Apple has announced that App Store customers around the world made apps and games a bigger part of their holiday season in 2017 than ever before, culminating in $300 million in purchases made on New Year’s Day 2018. During the week starting on Christmas Eve, a record number of customers made purchases or downloaded apps from the App Store, spending over $890 million in that seven-day period.Read More
Not much Apple news today after the blast of hot, fresh tidbits on Tuesday. But we have the following for you:
- Some analysis about the smartphone market in China provided by Counterpoint Research shows that Apple is killin' it in the high-end phone segment
- Another tvOS beta showed up today. When will the final 10.2.1 version arrive?
- Niantic will host community events to let Pokémon Go and Ingress players connect with real people
Mobile app data and insights company, App Annie, and the International Data Corporation (IDC) research group have uunveiled a special joint report entitled, Gaming Spotlight, 2016 Review. The report analyzes the mobile video games market in 2016 from several vantage points and puts it in a broader, global gaming industry context.Read More
Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, came on-stage today at the company’s special media event, to introduce the new Apple Watch Series 2, which has been completely reengineered to be swim proof.”Read More
There won't be an AWT News Update tomorrow (Friday), but today we've got a short update with something fun, something inconsistent, and something rumor-ish.
- Siri speaks Pokémon GO!
- Iran flip-flops, now wants to let iPhones into the country
- A flurry of photos seem to show convergence of rumored iPhone 7 design features
Rumors, Apple Pay, and Pokémon GO mind control -- those are today's topics on the AWT News Update:
- The iPhone 7 or whatever it's going to be called is rumored to have 3GB of RAM
- Apple adds more US and Canadian financial institutions to the ranks of Apple Pay providers
- An NFL player has quit playing Pokémon GO over fears that it's controlling the minds of millions...
- Learn how you can join Team AWT and be eligible for our giveaway this month of a Drobo 5Dt
What's new in the world of tech today? If you have about 3 minutes, we'll let you know!
- Pokémon Go broke records this month
- Verizon may be acquiring Yahoo! as soon as next week
- One Apple supplier reports higher expected revenues for the September quarter
- Make sure your Mac and iOS devices are updated, as a recently-discovered security weakness could make it possible for malicious parties to install malware on your device by sending you a picture
Pokémon Go, the craze that is getting people out of their houses and onto the streets in search of little monsters, could add as much as $3 billion in incremental revenue to Apple's bottom line in the next few years, according to Needham analyst Laura Martin.Read More
Lots of little Apple-related news tidbits for you as we head into the weekend:
- CBS adds an Apple TV-exclusive news app with Siri voice search
- Katy Perry releases a new single exclusively on Apple Music and iTunes
- Move over T-Mobile; Sprint is offering goodies for Pokémon players
- Apple's share price closed near a quarterly high yesterday
- Contactless cash withdrawals leveraging TouchID coming soon from a growing number of ATMs
In today's Apple and industry news:
- T-Mobile is offering free data for a year for the Pokémon Go app for its customers
- Eddy Cue spills the beans on original content to The Hollywood Reporter
- Apple will open a small research center in Grenoble, France for the purpose of improving imaging technology
Kind of a slow day for Apple news, but we have some iPhone 7 rumors, news of a Pokémon Go update, and talk of some new features in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra:
- Surprisingly sharp photos show an iPhone 7 Plus with a dual lens camera, Smart Connector and...no mute switch!
- An update to Pokémon Go fixes the issue with Google getting unrestricted access to your account
- Dark Mode may be coming to iOS and macOS soon
For this Friday afternoon, we have news of some great free content from Apple, secret messaging from Facebook, and Pokémon accidents:
- Apple released a set of guidebooks for educators yesterday, all aimed at showing those teachers how they can best use the iPad and Apple apps in the classroom
- Facebook has started limited testing of end-to-end encryption in Messenger
- WWDC 2016 videos are now available for your viewing pleasure, even if you're not a developer
- Don't try to walk and catch Pokémon in the new Pokemon Go app at the same time