Apple Stock News: Apple began developing A11 in parallel with A8 chip

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For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $159.88 per share on September 15th, 2017. It generated a profit of 1.01% from its previous close on September 14th, 2017, when it closed at $158.28 per share.

Apple vice-presidents Phill Shiller and Johny Srouji gave a short interview to Mashable; they talked about the process of developing the A11 Bionic chip.

As it turned out, the development of a new generation processor began back in the days of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which has been shipped with the A8 chip.

According to Srouji, several years ago the company did not even think about computer training and artificial intelligence. Then they just bet on the development of technology for three years.

Plans for the future technology development have always changed, while new people and new ideas arrived.  Srouji noted that the A11 Bionic chip is the most efficient in complex tasks requiring multiple cores.



The chip also has a built-in Apple neural engine, used in Face ID and Animoji, as well as other machine learning algorithms. According to Shiller, it can handle up to 600 billion operations per second.

The engine is used not only to recognise faces but also objects of augmented reality. And all this with the help of neural networks, machine learning or in-depth learning (part of machine learning).

Heads of the company made a separate accent that the decision to integrate the engine into the mathematical processor, not the graphics processor, is due to increased energy efficiency.

Apple Stock News: Possibilities of Becoming a $1 Trillion Company

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For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $158.63 per share on September 8th, 2017. It generated a return of -1.63% from its previous close on September 7th, 2017, when it closed at $161.26 per share.

Expectations for a stock spike have become more and more intense as the date of Apple’s unveiling of their three new iPhones approaches.  In two days we will finally know all of the new features and specifics that the new smartphone will offer. This will give much more clarity to investors that are not sure whether Apple Inc. is a good investment or not.

However, there are very optimistic investors out there, with many believing that if the iPhone is a home-run, then Apple has a shot of becoming a $1 trillion company. With a market capitalization of $830B, Apple actually has a realistic chance to get to reach the milestone by 2018. This chance is only attainable if every segment on Apple has strong performance in the coming quarters. All segments appear to be working in highly important projects, below they are listed.

  • Wearables: Biggest product is Apple Watch which completely dominates the smartwatch industry. Apple is reportedly adding a 4G ability to it, so customers can listen to music or Facetime with it.
  • Home: Apple joined the battle for home products. They will introduce HomePod, a high-quality speaker with Siri as a personal assistant. Amazon’s Echo and Dot have taken the lead.
  • Software: New iOS 11 will be available in all new iPhones, plus another 500 million existing products. Will offer a futuristic look and option for Augmented Reality.

With all of these having strong performances it would be very likely that Apple will get to the sought-after goal.

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Apple Stock News: Steve Jobs Theatre Hosts The Very First Apple Event

Apple Stock News: Steve Jobs Theatre hosts the very first Apple event on Sept. 12th

For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $164.05 per share on September 1, 2017. It generated a return of 0.05% from its previous close on August 31th, 2017, when it closed at $164.00 per share.

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From the very beginning of construction works, there wasn’t any single photo of Steve Jobs Theatre insides. Every drone youtube video just showed ground level glass lobby, and it’s not much as the theatre is underground.

Two days ago some user uploaded photos to Google maps, which give us a good look at how does auditorium look like before Apple’s September 12 event.

Photos of underground theatre were shared at the end of June but were shared by MacMagazine only now. They give a good view of what the theatre will look like.

In July journalists got their first good look at the upper-level lobby of the theatre. They suggested the exterior works will finish in August and Apple could bring its event there in September. Apple confirmed it two days ago.

New Steve Jobs theatre pics show the full-on construction mode. Now, since two months passed, stage main works should be finished. Just some details to be polished to perfection before the very first event to host.

The theatre features a 1000-seat below ground auditorium. In addition to carbon fibre roof, 20-foot glass walls, and traditional for the company all-white minimal design of the lobby, final touches can include some natural wood finishes to bring warmth to the underground hall.

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Apple Stock News: New iPnone 8, TV and Watch arrival on 09/12/2017

Apple Stock News: New iPnone 8, TV and Watch arrival on 09/12/2017

For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $163.35 per share on August 30th, 2017. It generated a return of 0.44% from its previous close on August 29th, 2017, when it closed at $162.91 per share.

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Apple has scheduled its event on September 12. On that date, as expected Apple is going to introduce the new iPhone models, Apple Watch with cellular mode and 4K Apple TV box.

And Steve Jobs Theater in Apple Park will host an event for the first time this year. Seems the company finished all construction works in this part of the campus. And carriers are preparing marketing materials now as they were informed about of the September 12th date last week.

Despite the variety of new devices, all eyes will be on iPhone 8, as it represents the first significant design improvements to the phone in three years.

Apple Inc. plans to deliver new way people use future generations of their devices and iPhone in particular, by transforming the concept of a home button and making other changes to a flagship device. It is going to be almost all screen, as at images of the new device viewed by Bloomberg News.

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The key to the iPhone is its home button, and this concept hadn’t changed much since 2007. This year Apple is ready to launch new iPhones. And the flagship one is going to blow the roof of common tech standards in the smartphone industry. It will be one of the greatest updates in the product’s decade-long history.

With a new screen that takes almost the entire front, Apple will test the complete removal of the home button. In favour of new gesture controls, according to the people and the images. iPhone will carry a 5.8-inch OLED display for the first time, what is larger than the current 4.7-inch iPhone 7. New stainless steel and glass design, wireless charging and a possible 3D front sensor to recognise the owner and unlock the gadget just looking at it.

The company will also introduce updates of iPhone 7 devices. The external design of these phones will follow current models with possible slight changes. OLED iPhone is expected to get the $900-$1000 level; the 7s phones will likely be sold at the usual $649 starting price.Apple event 2017

In addition to the new iPhones, the company will announce new Apple Watch hardware which can include LTE cellular models. There should also be an update to the Apple TV, adding 4K HDR.

Apple Stock News: Apple to Add Wireless Charging to the iPhone 8

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For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $159.86 per share on August 25th, 2017. It generated a return of 0.20% from its previous close on August 24th, 2017, when it closed at $159.98 per share.

apple stock newsDespite Apple’s best efforts, many of the exciting features surrounding the highly anticipated iPhone 8 have already leaked out. Most information regarding the iPhone 8 came from sources within the supply chain. However, recent information came from HomePod firmware Apple accidentally made public a few weeks back.

While it goes without saying that nothing is ever 100% official until Apple announces a new feature on stage. Still, it’s a pretty safe bet that Apple’s iPhone 8 will feature wireless charging functionality. Indeed, the evidence pointing towards the iPhone 8 featuring wireless charging has been steadily mounting for months on end at this point. And with the iPhone 8 unveiling just a few weeks away, the evidence continues to grow.

An online leak provided photos of a wireless charging component said to be part of the iPhone 8. Building on that, The Next Web is reporting that it’s been able to confirm that

the iPhone 8 will include wireless charging. One of The Next Web’s sources is Allen Fung of RAVPower who said the following:

“Our sources tell us the next iPhones have special technology for wireless charging that we have in [our] charger. Our wireless charger will wirelessly charge the next iPhones at full speed, as well as being able to charge other mobile devices wirelessly.”

This is not a confirmation. However, with all the evidence we’ve seen pointing towards the iPhone 8 featuring wireless charging, it’s about as close as we’re ever going to get.

Apple Stock News: Apple Pay Rise with Visa & MasterCard Terminal Requirements 

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For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $159.78 per share on August 22nd, 2017. It generated a return of 0.20% from its previous close on August 23rd, 2017, when it closed at $159.98 per share.

Over the next five years, the share of payments made by Apple Pay will increase significantly. The world’s biggest card processing companies are Visa and MasterCard. They will require using contactless technology in payment terminals almost everywhere by 2020, according to Juniper Research report.

The lack of compatible terminals caused the slow spread of Apple Pay in USA technology. Also the reluctance of some retailers to establish terminals on time.

The growth of contactless payments can also be stimulated by shoppers. Bank cards with a chip have spread widely and replace magnetic strips. Customers want to reduce payment processing time on payment terminals.

Some benefits of Apple Pay for customers:

  • The simple system that works with customers everyday devices.
  • It is safe as only because of Touch ID or a passcode on iPhone and iPad. The card information isn’t shared and securely replaced with substitute digital account identifier.
  • Customer can easily manage previous transactions and ten last available on the device.

In retail, according to the forecast by 2022, the number of contactless payments will amount to 34%, compared to 2% this year. On a global scale, growth can rise from 15% to 53%. Such payments are very popular in Japan, Great Britain and Poland.

Some benefits for small business:

  • Increased security and privacy for customers.
  • Additional opportunity to compete, when mobile payments are mainstream.
  • Apple Pay provides a simpler payments environment for customers.

Apple Pay will appear in 4 more countries this fall and will be able to strengthen its positions when the new iOs 11 system implements a new technology of individual payments. Thus, Apple will potentially get into the revenue of such companies as Paypal and Square.


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Apple Stock Outlook: Google’s Money Is Helping Finance Apple’s Research On Self-Driving Cars and Augmented Reality

motek 1The article was written by Motek Moyen Research Seeking Alpha’s #1 Writer on Long Ideas and #2 in Technology  – Senior Analyst at I Know First

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  • Bernstein analyst A.M. Sacconaghi Jr. estimated that Google paid Apple $3 billion to remain the default search engine on the iPhone/iPad.
  • This is triple the annual $1 billion payment that Google used to pay Apple three years ago to keep its default search engine status on the iPhone/iPad.
  • Google’s willingness to pay triple validated just how important Apple’s mobile ecosystem is to advertising-dependent companies. Apple’s iOS ecosystem is indispensable to Google.
  • The estimated $3 billion payment from Google helps pay for the estimated $3 billion that Apple is spending annually on self-driving cars and Augmented Reality research.
  • In spite posting a new high last week, AAPL still has a bullish one-year algorithmic forecast. This stock could still post a new 52-week within the next 12 months.

An analyst from Bernstein reported earlier this month that Apple (AAPL) could have gotten $3 billion  from Google (GOOG) in FY 2017. This reported $3 billion payment is in exchange for Google retaining its right to be the default search engine on Apple’s smartphones and tablets. The $3 billion estimated annual payment from Google helps finance the estimated $3 billion that Apple is spending on Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality research.

It was revealed  in 2014 that Google paid $1 billion per year to Apple but the previous deal expired in early 2015.

Google obviously offered more money to Apple to beat Microsoft’s (MSFT) Bing. Google will continue to monetize mobile search engine queries of iPhone/iPad users for many years to come. Yes, Apple doesn’t have a search engine or a robust mobile advertising services platform, but it still is a beneficiary of the $22.18 billion/year U.S. mobile search advertising industry.

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Apple’s has obvious long-term economic benefits because Google’s search engine accounts for 95% of the U.S. paid search advertising on smartphones.

Why Investors Should Really Care

In the U.S., 75% of Google’s search engine advertising revenue is generated from iOS devices. It is only fair that Apple is now reportedly getting $3 billion per year from Google. Getting a larger share of the mobile search advertising revenue from Google is a small but important tailwind for AAPL. Google’s long-term advertising success has trickle down benefits to Apple.

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The deal between Google and Apple might also be pro-rated based on Google’s total annual mobile search advertising revenue on the iOS platform. In short, Apple’s annual payment from Google could also grow larger than $3 billion in the coming years. Google gained $11.45 billion in U.S. mobile search advertising last year. Its estimated revenue will grow to $13.74 billion this year. I believe Apple will accordingly get a higher annual payment from Google for the next succeeding years.

Google’s willingness to pay $3 billion+++ per year to keep its default search engine status fortified the importance of the iOS ecosystem to the mobile advertising industry. Apple’s hundreds of millions of iPhone/iPad users belong, more often than not, to the middle-class and upper-class sectors of consumers. Google therefore has very compelling reasons to keep paying Apple big money to retain its default search engine status on mobile Safari.

$3 Billion Is A Lot Of R&D Money

Apple has decided to postpone indefinitely its ambition to build its consumer-grade self-driving cars. However, the company is still intent on researching and developing software and the cloud platform for autonomous driving cars. The $3 billion search engine-related payment from Google is a lot of money to finance development of this venture.

Going forward, Apple needs to spend big money on R&D to accelerate its software-based and Artificial Intelligence-enhanced self-driving car technologies to keep up with Google, Nvidia (NVDA), and Baidu (BIDU). The more money and manpower it can pour on this segment, the faster it could catch up with the leaders. Intel (INTC) paid more than $16 billioin for Mobileye just to boost its footprint in self-driving cars.

The autonomous vehicle business is definitely a new fashionable tech growth industry that Apple must get involved in quickly. The $3 billion/year from Google could also help Apple fund more third-party acquisitions to improve its car-related Artificial Intelligence efforts.

Apple will also probably have to research car-specific processors and sensors to complement its software for self-driving vehicles. Nvidia, Mobileye, and Qualcomm (QCOM) are years ahead when it comes to car-centric processors. I do not think Apple can build its proprietary software/cloud platform for self-driving cars without its own proprietary processors/sensors.


Getting $3 billion/year from Google is not going to move Apple’s stock. However, it could accelerate Apple’s research on Augmented Reality and self-driving car technologies. These two developing are future diversification areas for Apple. Apple cannot forever rely on its iPhone revenue to propel its future growth. It needs to get involved on the new tech fad, self-driving cars and AR. Riding on what’s popular helps motivate investors to remain bullish on AAPL.

AAPL already posted a new record high of $162.51 last week.  However, next month could deliver the iPhone 8 that everybody dreamed about. Apple coming up with a real major upgrade to the iPhone 7 next month could propel the stock to a new 52-week high. It could even hit $170 if Tim Cook announces there would be enough global supply for the iPhone 8 before September ends.

AAPL remains a buy. It has outperformed Google’s YTD return. AAPL’s YTD gain could hit +42% after 2017 ends. I will remain long AAPL as long as Warren Buffett remains long AAPL.

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My bullish outlook for Apple is complemented by the very positive one-year algorithmic forecast from I Know First. Staying long or buying more AAPL shares (and keeping them for one year or more)  could turn out to be rewarding for patient investors.

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Past I Know First Forecast Success with AAPL

I Know First’s algorithm has made accurate predictions on AAPL in the past, such as its bullish forecast published on January 17, 2017. In the article, it explains that despite the critics and the tough competition Apple had to deal with, the company succeeds to impose its brand as a key player in its field. The bullish signal identified by the algorithm is strengthened by different facts. Since the forecast’s release, the stock has increased by 34.22%.Apple Stock Predictions

I Know First Algorithm Heatmap Explanation

The sign of the signal tells in which direction the asset price is expected to go (positive = to go up = Long, negative = to drop = Short position), the signal strength is related to the magnitude of the expected return and is used for ranking purposes of the investment opportunities.

Predictability is the actual fitness function being optimized every day, and can be simplified explained as the correlation based quality measure of the signal. This is a unique indicator of the I Know First algorithm. This allows users to separate and focus on the most predictable assets according to the algorithm. Ranging between -1 and 1, one should focus on predictability levels significantly above 0 in order to fill confident about/trust the signal.

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Apple Stock News: Intel launches 8th Gen Core GPUs suitable for MacBooks

Apple Stock News: Intel launches 8th Gen Core GPUs suitable for MacBooks

For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $157.21 per share on August 21th, 2017. It generated a loss of 0.29% from its previous close on August 20th, 2017, when it closed at $157.50 per share.

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12 years have been passed since Apple’s transition to Intel processors. This Monday Aug., 21st, Intel presented us 8th Gen family of chips, which can be installed in 2018 MacBook and MacBook Pros refresh.

The four processors launched yesterday, are for use in notebooks and all-in-one desktop systems. They were developed with a thermal design power (TDP) of 15 Watts, which means low temperatures during work. New chips can keep the MacBook battery life up to 10 hours and they doubled processing power of processors released five years ago.

Two new Core i7 chips, and two new i5 chips show impressive 40% speed improvement, compared to last Gen. As Intel says, due to added two extra cores to them and manufacturing process improvements.

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The new chips can handle 4K video, VR, 3D, and other recent innovations on a platform-wide level. The integrated HD 620 graphics built into the last generation of U Series processors is also getting rebranded to reflect that change in focus as UHD 620 graphics.

While it’s the “8th generation” processor family, these are not using the “Cannon Lake” architecture. In fact a refresh of “Kaby Lake”. The main aspect is that at the same price and power Intel will now be moving its product lines up to quad-cores with hyper threading. This gives a 100% gain in cores and 100% gain in threads.

Option of 32 gigabyte RAM is potentially possible in a future MacBook Pro. If Apple uses chips with a 10-nanometer architecture – “Cannon Lake”. Intel is thinking to be shipping the first of them at the start of 2018.

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Apple Stock News: iOS 11 Is Focused On Application Performance

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For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $157.50 per share on August 18th, 2017. It generated a loss of 0.23% from its previous close on August 17th, 2017, when it closed at $157.86 per share.

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Apple will release its new operating system version known as iOS11 in about a month. iOS11 will only offer applications that run on 64-bit. This means that all new applications will operate at a higher performance level than previous applications that were supported by 32-bit. A 64-bit processor can address far more memory than a 32-bit processor.

Apple’s iPad Pro line of tablets are already at 4GB of memory, and it its likely that expanded memory will come to the iPad line in the near future. It is also possible that Apple will increase memory consumption within their newer iPhone lines.

Consequently, when the time comes whereby both the iPad and iPhone lines are operating at a minimum of 4GB of memory, the use of 32-bit processors will be drawing closer to extinction. App developers can feel free to take advantage of the additional memory that the Apple products will be capable of using.

Apple has been nearing towards this software transition for a while. In 2013 it offered its first 64-bit smartphone to to customers. It appears that 32-bit iPhones will be obsolete by late 2017 or early 2018.

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Apple Stock News: Apple is Ready to Spend $1 Billion on Original Content Production

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For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $160.95 per share on August 16th, 2017. It generated a loss of 0.40% from its previous close on August 15th, 2017, when it closed at $161.94 per share.

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Apple appears to be taking original content production very seriously. On June the company announced the hirings of Jamie Ehrlicht and Zack Van Amburg, who were top executives at Sony Television. Today, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple has readied a $1 billion budget to ‘procure and produce’ content over the next year.

The report notes that new producers Erlicht and Van Amburg started their work in early August and have taken over video production responsibilities from the Apple Music team. The execs have already held meetings with Hollywood to find shows to acquire.

Additionally, the report says that the budget is about half what HBO spent on production last year. Apple could launch up to ten new shows, with Apple SVP Eddy Cue stating that they have ambitions to offer shows that rival Game of Thrones.

It is the first time that Apple has actually been giving priority to original content efforts. With a large budget and premiere talent leading the video programming division, it is likely that the quality of Apple’s in-development programming will be higher.

It isn’t clear yet how the new shows will be released to customers. Apple currently hosts Planet of the Apps and Carpool Karaoke on Apple Music, but it seems likely that the company will double-down on a true, dedicated, internet TV service with new initiatives.

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