Yes, Apple Pay is going to be a Big F%$#$g Deal: Today, Mashable Senior Tech Analyst Christina Warren caught our attention with her assessment that Apple's new Apple Pay launching on Monday is going to be a BFD. Nothing like hearing the truth put so bluntly.
CNBC reports today that in all the headlines and hype of the launch of the latest iPad models and iMac computer, there was one new member of the Apple ecosystem that analysts are calling "remarkable", wasn't even mentioned. And that's the new Apple SIM.
With Samsung's profits falling by 47% this past quarter, they're now trying to shake off the doldrums by cranking up their propaganda machine once again. Today, a new Korean report states that Samsung is going to use the octa-core Exynos 7 processor in the Galaxy S6, which is scheduled to be released early next year. The hinted twist is that the Galaxy S6 could introduce Iris recognition which supports their ongoing work on this project. The report stated that "images of the new model are being revealed." Whether the noted imagery is that which they provided and noted in our cover graphic is unknown at this time.
With most new products, snags in manufacturing are bound to arise. Over the summer there were issues with the new backlight for the iPhone 6 that halted production. Today it's being reported that the iPad Air 2's anti-reflective coating is affecting yield rates as production tries to get up to speed.
Earlier today Dan Riccio, Apple's Senior VP of Hardware Engineering, introduced us to the new 27" iMac with a 5K Retina Display. A display that is absolutely stunning. It blows away any other all-in-one desktop on the market today. If you're in a profession that demands a high quality display be it for photography, film editing, graphic or fashion design, engineering, medical research and so forth, then the new iMac has no equal in its price range. It takes the desktop visual experience to a whole new level.Our report focuses in on Dan Riccio's presentation.
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.