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 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: The Apple Watch 2 Is Coming

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Many are anticipating the release of the Apple Watch 2 in the upcoming WWDC 2016 event. The first Apple Watch was released roughly a year ago and now seems like a timely date to release the updated version.

The new Apple watch is though to have a similar design to Apples first watch, however it will be approximately between 20 and 40 percent thinner. Additionally, the watch will include a camera in which the user can FaceTime other Apple devices. The camera will obviously also be able to record videos and take pictures.

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Moreover, the watch will have a faster Wi-Fi feature with an improved processing chip. This will in turn let the device process data faster.

Many complained about the first generation Apple Watch which had poor battery life. Apple are keen to tackle this problem and will certainly make a significant attempt to rectify this. Central to this process could be including a larger battery in the next generation smartwatch, and reports have suggested that this will indeed be made possible by using a slimmer display in the Apple Watch 2.

The Apple Watch 2 is will also include cellular connectivity, which would vastly improve the range of functions the watch is capable of when not directly pared to an iPhone unit. The New York Times has reported that Apple Watch 2 buyers will be able to choose from either 3G or 4G connectivity, with consumers apparently paying for a data plan in order to use this particular function.

Apple will also likely include an improved health tracking feature. The option is thought to be a aimed at athletics and many are excited about this specific feature.

Apple Stock News: Music Streaming Service, Not TV, Released Next Week

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Apple announced that its World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote speech will be on Monday, June 8th, kicking off the event. The biggest event of the year for the company, there is sure to be plenty of excitement as new products are announced, updates are released, as well as other surprises. At this point, it has been reported that Apple will announce its new music streaming service, although its subscription TV streaming service won’t be announced.

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The company will be releasing its new music streaming service, as it attempts to enter the business segment late. Apple released iTunes in 2003 and changed how people pay for and listen to music. It hopes it can do the same thing now, as it attempts to bring music streaming, which is on the upswing, into the mainstream. The service will cost $10 a month, competing with other services like Spotify and Tidal, and Apple will attempt to get iTunes customers to use the service. Apple already has their credit card info, so a switch could be seamless.

While the company will reveal its new music streaming service, its TV streaming package won’t be released as the company has not been able to come finalize licensing deals. Apple wanted to release the service this fall to coincide with the start of the new broadcast television season, but industry executives now believe the service won’t be released until later this year, or even in 2016, as it looks to find agreements with local broadcasters. The updated Apple TV will be released without the service, though, along with new operating systems iOS 9 and OS X 10.11.

Apple Stock News: What To Expect From The WWDC

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Apple will host its World Wide Developers Conference, or WWDC, on June 8th. The conference is a big annual get-together for the company, where it usually unveils a variety of new products, including new versions of the iOS and OS X operating systems in addition to new Macs and iPads. The impact of the event was huge last year, as it got the company back on track after a slow start, and market analysts will be keeping a close eye on what could be revealed during the conference over the next two months.

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At last year’s event, Apple unveiled the iOS 8 for the iPhone and iPad, OS X Yosemite for the Mac, its HomeKit set of tools for developers to make connected home devices work with Apple products and more. It is almost a certainty that the company will reveal the iOS 9, the new operating system for the iPhone and iPad, which will focus on improved stability and optimisation improvements over new design and features. The new Mac OS X, titled Mojave, should also be previewed, while attendees could be provided with an update on the new Macs revealed on March 9th along with the Apple Watch.

The most exciting possible new product to be revealed at the conference is the long-rumored revamped Apple TV. The set top box has not been updated in a long time, and it is believed that Apple hopes to revamp the entire home with this new product. A hint at this can be seen at the invite to the conference, seen above, where the figure in the middle is in the shape of an Apple TV with the words ‘The Epicenter Of Change.’ The Apple TV, which will allow people to pick which channels to include in their television package for streaming, will also act as the central hub of Apple’s HomeKit, with Siri being the perfect controller for the rest of the home.