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by Maura at Jan 12, 2017
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According to a new report in the Wall Street Journal, via MacRumors, Apple is currently working on launching new original, scripted TV shows, and maybe even movies, which would be available via Apple Music. It has already started this in a small way with Carpool Karaoke and Vital Signs.

Apple executives have informed Hollywood executives that this new original content will be available before the end of the year. They compared the content to programs such as HBO’s Westworld and Netflix’s Stranger Things. And while they will be available to watch on Apple Music, they “don’t have any particular relation to music.”

Rumours of Apple wanting to create its own original TV content have been around since last year, and Apple hopes to use such content to help it to get ahead of its music content rival Spotify, rather than streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, which would involve an investment of possibly billions of dollars in order to directly compete with those giants.

Source: Apple Plans to Launch Original TV Shows Comparable to 'Westworld' and 'Stranger Things' By End of 2017
by Maura at Jan 12, 2017
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According to Asymco analyst Horace Dediu, via 9to5 Mac, Apple looks set to become the first trillion-dollar company by the end of this year, thanks to revenue generated by iOS.

Dedu says that having sold at least 1.2 billion iPhone units since it was first launched 10 years ago, it is the “most successful product of all time,” with its success leading to the creation of other massively popular devices such as the iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, and Apple Watch.

Dediu goes on to say that if his current predictions prove to be accurate, revenue from the sale of iOS products will reach $980 billion by the middle of 2017. Add to that the more than $100 billion in service sector sales from products such as apps, subscriptions, and media, that should ensure that Apple crosses the $1 trillion mark sometime in 2017.

Dediu says that Apple’s ecosystem is one of the factors that helps the company to retain its loyal customer base.

Source: Apple on track to hit $1 trillion in total revenue from iOS by the middle of this year
by Maura at Jan 11, 2017
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The mobile version of Edmund McMillen’s dual-stick randomly generated action-RPG Rogue-like shooter The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth has been a long time coming, and even attracted some controversy along the way, but now it has finally arrived in the App Store, writes Touch Arcade.

The game, which McMillen has previously called “the weirdest thing I ever made,” was actually rejected many times by Apple because of the violent content when publisher Nicalis first submitted it to the App Store but now it has finally been approved without any changes made whatsoever, according to a tweet by McMillen.

The game’s storyline sees Isaac trying to escape from his mother who wants to sacrifice him, and it’s up to you to help him find his way out of his basement, tackling enemies along the way, and saving bizarre treasures that imbue Isaac with superhuman abilities.

This latest version features an all-new game engine, all-new hand-drawn pixel-style artwork, and an all-new soundtrack and audio, as well as many other enhancements courtesy of McMillen himself.

Click here to download for $14.99: The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth on the App Store

Sources: iTunes, 'The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth' is Now Available on the App Store

Rejected by Apple a year ago, 'The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth' accepted into App Store with no changes
by Maura at Jan 11, 2017
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Kantar has some great data for Apple today, according to 9to5 Mac, reporting on figures that show that the iPhone’s US market grew by 6.4% year-on-year in the 3 months up until November in 2016. Kantar’s figures show that Apple made gains in seven out of the nine main markets that Kantar monitors.
And it seems that the iPhone enjoyed even more growth in the UK, with a 9.1% increase in market share, mainly because of former Windows phone users switching over to the iPhone. Aside from the UK and the US, the iPhone also grew its market share in Australia, France, Italy, Japan, and Spain. Android’s market share fell in these same countries, with the exception of Italy.

The only two markets where Apple saw a fall in market share were China and Germany. However, Apple can be consoled by the fact that the iPhone 7 is now the best-selling device in Urban China, overtaking Oppo’s R9.

Source: iPhone market share grows 6.4% in USA, takes share from Android in most markets
by Maura at Jan 10, 2017
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Bandai Namco Entertainment has announced that it is bringing a new 3-D Action-RPG One Piece game to iOS this winter, entitled One Piece Thousand Storm. You can click here to pre-register for the game: 「ONE PIECE THOUSAND STORM」 Pre-registration campaign|BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.

There are several pre-registration bonuses gifts for those who register before the game is released, including three berry cards and five rainbow coins when 50,000 users pre-register, and three character medals for Trafalgar Law (2 years ago) with five rainbow coins when 100,000 users pre-register. More goals will be unlocked the more people pre-register.

In the game, players undertake exhilarating quests as they hunt for loot, using their special skills in timed events, and engaging in epic multiplayer real-time battles with up to three friends.

Fans of the anime series will also get to develop their favourite characters with special scene cards from the anime storyline.

Even better, all your favourite Straw Hat Pirates from the “2 Years Ago” and “New World” story arcs are featured in the game.

Source: Bandai Namco
by Maura at Jan 10, 2017
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According to a new report from AR/VR expert Robert Scoble, via AppleInsider, Apple has teamed up with optics maker Carl Zeiss to work on a pair of augmented reality/mixed reality glasses that could be launched as soon as next year.

Scoble says that the fact that the Zeiss booth at CES this year did not feature any AR, VR, or mixed-reality optics on display, despite being in the centre of the AR section, could be because of the company’s partnership with Apple, with Apple possibly not wanting Zeiss to show any of its AR or VR products until any deal is either finalized or scrapped.

Zeiss is the manufacturer of the VR One Plus headset, which can turn a smartphone into a VR or AR system.

It’s no secret that Apple is interested in AR, more so than VR, in fact, with Apple CEO Tim Cook saying last year that “we are high on AR for the long run, we think there’s great things for customers and a great commercial opportunity. So we’re investing.”

Apple is particularly interested in AR following the massive success of AR-based game Pokémon Go.

Source: Rumor: Apple working with Carl Zeiss on AR glasses to debut in 2018
by Maura at Jan 10, 2017
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MacRumors writes that according to a new report from DigiTimes, Apple is planning to construct the chassis frame for the glass-encased iPhone 8 from forged stainless steel rather than the usual aluminum CNC crafting process.

The design for the next iPhone is expected to consist of two reinforced glass panes with a metal frame in the middle. It’s this middle frame that DigiTimes says will be constructed from stainless steel using a special forging process to make it stronger. This new method will replace the usual aluminum back cover.

DigiTimes’ Taiwanese sources from Apple’s upstream supply chain say that Foxconn and US-based firm Jabil will be sharing component orders.

Apple has used a similar stainless steel process before, for the iPhone 4s, which took the form of a “glass sandwich” chassis encased in a pair of CNC-machined steel bands.

This was replaced by aluminum in all subsequent iPhones up until the current iPhone 7, as it is more rigid and yet still lightweight.

The sources for this latest report say that the new forging process will be between 30% and 50% cheaper than the current process, but will have more stable quality control.

Source: Apple to Forge 'iPhone 8' Chassis Frame From Stainless Steel Instead of Aluminum

iPhone 8 concept: ConceptsiPhone
by Maura at Jan 9, 2017
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9to5 Mac reports that after being acquired by Foxconn, Sharp looks set to be one of the manufacturers of OLED displays for forthcoming iPhones. According to a Nikkei report, Sharp is in the process of setting up an OLED production line at one of Foxconn’s iPhone assembly factories, with all of the OLED display production due to be carried out at the facility intended for future iPhones.

Nikkei says that Sharp intends to invest JPY100 billion ($864 million) in installing the OLED display production line at Foxconn’s Zhengzhou City plant in the north of China.

The OLED displays made by Sharp at this newly established production line will not be for the 2017 iPhone range, however, as trial production at this facility is not expected to start until 2018 or even 2019. Sharp may well be making OLED displays for this year’s iPhone at other factories, though, joining the likes of Samsung, LG Display, and Japan Display in making OLED displays for the iPhone 8.

Source: Sharp to make OLED displays for upcoming iPhones at Foxconn factory, says report
by Maura at Jan 9, 2017
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MacRumors reminds us that January 9, 2017, is the 10-year anniversary of the unveiling of the first iPhone by the late Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs at Macworld in San Francisco.

In what has since become a legendary speech, Jobs talked about three separate products–iPod, mobile phone, and internet device–before making the shock announcement that this was just one product, the iPhone.

Six months after that, the iPhone went on sale for the first time. Since then, Apple has sold more than 1 billion phones worldwide, and the iPhone is Apple’s most successful product in its history, still making up 60% of Apple’s overall revenue in the last quarter.

Speaking about the anniversary, Apple CEO Tim Cook said “iPhone is an essential part of our customers’ lives, and today more than ever it is redefining the way we communicate, entertain, work and live. iPhone set the standard for mobile computing in its first decade and we are just getting started. The best is yet to come.”

“It is amazing that from the very first iPhone through to today’s newest iPhone 7 Plus, it has remained the gold standard by which all other smartphones are judged,” added Philip Schiller, senior vice president of marketing at Apple. “For many of us, iPhone has become the most essential device in our lives and we love it.”

He’s not wrong there!

Source: 10 Years Ago Today: Steve Jobs Introduces the iPhone
by Maura at Jan 6, 2017
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AppleInsider reports that Largan Precision, the company that produced the iPhone 7 camera module, has just posted its best financial report for the last 14 months, and particularly references strong orders from Apple as the reason in the report.

The exact consolidated revenues reported by Largan Precision were NT$5.446 billion ($170 million) for December, which was the highest monthly level for the company since November 2015. These latest figures from Largan Precision show an increase of 4.58% from November and 36.87% year-over-year.

More than 70% of Largan’s orders were for the 10MP array and upwards. 20% were for the 8MP array, and less than 10% were for the 5MP lens array.

What’s notable about these figures in terms of how they relate to Apple is that they fly in the face of other recent reports of falling iPhone sales, although possibly those reports were unduly influence by season falls in demand.

Source: iOS 10 Now Installed on 76% of Active iOS Devices