Business Inside ran an interesting here’s-why-Apple-is-better-than-Android piece this week, and it has nothing to do with money — well, it has nothing to do with money made selling iPhones, though it could have to do with your money.
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There seems to be a trend on Wall Street. Everyone is excited about Apple, but just not excited about Apple right now. Barron’s had BMO Capital Markets analyst Tim Long issuing a note on Thursday reiterating his outperform rating on Apple shares while cutting his expectations and his price target. The target goes from $118 to $116. ‘Two-Dollar-Tim’ we’ll call him now. As for his lowered expectations, gross margins have got him down in the near-term. He and his now estimate corporate gross margin of 37.5% versus consensus 38.3%, according to his note. He went on to write:
We believe the dilution from the iPhone SE was more pronounced in June, and September will be more driven by initial volume and gross margin on the iPhone 7.
Of course, we’ll out what last quarter held next Tuesday. That’s when Apple announces earnings and hold its Q&A call with financial analysts. Corn dogs to be served after — no reason, I just like corn dogs.
Source : Barrons
IDC is out with some fairly useless smartwatch numbers for Q2 2016. Useless, because companies tend to not actually say how many smartwatches they’ve sold, yet there’s IDC saying it for them. Still it does give us an idea of where the industry analysts think smartwatches are or where they think they’re going. Engadget and MacRumors both ran reports on the IDC release, They say Apple is leagues ahead of runner-up Samsung, though Samsung is believed by the firm to have played a bit of catch-up.
The MacRumors piece says Samsung did close the gap with strong 51% year-over-year growth and a nine-point rise in market share. Big as that sounds, Samsung only sold 600,000 smartwatches in the June quarter, according to the firm.
Apple on the other hand sold nearly three times as many of its watches, yet still managed to lose market share. IDC says the Cupertino company sold 1.6 million of its wearables last quarter. Think back and we will remember that comparing Apple Watch sales for Q2 2016 to sales for Q2 2015 is sort of silly. That’s because Q2 2015 was the first quarter of Apple Watch availability, landing on the heels of over a year of rumor and over six months of hype. The Engadget piece says the lack of updated hardware is a key reason for the drop in numbers for smart watches overall. It’s unclear though whether that’s IDC’s supposition or Engadget’s.
Apple is facing a class action lawsuit in the States over the company’s use of refurbished devices as replacements under AppleCare or AppleCare+. Customers in California are suing after broken things that they had were replaced with like-new things that matched.
Looking for good new around iPhone? Well, look no further than South Korea — which is probably pretty far for most of you to look. Patently Apple has word of a new survey from the country. According to Gallup Korea, 41% of respondents between 20-29 years old prefer iPhone to phones made by South Korea’s own Samsung.
Apple appears to be going above and beyond with its differential privacy initiative. The company has an understandable interest in knowing what people think. It helps them help Siri anticipate what people will think or ask before those people realize it themselves. At the same time, Apple has this thing about not wanting too much information about its customers. Thus was born Apple’s Differential Privacy plan, announced a couple of weeks ago at WWDC and defined in one article as a ‘statistical method designed to reap useful intel from big piles of data or protecting personally identifying information therein’.
Editing a podcast on iOS has just gotten a whole lot easier thanks to a new feature in Ferrite Recording Studio. From the development team Wooji Juice, Ferrite is a nicely featured but not over burdened recording and editing studio aimed at podcasters.
Ferrite comes with a built in feature called “strip silence”. This is immensely handy for those times when recording when a long pause is introduced, maybe by someone gathering their thoughts, a technical issue or something else, where you can automatically detect the silence and strip it out. This is something I do regularly when editing the Essential Apple show albeit within Audacity.
Your iTunes Store problems on Friday were not yours alone. The iTunes Store, plus Apple’s App Store, the Mac App Store, and iBooks Store suffered unscheduled downtime at the end of the work week.
Recently I’ve been embracing the paperless way of life whenever possible. I’m on-line for filling out time sheets, saving copies of bank statements for my account manager and numerous other tasks, most of which are performed using the rather excellent Scanner from Readable. Now Dropbox have gone ahead and added a scanning feature to their latest iOS update to make like easier.
So let’s talk about tvOS and Apple TV. Last fall we introduce the next generation of Apple TV and for the first time developers had a modern platform like iOS to develop for in the living room.
With only hours to go before WWDC, which just happens to be 30 minutes after Microsoft are doing their E3 announcement, here is our stab at decoding the invite sent to developers
Amazon may be taking aim at Spotify and Apple Music. A Reuters report that says the seller of almost all is getting ready to launch a full-on, stand-alone subscription music service.
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Feral Interactive today announced that the award-winning episodic adventure game Life is Strange™ will be released on Mac soon. Created by Paris-based developer DONTNOD and published by Square Enix on console and Windows, Life is Strange has been highly praised by critics and fans alike for its moving narrative, stylish visuals and compelling system of choice and consequences. All five episodes will be available to play at launch.
Follow the story of Max Caulfield, a photography senior who discovers she can rewind time while saving her best friend Chloe Price. The pair soon find themselves investigating the mysterious disappearance of fellow student Rachel Amber, uncovering a dark side to life in Arcadia Bay. Meanwhile, Max must quickly learn that changing the past can sometimes lead to a devastating future.