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by Maura at Oct 13, 2017
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9to5 Mac reports that according to new data from Kantar, iOS has seen its market share growth increase year-on-year in August in seven of the nine biggest markets that Kantar is monitoring. The most notable exception to the rule is the UK, which saw a two-point fall as the result of a big marketing campaign from Samsung.

In the US, iOS market share rose 3.7 points up to 35% from 31.3% in August 2016. In contrast, Android fell by 2.9 points in the same period.

In the five biggest markets in Europe , iOS marketshare rose 1.2 points to 18.4%, with the exception of the UK, where Kantar says that iOS marketshare fell by 2 points thanks to a robust Samsung in the UK and the release of the Galaxy S8 and J3 (2016) models.
Source: iOS gains market share in U.S. and elsewhere, falls in UK due to Samsung promotions
by Maura at Oct 12, 2017
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MacRumors reports today on a new survey from Piper Jaffray as part of its semiannual U.S. teen survey. According to Piper Jaffray’s figures, 78% of those teens surveyed own an iPhone, which represents an increase of 2% from the spring 2017 survey. Also, 82% of teens surveyed said that their next smartphone would be an iPhone, which is the highest ever figure of interest in such a survey.

It’s very likely that such a high level of interest among teens is down to the 2017 iPhone line-up, and in particular, the forthcoming iPhone X, which is claimed to be Apple’s most revolutionary phone to date.

The survey has more encouraging news for Apple with data showing that teen interest in the Apple Watch is also on the rise: 17% of those surveyed said that they intended to buy an Apple Watch in the next 6 months, up from 13% in the spring 2017 survey.

And there’s even good news about Apple Music, with the platform now having a 17% share of time spent with music for teens, gaining ground over the likes of Pandora. Spotify and You Tube still dominate this sector, of course.

Piper Jaffray said that the survey results are a “positive point” for iPhone 8 and iPhone X demand, and also for growing Apple Watch interest. The survey featured the views of 6,000 teens with an average age of 15.9 years in 44 U.S.

Source: 78% of Teens Surveyed Own an iPhone, 82% Plan to Purchase
by Maura at Oct 12, 2017
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Following on from recent news that Apple is working on a way of measuring blood pressure using the Apple Watch, AppleInsider today has news of a patent application that has just been made public that reveals that Apple is working on automatic blood pressure monitoring technology.

The new technology would involve “intelligent blood pressure monitoring,” where an alert would be triggered by special user-set parameters, or by data collected by sensors on devices such as the Apple Watch. These parameters could include after taking medication, or when the user was in a certain physical or psychological state, determined by the sensors. Other circumstances would also be taken into account when triggering (or not) an alarm, such as whether or not the user was in a meeting, or sleeping.

The patent also refers to continuous monitoring situations such as when a patient is in hospital, and does include the use of traditional blood pressure cuffs as well as other methods.

Yet more great news that Apple is really serious about making people’s lives better, and possibly even saving lives, by making such important health monitoring easier and more efficient.

Source: Apple investigating automatic blood pressure monitoring technology
by Maura at Oct 11, 2017
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It’s a little more than two weeks before pre-orders begin for the iPhone X and three weeks from the November 3 launch date, and Apple has just cranked the excitement level up a little higher by posting giant iPhone X billboards in major cities around the world, according to MacRumors.

One such billboard was photographed by Redditor “turnaround_” on Blue Jays Way in Toronto, and very impressive it looks too. A totally different billboard was also snapped at Boxpark in London’s trendy Shoreditch district in East London. Another massive billboard was also spotted at a London Underground tube station.

Yet more billboards appeared in another trendy and iconic location, Harajuku in Tokyo’s Shibuya, and also just outside of San Francisco, with Twitter user Ryan Reith noting that the giant billboard had been strategically placed “just a few hundred feet from Google’s Oct. 4th billboard.” Nice!

Image of iPhone X billboard in Shoreditch: @FarrugiaJose.
Source: iPhone X Billboards Appear in Toronto, London, Tokyo, and More Cities Around the World
by Maura at Oct 11, 2017
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While we’re all waiting for the launch of the iPhone X next month, 9to5 Mac reports that Apple is already looking way ahead in terms of future iPhones, and is currently working with LG to develop an iPhone with a foldable OLED panel. The sources of the original report in The Bell say that Apple has decided to go with LG rather than Samsung due to its rivalry with the latter, and also in a bid to avoid leaks.

According to the sources, LG Innotek has been asked to create the rigid flexible printed circuit board for the phone. Apple is apparently even prepared to invest in an LG plant that would be dedicated to producing the flexible OLED displays for future iPhones.

Samsung is currently the sole supplier of OLED displays for the iPhone X, but it has long been rumoured that Apple is looking to bring LG on board as it never likes to reply on just one supplier.

Flexible, transparent OLED display image: LG

Source: Report: Apple working with LG on foldable iPhones amid heated competition with Samsung
by Maura at Oct 11, 2017
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If you’re finding that you can’t connect to Facebook or Instagram, don’t worry, it’s not just you, as Mashable, along with many other news outlets, is reporting that both Facebook and Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, are down worldwide. When you try to connect, you’ll simply see a sad square face and a message saying “This page isn’t working.”

The first sign of problems appeared at around 11:11 a.m. EST today, and the issue appears to have spread to both desktop and mobile platforms. Services such as Down Detector and Outage Report are also showing mass outages, with Outage Report showing that the East and West coast in the US and also Europe have been particularly badly affected.

Facebook-linked services such as SocialFlow are also reporting lag and “delays or errors publishing to FB.”

Some Facebook users are still able to view their News Feed, but are unable to post updates or share posts.

The Instagram problems don’t appear to be as widespread as those on Facebook, but that situation could swiftly change.

Facebook has said that it is aware of the mass outage in a statement to Mashable, and that it’s “working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.” It has also now posted an update on Facebook for Developers, stating that “we are currently experiencing an increased level of API errors. We are investigating the cause and we’ll post updates when we have more information.”

Source: Bad news: Facebook is down
by Maura at Oct 10, 2017
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Spielberg and Apple sign deal to make new Amazing Stories series.JPG

According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, via 9to5 Mac, Apple has just signed a deal with Steven Spielberg to make new content.

“The tech giant has struck a deal with Mr. Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Comcast Corp.’s CMCSA -0.36% NBCUniversal television production unit to make new episodes of ‘Amazing Stories,’” said the WSJ.

The WSJ’s sources say that Spielberg will be producing 10 episodes of the series, with each episode expected to have a budget of at least $5 million. Previous news stories about Apple’s content-creation plans have said that the company has set aside a budget of $1 billion for up to 10 original series to be created in 2018.

The WSJ also says that Apple executives Jamie Ehrlicht and Zack Van Amburg, who recently moved to Apple from Sony Television, are “building out a video strategy that is expected to include a streaming service that rivals Netflix Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and others.”

Source: WSJ: Apple strikes deal with Steven Spielberg for new ‘Amazing Stories’ sci-fi
by Maura at Oct 10, 2017
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AppleInsider reports that as the release date of Apple’s iPhone X gets nearer and nearer, many pictures have started to appear online showing Apple employees using the new phone in the wild in San Francisco.

One person who snapped the phone being used in public was an AppleInsider reader called Omarcast, who said that it is actually the famous “notch” that makes the iPhone X so noticeable. “If it wasn’t for the notch no one will notice. The notch will be the new white headphones and home button. It will separate the iPhones from the rest.”

Another iPhone X picture that was posted on Reddit shows the Dynamic Wallpaper animated backdrop and the smooth curved edges of the phone, as well as a clear view of the rear of the phone. Very nice!

It looks like Apple is ensuring that the iPhone X is being thoroughly tested by its employees in real-world situations prior to its November launch.

Source: iPhone X sightings on the rise in San Francisco
by Maura at Oct 10, 2017
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Wells Fargo has announced today that NFC support has been added to more than 5,000 of its ATMs in the US, writes MacRumors. This means that you can now use Apple Pay on your iPhone to complete transactions at the terminals. Other digital wallets now supported by the Wells Fargo ATMs include Android Pay, Samsung Pay, and Wells Fargo’s own Wallet for Android.

In order to use the new service with Apple Pay, you simply have to add your Wells Fargo debit card to Apple Pay, then hold your iPhone next to the ATM, enter your pin and then complete the transaction without having to take your actual debit card out of your real wallet. You can recognise the terminals by the now-familiar contactless card logo.

Wells Fargo says that it intends to upgrade its remaining machines by 2019.

This latest news follows on from Bank of America’s roll-out of Apple Pay support at its ATMs last year.

Source: Wells Fargo Adds Apple Pay Support to More Than 5,000 ATMs
by Maura at Oct 10, 2017
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According to CNBC’s All-America Economic Survey, as reported by AppleInsider, the number of Apple products in active use in the US has increased to 2.6 products per household, up from 1.6 in 2012, with 64 % of all Americans now owning an Apple product.

The in-depth figures even break down the appeal of Apple products in terms of different regions of the country and across different financial statuses. For example, in the south of the country there are 2.2 Apple products for each household, whereas in the west there are 3.7 Apple products for each household. The wealthiest people in the US have 4.7 products per household, and 87 % of those with more than $100,000 in household income have at least one Apple product.

The demographic groups that reported the lowest percentage of ownership of Apple devices were those who had a household income of less than $30,000, retired people, and women older than 50.

Further data reveals that whereas in 2012, 9% of those polled had five or more Apple products per household, in 2017 this figure had risen to 16%.

The survey also examined usage patterns for owners of Apple devices, finding that they are firstly used as communication tools, and secondly for computing or entertainment.

“It continues to be the case that the smartphone is really helping the American worker, helping the American family be efficient with their time and really accomplish more than they could otherwise,” said Jay Campbell, who compiled the survey. “I think people recognise and appreciate that.”

Source: Apple becoming America's favorite company, as 64% own iPhone, Mac, iPad, iPod or watch