writes Fernando Rodriguez, who created a class on Swift for Udacity. Apps written in Swift run on Macs, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. And IBM jumped in to create a version of Swift for Linux servers. The NextWeb's Nate Swanner recently reported that Google, Facebook, and Uber held meetings to discuss the possibility.
As pointed out by a Quartz report, recent job postings on Apple's website suggest that the company is looking to closely integrate Apple Pay into loyalty programs, so that users will get rewarded for using their mobile wallet. Apple has posted a job listing for a product manager for Apple Pay to "develop loyalty products and launch projects with merchants for those products". Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster believes that such incentives would definitely act as a catalyst to adoption of Apple Pay.
Companies like Skyworks Solutions ( NASDAQ:SWKS ), Jabil Circuit ( NYSE:JBL ), etc., have underperformed the market because of the falling sales of the iPhone 6S. Despite Apple slashing its revenue guidance, Qorvo expects first-quarter revenue of $650 million and EPS of $1.05, above a consensus of $625.8 million and 96 cents.
And Schmidt, chief executive for Alphabet and former Google boss, triggered laughter when he revealed he had an iPhone - made by his rival - in his pocket as well as a Samsung. When an audience show of hands revealed more people had an iPhone than an Android, Schmidt said ironically: "So much for the Android monopoly in Europe."
Word on the street until now has been that in addition to the standard model Apple is planning to offer a premium version of the larger 'Plus' model with a dual-cam designed by Linx, an optical engineering company that was bought by Apple last year . Barron's also quotes Chris Chan of Asia-based financial services group Nomura: 'We think Sony may not be able to deliver its full share of dual cameras to Apple due to: (1) lower-than-expected yield, and (2) damage to its production facility from the April earthquake in Kumamoto.
The Apple iPhone 8 Plus will be all-glass, according to an Apple manufacturer. Speaking at its annual shareholder meeting Allen Horng, chairman and chief executive of the iPhone maker Catcher Technology, said Apple will make its 2017 iPhone using an all-glass casing. Would you feel safe with an all-glass, and slick, iPhone 8?
"For Time Warner - and essentially HBO - to become Apple's original content production assets in some form or another, that would very much help it catch up with the likes of Netflix and Amazon in terms of having potentially quality proprietary content on its platform," said James Cordwell, an analyst at Atlantic Securities. Time Warner is not the only media company Apple could buy, BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield said. Gene Munster, an analyst at Piper Jaffray Cos, is skeptical that buying one content company makes sense for Apple's broader media ambitions.
Apple customers from New Jersey to California are being told they can't buy Apple's routers because they're out of stock. With Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference just a couple weeks away on June 13, a reconfigured AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule seem likely. Google's $200 OnHub devices, which rival Apple's routers for ease of use, offer 1.9Gbps.
I used the Apple Watch as an example, and cited nine earlier innovations Apple had made as key enablers of the watch, when its time arrived. In the case of the Apple Watch, one of the key enabling technologies was Bluetooth LE and the Bluetooth notification extensions Apple introduced in 2012.
The several reports this week detailing Apple's plans followed Google's unveiling of its competitive Home hardware and Assistant platform at its Google I/O developer conference earlier this month. But a follow-up report this week claimed that the Apple TV could be used as the hardware for Apple's Amazon Echo competitor for Siri.
According to a source familiar with VocalIQ's product, it's much more robust and capable than Siri's biggest competitors like Google Now, Amazon's Alexa, and Microsoft's Cortana. VocalIQ's success rate was over 90%, while Google Now, Siri, and Cortana were only successful about 20% of the time, according to one source.
Earlier this week it was reported that Apple may announce a Siri SDK and Amazon Echo-like Siri speaker at WWDC next month. It's worth considering, too, that Apple's Macs, iPhones, and iPads have cameras (and Apple Watch 2 may as well ) but lack facial recognition features, and including a camera with the Apple TV was once rumored but didn't ship. Currently the Apple TV relies on the Bluetooth-connected Siri Remote for manual voice input.