Apple sending out iOS 10.2 for the iPhone, iPad and the iPod Touch

iOS 10.2 is finally here, much to the rejoice of iPhone and iPad owners. The update introduces support for the all-new TV app (U.S. only), and also brings 100 new emoji to the table. The company has now included the previously reported emergency SOS button on the device which will automatically contact your predefined contacts in times of danger. This is an excellent feature to have an enhances the security of the iPhone users. The regular bunch of security patches and bug fixes are on board as well.

One of my favorite additions, however, is the inclusion of new wallpapers for the iPhone 7 and the 7 Plus. While the current collection isn’t too bad, it seems like Apple wanted to spice things up a bit and offer users a lot more out of their shiny new iPhones. There are only three new wallpapers, though.

In terms of marketshare, Apple is leaps and bounds ahead of its industry rival. Over 63% of all iOS devices are running iOS 10 right now, speaking volumes about the company’s streamlined update strategy. It will be interesting to see how many of these users will update to iOS 10.2, but given that the update is already seeding to the users, we don’t think the customers will want to wait much longer.

There are some minor cosmetic tweaks with iOS 10.2 as well. Observant users will be able to see minor design changes with the shuffle and repeat buttons on the Music app.

 

 

[Source:- Techrader]

Apple Q3 2016 financial results | Apple earnings report: iPhone and Mac sales fall, overall revenue down, but Tim Cook talks up ‘encouraging signs’

Apple announced its financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2016 (the three months ended 25 June 2016) on Tuesday 26 July. Here, you’ll find out how many iPhones, iPads, Macs and Watches Apple sold during the past few months, how to listen again to Apple’s earnings call, and what the numbers mean – for you, for Apple’s product portfolio, and for Apple’s corporate health

Apple earnings report Q3 2016: Summary

For Q3 2016, the quarter ended June 2016, Apple reports:

  • Quarterly revenue of $42.4 billion, compared to revenue of $49.6 billion in the equivalent quarter a year ago.
  • Quarterly net income (profit) of $7.8 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share, compared to profit of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 per diluted share a year ago
  • Gross margin of 38 percent, compared to 39.7 percent a year ago
  • International sales accounted for 63 percent of the quarter’s revenue.
  • Apple’s board of directors has declared a cash dividend of $.57 per share of common stock. The dividend is payable on 11 August.

Not brilliant numbers, in other words, even though (as we’ll see in the next section) Apple predicted this a while ago. And Tim Cook said the results were “way better than we expected from so many different points of view”.

Cook went on to argue that there were “encouraging signs” and offered some explanations for the dip in revenues overall and in many key product areas, including the economic slowdown in China, a key growth market for Apple.

Apple earnings report Q3 2016: Podcast discussion

The UK Tech Weekly Podcast team discuss Apple’s latest financial results – among other things – in their 25th episode, embedded below. The Apple earnings section starts at the 26-minute mark.

The UK Tech Weekly Podcast comes out every Friday. Follow them on Twitter for links to new episodes.

Apple earnings report Q3 2016: How does this compare with Apple’s predictions?

It’s about what was expected. While posting Apple’s Q2 results back in April, Tim Cook offered the following guidance for Q3:

  • Revenue between $41 billion and $43 billion
  • Gross margin between 37.5 percent and 38 percent
  • Operating expenses between $6 billion and $6.1 billion
  • Other income (expense) of $300 million
  • Tax rate of 25.5 percent

In other words, as Cook pointed out in this quarter’s earnings call, Apple performed near the top of its expectations.

Apple earnings report Q3 2016: How many iPhones did Apple sell?

Apple sold 40.4 million iPhone units in Q3, generating revenue of $24bn. That compares to 47.5 million units in Q3 last year for a revenue of $31.4bn: the iPhone’s performance is down 14.9 percent in terms of unit sales and down 23.6 percent in terms of revenue.

Apple financial results: How many iPhones did Apple sell?

The iPhone is by far the most important and valuable product in Apple’s portfolio, and it’s worrying for Apple shareholders that the meteoric rise in iPhone sales appears to have peaked. Particularly worrying since these lower numbers take into account the launch of a new iPhone (the iPhone SE), while Q3 2015 did not.

But Tim Cook was keen to emphasise that the iPhone SE is doing well, and that customers who are new to the iPhone ecosystem account for a very high proportion of buyers: Apple has added millions of first-time smartphone buyers to its ecosystem, Cook stated. “Switchers accounted for the highest percentage of quarterly iPhone buyers we’ve ever measured,” he said.

Cook added that the active iPhone install base “is up, double digits, year over year”.

Apple earnings report Q3 2016: How many iPads did Apple sell?

iPads sales have looked stagnant in recent years, but Q3 was a little brighter for Apple’s tablet division. Cook called it “our best iPad compare in 10 quarters”.

Apple sold 10 million iPad units in Q3. That’s a drop of 9 percent compared to Q3 2015 – when Apple shifted 10.9 million iPads – but because of the higher unit price of the new iPad Pro, Apple actually made more money this time round. iPad revenue in Q3 was $4.9bn, up 7.4 percent on the $4.5bn made by the iPad department a year ago.

Cook said that roughly half of iPad Pro purchasers are buying them for work, which bodes well for its future as a business device and laptop replacement.

Apple earnings report Q3 2016: How many Macs did Apple sell?

Apple sold 4.3 million Macs in Q3, generating revenue of $5.2bn. That compares unfavourably to 4.8 million units in Q3 last year for a revenue of $6bn.

Apple financial results: How many Macs did Apple sell?

Apple earnings report Q3 2016: How many Apple Watches did Apple sell?

We don’t know for sure, since Apple continues to fold Apple Watch sales into its Other Products category, which we report on in a later section. (Of course, this does tell us that the absolute maximum revenue Apple can have made from the Apple Watch this quarter is a pretty minor $2.2bn, and that the true figure is presumably considerably lower than this.)

According to research from IDC, Apple sold 1.6 million units of the Apple Watch in Q2 2016, which corresponds to Apple’s fiscal Q3. That would generate revenue of at least $478m, based on the cheapest available model.

Tim Cook put a positive gloss on all this by pointing out that “Apple Watch continues to be the best-selling smartwatch in the world”, but that isn’t saying much right now. The same piece of IDC research cited above suggests the smartwatch market is in a bit of a slump, with shipments down 32 percent year on year.

Apple earnings report Q3 2016: Services

Apple’s Services division, which includes iTunes and the App Store, Apple Pay, and the AppleCare warranty and repairs division, continues to perform well. Services revenue for Q3 2016 was $6bn, up from $5bn a year ago. This is down to a 37 percent revenue jump from the App Store and “strong increases” in Music, iCloud and AppleCare revenue.

Cook said that for the past 12 months, services revenue is up almost $4bn year on year to $23.1bn.

Services earnings pale in comparison with the iPhone, admittedly, but this is still an excellent showing from Apple’s up-and-coming division. Tim Cook boasted that the company expects Services to be the size of a Fortune 100 company next year.

Apple earnings report Q3 2016: Other Products

Apple reported Q3 revenue of $2.2bn for Other Products (which includes the Apple Watch and Apple TV, as well as iPods, mice and keyboards, routers, accessories and the like). That’s a drop of 16 percent compared to Q3 2015, which saw Other Products revenue of $2.6bn.

 

[Source: Macworld]

BBM for iPhone Review

BBM for iPhone

Probably the best thing for all users who wished to switch platforms, but the BBM friends list held them back. BBM is a great IM client for all iPhone users irrespective of whether they’ve used it before or not.

BBM FOR IPHONE RATING 90100

Our Verdict

Not a revolutionary messenger app by any means, but in an ecosystem filled with messenger clients, it comes across as one of the slickest options. This probably is the best thing that could happen to all users who wished to switch platforms, but the BBM friends list held them back. Equally, the friendships can be rekindled with those who stayed back, while you moved on to an Android smartphone or an iPhone. Initial issues remain, but the BBM client on the iPhone is very similar to what we saw on the BlackBerry Z10 – which means functionality and usability will be a breeze. You cannot download BBM right now on iOS and Android due to various issues, but the moment it becomes available again, we would urge you to give it a shot.

PROS

  • Slick interface
  • Messenger is no longer restricted to a BlackBerry smartphone
  • Message delivery over 3G is a tad quicker than on Whatsapp and iMessage
  • Feature set at par with Whatsapp

CONS

  • Stock iOS keyboard behaves differently when auto-correcting
  • Needs voice & video calls to get an advantage over rivals

BBM for iPhone: Detailed Review

The skeptics have said that the multi-platform version of the BlackBerry Messenger is arriving too late. However, the fact that 1.1 million Android users were ready and waiting, and in fact lapped up the leaked .apk that led to the series of unfortunate events, proved the “experts” wrong. In mobile ecosystems so full of IM clients anyway, the fact that BBM is getting so much attention on iOS and Android just proves – more is better! In this write-up, we specifically look at the iOS version of the BlackBerry Messenger.

Setting it up
While the going was good, I managed to download the BBM from the Apple App Store. Before this, I was using BBM on a BlackBerry 10 smartphone, and already had a BB ID and password ready, with an active BBM account. Post download and install, all I needed to do was sign-in with the same ID and password. The prompt informed me that the ID was already linked to another phone. The options available here were – Cancel (and register / sign in with another ID) or continue with the Switch BBM option from the existing device to the new device, the iPhone in this case. I selected the latter, and the sign in process took exactly a minute. All existing contacts were shifted over without any hassle, which is rather neat.

If you need to invite more people to try out BBM, you can do so via email and SMS, and more users can be added to your friend list by either punching in their messenger PIN or by scanning the barcode.

The User Interface
For anyone who hasn’t experienced BlackBerry 10 as an OS, or used BBM on it, this UI is something that you need to get used to. While it looks fairly standard for the most part, the side swipes throughout the app add a different realm of access and functionality. A tab on the bottom of the screen lets you navigate between chats, contacts and groups. Your BBM profiles can be accessed via the bar on the top of the screen, where the profile picture and the status update sit.

  

Throughout the app more options can be accessed from the left and right-hand side menus, that can be pulled out and pushed away. These offer fairly basic options at the moment, but with voice and video calls as well as screen sharing on the way, these options should show up here soon enough.

The app has enough visual elements to keep you interested, with the mix of black, sky blue and white contrasting well. The contacts list can either be a list with small contact images, or thumbnails with the highlight being the images your contacts have set as profile pictures. There’s no quick toggle to change this, and you need to go into the full settings menu to change that.

Chats – Individual and group
The text based chat experience is exactly as you would expect – same method of starting a chat, and individual chat windows for each contact. The on-screen keyboard on the iPhone is the conventional keyboard seen across all apps, including iMessage. The options bar above the keyboard and below the chat window offer stuff like adding more contacts to a particular chat, attaching a photo or a voice note and using the send key there rather than the one on the keyboard.

Like almost every other messenger app, BBM also offers the group chat option. Incidentally, the only way to add people to the group is via their PIN or barcode, but not by an invite via email or SMS. The groups I had on BBM on the BlackBerry smartphone were carried forward as is, but you need to manually reactivate your presence on each group on the new device.

There’s no video or voice call support at the moment, but that is slated to arrive in a future update. Message delivery, inside a chat, is almost realtime. BBM for iPhone utilizes the background data option, which Whatsapp cannot, for example.

Yes, the most important question – what about them smileys? Yes, they are very much there, just like on BBM as ever. Facebook Messenger users would probably miss the stickers option.

  

While the on-screen keyboard within BBM is the stock iOS one, there is a major behavioral difference. If the auto spell-check corrects a word, you need to tap the space key twice to get the desired result and proceed to typing another word. This is somewhat reminiscent of the BB10 keyboard, but fairly disconcerting for iPhone users. Maybe an update can solve this, and maybe also bring the word recommendations from BB10’s keyboard.

Download or not?
Absolutely, download the moment BBM reemerges on the Apple App Store (and the Google Play Store, depending on the device). Among the dozens of instant messaging apps, BBM does retain its sophistication, and offers one of the most non-intrusive chat experiences. On my phone, BBM, at the moment, sits side by side with Whatsapp. Let’s see if one can replace the other, or both can exist side by side.

 

[Source:- Digit]