Analysts at Goldman Sachs estimate more than 20 percent of Apple's growing services revenue comes from Google, according to analyst at Goldman Sachs. The company’s services income is gleaned from, among other things, iTunes, iCloud, Apple Music, Apple Pay, AppleCare and the various App Stores.Read More
First Apple stopped Facebook from being able to use its internal apps by revoking its enterprise developer certificates following reports that the social network ignored guidelines relating to user privacy by distributing apps outside the app store. Now the tech giant has done the same thing with Google, according to The Verge.Read More
Hola! Episode 5 of the Tangible Tech podcast is here, and I have some exciting news for you…but first, let me tell you what the stories are about today.
First, we talk about Google getting whacked with a $5.1 billion antitrust fine by the EU, including the effect it may have on Android phones.Read More
Steve's finally back from his Spring Training trip, and has several timely news items for today's podcast:
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- Apple's App Store has been blocked in Iran today, although nobody is owning up to who's doing the blocking
- Media giant iHeartMedia has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, struggling with streaming competitors like Apple and Spotify, ad revenues flowing to Facebook and Google, and a lack of radio listeners
- Google's changing its wearables brand from Android Wear to Wear OS in hopes of being more competitive with the Apple Watch line
Google is reportedly planning the biggest satellite launch ever along with SpaceX (which is backed by Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk) to provide faster Internet connections to more people around the world, note. Should Apple consider something like this?Read More
Reuters reports that Amazon and Google’s Alphabet division both discounted their virtual assistant speakers so deeply over the holiday shopping season that they likely lost a few dollars per unit, “highlighting a sharply different strategy from Apple as it prepares its HomePod speaker,” according to pundits such as Paul Erickson, a senior analyst with IHS Markit and Adam Wright, senior research analyst at IDC.Read More
Steve's back from vacation, so we start off the year with news on an Apple acquisition, conflicting Wall Street forecasts for Apple, a long-awaited iPhone X app update, and Google's most popular searches for last year:
- Apple purchases Buddybuild, which makes continuous integration and debugging tools that will be built into Xcode
- One pair of Wall Street analysts is forecasting low production and sales of iPhone X for the first fiscal quarter of 2018, others think the company is on its way to a $200 share price
- DJI updates its drone app for the iPhone X
- Slime, unicorns, memes and acronyms that defined 2017, as brought to you by Google
As we start the week of Black Friday and Thanksgiving, we have some fascinating news bits for you:
- An anonymous Apple blogger says the iMac Pro has some sort of "Find My iMac Pro theft protection" that can't be switched off, possibly including a built-in SIM card for calling home
- The iMac Pro is also set to have an A10 Fusion chip built in for "Hey, Siri" support
- The Apple TV app is set to gain live streaming ESPN sports when it's introduced on December 4 in iOS 11.2 and tvOS 11.2
- Google likes Apple's location for its second Danish data center so much it bought land next door
The text version of the podcast can be read below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Apple News readers need to visit Apple World Today in order to listen to the podcast.
This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update podcast for Monday, November 20th, 2017.
What with Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up, there are very few stories coming through the Apple pipeline, but we’ll try to get you some news that’s not all about some great deal coming up over the weekend.
To start, I thought this was an interesting little note. The blog “Pike’s Universum” at pikeralpha.wordpress.com often has some interesting little tidbits that the writer digs out of firmware on different devices. This person, who apparently works for Apple, left a note today that he’s found some “interesting data, used for some form of mobile connectivity, in the firmware for the iMac Pro.” Now an iMac Pro isn’t going to be the most portable computer out there, but with the cheapest model going for $4999, it’s definitely something that will be attractive to thieves. And as he notes, “that may be why Apple is going to introduce a new kind of ‘Find my iMac Pro’ type of theft protection. One that phones home to report the exact GPS location. And there’s no way of switching it off…” Pike goes on to speculate that “it’s either this, or the iMac Pro will introduce a new feature that will use a SIM card to make phone calls. Or perhaps the data that I found has to be a leftover from iOS for the iPhone.” Nobody will probably know what that code is for until the first iMac Pro arrives at the home or office of one of the early adopters.
The iMac Pro is also set to include an A10 Fusion chip with 512MB of RAM on it. Why would Apple include this chip in an iMac? It’s probably to make enable a function that’s been on iOS devices for years — Hey, Siri support. If this is the case, you’ll be able to just get Siri’s attention with the voice command, then have it do your bidding. Hopefully this feature is planned for the entire Mac line in the future.
It appears that the Apple TV app will gain live streaming sports from ESPN next month. Apparently 9to5Mac heard from a source at a “major sports network” that confirmed that the feature will arrive as part of iOS 11.2 on or around December 4, and will also be enabled on tvOS 11.2 at the same time. Live scores and game clocks will appear in a single interface, with the app including the ability to receive live alerts for close games so that users can easily flip to a game to watch all the action. This feature isn’t in any of the iOS 11.2 or tvOS 11.2 betas at this time.
In July, Apple announced plans to build a second data center in Denmark. Now Google announced that it has purchased land right next to the site of the Apple data center. Although the company hasn’t yet said it will build a new data center next door to Apple’s facility, it said it wanted future expansion options for its European data centers. The Danish government welcomed the news, with Danish Energy Minister Lars Christian Lilleholt telling Reuters that “It signals that Google has plans in Denmark, and I think it’s because we have some of Europe’s lowest power prices for companies, some of the greenest energy, and a high security of supply.” Apple’s first data center in Denmark was announced by the government as the “largest foreign investment in the country’s history.”
That’s all for today; I’ll be back tomorrow afternoon with another edition of the AWT News Update.
Steve's in a grumpy mood today, so we have a personal opinion piece wedged between two news items as a snarky sandwich:
- Measure almost anything with your iPhone or iPad with AR Tape Measure from this week's sponsor, It's About Time Products
- The innovative SmartHalo bike accessory is showing up in Apple Stores
- RANT: Why is Apple making deals for questionable TV shows that nobody is watching, while ignoring its key products and services?
- Did you know that Google is buying Apple? It isn't, but if you had seen the Dow Jones Newswires this morning that's what you would have heard
A lot of hardware was announced today; sadly, not by Apple. Today's podcast looks at one of our sponsor's products, a change in categories in the iOS App Store, a ton of hardware products from Google targeting Apple, and a new smart speaker from Sonos:
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- Three sections of the iOS App Store are going away
- Google announces everything but a smart, internet-enabled kitchen sink at a product reveal today
- Sonos previewed the Sonos One, which may eventually get AirPlay 2 compatibility like some other products from the speaker manufacturer