Apple sets the date for WWDC 2017

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Apple has set the dates for its annual Worldwide Developers Conference: June 5-9 in San Jose, California. Each year at the WWDC, Apple outlines the new versions of its mobile and desktop operating systems. This gives developers the opportunity to create new experiences for them ahead of their public release, and lets consumers know what’s in the pipeline.

Assuming history is a precedent, we expect Apple to reveal details about the next versions of iOS and macOS. In addition, the company intends to discuss developer APIs for Siri, smart home accessories, health and auto technology. In this way, the WWDC engenders new innovations and apps for the entire Apple lineup: iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and Macs.

This year’s venue – the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose – is a departure from the San Francisco location where Apple has hosted this event for the last several years, but it is closer to the company’s Cupertino headquarters.

Developers interested in attending will have the opportunity to apply for tickets through Apple in the (Northern hemisphere) Spring. For everyone else, the conference will also stream live through the WWDC website and apps.

iOS cracking tools reportedly used by FBI released to public

A hacker has put the FBI on notice.

Last year, the FBI ordered Apple to help crack the iPhone 5c owned by Syed Farook, one of the shooters in the 2015 attacks in San Bernardino. Apple refused, and the FBI reportedly worked with Cellebrite, an Israeli firm that specializes in mobile security. According to a statement from Celelbrite last month, a hacker breached one of its legacy servers. Now the hacker has released some of that data as a warning to the FBI.
The data released includes code that seems to relate to Cellebrite’s Universal Forensic Extraction Device (UFED), and can allegedly crack older iPhones like the 5c as well as Android and Blackberry devices.
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Speaking anonymously to Motherboard, the hacker explained that simply creating these tools makes their release inevitable, where they can be used by anyone with technical knowledge, including oppressive regimes around the world.
“It’s important to demonstrate that when you create these tools, they will make it out. History should make that clear,” they told Motherboard.
Claiming to have taken the tools from Cellebrite’s own servers, the hacker says they were able to get into the encrypted files and post them on Pastebin, a popular code repository. Some of the code seems to have been lifted from publically accessible jailbreaking code, as well.

A spokesperson for the firm told Motherboard that the files did not include source code, only packaging information.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said at the time that creating this type of “backdoor” software would be “terrible for public safety.”
While the currently released cracking tools do not include ways to break into current device models, the warning is clear: Once made, tools like this don’t stay private for long.

Via: MacRumors

Source: Motherboard

Apple Services have a huge quarter as App Store sees ‘record activity’

Apple breaks iPhone sales record with 78.3 million units sold in the holiday quarter

Apple just released its first quarterly earnings report of the new year, and the company was quick to share that it was a banner quarter for the company’s Services segment which topped $7.17 billion, growing 18 percent year-over-year from $6.05 billion in Q1 of 2016.

“Revenue from Services grew strongly over last year, led by record customer activity on the App Store, and we are very excited about the products in our pipeline,” CEO Tim Cook said in a press release from the company.

“Services,” which includes revenue from Apple’s digital content plays like iCloud, ApplePay, Apple Music, the App Store and other services like AppleCare has long been an increasingly critical market for the tech giant, especially as it sees some of its central hardware categories grow a bit long in the tooth.

In the earnings call following the quarterly release, Apple CEO Tim Cook detailed that he expected the company’s Services sector to double in the next four years, and that this year he expected revenues in the category to grow to the size of a Fortune 100 company.

He also detailed that the App Store saw around $3 billion in purchases in December alone, its largest month to date he said. Overall App Store sales saw a 43% year-over-year increase with an increase in both the number of accounts and the average revenue per account.

Last quarter, Services revenues popped above the company’s overall Mac sales but this quarter, holiday sales of the Mac grew to eclipse services yet again. This may be the last quarter we ever see this trend however as Services seem to blast off.

This growth all comes as Apple prepares to make the risky but potentially highly lucrative entrance into producing original digital content, though it will likely initially be bundled into the company’s Apple Music subscription.

Lucas Matney

iPhone 7 vs. iPhone 6s

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Apple unveiled the iPhone 7 yesterday. What’s come to pass since last year’s flagship, the iPhone 6s? While many specs are identical, there are a few standout upgrades and at least one divisive change.

Measurements

No updates in this department. This year’s iPhones are the exact same dimensions as those unveiled at last year’s September event.

Weight

Despite being the same size, the new iPhone 7 is a hair lighter than last year’s flagship. The five grams Apple shaved off means it’s nearly 4 percent lighter, but to keep things in perspective, that’s about the weight of two US pennies.

Build

iPhone 7 has the same aluminum body we’re used to seeing from Apple. This time, there’s a more cohesive unibody structure, making the camera and internally housed antenna less visible (the antenna lines are only around the edges now, as opposed to stretching across).

Colors

Gone is the long-standing “space gray” color, replaced by two new blacks. Jet black is glossy, while plain black is matte. Trendy silver, gold and rose gold options are sticking around.

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Display size

Display size is another holdover from last year. Android manufacturers consistently fit larger screens onto similarly sized phones, but that doesn’t seem to be a priority for Apple. For reference, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge have 5.1-inch and 5.5-inch screens, respectively.

Display type

Apple stays loyal to IPS technology over AMOLED, but the iPhone 7 is said to have a wider color gamut and 25 percent brighter display.

Display resolution

When it comes to resolution, we have another instance of identical specs.

3D touch (pressure sensitive display)

This feature – which creates shortcuts depending on how long and hard you press the screen – first made its appearance in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Despite it being left off the budget-minded iPhone SE earlier this year, it returns again to the iPhone 7. Apple has said that its newest iOS will make 3D touch more powerful.

Battery

At the launch event, Apple said that the iPhone 7, on average, should last two hours longer per charge than the iPhone 6S. But in typical Apple fashion, they have not published an exact mAh spec. We’ll figure that out once we get our hands on one.

Headphone jack

It’s true – Apple’s bid goodbye to the designated headphone jack. Instead, headphones plug into the same Lightning port as the charger. Before you bemoan a loss of compatibility, know that a pair of Lightning port earbuds and an analog-to-Lightning adapter are both included with the iPhone 7. Apple is also trying to make wireless headphones happen: AirPods become available in October, for an additional US$159.

Camera megapixels

The megapixel wars are over for the most part, but we’re still seeing worthwhile gains in front-facing cameras.

Camera aperture

Consistent with what we’ve seen from other manufacturers, Apple has installed a larger aperture lens in its rear-facing cameras. The larger aperture lets in more light, and allows for better low-light photography and shallower depths of field.

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Optical image stabilization

This photography boost, which is new to the 4.7-inch model this year, is incredibly common in recent Android flagships. Optical image stabilization helps keep your photos blur-free, even with long exposure times and unsteady hands.

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Camera flash

Apple also updated its flash, another boon to low-light photography. It doubled its amount of LEDs, and added flicker detection to correct anomalies in artificial light.

Water resistance

IP67 water resistance is a welcome addition to the new iPhone. This rating means the phones are protected from immersion less than one meter deep. It falls short of the IP68 rating on the Galaxy S7 series, but it’s enough to give iPhone users a brand new peace of mind.

Touch ID

The fingerprint sensor stays, and it’s still intuitively placed on the home button.

Capacitive home button

The characteristic iPhone home button has been updated in the iPhone 7. The button now has vibrational haptic feedback, similar to the Force Touch in the trackpads of newer MacBooks, though it will be interesting to see how that technology plays out on a much-smaller phone button.

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RAM

There were conflicting rumors that iPhone 7 would have either more RAM or the same amount as the 6s, but Apple stayed silent on that point at the launch event. A seemingly paltry 2 GB is about half of what is commonly found in Android phones at similar price points, but thanks to iOS efficiency, we don’t expect lack of RAM to be an issue, even if the amount does remain stagnant.

Processor

This year’s iPhone flagships are the first to include quad core processors. We don’t have an exact speed measurement yet, but since the iPhone experience was already pretty snappy, there’s no reason to doubt the iPhone 7’s processing power.

Storage

Doubled internal storage could prompt sighs of relief from iPhone devotees, though it also may raise a new dilemma: Upgrade iCloud accordingly to accommodate larger backups, or do some other type of file wrangling? Note also that the glossy jet black version is only available in the two larger sizes.

The asterisks, by the way, denote older storage configurations for the 6s, which will be phased out as Apple moves to its new tiers.

Apple Pay

Apple Pay support shows no sign of slowing down. It’s being offered in more devices and is accepted by an increasing amount of merchants.

Release

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were revealed yesterday; the iPhone 6s is now a year old.

Software

iPhone 6s was released with iOS 9, but iOS 10 is scheduled to be released — and thereafter forced upon iPhones — on September 13. iPhone 7 will ship with iOS 10.

Starting price (full retail)

If you’re disappointed that Apple didn’t make more sweeping upgrades, be consoled by the fact that the price didn’t get an upgrade, either. The new model starts at the same $649 that the 6s launched at a year ago. With the iPhone 7’s arrival, the 6s got the token one-Benjamin price drop.

The new iPhones start shipping on September 16, and once they do, we’ll post full-length reviews. In the meantime, brush up on what we learned from the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus launch event, along with what to expect from the new Apple Watch.

What App Developers Want to See In The New Apple TV

With a new Apple media streamer reportedly weeks away, we asked app makers what’s worked for competing platforms like Roku and Chromecast.

Apple has a lot of catching up to do if it’s going to launch a new Apple TV in September.

Apple’s current streaming set-top box dates back to 2013, and even that was just a minor update from the previous year’s model. The software has also stayed largely the same—with the exception of an iOS 7-like visual refresh last year—and while the app selection has grown, there’s still no proper app store to rival those of Roku, Amazon’s Fire TV, and Google’s Android TV.

No one feels the pain of this quite so much as app makers, who would love to feature their software and services on a modern Apple media-streaming box. So rather than coming up with my own wish list for the next Apple TV, I reached out to some of these developers to hear what a brand-new Apple TV box could do to stand out.

Freedom From The Cookie Cutter

Apple currently offers about 60 third-party apps for Apple TV, and all of them are on a tight leash. Every app must fit into a strict template, defined by its top navigation bar and text-heavy lists atop a featureless black background. If Apple opens its platform to more apps, as expected, several developers I spoke with hope they won’t be stuck with those rigid templates.

Nuvyyo, for instance, has created a custom Roku app for its Tablo broadcast DVR hardware, letting users find and record shows through a grid-like channel guide. That same system couldn’t exist in Apple TV’s current format, says Steve Brambilla, Nuvyyo’s director of client engineering.

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Tablo’s custom Roku app

“The live TV grid that we have right now in our Roku app, we had to develop that from the ground up, and just having that ability to do it was awesome,” Brambilla says. (Roku still offers templates for making quick-and-dirty apps, which Tablo used before overhauling its Roku app earlier this year.)

Apple’s current templates do have one advantage: They create consistency, so users don’t feel lost as they move between apps. But that’s something Apple could solve with strong developer guidelines, says Scott Olechowski, cofounder and chief product officer for media server software Plex. With Android TV, for instance, Plex tries to follow Google’s guidelines as best it can, even though it is free to diverge from them.

“If people actually adhere to those, I think you can get apps that behave fairly similarly, even if they don’t look identical.” Olechowski says.

Solving The “What to Watch” Problem

An influx of new Apple TV apps would also complicate the process of figuring out what-to-watch problem that other platforms have experienced while allowing more developers into their app stores.

One likely solution from Apple will involve universal search, which is already headed to the iPhone and iPad with iOS 9. By letting app makers index their contents to appear in Siri and Spotlight searches, users could just ask for the name of an actor or TV show, and get results from individual apps. Rumors have suggested that Apple TV might include this feature as well, which makes sense given that every other major set-top box now has some kind of universal search built in.

Beyond just the typical searches for cast, crew, and titles, Tablo’s Brambilla hopes Apple will support more advanced searches, letting users ask for the next episode of a show they like, or popular shows from a certain time period or genre.

“We’re kind of seeing that a little bit now with Siri and Apple Music integration, where you can search for ‘top hits of 1986’ and be able to fulfill that request,” Brambilla says. “To extend that to third-party developers would be huge.”

Other media streamers have also been trying to pull content out of individual apps and into the main menu system. Roku, for instance, has a section called “My Feed,” where users can track unreleased movies and get notified when they’re available in an app. Amazon’s Fire TV interface places even less emphasis on apps, and more on video from Amazon Prime and other sources. Android TV offers a “Recommendations” bar on the top of its main menu, which third-party apps can feed into.

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Android TV’s Recommendations feature

Brambilla points out that Apple TV already offers recommendations, but right now they’re entirely based on video from iTunes. “I would suspect that if the UI doesn’t change too dramatically, that that might be opened up for some kind of recommendation API, which would ultimately be fairly similar to what Android TV has.”

Making The Second Screen More Useful

AirPlay used to be Apple TV’s killer feature. By letting iPhone and iPad users beam nearly any video or audio to the big screen, AirPlay served as a crutch for Apple TV’s limited app selection, and was often faster than using a regular remote control.

With Chromecast, there are a lot more capabilities there that are just unavailable with AirPlay.

But a couple years ago, Google devised a better system with its $35 Chromecast dongle: Instead of beaming video directly from the phone or tablet, Chromecast receives a set of instructions so it can stream that content directly from the Internet itself. This frees up a phone or tablet do other things, like browse the current app, make a phone call, or leave the house without disrupting the video. Chromecast also allows for volume controls from the phone or tablet, and lets others take control of the current stream with their own devices.

“With Chromecast, there are a lot more capabilities there that are just unavailable with AirPlay,” says Albert Reinhardt, vice president of product for the indie streaming video service Fandor.

Reinhardt would like Apple to do more than just replicate Chromecast’s ease of use. He’s also hoping for deep connections between iOS 9’s universal search functions and AirPlay, and a faster way to log into various streaming services. (Apple TV does let users log into apps by visiting a special activation page on those apps’ websites, but it’s still a pretty clunky procedure that could be improved through something like Handoff.)

Plex’s Olechowski also praises Chromecast’s ability to fling TV guide data to the big screen as you’re browsing, which is useful for choosing what to watch with a group. “Being able to open that communication channel allows you to do a lot more in concert with the TV than you can with AirPlay today,” he says.

Better Hardware, More Features

With rumors of an A8 processor inside the next Apple TV, developers are hoping it can handle more than just a new wave of apps.

For instance, Apple could bring over the picture-in-picture mode that will debut on iPads in iOS 9, letting users play videos in thumbnail mode on top of other apps. While this is a very old concept for TVs, it’s not a feature you currently find in streaming devices.

“With multitasking coming to the iPad, I would love to see that extended to the big screen,” says Ilya Pozin, cofounder and chief growth officer for Pluto.tv, an app that strings various web video sources into live TV channels. “With more screen space comes more options for picture-in-picture or multiple viewports that could be especially useful for sports or even Pluto TV.”

Plex’s Olechowski is also hoping for a touch pad in the next Apple TV remote, a feature which is rumored, if only as a way to quickly scroll through menu items. No one likes to mash a directional button repeatedly, and Plex users can be quite vocal when existing hardware shortcuts aren’t being utilized. “Sometimes, people are trying to do things, they know what they want to do, and there’s just a speed component to it,” he says.

More than any of these feature suggestions, however, developers who aren’t part of the current Apple TV’s exclusive lineup are simply hoping they can get on the platform in the first place.

“I just hope they do it, man,” Olechowski says. “I mean, honestly, that’s the thing that’s been really frustrating for us for a long time.”

Via FastCompany

Apple will reportedly reveal the iPhone 6s on September 9

If you’re wondering when you can hear about Apple’s next iPhones and iPads, you might want to keep a weather eye on September 9, as a report indicates that’s when Apple could hold its biggest product launch of the year.

According to Buzzfeed’s John Paczkowski, who has accurately reported on Apple launch dates in the past (this time citing the token “sources familiar with Apple’s plans”), the company will launch its next iPhones, iPads and Apple TV at a media event during the week of September 7 – with Wednesday, September 9 standing as the most likely day.

While Apple has previously launched iPhones and iPads at separate events, the iPad’s prominence has dropped of late along with its sales, and the tablet will reportedly join the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus at the event.

The report says the rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro is a “wild card” for the event.

Multiple sources have pointed to the next iPhones as having the Force Touch sensors found in the Apple Watch and recent MacBooks, as well as faster A9 chips and better cameras.

That long-rumored Apple TV set has yet to materialize, but the updated Apple TV set-top-box that Apple is rumored to be announcing at the event may be the closest we’ll get. It allegedly has an A8 chip, overhauled OS, a remote control with a touchpad on it and Siri voice control.

Even when sources have proven track records, you’ll always want to take these reports with a few grains of salt (and plans can change, even when reports are legit). But it also couldn’t hurt to grab your calendar and pencil in a big fat Apple logo on Wednesday, September 9.

Source: Buzzfeed

Apple simply lost $62 billion in quality in 8 minutes by Matt Phillips

Apple’s offer value fell pointedly after its profit hit this evening. Shares dropped to a secondary selling low of $119.96 from an end cost of $130.75. A decay of that request, 8.3%, isn’t inconceivable in twilight exchanging. Yet, given that Apple is the world’s biggest traded on an open market organization by business sector valuation, that likens to a gobsmacking $62 billion in worth. (For correlation’s purpose that is more than the business sector estimation of advantage administration goliath BlackRock or customer items organization Colgate-Palmolive.)

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Be that as it may, don’t feel sorry for Apple, pity yourselves. Since Apple has the biggest weighting of any organization in the S&P 500 securities exchange list, practically everybody with a list store has an overweighted position in the Cupertino tech monster. Today we are all Apple. Also, it harms.

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