Apple’s iOS 12 Beta Brings Helpful and Fun Features

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower” – Steve Jobs

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On June 26, Apple released the iOS 12 public beta. By joining the Apple Beta Software Program, iOS users can test and help strengthen upcoming software updates before world wide release. Coming this fall, iOS 12 looks to make many improvements, both helpful and fun.

Even Faster

With this new version, iOS performance is significantly enhanced. Without a lag, there will be a 70% faster swipe to camera, 50% faster keyboard display, and twice the speed of launching Apps. Ever want to FaceTime with your whole family? Well now you can. Apple is rolling out Group FaceTime, the ability to video chat with 32 people at once.

Apple’s Fun Side

This new update is adding a lot of fun tools to joke around with and make your Android friends jealous. With state of the art face tracking technology, you can now have an Animoji, in your spitting image, track your facial movements and record personalized messages. Apple has added four new Animoji in this update.

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Cutting the Addiction

It’s fair to say an alarming portion of the population is, whether they know it or not, addicted to their smartphones. Apple knows this and is here to help. They are introducing Screen Time. This brand new feature monitors the amount of time you’re on your iOS device and displays it, helping you choose wisely usage time. Apple is hoping parents will utilize this information for their children; they added a time check feature that limits the amount of time your children can be on a certain app, such as games.

Another Blow to Facebook

As evident from our other articles, Apple takes privacy extremely seriously. They are taking that “fundamental human right” even further in iOS 12. Now, Apple will begin blocking websites from tracking your data without your permission. This prevents advertisers from targeting ads for you, a huge blow to Facebook who utilizes this data collection methodology.

AAPL was up following the release of the iOS 12 Beta.

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Apple May Take a Hit From Escalating Trade War

You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripple for change”- Tim Cook

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The Building Trade War

On Monday morning, President Trump ordered the United States Trade Representatives to find $200 billion worth of Chinese goods to tariff. China responded by putting a tariff on $50 billion worth of U.S. goods. Trump has since threatened to enact yet another tariff on the country. Such escalation is sparking fear of a “trade war”.

A trade war spells trouble for Apple, a company headquartered in California and who manufactures mostly in China. The United State’s biggest import from China is smartphones, totaling $70.4 billion in 2017. JP Morgan has stated that “A substantial portion of China’s exports are western products manufactured locally — [such as] Apple (AAPL) iPhones.” Almost 20% of Apple’s revenue comes from China, as the company shipped over 41 million phones there. Although Apple has received reassurance from President Trump that they would not be on the list of items subjected for the tariff, the tech company still may be affected.

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Will Tariffs Take a Bite out of Apple?

Apple has been increasing its inventory by 3.3 billion in preparation for possible repercussions. The company has many rightful worries on when and how they may be affected. Tariffs may affect Apple’s suppliers, causing major delays or a rise in costs. Fear also spawns over the possibility of a repeat of 2016: Apple services being banned by China. In doing so, China could make a huge push for citizens to use Chinese smartphones over American ones. Also, if China were to tax iPhones, prices would rise and Apple would be driven out of the market.

How the Market Reacted

Apple’s stock has slumped since the announcement of the additional tariffs.

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Apple Snags Media Giant Oprah Winfrey For Their Streaming Service

“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.”- Oprah Winfrey

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On June 15th, Apple formed a multi-year production partnership with Oprah Winfrey, the media tycoon. The two are joining forces to collaborate on content for Apple’s upcoming subscription based streaming service. It is currently unknown what Oprah will be producing, but Apple stated that, “Together, Winfrey and Apple will create original programs that embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world.”

This partnership is a huge win for Apple because Oprah brings to the table her dedicated fan base. This phenomenon goes by the name of the “Oprah Effect”. The Oprah Effect is when any product associated or endorsed by Oprah Winfrey see a huge boost in sales. For instance, after Oprah Winfrey bought 10% of Weight Watcher stock, more than 600,000 members joined the program. Apple looks to carry over this trend to their new service with hopes that Oprah’s huge audience will start watching the new streaming service.

Oprah’s partnership is a drop in the bucket compared to Apple’s approximately one billion dollar investment into its streaming service. With decreasing iPhone sales, Apple hopes that this streaming service will be a home run for them. However, it is going to be competing against companies putting in more than triple the amount of investment into their streaming services, such as Netflix who just acquired former President Obama.

Following the announcement, Apple’s stock gained.

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Apple Takes Action to Protect Users’ Privacy

“Privacy to us is a human right.”- Tim Cook, CEO of Apple

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Apple’s core goal is to create excellent the best product possible while respecting the privacy of those who use their software. Privacy is a huge concern for Apple in a time in where it seems that our lives are public for all to see. Thus, Apple is taking a huge step forward to try and protect it’s valued customers from immoral data apps and law enforcement.

On June 12th, Apple updated its App Store policy to restrict all apps from harvesting the data of other apps and contacts that iPhone users have. This is direct attack on Facebook who collects data for marketing and acquisition opportunities through their VPN app, Onavo. This App Store update comes after Facebook was involved in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, where millions of users data was taken from Facebook unbeknownst to them.

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Last year, Apple took a lot of flack for not giving the FBI access to a terror suspect’s iPhone data. The news was so big that the President of the United States switched to an Android over Apple’s refusal. However, the FBI went to a third party and got the phone unlocked through them, a data breach that Apple found worrisome.

The company will now go forward with a brand new update which gives iOS devices that are prone to the hack a new software called “USB Restriction Mode”. This mode stops hackers by restricting data from being transferable after an iOS device has been locked for an hour.

Law enforcement are astonished by this update and ridicules Apple for it. They feel as if American citizen’s safety is in danger if they cannot access suspects personal data. To Apple, this isn’t just a law enforcement problem, but a problem for any criminal willing to bypass the iOS encryption. So, they are satisfied with this update as privacy is fundamental to them.

Apple’s stock price has decreased from June 12th to June 13th by .82% and volume increased by 26.83%. 

On June 13th, the S&P 500 was also down due to anticipation and the eventual exercise of the Fed hiking interest rates to 2% occurred

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Apple Stock News: Apple’s Valuation To New Highs With IPhone X

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For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $160.47 per share on October 17th, 2017. It generated a profit of 0.36% from its previous close on October 16th, 2017, when it closed at $159.88 per share.

As we are getting closer to November 3rd, iPhone X’s launching date, Apple’s manufacturing partners released their first shipments of the handsets. Customers seems to be very anxious to purchase the iPhone X and this, consequently, may drive Apple’s valuation to new heights.

Apple’s profits may boost due to the higher prices assigned to this new iPhone generation. Many analysts raised the Company’s ratings. Daniel Ives from GBH Insights expects that there will be sufficient uptake of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X for the next 12 to 18 months, which may in turn leave the stock price to range between $160 and $175. Ives believes that the iPhone X product cycle can be the strongest iPhone product cycle to date.

KeyBanc Capital Markets also raised its rating for Apple shares. According to Andy Hargreaves, there will be a “strong high-end demand” for the newest iPhone, which will favor investors sentiment over at least the next few quarters. Furthermore, the KeyBanc analyst predicts a gross profit margin of 39.5% and $11.68 of earnings per share for the fiscal 2018.

Hence, as Hargreaves said, Apple is a franchise with subscription-like qualities and not a regular hardware business, which support the Company’s position in a strong range.

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Apple Stock News: Apple Lands In Taiwan

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For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $145.83 on, June 28th, 2017. It had a gain of 1.45% from its previous close on June 27, 2017, at $143.74 per share.

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This Saturday, Apple will open a new store in Taipei marking the company’s debut in the country.

The store will be home of the new “Today at Apple” program, designed for costumer to develop their creative and artistic side. Taipei 101 will offer more than 60 hands-on sessions on various topics such as photography and video, art and design, music, coding and more.

Structure-wise, there will be a video wall at the center of the place, contributing to a very dynamic atmosphere. Interactive displays will instead cover the store’s walls and will be dedicated to music, photography, apps and more. Finally, in Taipei 101. there will be a space totally destined to entrepreneurs:”The Boardroom”. There, they will hold regular training sessions.

To celebrate the opening, artist Yang Shih-yi will showcase a big and elaborate tree cutout designed to welcome people into the store and emphasize the tree as the place theme. The same design currently decorates the boarding, protecting the store from sight as construction terminates.

According to Apple’s Taiwanese website, the store will open on Saturday, July 1.

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Apple Stock News: MobileFun Reveals New iPhone8 Features

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For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $145.82 on Monday, June 26th, 2017. It had a loss of 0.33% from its previous close on June 23, 2017, at $146.31 per share.

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This past week, information on Apple’s latest prototype leaked from MobileFun. The website posted the first protective cases for the iPhone8.  As it had done already with its precursor, the iPhone7 and with the Galaxy S8, this revealed Apple’s main new features.

Apparently the new iPhone will include a larger than before display of 5.8 inches, a vertically aligned dual camera and no home button, which will be likely integrated as a touch element. A “cut-out” at the top of the display will include the front camera and sensors. These latest changes have the potential to radically transform the iOS 11 with a new “Function Area”. That could renovate the way users receive and interact with notifications.

Despite positive sales predictions whether these changes will turn into a success or not will depend on consumers’ willingness to pay the high listing price of at least $1,000. However, given Apple’s brand recognition and higher customer loyalty, Apple expects to repeat its success. Competitors may be offering more affordable options but consumer’s still seem willing to pay a premium for Apple products.

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Apple Stock News: WWDC Conference Delivers Yet Again

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For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $155.37 on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017. It had a gain of 0.60% from its previous close of $154.45 per share.

 

 

Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference commenced on June 5th. As expected, there were major announcements. Let’s take a look at some of the more notable ones.

As expected, Apple introduced HomePod, its own speaker with built in Siri to rival the likes of Amazon Echo (AMZN) Google Home (GOOGL) and Sonos. The speaker uses special awareness to fill the room with the appropriate level of sound based on the space its in. It also has a feature called “Musicologist” which works seamlessly with Apple Music. HomePod will be prices at $349.

Apple’s iMac desktops have also received a boost with improved Retina displays, graphics boosts and new Kaby Lakes processors. They will also have the ability to support virtual reality (VR) content. There is also a new iMac Pro with a 5k display and 8-core Xeon processor which is upgradable to 18-c0re. The iMac’s will start at $1,099 for the 21.5 inch model. MacBooks are also set for an upgrade, the MacBook Pro will start $1299. They will be fitted with the new Kaby Lake Processors.

Also released was the new version of iOS software. Changes include an update to Siri with improved speech and the ability to translate sentences into different languages. iMessage is now live through iCloud with a cool feature being added, giving consumers the ability to pay and receive payments from contacts through iMessage. Photo capture has also received a boost, allowing for better low-light performance as well as the ability to edit live photos. A new safety feature introduced will automatically turn on ‘Do Not Disturb’ to prevent distractions. The App store has also received an upgrade, with a better discovery section and re-design.

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Apple Stock News: Manufacturing iPhone SE in India

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For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $150.25 on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017. It had a loss of 3.36% from its previous close of $155.47 per share.

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Apple has begun releasing its shipments of iPhone SE manufactured in Bengaluru, India. Bengaluru is the leading exporter of information technology in the country. Hence, some refer to it as the “Silicon Valley” of India. As an emerging market with the second largest population, Apple sees potential. Furthermore, such a market could expose Apple to higher growth in phone sales. Apple aims to become the leading market share holder of smartphones sold in India. Apple may have a lower import tax given the phone’s manufacturing location and its proximity to the Indian market. Currently, Samsung has a 28.1% stake in the market.

The iPhone SE is a compact version of the iPhone. The phone contain features of the iPhone at a much affordable price. Given the competition of smartphones in India is intense, this phone is viewed as a potential popular sell for this market.

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Apple Stock News: Apple Looking into Health To Monitor Sugar Level

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For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $141.80 on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. It had a gain of 0.12% from its previous close of $141.63 per share.

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Apple has been investing in health, as previously stated in an I Know First article.  Apple Watch Series 2 has been used as a fitness and health monitor by Apple’s customers.  Now, Apple is working to expand its products capabilities to monitor glucose.  This could be beneficial to those looking to monitor their sugar intake, especially diabetic patients. There are over 370 million with diabetes, thus the market potential can be rewarding.

Currently, diabetes patients use a device that takes blood samples.  As the process can be tiring and painful, Apple is seeking to find an alternative pain-free method.  A method without having to puncture through the skin.  Apple maybe developing an optical sensor that could measure through the skin the sugar level of the user, without necessary drawing blood.

The research and development for such a feature will take a considerable amount of time and significant investment.

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