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Apple focuses on camera upgrade in new iPhone models

Written on Wednesday, 11 September 2019 06:16

Apple unveiled its iPhone 11 models, touting upgraded, ultra-wide cameras as it updated its popular smartphone lineup and cut its entry price to $699. The newest handsets come as Apple seeks to spur new upgrades in a slumping global smartphone market.

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Apple will release its new iOS 11 software update later this year and it will not be available for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C. Features of the new operating system were showcased at Apple’s recent WWDC event in California, where it was confirmed that older iPhone models and iPads would not be supported by the iOS 11.

The operating system will not work on iPhone 5 (released in 2012) or the iPhone 5C (2013), nor will it support fourth-generation iPads (2012). These devices will still be able to function with iOS 10 but security updates might not be available. In addition, some apps on iOS 10 won’t work anymore as they will need to be optimized for iOS 11.

Even though the move will be inconvenient for users who still want to use an iPhone 5, etc., the reason for it, according to Apple, has to do with the processors in devices. The iOS 11 update will only work with newer iPhone models that have a 64-bit processor which allows the system to use larger amounts of memory. Older models, such as the iPhone 5, only have a 32-bit processor.

The move could also be challenging for app developers, because if their apps are optimized for 64-bit devices, then they won’t work on older iPhones. Even though the iPhone 5 was released five years ago, it is still a popular device to purchase, according to e-commerce site Trade Me. There are currently 300 for sale on the site along with a similar number of iPhone 5Cs.

The most affordable iPhone model available on the market today is the SE which sells for around $750 and is a similar size to the iPhone 5. Apple will release new iPhone models later this year, one of which could be an update to the SE. iOS 11 is expected to be available as a free update for supported iPhones and iPads in September.

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US tech giant Apple has unveiled their latest version of its popular iPad tablet – and it’s set to retail at the lowest-ever price for a full-sized tablet from the company. The newly updated product will be available to order from Friday and has a starting price of $329. In addition to this, Apple also disclosed that its smaller iPhone SE model will be available in 32 and 128 gigabyte (GB) versions which will subsequently replace the 16GB and 64GB models.

The tech colossus also revealed that the hardware updates in the product are incremental improvements that were announced without a major media event to publicize the new technologies. It has also been reported in recent months that Apple is set to unveil an update to its flagship iPhone this autumn that may have a series of new features such as wireless charging, 3-D facial recognition and a curved display. The new iPad model starts at 32 GB of storage and replaces the iPad Air 2. It will be slightly less expensive than the smaller iPad Mini 4, which starts at $399 for a 128 GB model.

Apple also unveiled a new app for creating videos which also enables you to share them with friends on its iOS devices. This new feature, coupled with extra iMessage features released in the last number of years have ensured that the organization is competing with features in social networking applications such as Snap Inc. Their new app has been named ‘Clips’ and it allows users to add captions and speech bubbles to videos which they can subsequently share on social networks such as Facebook, Instagram or Apple’s own messaging app, where videos can be sent to contacts with a single tap. But unlike applications like Snap or other messaging apps, users can add captions to videos using their voice.

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Apple announced that the App Store welcomed 2017 with its busiest single day ever on New Year’s Day (Jan. 1), capping a record-breaking holiday season and a year of unprecedented developer earnings and breakout app hits. In 2016 alone, developers earned over $20 billion, up over 40 percent from 2015. Since the App Store launched in 2008, developers have earned over $60 billion, creating app experiences for App Store customers across iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and Mac.

Those efforts helped kick off 2017 with a remarkable start, making New Year’s Day the highest single day ever for the App Store with nearly $240 million in purchases.

“2016 was a record-shattering year for the App Store, generating $20 billion for developers, and 2017 is off to a great start with January 1 as the single biggest day ever on the App Store,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “We want to thank our entire developer community for the many innovative apps they have created — which together with our products — help to truly enrich people’s lives.”

Customers broke all-time records this holiday season with purchases from the App Store topping $3 billion in December. In the same month, Nintendo’s Super Mario Run made history with more than 40 million downloads in just four days after its release, and was the most downloaded app globally on Christmas and New Year’s Day, Apple reported.

Super Mario Run is also among last year’s top 10 most downloaded apps worldwide, with Pokémon Go taking the top spot. Pokémon Go, a beloved game from Niantic, quickly became a cultural phenomenon in mid-2016.

Prisma, Reigns, Procreate, Lumino City, Sweat With Kayla and djay Pro, from some of Apple's independent developers, were among the most successful apps for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Apple Watch and Mac, respectively. The App Store offers 2.2 million apps in total, up over 20 percent from last year.

The App Store’s top-grossing markets include the US, China, Japan and the UK, with China experiencing record year-over-year growth at an incredible 90 percent. The global impact of the App Store was captured this past year with two campaigns — Apps for Earth and Games for (RED). In partnership with the World Wildlife Fund and (RED), customers were empowered to make a difference, and join the fight against AIDS. The custom content created by each campaign’s participating developers helped raise over $17 million in total for the two organizations.

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Apple’s latest operating system for iPhones and iPads just released, bringing with it a host of new features such as a changed lock screen to provide more information, and artificial intelligence for photos. But shortly after its launch, some Apple users were subject to a major fault that left devices “bricked” or temporarily useless.

iOS officially released to Apple users on September 13. It offers a range of new features such as several redesigned apps, a new design for notifications, an improved Control Center, and improved Siri features. In addition, Apple updated Apple Music making it similar to Spotify, and also updated Apple Maps, where you can check your calendar for places you’re meant to be going. Apple News also launched a new subscriptions feature so users can read all their subscription media within Apple News.

But it didn’t take long for users to pick up on the fault, which seemed to mostly affect those downloading the update over the air. According to reports, after downloading the iOS 10 update, some smartphones and iPads shut down to install the new software. After that, rather than the device automatically restarting with iOS 10 installed, a screen appeared which prompted users to plug their device into a computer, rendering the phone useless until they did so.

“We experienced a brief issue with the software update process, affecting a small number of users during the first hour of availability,” Apple said in a statement. “The problem was quickly resolved and we apologize to those customers. Anyone who was affected should connect to iTunes to complete the update or contact AppleCare for help.”

The company was flooded with complaints regarding the bricking issue. Twitter user Michael Farrell said: “Do NOT update to iOS 10, it will probably brick your phone. Already happened to 5 people I know, including myself.”

It’s not the first time Apple has experienced issues rolling out a major operating system update. When iOS 5 was release back in 2011, high demand appeared to be the reason why users were experiencing multiple errors when attempting to update their device. Apple also faced criticism in February this year after an update caused bricking of devices if they had been repaired by a third party. Users updating to iOS 10 are being advised to backup their device before doing so.

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Apple reported on Tuesday, July 26, declines in every one of its major hardware businesses in the three months that ended in June. Industry analysts are questioning whether people have lost their affection for Apple, or if they are just waiting for the release of the new iPhones coming out in September. For whatever reason, it marks the second quarter in a row that sales have fallen for Apple as it struggles in a saturated U.S. market, making a gradual shift to services to drive the company’s profits.

Apple posted revenue of $42.4 billion, down 15 percent compared with the same quarter in 2015. The company experienced its first drop in sales in the quarter that ended in March this year, after spending the last five years as the world’s most valuable company. A New York Times report suggests that the introduction of the 4-inch iPhone SE released earlier this year may have contributed to Apple’s revenue and profit drop, because customers purchased the smaller and cheaper model instead of Apple’s larger, more expensive ones.

Ben Schachter, an analyst with Macquarie Securities, estimated that almost one-third of Apple’s quarterly profits came from services like App Store purchases, Apple Music subscriptions and the iCloud storage business. “Apple is moving from only iPhones matter to iPhones and services matter,” he said.

Research firm IDC reports that the number of iPhones sold this quarter dropped 15 percent, compared with the same time last year, and revenue tumbled 23 percent. What’s more, the number of Mac computers sold fell 11 percent, and the amount of iPads sold fell 9 percent. The worst sales result came from Apple’s latest product, the Apple Watch, with sales plummeting 55 percent compared with the same quarter last year, according to IDC.

Apple is expected to release new models and upgrades to its iPhone software in September, which happens every two years. Because this is widely known, many customers don’t purchase a new iPhone in the months before a release because they want to see if the latest upgrades are worth investing in. Therefore, Apple’s drop in sales has been said to be related to this trend, since the company is currently at the end of its product cycle. Come this time next year, Apple could get a major boost to its sales, especially with the introduction of the iPhone 7.

But that’s just one of the issues Apple is facing. The most significant barrier preventing Apple from reaching higher sales is product saturation in the United States. Apple attempted to reach out to other large markets, such as India, but because the price of an iPhone is relatively steep, Indian consumers prefer to purchase cheaper options. Apple’s sales in China have also dropped 33 percent. Europe remains the most unscathed region for Apple, with just a 7 percent drop in sales.

On the bright side, Apple’s revenue decline wasn’t as bad as Wall Street has expected after the unoptimistic outlook Apple had laid out in March. Apple shares rose about 7 percent in after-hours trading, according to NY Times.

“The valuations had been driven down based on expectations of no growth,” said Walter Pieck, analyst with BTIG Research. “Now investors can start focusing on what they’re going to say in September about the new products.”

Luca Maestri, Apple’s chief financial officer, said during an interview that the company’s dope in sales seems worse than it actually is because Apple held back on shipments to retailers in China and other countries so that stores could clear out their existing stock to make way for new stock to be introduced later in the year. Because of this, Maestri pointed out that iPhone sales were down 8 percent.

Wall Street’s new prediction for Apple is that sales will pick up at the end of the year, meaning the next quarter will still be low, but the quarter after that will show more promising results. Apple CEO Tim Cook suggested that Apple TV could be the basis for substantial innovation. Apple is said to be increasing R&D spending, which is a sure sign of new products to come in down the line.

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