Swap Your Android For An iPhone And Get Paid

Posted by Kirhat | Tuesday, March 31, 2015 | | 0 comments »

iPhone Swap
If you are an Android user and fancy owning an iPhone 6, then it is worthy to note that Apple is aggressively recruiting you to do so. The company is even willing to provide additional incentive for you to do so using their trade-in programme.

According to the Daily Mirror, Apple is planning to offer in-store credit for Android users turning in their old smartphones.

It is not a bad option especially for people who are tired of their Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, Nokia Lumia 930 and similar smartphones.

At present, anyone looking to upgrade to a new iPhone can put older Apple devices towards the cost of the purchase. Apple, in turn, will safely recycle, re-purpose or dispose of the old gadgets.

Apple has run the iPhone Reuse and Recycle trade-in programme since 2013 and enjoyed a comfortable boost in sales as a result. It introduced an iPad equivalent last year.

Until now the initiative has been limited to Apple devices, but accepting the likes of Samsung, Nokia or BlackBerry smartphones for credit is a relatively easy way to start getting iPhones into even more hands.

According to Apple site 9to5 Mac, the company will start the programme in the coming weeks once Apple store employees are up to speed.

Apple's retail staff will determine the trade-in value of each device by considering how much wear and tear it has undergone.

This would not be Apple's first attempt to coax non-iPhone users into choosing its devices over competing Android and Windows Phone models.

In September last year, Apple posted a guide on its website explaining how to move over content from an old Android device to a new iPhone.

The detailed guide included information on swapping contacts, mail and calenders as well as photos, music and videos.

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Apple Emoji Will Be More Diverse

Posted by Kirhat | Monday, March 30, 2015 | | 0 comments »

Apple Emoji
For several years now, we have seen smiley emoji, sad emoji, hearts emoji, and all kinds of expressive emojis. However, for the the first time, racially diverse emoji will be made available.

Apple is preparing to release non-white faces in its line-up of the cartoon faces used to liven up text and email messages, news reports said.

In its next update of the icons, the faces will be available in six different skin tones, US media reported late Monday.

Apple said the new inclusion of the faces reflected its commitment to improving diversity.

But by Tuesday, the technology giant was facing criticism that the vibrant shade of yellow chosen for the Asian faces was actually bordering on racist.

"Are we really that yellow?" wrote social media user on Weibo, China's version of Twitter.

"That yellow is really yellow, how can a man be so yellow?" asked another.

CNN's website said these are just some of 300 new emojis included in the latest developer version of iOS 8.3.

The new icons won't be available to the public until the update is released later this year, CNN added.

The task is not simple. The keyboard of illustrated icons is based on Unicode, the standard for text, numbers and emojis across all platforms.

Emoji originated in Japan and were added to the Unicode Standard in 2010, CNN said, and Apple first included them in iOS in 2011.

"Apple supports and cares deeply about diversity, and is working with The Unicode Consortium to update the standard so that it better represents diversity for all of us," said an Apple spokesperson, according to CNN.

The Unicode Consortium sets international rules for text and characters to insure consistency across platforms.

Major companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft and IBM use it.

This allows people to send, say, an emoji from an iPhone to someone with an Android device and it is still readable.

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Apple iPad Encounters 'Speed Bump'

Posted by Kirhat | Sunday, March 29, 2015 | | 0 comments »

iPad Tablet
While everyone in Apple are still celebrating the launch of Apple Watch last 9 March 2015, Apple iPad may be encountering some issues that will have a big impact in its future.

According to a recent report from the International Data Corporation (IDC), shipments of Apple's tablets are expected to decline over the next five years, while tablets powered by Microsoft's Windows operating system more than triple in popularity.

Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, has described the iPad's current problems as a "speed bump." iPad sales have been in decline for more than a year - down 18 percent on an annual basis just last quarter - but Cook believes, over the "long arc of time," the iPad will recover and sales will blossom.

IDC disagrees. In 2014, Apple shipped 63.4 million tablets - 27.6 percent of the market. IDC believes this figure will contract to 60.1 million this year, before recovering somewhat, but believes Apple will ship only 61.9 million tablets in 2019, giving it a theoretical market share of just 23 percent.

If IDC's projections prove accurate, Apple will sharply underperform the tablet market. Over the next five years, IDC expects tablet shipments to grow more than 17 percent - but believes Apple's tablet shipments will decline by about 2 percent.

Apple can certainly survive without the iPad -- its profits have climbed to record highs even as the iPad has struggled -- but it may need the tablet for reasons of diversification. With so much of its revenue coming from just one product (iPhone), any disruption in the smartphone market could take a significant toll on Apple's earnings.

In contrast, IDC is quite bullish on Windows tablets. The research firm believes Microsoft's next operating system, Windows 10, will prove to be a boon for the platform, and juice sales of Windows tablets in the quarters to come.

IDC does not believe that Windows tablets will crush the iPad - in fact, it still expects the iPad to outsell all Windows-powered tablets by a healthy margin in 2019 -- but believes that Windows tablets will strongly outperform the broader tablet market in the years ahead. Last year, Windows-powered tablets accounted for 5.1% of the market -- 11.6 million shipments in total. IDC believes this number will surge by nearly 230% to 38 million in 2019.

That would be fantastic for Microsoft, whose Windows business has come under pressure as sales of traditional PCs remain depressed. It has seen a modest level of success with its Surface Pro 3, but Microsoft is basically a non-factor when it comes to tablets - 15 percent market share would at least represent a solid base.

IDC is a global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. They have more than 1,100 analysts worldwide and offers global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries.

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Apple's TV Service Could Have Been Big

Posted by Kirhat | Saturday, March 28, 2015 | | 0 comments »

Apple TV
If projections are close to that actual figures, then Apple may have just lost billions of its target users if it was only launch earlier. Reports from The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times are suggesting that Apple TV service could have quickly become Apple's next billion-dollar business.

Business Insider Intelligence analyzed numbers, including Apple TV shipment projections, active-device estimates, and growth rates of competing services after they've launched to paint a picture of how large an Apple TV service could really be.

Within its first quarter of operation, Apple's TV service could reach 4.1 million subscribers within the US, according to Business Insider Intelligence's estimates. That number is expected to jump up to 7.4 million by the end of 2016 and 10.7 million by the end of 2018.

With that number of subscribers, Apple could make US$ 427 million in revenue after the service's first quarter of operation, assuming it's priced at $35 per month. Reports suggest the streaming TV service could cost anywhere between US$ 30 and US$ 40 per month.

By the end of 2016, Apple could make US$ 2.4 billion from its TV service and $4.2 billion by 2018. To put that in perspective, Netflix made US$ 5.5 billion in revenue in 2014.

Apple is likely to make a chunk of money on the hardware side, too, since its TV service could create more demand for Apple TVs. Business Insider Intelligence estimates that there will be 19.7 million active Apple TVs in the United States by the end of this year. Most people are likely to watch Apple's TV service through its set-top boxes rather than iPhones and iPads, according to Business Insider Intelligence's findings.

The numbers just reiterate what a giant opportunity the TV industry can be for Apple. The reports come at a time when several companies are trying to appeal to cord cutters — people that don't subscribe to a traditional cable package and rely on services like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Go among others for their TV needs.

The real kicker, however, is that Apple's service is expected to come with ESPN as well — which could be a game changer for cord-cutting services.

Perks like that could give Apple TV an edge against competitors such as Sony, which just launched its PlayStation TV streaming service on Wednesday.

Apple's offering is expected to launch in the fall.

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Amazing iPhone 6S Features Expected

Posted by Kirhat | Friday, March 27, 2015 | | 0 comments »

iPhone 6S Features
Reports revealed that Apple is finally gearing up for a series of releases including the iPhone 6S and another refresh of the 2015 MacBook Pro.

According to recent information, Apple may be exploring more features on the iPhone 6S including new color variants. The 2015 MacBook Pro model to be released sometime this year, on the other hand, could feature Intel's Skylake promising faster and better performance. Can Apple ensure the success of these products or will they become considerable gambles?

The success of the iPhone 6 series raises expectations for the next iPhone release. Forecasts revolve around the iPhone 6S with several concept renders springing up. According to previous reports, Apple may be experimenting with a rose gold edition. The same concept inspired the striking renders published on SvetApple.sk.

As for other interesting features, ADR Studio shares their iPhone 6s version with the Apple's Watch's Digital Crown. As a means to enhance user experience in the Apple Watch, the site puts that experience into the phone design possibly offer more features and utilities to the handset. However, Apple has not confirmed the inclusion of the system to any of its other devices. Likewise, the company has not provided the final details of the iPhone 6s thus the room for changes.

As for the 2015 MacBook Pro, forecasts also see Apple releasing another laptop in light of Intel's possible new processor. The chip company has been hyping up the capabilities of its processor that analysts think it should also be just a matter of time before Apple takes advantage of it. The processor is slated for release later this year although The Motley Fool thinks that Intel cannot afford more delays. The company's production suffered a series of setbacks pushing the launch.

According to the site: "However, if the PC vendors didn't allocate much of their design efforts into the Broadwell computers that will be launched (as implied here), and if Skylake-based machines are designed with more compelling system-level features (i.e., wireless charging, Real Sense, and so on), then delays of Skylake-based systems could negatively impact consumer-oriented PC sales in the second half of 2015."

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Beats Mystery Surrounds iOS 8.3 Update

Posted by Kirhat | Thursday, March 26, 2015 | | 0 comments »

Beats Music and iOS
It is now clear what Apple plans for the next iOS update when it announced that beta tests have begun and are now only open to developers.

However, unlike the previous tests, Apple has publicly declared what is in each update at every stage of testing. For example iOS 8.2 was released recently, but everyone knew since December that it would bring support for the Apple Watch. And yet the mystery surrounding iOS 8.3 continues to grow each day.
A few days ago, Apple has released another update for iOS 8.3 (beta 4, build reference ‘12F5061’) to developers and public testers and the expected cherry on top – an Apple version of the Beats streaming music service – refuses to show its head.

It was labelled ‘expected’ because, like the iOS 8.2 inclusion of Apple Watch support, iOS 8.3 has long been touted for the introduction of the much anticipated, Beats-inspired iTunes evolution. Instead, the reality is a lot more unclear than before.

iOS 8.3 Beta 4 ships to developers continuing earlier iOS 8.3 beta support for a wireless version of CarPlay, Google 2-step verification, racially diverse emoji, filters for Messages (known/unknown senders), a UI tweak for the iOS keyboard and new compatibility for Apple Pay on the China UnionPay network.

In addition there are expanded voice commands for Siri, including the ability to initiate calls over speakerphone and the ability to skip password entry when downloading free apps. The specific changelog for beta 4 (primarily fixes) can be found on page 2.

Consequently the likes of MacRumors have begun to speculate that Apple has pushed the debut of its streaming music service to iOS 8.4. Remarkably MacRumors servers have already detected devices visiting its site running iOS 8.4, suggesting Apple’s breakneck release schedule since iOS 8 launched in September shows no sign of slowing.

There are mitigating circumstances. Many iOS 8.x releases have so far been bug fixes and most are now squashed (ironically, excluding the biggest). Still with WWDC 2015 expected to be held in June (and typically where Apple announces the next iOS generation) this doesn’t leave a lot of time to push out more major iOS 8 releases.

All of which brings everyone back to Beats, which Apple bought for US$ 3.2 billion in May 2014. A purchase largely believed to have been fuelled by Apple’s desire to cannibalise the company’s music service. The bonus of headphones – with Lightning models growing – didn’t hurt either.

Then again I questioned the purchase at the time and I still do. The Beats streaming music licenses don’t automatically pass to Apple on purchase (they require renegotiation) and there’s nothing of value in its headphones technology (Beats effectively rebadged Monster Inc. products until 18 months before the Apple purchase). Meanwhile there’s little in the brand value, historically Apple has rebadged every company it has ever bought.

My personal theory is, having struggled to get a streaming music service to market prior to the Beats purchase, Apple has found it is still more difficult than it imagined afterwards. I’d have bought Spotify (at the time valued at $4BN) and got the same leg up while also killing my biggest competitor.

So what is the reality? It is clear iOS 8.3 is now out for a streaming music service announcement. It could indeed appear in iOS 8.4 as some hope, though that would seem to a missed marketing opportunity with the hype of WWDC 2015 to follow shortly afterwards.

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