On this weeks show somehow we end up talking about Electric Pork, ways to scan your network on both iOS and Mac OS. Wireless charging, do we really need it and is anyone surprised that Microsoft can read your Skype messages?
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The wait is finally over. As of a short time ago, Super Mario Run began rolling out worldwide on the App Store. The game features three modes, an endless runner-style mode in which you tap the screen to help Mario reach platforms, collect coins, and avoid enemies, a head-to-head competition mode called Toad Rally, and a building mode called Kingdom Builder.
Sure those PowerBeats headphones Apple showed off might look the business but the reality is not everyone can afford the $199. I mean how is it possible that a set of headphones with a fraction of the technology an iPhone contains costs 1/3 the price? Granted a lot goes into speaker technology but still.
So today I’m looking at completely the other end of the spectrum of headphones with a price range that most mere mortals can afford, the SoundPeats Q12. Who knows if due to some dodgy translation it was supposed to be SoundBeats.
Why I’m returning my iPhone 7 after a week, Apple Arm based Macbooks, Nvidia and that listing for Apple based engineers, drill gate, why I’m not wearing the apple watch series 2 and Apple takes over Batmans lair. Not bad for a show with no notes.
In the week where Apple met their own expectations, iPhone sales decline but iPad’s show some promise (finally) I’m joined by Karl and Dean (crystal.io) to talk all things Apple, Tesla and other randomness.
The gangs back together, well at least some of us are to cast our gaze upon IOS 10, Tswift vs Kwest, only 2 iPhones this year but three have been released and could Apple have made Spotify kill their free offerings. Oh yes a certain game has taken over the nation. All this and more on the essential Apple show.
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.
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. Older consumers favor for the hometown player. According to the piece, 57% of respondents aged 50-59 preferred Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones. Mostly the country does belong to Samsung. Quoting the report:
In the big picture, 56 percent of the total respondents said that they use Samsung smartphones, 19 percent use LG smartphones and 17 percent use iPhones.
But Apple has got the young people, who will be older people one day. Meanwhile the old people will be… people who no longer need smartphones. And where will Samsung be then? Patently Apple sees the interest on the part of the younger consumers as proof that Apple needs to open a store in South Korea. Add that to the list of things that everyone knows Apple needs to do.
Source : Patently Apple
So you release an app and it goes to the top of the app store charts world wide. You leave your job to become a full time developer and what happens next. This happened to Dean Murphy the developer of the content blocking app Crystal. In this episode of the Essential Apple podcast we catch up with him to see how interesting life has been since the release of his app.
Something slightly different this week. Karl and Barry take on the world of Apple stories this week in a very much unplugged version of the Essential Apple Podcast. A huge thanks to Karl for stepping in whilst I was out helping on with an Iron man weekend, not trying to be iron man… although….