A new report from China today noted that pre-orders continued to grow as Apple made one last sales push yesterday. Apple announced on its website that some people who pre-ordered phones would be able to do a "personal pickup," allowing them to get their new phone at a retailer on the release day of Oct. 16, a better deal than for those who had pre-ordered earlier and will be subject to long lines and waits.
Today at 10 a.m. PDT, the Apple Event goes live from Cupertino covering new products, services and more. Open Mic isn't about what we think about the event, product or service; it's about what you think. It's about what struck you as cool, important or problematic. There's no talking head in your way. Express your views before, during or after the Apple Event. The mic is now open.
The US Patent & Trademark Office published a series of patent application from Apple that reveals their continuing work on several interesting projects. In this patent application brief, we point you to Apple's work in regards to liquid metal, a new dock with a flexible connector and more.
On October 16, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a pop-up menu system for iDevices using pro apps like Apple's Numbers or Pages or Microsoft's Excel or Word that could be customized by the user. The interface will also be able to be used on a future iPad Plus or iPad Pro (whatever they brand it) using a physical keyboardaccessory.
On October 16, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an invention relating to future iDevices and CarPlay that will be able to use seamless outdoor to indoor map transitioning. The mapping system could start with in-car navigation to a parking lot and then transition to an indoor parking map and eventually further transition to the inside your destination, be it the inside of a mall, a school, a convention center and beyond. In 2013 Apple acquired WifiSLAM and this invention likely borrows some of their technology.
TSMC Rides High on iPhone 6 orders:Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC), the world's largest contract chip manufacturer, rode heavy demand from smartphone clients to a record net profit in the third quarter, handily beating market expectations.
In July Apple quietly added new Apple TV channels like CNBC and Fox Now and there's likely more to follow in the weeks and months ahead. In September, Apple's CEO Tim Cook talked up Apple TV and once again with Charlie Rose and kept talking about how today's television-experience is stuck in a bygone era. Today, out of nowhere, two possible major television properties are saying that they're getting ready to offer online programming away from the cable subscription model that's been holding back a la carte programming choices for consumers. It seems like we're on the cusp of a revolutionary shift, even though we can't fully see it yet.
A hearing on GT Advanced Technologies bid to shut down its synthetic-sapphire operations while keeping many details of its bankruptcy under wraps was pushed to October 21 or one day after Apple's financial conference Call scheduled for October 20. That's interesting timing.
On the eve of the Apple Event scheduled for tomorrow morning, Gartner rains down and states that the tablet trend is on a steep decline as growth has gone from 55% in 2013 to a measly 11% in 2014. While Apple's iPad sales have been down for the last two quarters, the tide could begin to turn as early as tomorrow if Apple could deliver something that brings back that original iPad magic.
The iPhone 6 upgrade cycle could last a year: Morgan Stanley added Apple to its list of Best Ideas this morning. Apple analyst, Katie Huberty, has an Overweight rating and $110 price target on the shares. Her AlphaWise survey shows demand for 37 million iPhones in the September quarter with channel fill adding 1 million units for a total of 38 million to be reported as sold.
Clear the way for Apple Watch Sport: According to a new report, Apple may be dropping the popular Fitbit devices from their Stores as it clears the way for its own wearable technology product that's set to launch sometime in the New Year.
On October 15, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published two of Apple's latest registered trademarks. Both of the trademarks were for "iCloud Keychain" that Apple originally filed for in December 2013. Apple's iCloud Keychain was first announced during their 2013 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference. It was officially released with iOS 7.0.3 and with OS X Mavericks last October.
Japan Display, a maker of mobile-device screens, has forecast a surprise annual loss due to delayed shipments to Apple and reduced sales to Sony. Apple's business is about a third of Japan Displays business. Allegedly Japan Display couldn't secure the necessary parts to meet Apple orders. Yet the report covers one particular analyst that puts the blame squarely on Apple.
A Taiwan supply chain report this morning notes that shipments of Apple's new MacBook Air model with a 12-inch Retina screen have begun shipping in small volumes with large-volume shipments to begin in November. Whether this will translate into the MacBook Air being in Apple Stores for the holidays is unknown at this time, as some suggest that the MacBook Air may slip into 2015. Yet the twist to this report rests on the news that Apple products shipping in 2015 will introduce a new 3D-Like logo.
News out of Taiwan today notes that Casetek Holdings, a chassis making subsidiary of Pegatron Technology, has announced revenues of US$108.22 million for September 2014, up 21.25% on month and 16.48% on year. The revenue growth was mainly due to shipments for Apple's upcoming next-generation iPad, which is expected to be introduced tomorrow. The new iPad Plus, Apple's next entry into the iPad family is due sometime in early 2015.