AWT News Update: August 6, 2015

Santa Fe Opera, photo via Texas Tech KTTZ

Santa Fe Opera, photo via Texas Tech KTTZ

On this wonderful, warm day in the Northern Hemisphere, there's a bit of news about our favorite fruit company -- Apple:

  • Apple Music has 11 million trial customers after five weeks
  • An opera about the life of Steve Jobs is scheduled to debut in 2017
  • iPhone market share is growing just about everywhere, except for the USA
  • Microsoft Translator is available for iPhone and Apple Watch

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 6, 2015.

Apple’s Eddy Cue, the senior vice preside of internet software and services, says that Apple Music now has 11 million trial users only five weeks after introduction. Cue says that “We’re thrilled with the numbers so far,” but the company has a long way to go to get to the numbers grabbed by Spotify. That service has 80 million users worldwide, about 20 million of whom are subscribers. Cue also said that July was a record month for the App Store, with $1.7 billion in transactions, a lot of which was associated with the Chinese market.

I’ve been a fan of the Santa Fe Opera in Santa Fe, New Mexico for quite a few years. The company often runs premiere operas that are written specically for it, and in 2017, you’ll be able to see and hear an opera entitled “The Revolution of Steve Jobs.” The opera was written by composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell, and according to the general director of the Santa Fe Opera, the production will “examine Jobs facing his own mortality and circles back to the events and people in his past that shaped and inspired him.”

Analysis firm Kantar Worldpanel Comtech is reporting that Apple’s iPhone marketshare grew year-over-year in Europe, China and other markets, but lost a bit of ground in the USA. In Europe, share growth for Apple’s smartphone varied from a high of 5.5 percent in the UK to a measly 0.1 percent in Italy. Android took a hit in Germany and the UK, with marketshare dropping 6.2 and 6.1 percent respectively in those two countries. In Australia, the iPhone grabbed another 9.1 percent of share, and in China the marketshare percentage was up 7.3 percent. The US saw a slight drop of 2.3 percent to a 30.5 percent marketshare for the iPhone.

Apple users still don’t like Microsoft for a myriad of reasons, but the company has been developing some spectacular apps for the iPhone and iPad. The latest is Microsoft Translator for iOS, which works on both the iPhone and Apple Watch. You can speak to your watch and get an instant translation in 50 different languages, and if you can’t pronounce the translation, it will speak it for you. Microsoft also launched an update for the iOS version of Outlook today that adds support for the Apple Watch.

We’ll be back tomorrow with another edition of the AWT News Update.