ARM loves the iPhone 6: It's being reported today that royalties at Arm Holdings have regained momentum with the UK chip designer providing an optimistic outlook for future revenues, thanks to booming sales of Apple's latest iPhones, consumers shifting to 4G mobile devices and manufacturers racing to build gadgets for the so-called internet of things.
Apple Pay is Quick & Easy to use: For those wanting to see what Apple looks like in action and how Apple Pay works, the video noted above is one the clearest I've seen so far. Below is a second and more "commercial" styled video on Apple Pay, the mobile wallet that will change the world of financial transactions.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover vehicle geo-fencing, an iDevice e-reader mode, 3D imagery appearing on a 2D UI and Apple winning a design patent for their Shanghai Store's glass staircase. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.
According to a new supply chain report this morning, LG will the sole provider for Apple's new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display and may have been tapped to be Apple's exclusive Apple Watch display supplier as well.
Earlier this month we reported that Apple had adjusted their iPhone order ratio to better help meet the iPhone 6 Plus demand. Today, the supply chain in Taiwan is reporting that Apple has once again adjusted their order ratio again due to higher than expected demand for the iPhone 6 Plus in China.
During Apple's live financial conference call this afternoon Apple's CEO Tim Cook stated that he wasn't concerned over iPhone subsidy cuts in China. While admitting there were some "pressures," he quickly noted that 80% of iPhones sold in China today aren't using subsidies. That was a surprising detail. I think it'll take another quarter before the full picture about subsidies is clear. But for now, Apple shows no concern over this issue in the least.
Apple just announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 third quarter ended September 27, 2014. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $42.1 billion and quarterly net profit of $8.5 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $37.5 billion and net profit of $7.5 billion, or $1.18 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. 'Our fiscal 2014 was one for the record books, including the biggest iPhone launch ever with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO.
A surprising rumor has surfaced today claiming that Microsoft is gearing up to launch a wearable device within the next few weeks. The gadget is a smartwatch that will passively track a wearer's heart rate and work across different mobile platforms. The new smartwatch is reportedly to boast of a two day battery with regular use.
Both models of Apple's iPhone 6 are sweeping the globe and the South Korean press is trying to put the very best spin on it as they possibly can knowing full well that Samsung's latest smartphone models will fall short in popularity this quarter. In one report, the Korean press points out that with Apple's large screen iPhone 6 Plus now being available in China, Apple's Korean part suppliers are expected to be beneficiaries of the so-called Apple effect. Yet no matter how they attempt to spin this, a new survey reported on today points to the iPhone 6 being radically more popular than Samsung's new Note 4.
Last Friday technology analyst Christina Warren on the topic of Apple Pay stated that "it's a BFD because it's finally doing what all these payment companies, banks and retailers have been promising us for the last decade which is that it's going to bringing contactless payments to the United States on a wide scale level." It's Apple that will finally make it truly happen. Starting Today, Apple begins its bold undertaking to add a mobile wallet to its iPhones that will quickly trounce all efforts made by the Google Wallet that came to market in 2011.
In one of Microsoft's latest patent applications they note that their clip-on wearable camera invention will allow users to capture photos and/or video "hands-free," especially while they're moving. Microsoft's newly proposed camera, that is much smaller than a GoPro camera, could be very popular with active people, those at school, those at a convention or those on vacation where they simply want to be able to naturally capture their adventures and/or events hassle-free. It's like having the convenience of Google Glass without the hassle and standing out as a super geek.
On Saturday the Hong Kong Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's trademark filing for "Swift," which is an innovative new programming language for Cocoa and Cocoa Touch. Apple also filed for this trademark in Europe in addition to filing for "HomeKit," which is a framework in iOS 8 for communicating with and controlling connected accessories in a user's home. Each of Apple's trademark filings are made under specific International Classes which may shed a little light on possible future applications. UPDATE OCT 20: Apple files for HomeKit in US. UPDATE OCT 21: Apple files for Swift in US.
It's all about the Process: A week ago today we posted a snippet of Vanity Fair's editor Graydon Carter interviewing Jonathan Ive. In that initial clip we pointed out that Ive admired Steve Jobs for his incredible focus. Vanity Fair has now released the full 25 minute interview. The focus of the interview allows Ive to talk about his love of the design process with his team in Cupertino.
Yesterday Apple introduced the "Insanely Great 27" iMac with 5K Retina Display." It will certainly be great for professionals of every stripe but less of a draw for consumers being that content in the form of movies, games or commercial apps won't be available for some time. While Apple was able to justify that major leap, they've officially decided to kill off any hope of ever seeing an iMac Touch. It's just not going to happen according to Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, Craig Federighi. That goes for any kind of MacBook Pro with a touch screen as well.
Shortly after Apple introduced their new Apple Watch, the knives came out. One of the leading Swiss watch companies headed by Jean-Claude Biver lashed out at the Apple Watch for being too feminine amongst other things. Of course what he didn't reveal at that time was that his company was secretly racing to come up with a smartwatch that would eventually compete with Apple, if that's even possible. The two-faced Biver is now beginning to reveal his company's preliminary plans, if you can call it that. To me, it just sounds like the head of the Swiss company is simply panicking. I don't blame him.