Apple World Today News Update: February 1, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: February 1, 2018

Welcome to the shortest month of the year...that usually feels like it's two months long. Our February coverage of Apple starts with five stories from around the world of Apple:

  • Uber's latest iOS app update disabled the ability to hail a ride from within Apple Maps or using Siri
  • India builds another barrier to entry for Apple by raising custom duties on imported mobile phones from 15 to 20 percent
  • A new setting in iOS and macOS makes it possible for enterprise administrators to delay updates for up to 90 days
  • Only a little over three weeks until the first Apple retail store in Austria is set to open in Vienna
  • Slack is the latest company to do away with an Apple Watch app
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Apple World Today News Update: January 15, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: January 15, 2018

Can you believe we're already half way through January? We have some stories today to warm your heart during the cold weather:

  • The Apple App Store has a huge economic impact and will be larger than worldwide movie ticket sales later this year
  • A change in India's complex sourcing and taxation requirements today might make it easier for Apple and other multinational firms to open stores in the country
  • Holdout Toyota announced that starting with the 2019 Avalon, it will start support Apple CarPlay
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AWT News Update: December 18, 2017

AWT News Update: December 18, 2017

iPhone X availability rises, iPhone 6s devices with old batteries might be slowing down, and Apple raises iPhone prices in India in return for the country raising import taxes:

  • The iPhone X is now available same day at most US Apple retail stores, and production is going so well that global supply equilibrium is expected in the next month
  • Apple may be reducing the performance of iPhone 6s devices with degraded batteries to prevent shutdowns
  • India raised consumer electronics import taxes; Apple raises iPhone prices 
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AWT News Update: November 22, 2017

AWT News Update: November 22, 2017

A short podcast today, the day before a national holiday in the USA. We talk about where to watch huge balloons careening around the streets of Manhattan online, iPhones made in India, and a Jony Ive talk that you can't attend:

  • Want to watch a mammoth balloon of Olaf from Frozen online instead of standing in the streets of NYC? We tell you who will probably have the parade available on your Mac, iOS devices or Apple TV
  • A new iPhone SE could be out in the next three to four months, and this one will be manufactured in India
  • Jony Ive will be speaking at Washington, DC's Hirshorn Museum, but tickets to the talk will be harder to come by than an iPhone X
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AWT News Update: July 11, 2017

AWT News Update: July 11, 2017

Today's AWT News Update podcast is a bit longer than usual, with stories about both Apple and some of its competitors:

  • Intel's "Purley" Xeon processors were announced today...and the chips that Apple intends to use for the iMac Pro didn't appear to be part of the announcements
  • The Toshiba memory unit sale continues to be a confusing mess, with the company now reportedly talking to two of the "losers" in earlier bidding, including a Foxconn/Apple consortium
  • Apple's retail plans for India include two huge stores in New Delhi and Mumbai
  • What's Amazon doing to try to stave off competition from Apple HomePod and its HomeKit integration? Hiring employees to do consultations and installation

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AWT News Update: June 27, 2017

AWT News Update: June 27, 2017

India, expensive pickup trucks, Apple Pencils and record antitrust fines are all in the news today:

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook and other tech industry leaders met with the Prime Minister of India on Sunday
  • CarPlay comes to the pickup truck in the upcoming high-end Ram Limited Tungsten Edition
  • Guess what? You can save $14 and get a refurbished Apple Pencil through Apple's refurb shop
  • Google is facing a record $2.72 billion antitrust fine dealing with promoting its comparison shopping service over those of competitors. 
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AWT News Update: June 12, 2017

AWT News Update: June 12, 2017

It's the start of another week, and although we don't have quite the stories we did last Monday thanks to the WWDC 2017 keynote, we do have some news for you:

  • Apple is aggressively discounting older iPhone models in India in order to start making a dent in the smartphone market in the country
  • The first Apple retail store in Taiwan will open soon in the Taipei 101 skyscraper
  • Photos of what look like genuine iPhone 8, iPhone 7s, and iPhone 7s Plus parts have been leaked by a case manufacturer
  • iOS 11 will not run on at least three "recent" iOS devices this fall -- the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and iPad 4
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AWT News Update: March 17, 2017

AWT News Update: March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day. Today we look at ways that Apple is planning on staying "in the green" by expanding sales in two of the planet's most populous countries:

  • Apple will restart sales of iPhones in Indonesia in about two weeks following promises to build an R&D center in Jakarta
  • Over 100 small franchised Apple Authorized Retailer locations are expected to open in India 
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AWT News Update: February 2, 2017

AWT News Update: February 2, 2017

It's Groundhog Day, and if we get stuck in this day over and over and over...as in the classic Bill Murray comedy...at least there was some good Apple News to report:

  • An official in the Indian state of Karnataka reports that Apple will be manufacturing iPhones soon in Bengaluru
  • A new update to Google's Chrome browser for iPhone has built in the capability to use 3D Touch to scan QR codes
  • Google's YouTube app also received an update that makes control of video streaming to other devices a lot more convenient
  • It appears that Taiwan will be the next country to get Apple Pay
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Apple achieves an iPhone landmark in India

Apple achieves an iPhone landmark in India

According to the latest research from Counterpoint’s Market Monitor service, the smartphone shipments in India grew 18% annually in 2016 compared to the global smartphone market which grew 3%.     Apple achieved a landmark with the iPhone, crossing 2.5 million units in a calendar year, with one-third of its total shipment coming alone from the record fourth quarter driven by seasonality and the launch of iPhone 7.

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AWT News Update: January 25, 2017

AWT News Update: January 25, 2017

We hope you listen to the Apple World Today News Update every day, but if you don't, you should listen in today just to hear AWT's Steve Sande absolutely fumble over a 7-syllable name...twice. 

  • Facebook is testing ads in Messenger
  • Apple files a second lawsuit against Qualcomm, this time in China
  • Things are looking up for an Apple manufacturing facility or two in India
  • Here's an Apple news story that should have never been published in the first place (and we never did publish it...)
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Apple, other tech companies expected to oppose India’s security demands

Apple, other tech companies expected to oppose India’s security demands

India’s government recently invited Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung to discuss embedding government-funded biometric technology into products sold within the country as part of an effort to register and authenticate its citizens, but Apple declined to attend, reports Bloomberg.

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