Le Menu iPad Style: Last December we posted a patent report that was titled "Apple Invents Restaurant Ordering & Reservation System." Today we learn that Delta Airlines Crust Restaurant, which is located in Terminal D at the LaGuardia Airport, is now serving up iPad's that sit on their counters and tables. Travellers that are waiting for a flight or who have just arrived can order a meal and then surf the web to keep them entertained.
There are two reports out of South Korea worth noting today. The first is that the standing controversy over the functional defects of the iPhone 6+ have been growing to the point where Apple has now taken the steps to stop its use of triple-level cell (TLC) NAND. The second story is that Government statistics show that the iPhone 6 is causing problems for Korean smartphone exports.
In August we reported that the HP's designer watch was going to launch this fall. The watch launched six days ago in the US and went on sale today in Canada at Gilt with prices ranging from C$458 and C$853. The watch comes with 10 functions, the ability to live stream things like stocks and sport scores, offers a week of battery life and most importantly, syncs with iPhone models starting with the iPhone 4S. Getting it to market ahead of Apple Watch was certainly the right move; though this smartwatch will appeal to watch traditionalists rather than the heavy techie crowd.
Today Chitika released new iPad usage rates based on web traffic and Apple once again trounced their competitors clearly illustrating that only iPad users really get any real work done. Most apps for Android are games that don't require the net. Apple took 80% of the web traffic, only down a hair from a year ago.
Bloomberg is reporting this afternoon that GT Advanced Technologies is cooperating with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's inquiry into the company. The SEC is seeking information about trading activity and the company's sapphire glass business, Merrimack, New Hampshire-based GT Advanced said in a filing today.
Siri, get your Master to set you Free: Amazon just launched a sexy new home device called Echo which is designed around your voice. It's always on. Simply ask for information, music, news, weather, and more. Echo begins working as soon as it hears you say the wake word, "Alexa." It's also an expertly-tuned speaker that can fill any room with immersive sound. Echo is Bluetooth-enabled so you're able to stream your favorite music services like iTunes, Spotify and Pandora from your phone or tablet. Apple needs to set Siri free and Amazon's idea is very, very cool. If Apple was to reinvent Apple TV, this is what I'd it to do. It would really be an exciting device. Are you listening Apple?
Apple's iPhone 6 was to launch in China the same day it was in the US but hit a great political wall in China. After unprecedented regulatory scrutiny, Apple also had to reassure the Chinese government that their new smartphones didn't have security "backdoors" through which U.S. agencies can access users' data. Despite that road bump, Apple's pre-orders for the iPhone 6 soared followed by iPhone mania hitting retails stores a week later. Apple's iPhone 6 is a huge hit in China. Maybe too big a hit as new malware is now beginning to hit a fraction of China's new iPhone users. Today Apple confirmed they're on top of this situation. However the timing of this new discovery feels a little like a FUD tactic – though from who, of course, is the $64,000 question.
Hari Gopalkrishnan, Bank of America's e-commerce executive, talks about what Apple Pay means for the firm and its customers. He spoke with Bloomberg's Leslie Picker at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Technology Innovation Summit in Menlo Park, California on Oct. 22.
On October 23 Aaron Sorkin was convinced that they had landed Christian Bale to play Steve Jobs in an upcoming movie. But Bale eventually bailed on the project. With fanatical Apple fans around the world ready to analyze every word and gesture, even seasoned actors are afraid of the backlash of getting it wrong. While another actor has been mentioned in the press as a possible new candidate, we'll wait for the movie to come out so that we don't have to backtrack every week. This time, Sorkin exclusively tells Emily Chang of Bloomberg TV that's it's been hard writing the Steve Jobs Character. Love him or hate him, there's more of this interview with Sorkin that will air later tonight on Studio 1.0 with Bloomberg Television's Emily Chang airs at 8:30pm ET/ 5:30pm PT.
On November 6, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple titled "Electronic Device with Wireless Power Control System." It's a new real-time wireless delivery system that could adjust the amount of wireless power delivered to your device depending on whether the device is near your ear, on your lap or resting on a hard surface. It's a system that abides by governmental standards when the device is near the user and yet can unleash more power when on a table. So an Apple TV, using the same iPhone or iPad Chip could be set much higher so that wireless connectivity could be vastly accelerated so that there's less time in starting a movie or other type of future TV program. It also applies to a possible future television and devices such as a MacBook.
On November 6, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a possible new user interface mainly designed for future iDevice applications. A special aspect of this new UI design is that it involves the use of dynamic, moveable interface elements. As example's Apple points us to photo, map and mathematical applications that could use this new user interface though technically it could apply to any future application. The new UI is designed to include built-in tutorial and/or a quick help system to guide users in how to use a particular feature of a new application that they're not familiar with. This could easily be seen as something that Apple's developers will also be able to tap into in the future. In the end, it looks as though this is something that we could definitely see Apple bring to market in the future.
This summer we posted a report titled "A New Landmark Partnership between Apple and IBM is about to transform the Way Work gets done." The new IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions partnership was designed to be an exclusive collaboration that drew on the distinct strengths of both companies.Apple noted in their original press release that AppleCare for Enterprise would provide IT departments and end users with 24/7 assistance from Apple's award-winning customer support group, with on-site service delivered by IBM. AppleCare for the Enterprise has now officially gone live for businesses starting today.
What a joke: When "fake" marketing schemes are revealed, a company instantly loses credibility with the public. Do you remember Samsung's false smartphone reviews a year ago? Twelve months later, Samsung's profits are plunging. Now Microsoft's fake marketing shows us that even though CNN was obligated to promote the Surface Pro 3 tablet on air, some of their high profile commentators were shown to be using an iPad behind their shiny new Microsoft tablets. Now, how pathetic is that marketing scheme? Two big thumbs down!
Late last month we posted a report titled "Apple Revelations Point to Highest R&D Spending Since 2007." When reading about something like that, you naturally tend to think in the now and immediate in terms of the spending being for the iPhone 6, Apple Watch and Apple Pay. Yet Apple's increase in R&D could be for other projects as well and one of them just might be for a new 3D capability coming to a future iDevice. This was revealed in an interesting yet murky supply chain rumor that had a credible fact supporting it.
During a Southern California event hosted by Intel's venture capital arm, Kirk Skaugen, Intel's SVP in charge of Intel's PC chip business, reported surprising signs of life in the PC sector that has been enjoying signs of a comeback of late. According to Skaugen, there are three major changes coming to PC's next year that may be able to fuel continued growth for this segment of the market.