — have pointed out, Apple has done a great job managing Continue reading "Apple services are growing, hardware slowing"

Apple’s iPhone sales are still down, but Wall Street is happy anyway

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/5dba235ded33df6da1caf9b7e87d435f/204127122/ios10-fb2.jpg" />After seeing Apple struggle through 2016, Wall Street set its sights pretty low for the company's Q3 earnings report. Those financial results just dropped, and while they're still not <em>amazing</em> for the folks in Cupertino, Apple did well enough to allay some nagging fears and get its flagging stock price up a bit.  

Apple releases second public betas for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/9b371812cafb12e7caa74ac2b810c30e/204059649/ios10-fb2-ed.jpg" />Were you quick to hop on the test versions of <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/07/07/ios-10-public-beta-preview/">iOS 10</a> and <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/06/22/apple-macos-sierra-hands-on/">macOS Sierra</a>?  It's time to start updating.  Apple has <a href="https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/">released</a> the second public betas of both platforms, and they're not just adding some spit and polish.  The new iOS 10 beta introduces a functioning option for using Touch ID to unlock your device the "old-fashioned" iOS 9 way, where resting your finger is enough to get to your home screen.  If you lock an <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2015/10/01/iphone-6s-and-6s-plus-review/">iPhone 6s or 6s Plus</a>, you'll get vibration feedback.  And if you're a health maven, you can opt to share your activity and workout data to help improve Apple's fitness features.
                                    <strong>Via: </strong><a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2016/07/20/apple-releases-ios-10-public-beta-2/" >MacRumors (1)</a><!--//-->, <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2016/07/20/apple-releases-macos-sierra-public-beta-2/" >(2)</a><!--//-->
                                    <strong>Source: </strong><a href="https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/" >Apple</a><!--//-->

Apple’s new file system revolves around encryption

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/dims-shared/dims3/GLOB/crop/4463x2976+0+0/resize/1400x934!/format/jpg/quality/85/http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/f7af57c9593a65ecb494dc12390f5634/203946174/RTX2EF28.jpeg" />One of Apple's quietest announcements at WWDC might also be its most important. The company has <a href="https://developer.apple.com/library/prerelease/content/documentation/FileManagement/Conceptual/APFS_Guide/NewFeatures/NewFeatures.html#//apple_ref/doc/uid/TP40016999-CH3-DontLinkElementID_16">introduced </a>a brand new file system, simply called Apple File System (APFS) that makes security its centerpiece. It offers a unified encryption method for virtually <em>every</em> device Apple makes, ranging from the <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/06/13/apple-watchos-3/">Apple Watch</a> to <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/06/13/apple-macos-sierra/">the Mac</a>. That includes multi-key encryption, which makes it tough to crack even if you have physical access to the storage. In short, the <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/04/26/the-fbi-wont-say-how-its-iphone-hack-works/">FBI won't be happy</a>: Encryption is now a core part of the operating system, not just something bolted on after the fact.
                                                <strong>Source: </strong><a href="https://developer.apple.com/library/prerelease/content/documentation/FileManagement/Conceptual/APFS_Guide/NewFeatures/NewFeatures.html#//apple_ref/doc/uid/TP40016999-CH3-DontLinkElementID_16" >Apple (1)</a><!--//-->, <a href="https://developer.apple.com/wwdc/schedule/#/details/701" >(2)</a><!--//-->

Apple faces Caltech lawsuit over WiFi patents

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/ff7276b779247bb402f01aafc7c21efe/203889383/532768816-ed.jpg" />Apple's <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/10/16/jury-rules-apple-owes-234-million-for-university-of-wisconsin/">legal troubles with schools</a> aren't over yet: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/11/science-confirms-that-gravitational-waves-exist/">Caltech</a> has <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2016/05/30/caltech-vs-apple-broadcom-wifi-lawsuit/">sued Apple</a> and chipmaker Broadcom for allegedly violating four WiFi-related patents. Supposedly, most Apple devices (including the iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch) from the <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/18/apple-iphone-5-review/">iPhone 5</a> onward use Broadcom chips that copy Caltech decoding and encoding technology to improve data flow. As with most such lawsuits, the institute is calling for both damages and a ban on offending hardware.
                                    <strong>Via: </strong><a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2016/05/30/caltech-vs-apple-broadcom-wifi-lawsuit/" >MacRumors</a><!--//-->, <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2016/5/30/11814300/caltech-sues-apple-broadcom-over-wi-fi-patents" >The Verge</a><!--//-->
                                    <strong>Source: </strong><a href="https://ecf.cacd.uscourts.gov/doc1/031123583498" >USCourts.gov (login required)</a><!--//-->