What to Expect – Apple WWDC 2018

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Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off on June 4, 2018 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, Calif. The primary focus of the event is contenting pros, and decision makers for technical sessions and brainstorming over the direction of Apple’s software universe in the coming year.

In contrast to last year, Apple is expected to introduce new software, with some hardware announced. In addition, Apple is also expected to update operating systems for Mac computers, the Apple Watch and Apple TV.

What to Expect?

As of last year, Apple used the event as a launch pad not just for OS updates- macOS High Sierra, Apple iOS 11, but also for major hardware moves – MacBook Air, new iMacs.

This year Apple is expected to update its mobile iOS and computing-centric macOS operating systems. The software update for existing iPhones and iPads is expected to be called iOS12 while the next version of macOS is still under wraps. Naturally, you can expect stability and performance improvements with the new operating systems.

Apple’s Siri is expected to get smarter as Apple’s offering has fallen woefully behind competitors like Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant in recent years.

WWDC is a developer’s event, but that hasn’t stopped Apple from introducing new hardware products in the past. For this year’s event the chances that Apple will introduce new products are slim, but if they do, users should expect updated MacBook, improved Airpods and maybe a new Apple Watch.

OLED is a new display technology, used to create thin, power efficient and bright display. In the 2017 iPhone X, Apple started adopting OLEDs and it is expected to introduce new OLED modules in its 2018 WWDC. As OLEDs provide a better image quality, and are also thinner, lighter, flexible and more efficient than LCDs, it is only a matter of time until Apple will switch to OLEDs with all its iPhones and mobile device.

Investors’ expectations for new and improved software and hardware follow with an increase of 1.59% in AAPL stock in 3 days. Stock price jumped from $187.11 to $190.15 per share.

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Following the above, APPL stock grows every year with WWDC announcements. With Apple’s new and improved software hardware expected this year AAPL stock is expected to continue growing in the long-term estimation, as long as it remains updated and innovative.

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 News: New Apple Watch Will Cut Ties With iPhone

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For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $158.81 per share on August 7th, 2017. It generated a return of 1.54% from its previous close on August 4th, 2017, when it closed at $156.39 per share.

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For the first time since its release in 2015, Apple is going to be breaking ties between the iPhone and the Apple watch. The company is going to start selling Apple watch models with cellular LTE chipsets integrated in the product. This means consumers could use their Apple watch while leaving their iPhone at home to charge, and still be able to enjoy all of the smartwatch functionalities.

From streaming music directly from the internet to sending text messages, the Apple watch will only be lacking the ability to make phone calls in terms of main features, if compared to the iPhone.

Apple is planning to launch the product within the end of this year. In the occasion of recent Q2 earnings release Tim Cook said Apple watch sales grew 50% Y/Y from the June quarter of 2016. He also added that the Apple watch is the number one best selling smartwatch by a wide margin, if you look at the multi-functional smartwatch market.

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Apple Stock News: Apple Watch Looking To Make An Impact

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For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $143.68 on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. It had a loss of 0.47% from its previous close of $144.54 per share.

Apple Watch

It’s been two years since the launch of the Apple Stock Watch introduced by the CEO Tim Cook.

After the launch of the iPad in 2010, Apple explored the concept of the Apple Watch and its potential applications. Although the watch has not shared the same success as the iPhone, Apple continues to look for ways to diversify its product lines. Currently, Apple Watches are listed under a vast part of Apple sales called “other products”.  Aware of Apple Watch sales, the company may start exploring new options to not only boost sales, but the watch’s features.

It’s true that sales were bumping in the first place. “Other products” represent only 5% in the last quarter earnings unveiled by Apple in 2015. In this vague category, Apple indicated the presence of “Apple TV, Apple Watch, Beats products, iPod and Apple-branded and third-party accessories” (Quartz). Perhaps overtime, customers may see a new Apple Watch with new features and benefits.

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Apple Stock News: $1 Trillion Within Reach?

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For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $119.25 on Thursday, January 12, 2017 with a 0.42% loss, or $0.50 from its previous close of $119.75 per share.  Apple stock declined along with the major indexes, after investors seemed uninspired after President elect Donald Trump’s speech regarding economic growth.

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After celebrating Apple iPhone’s 10th anniversary, Apple may be within reach of another milestone. Given Apple’s current growth rate and setting a new record in sales for its App stores, Apple may earn a cumulative revenue of $1 trillion dollars from iOS products.  Since Apple released the first iPhone in 2007, Apple also released other iOS products.  Among the most notable products are: iPad, iMac, iWatch, iPod, and Apple Watch.  Along with hardware, the software services include the App stores.

Perhaps this may not be a surprise to investors.  The iPhone is considered among the most recognized products in the world.  Not only did the phone change our way of life, but opened new avenues in software development and sales.  According to Asymco analyst Horace Dediu, he predicted Apple’s cumulative revenue could reach up to $980 billion by mid-2017.  Therefore, if Apple can meet or exceed its upcoming 4th quarter earnings on January 24, 2017, this could convine investors its progress to achieve this milestone.

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Apple Stock News: Apple Watch Investing In Health

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For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $112.88 on Monday, September 27th, 2016, with 0.15% gain, or $0.17 from Apple’s previous closing $112.71.

Since Apple’s third quarter ended for the year 2016 in June 25th, Apple’s stock has increased in value by nearly 21%. Investors await anxiously as Apple is scheduled to report its fourth quarter earnings on October 27, 2016.

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Although the Apple iPhone 7 continues to make headlines, a potential viable feature is in development for the Apple Watch Series 2. Apple visions its latest Apple Watch Series 2, to be used as a diagnostic medical tool. Apple Watch users currently have the ability to monitor and record data of their fitness and heart rate with its apps ,but are left to interpret the data to the best of their knowledge. Instead of leaving users to interpret the data, Apple wants its watch to interpret the data using knowledge from medical professionals and offer preliminary analysis from the data received.  According to Bloomberg, Apple is developing a software to interpret the data received.  Apple has hired a number of healthcare professionals to supervise in the products development.

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The watch is also looking into recording and monitoring sleep patterns. This could serve as a viable tool to those lacking sleep. The National Sleep Foundation reports the average American gets the required number of hours to sleep, however at least 35% lack sleep quality. Users may be able to monitor their sleep pattern and better share information with their doctors.

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“Watch” Out for the Latest Apple Innovations

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For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $98.66 on Friday, July 21st, a decrease of 0.77% from Apple’s previous closing. Apple’s stock price has been steadily recovering since the announcement of Brexit on June 24th and is nearing its 3 month high.

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Regarding the Apple Watch, sales are down 55% from the previous year. However, the latest Apple Watch accessory comes just in time for the Olympics in Rio. The limited edition watchbands will feature the colors of 14 different countries. The catch is that these limited edition bands will only be available in August in Apple’s Barra da Tijuc store near Rio de Janeiro. Also, pertaining to the Apple Watch, Apple secured 2 more design patents for its Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock this past week.

Apple announced that Pokémon Go has broken a major App Store record. While Pokemon Go is not available in most countries, it still broke the record for having the most downloads in its first week available.

We’ve been hearing for some time rumors about Apple replacing the standard headphone jack with a lightning port for the upcoming iPhone 7.  This has upset many devoted iPhone users who don’t want to give up their favorite headphones or have to purchase an adaptor to use their standard headphones in a lightning port. Reportedly, with every iPhone 7 purchase, Apple will be sending a dongle so that you don’t need to go to the extra expense to connect your iPhone to your favorite pair of headphones. Rumor has it that the release date of the iPhone 7 is the week of September 12. Apple hasn’t confirmed the release date at this point in time.

Apple Stock News: Apple facing further legal action regarding Apple Watch

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Valencell, a technology company based in North Carolina has filed a lawsuit against Apple, claiming that they infringed four of their patents and practiced unfair and deceptive trade practices. Valencell, which develops mobile technologies such as heart-rate sensors for fitness trackers, is claiming that in February 2013, Liang Hoe, Apple’s senior partnership manager contacted the company. In June of 2013 Apple researchers met with them to discuss the use of their technology in the Apple Watch. Valencell says that they gave a demonstration of their heart-rate monitors to about 15 Apple employees in March of 2013.

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According to the lawsuit, Valencell had sent samples of their products to Apple, and allowed Apple to run multiple tests and analyses of their circuitry, as they were under the impression that Apple was interested in a licensing or partnership deal.

Unfortunately, Apple never went through with a deal, and Valencell claims that the Apple Watch uses the same functions that they showed to Apple during their meetings.

Furthermore, Valencell claims that Apple employees downloaded information describing how the sensors worked from their website, using fake names. Lawyers for Valencell said in the Financial Times “Apple is knowingly using Valencell’s patented technology in an effort to achieve a licensing rate that is below a reasonable royalty.” Apple has refused to comment on the lawsuit.

 

AAPL Stock News: Second Apple Watch Coming Next Year

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After releasing the first version of the Apple Watch in April, the company is apparently waiting until May or June of 2016, or possibly later, according to predictions from Cowen and Company. The company called for 18 million devices to be sold by the end of 2015, which offers an optimistic outlook for next year.

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A common complaint about the current Apple Watch is that the battery life is not long enough. Apple has been willing to sacrifice battery performance for a thinner design for its computers and iPhones, but it might not be willing to do so for the wearable device as a 24 hour battery is important for consumers. Very few details of the watch have emerged so far, but it is supposed to run native apps and have faster performance than the previous model.

The Cowen and Company forecast had called for at least 45 million devices to be sold by the end of 2015, but that number might be too pessimistic based on the strength of the data in 2015. With a follow up not expected until late 2016, this kind of performance would call for the new device having significant improvements and more vital apps for consumers.

Apple Stock News: Apple’s Smart Bands For Their Smart Watch

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Adding more exclusivity and uniqueness to the Apple smart watch, Apple are rumored to introduce a range of smart bands for its digital watch.  The bands are said to include more features which will be interrogated to the Apple watch. Furthermore, it is said the band will also increase battery life.

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A large amount of research and development has said to have gone into the bands, which are reported to be released later this year.  The report says that the band will be able to measure blood oxygen, respiratory rate, blood pressure, and body temperature. The company are looking to further dominate the market with other competitors such as Pebble’s smart watch gaining more market share. In fact, Pebble has pledged up to $1 million in support for startups who want to add extra features to its own watch.
The new smart bands are said to be taking advantage of the secret diagnostic port built into every timepiece but which isn’t accessible to the average consumer. Although, there has not been an official announcement from Apple about the state-of-the-art bands, it is likely Apple bands will have some sort of functionality. The e company knows that if it doesn’t provide this kind of functionality for its smartwatch, other outfits outpace them in the market.

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