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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As Always Apple Tops Expectations and Stays Different – WWDC 2018

“You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripple for change”

– Timothy d. Cook, Chief Executive Officer of Apple Inc.

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As a follow up to last week’s article, Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) kicked off on June 4, 2018 and many of the highlights that were to expect took place in the event.

The yearly event was entirely software-based this year, despite early expectations to see more hardware-related announcements. The event included all of the latest updates to Apple’s platforms- iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS, along with some improvements to Siri and bigger plans focused on strengthening privacy and security and reducing technology addiction. These enhancements to Apple’s platforms were designed to optimize the overall Apple user experience.

So… What’s NEW?

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Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, explained over and over how iOS 12 is all about making things faster and more reliable for new and older devices like the iPhone 6 Plus, which would see apps open up to 40% faster and the camera would launch up to 70% quicker. This is the ‘No iPhone Left Behind’ update with every device capable of running iOS 11 being ready to run iOS 12 when it arrives. In addition, the iOS 12 will also include a new feature called Group FaceTime. The video chat service that right now only connects pairs of people will enable up to 32 to chat online together. The change is significant and useful for friends jumping online together, family member chatting and business meetings with distant coworkers.

This inclusivity did not include Apple Watch users who have the first-generation watches launched in April, 2015 and were still available for porches 20 months ago. The WatchOS 5 capabilities go from competitive Activity Rings to enhanced web page interaction.It is part of Apple’s goal towards a solid, reliable experience with minimal bugs and no battery-throttling or hidden activities scandals bubbling up. Apple was reasonably upfront that it couldn’t deliver the experience it wanted with the first Watch’s hardware.

With Emphasis on privacy was paramount, Apple discussed how it was building on the features from last year which prevented cross-site tracking, to make adverts follow you around less.

The new MacOS software goes further. It will be possible not to be tracked on sites where there are Like or Share buttons from social networks. Intelligent Tracking Prevention, helps block social media ‘Like’ or ‘Share’ buttons and comment widgets from tracking users without permission.

The new tvOS 12 aerial screensaver features on Apple TV 4K, includes aerials shot from space by NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

Siri update includes making suggestions based on the things the user does regularly, like ordering a soy latte from Starbucks every morning or ordering sushi on Sundays.

 

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Apple also announced a new Shortcuts app as part of iOS 12 that lets the users tie together multiple steps into a single Siri request. Another new feature called Shortcuts works with third-party apps. For example, the phrase “Siri, I lost my keys” can pull up the Tile app, showing you where you left them. Shortcuts also work on the HomePod and Apple Watch if that’s where you talk to Siri.

Apple’s latest software-based updates satisfy expectations and follow with an increase of 3.2% in AAPL stock in past 5 days. Stock price jumped from $189.98 to $193.51 per share since WWDC 2018 event.

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

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 Forecast: Why Project Marzipan Is Important To Apple’s Future

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.

Apple Stock Forecast:

Summary:

  • Apple is gradually losing the K-12 education PC market due to Google’s Chromebooks.
  • Chromebooks are now even more attractive because they can run Android apps/games.
  • It is no surprise that Apple is also intent on letting x86 Intel Macs run iOS games and apps.
  • Project Marzipan is Apple’s in-development solution to allow iPad/iPhone apps run on macOS X computers.
  • Thanks to the Virtualization Technology of Intel’s x86 processors, Apple will likely deliver the promise of Project Marzipan.

Apple (AAPL) wants to make its Mac computers more attractive and useful. Its upcoming Project Marzipan solution will allow macOS computers to run iOS apps. Apple is merely trying to replicate Google’s (GOOG) successful implementation of running Android apps on Chrome OS computers. Apple is losing the K-12 education market to Chromebooks. I am confident that more college/high school IT administrators will consider buying macOS computers again if they can run iOS apps.

Mac OS X computers now only account for 3.5% of the K-12 mobile computing shipments. However, I suspect that Macs are still the preferred computers of college students. The lack of built-in keyboards of iPads makes them a hassle to use for long-form writing/typing. Giving Macs the ability to run any iOS application makes them more useful to students and business professionals.

Sad but true, the neglected state of the Mac App Store means there’s limited availability of education/business applications. By bringing iOS apps and games to macOS computers, Apple’s PC products can compete better against Chromebooks and Chrome OS desktop computers. There are now 2.1 million iOS apps/games available from iTunes. Some of them are likely useful for students, home users, and business users.

Apple sold 19.25 million Macs last year. By making future Macs compatible with iOS software, Apple could attract more buyers. My 3-year forecast is that Apple could hit the 25 million units sold milestone. The bigger screen sizes of the MacBook and iMac makes them suitable for hardcore mobile gamers. Continuous gaming on the iPhone/iPad also causes overheating which reduces their device lifetime.

Project Marzipan Is Coming Soon

Project Marzipan is supposedly going be implemented this year. This is realistic. Intel (INTC) processors have Virtualization Technology. All Macs now use Intel x86 processors. Current Mac computers are capable of running emulated iOS apps. The process is similar to how easy it was for third-party developers to create so many Android OS emulators for Windows and macOS computers.

It is actually possible to run iOS apps now on Mac even without Project Marzipan. Problem is you have to download and install Apple’s software development IDE, Xcode. All iOS developers use the powerful iOS simulator tool of Xcode to test their games/apps. However, downloading Xcode requires you to sign-up as a software developer.

My guess is that Apple will update macOS High Sierra to include an integrated iOS emulator that anyone can use. Since Apple itself is creating the emulator, I expect macOS computers to run iOS apps at near-native speed. Apple has expanded support for its own Metal API for the Mac. Playing advanced 3D iOS games on the Mac should not be a problem.

Why Apple Cannot Afford To Lose The Education PC Market

Winning back the education market is very important to Apple’s future. The students of today are going to be the workers, managers, and leaders of tomorrow. If Apple lets Google continue its dominance in the K-12 and college PC markets, students will be trained in Google’s productivity/collaboration software and Chrome OS ecosystem.

Going forward, Google-trained students means they will be the employees who will require Chrome OS and Android devices. The said future scenario is bad for Apple and its shareholders. Yes, Apple currently has tens of millions of loyal fans. However, Apple needs to retain a strong presence in the education market to keep its brand alive among young people.

The future of Apple will depend on how appealing/useful its products will be to the future citizens of the world.

Conclusion

The app ecosystem dictates the long-term success of computing platforms. The Mac App Store cannot match the software diversity and size of the iOS app store. Apple, therefore, is correct to implement emulation of iOS apps on the Mac. Project Marzipan can revive the flailing Mac App Store platforms with the massive ecosystem of 2.1 million iOS apps/games to the Mac platform.

A larger app ecosystem for the Mac makes it more useful. Consequently, its future sales could improve after Project Marzipan is finally implemented this year. Better sales performance from its Mac computers can help Apple offset further weaknesses in iPhone/iPad sales.

The Mac business accounts for 7.81% of Apple’s quarterly revenue. This figure could rise after Macs become iOS apps-friendly.

(Source: I Know First)

Past I Know First Forecast Success with AAPL

I Know First’s algorithm has made accurate predictions on AAPL in the past, such as my bullish article published on July 5th, 2017.  In the article, it outlines Apple’s many won accolades. For some people, Apple has the best smartwatch, headphones, smartphone, tablet, computer, and app store. Tim Cook’s reign also saw Apple’s ascendance as the most valuable company in the world. Apple sells luxury-priced consumer electronic products and is making tons of money doing it. At the time, Apple dethroned Wal-mart (WMT) to become the second-biggest online retailer in America, according to eMarketer’s trailing 12 month period ending last March 2017. Apple did e-commerce sales of $16.8 billion in the U.S., beating Wal-mart’s $14.3 billion. Additionally, the article mentions Tim Cook should be commended for making Apple an exemplary model for e-commerce. Unlike Amazon which specializes in thin-margin products, Apple sells pricey products online.

Since then, AAPL shares have risen 18% in line with the I Know First algorithm’s forecast. See chart below.

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I Know First has positive 3-month and 1-year algorithmic forecasts for AAPL. I am therefore endorsing Apple’s stock as a buy. Based on the high predictability scores (0.7 and 0.82), I Know First has a long history of accurate predictions for AAPL’s 3-month and 1-year market movement.

Furthermore, my buy rating for AAPL is in line with its bullish monthly technical indicators and moving averages.

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: Apple Releases Updates Against Microchip Security Flaw Spectre

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Apple releases security updates for iOS, MacOS, and Safari to protect users from a computer chip vulnerability. Called Spectre, the microchip security flaw, which left computing devices vulnerable to hackers, affected chips from Intel, AMD and Arm. Spectre affected nearly all computer chips made in the last decade.

Less than a week after news stated that Intel, Arm and AMD chips contained the flaw, Apple released the update. The hacking attack could reveal secret information on these devices. For the attack to work, hackers need to install malicious software onto the device in order to make sensitive information, such as passwords and encryption keys, easier to steal.

According to Apple, almost all of its devices are affected by this flaw. Despite the risk that it could expose billions of people’s personal data to cyber criminals, the tech giant affirmed that there were no known instances of hackers taking advantage of the flaw.

The operating system software update is available for Macs, iPhones, iPads and Apple TV. Spectre did not affect Apple Watch.

For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $174.35 per share on January 8th, 2018. It generated losses of 0.37% from its previous close on January 5th, 2018, when it closed at $175 per share.

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Apple Stock News: Huge Buzz Around Apple’s Annual Developers Conference

Apple Stock News

For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $155.45 on Friday, June 2nd, 2017. It had a gain of 1.48% from its previous close of $153.18 per share.

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Apple’s (AAPL) annual Worldwide Developers Conference takes place tomorrow, June 5th. The speculation surrounding the event has created quite the buzz, with the company’s stock price moving concurrently.

The peak of interest for most, is news regarding the upcoming iPhone 8 and iOS 11. The latest version of Apple’s iOS operating system is usually launched at the conference. Although, with a lack of software leaks, there’s little information to go on. Rumors allude to major updates to Siri voice assistant. As well as, group calling to its FaceTime app, enabling Apple to better compete with Skype (MSFT) and Hangouts (GOOGL).

Apple is also expected to release a Siri activated Speaker, which was mentioned in a previous article on May 31st, 2017.

MacOS is expected to receive an update. Not much is known, although it’s expected there will be more iOS compatibility. This update is an expected move from Apple in an attempt to keep iPhone and Mac users satisfied with the level of software compatibility.

With speculation continuing, Bloomberg reports the launch of three new MacBooks. With no new designs expected for the computer’s, expect a few exciting upgrades internally. Versions of a super-slim MacBook, an upgraded MacBook Air and a new MacBook Pro expected.

With all the buzz around tomorrow, it’s no wonder Apple’s stock is performing strongly.

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Apple Stock News: Customers Remain Loyal To Apple’s iPhone

Apple Stock News

For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $153.99 on Monday, May 23th, 2017. It had a gain of 0.61%  from its previous close of $153.06 per share.

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Morgan Stanley recently published the results of its latest survey. And its results are indisputable: Apple dominates the market. Well, there’s only one field that escapes Apple’s dominance: the design, overpowered by Samsung. For example, the Samsung Galaxy S8 has features that are simply not available with the iPhone. The Samsung Galaxy S8 offers features, such as: iris scanner, wireless charging pad, and even a heart rate sensor.

However, Apple earns the largest profit in the smartphone industry. Furthermore, its customers are more loyal than those of any Android’s counterpart. Thus, the retention rate of iPhone owners are equivalent to 92%, against 86% last year. Then comes Samsung with 77% of its customers willing to change phone in the following year and who reported they will be “extremely likely” to stick with the same brand. Brands, such as: LG, Motorola, and Nokia, have a lower retention rate than Apple and Samsung.

One simple reason of these figures is that the iPhone is the only brand of its iOS market while Android encompasses a wide range of brands.

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Apple Stock News: UK App Purchasers Face 25% Hike

Apple Stock News

For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $119.02 on Monday, January 16, 2017 with a 0.19% loss, or $0.23 from its previous close of $119.25 per share.

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Britain’s decision in June 2016 to exit the E.U., surprised the world.  In a move called, Brexit, the people face a new future for the United Kingdom (UK).  This future will bring changes, and changes will have its effect in the economy.  Leaving the E.U. and its single market would leave the UK facing more restrictions with trading among its biggest trading partner, countries within the E.U.  As a result, the British pound devalued by approx. 18.5%.

Perhaps inevitably, because the currency decreased, Apple increased its price in the App store by approx. 25% for the UK.  As unpopular as this decision may be for Apple users in the UK, Apple needs to do this.   Apple released an e-mail detailing, “when foreign exchange rates or taxation changes, [Apple] sometimes need to update prices on the App Store”.  Investors will be anxious to see how this decision will effect future revenue as a result of the price increase.

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Apple Stock News: $1 Trillion Within Reach?

Apple Stock News

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.

Apple Stock News

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: IBM Favoring Macs Over PC

Apple Stock News

For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $116.60 on Friday, October 21st, with a 0.39% loss, or $0.46 from its previous close of $117.06 per share.

Apple stock’s decreased after news of an iPhone 7 caught on fire late last week.  Hoping not to repeat Samsung’s dilemma of recalling 1.9 million Note 7, Apple is launching an investigation.

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Multinational technology company, IBM is undergoing a cost savings plan.  IBM will transition its work force to use more Mac computers than PCs.  IBM vice-president, Fletcher Previn, reveals Apple products cost less to support compared to PCs.  In a span of 4 years, a PC could cost IBM up to $535 per device compared to $270 for a Mac.  Among IBM’s 90,000 out of 604,000 laptops are Macs.  IBM found only 5% of Apple users contacting its support team, compared to 40% of PC users.  This means Apple appears to be more user friendly and IBM is forced employ a larger support team for PC users.  If IBM transitions its workforce to use more user friendly Apple products, it would reduce cost.  As a result, IBM is currently adding 1,300 Macs per week to undergo the transition.  Apple is also growing in popularity among IBM employees in mobile devices.  A majority of IBM’s mobile devices are run by iOS.  The employees preference and cost benefit for IBM using Apple products will benefit Apple’s position in increasing market share.

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