Benny Ling

Tuesday Morning News

20 years ago last Saturday, the iMac was unveiled by Steve Jobs. Newsweek had the original exclusive, telling us the story of how the iMac was the product of Steve Jobs’ return to the helm at Apple, following years of internal turmoil and confusion about where the company was. The consumer-focused iMac was the answer to all of that, cementing Apple’s longer-term strategy and beginning an impressive rise to the top.

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Thursday Morning News

Apple’s Q2 2018 financial results were put into graphs yesterday by MacStories. The company’s sixth consecutive quarter of YoY revenue growth meant some impressive numbers, with the iPhone making up 62% of Apple’s overall revenue, and services being the next biggest slice of the pie at 15%. The US continues to account for 41% of revenue by region, with Europe and Greater China coming in at 23% and 21%, respectively.

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Wednesday Morning News

Apple’s Q2 2018 financial results were just announced, and while we’re going to press a little early for some of the detailed notes from the follow-up conference call, we’ll quickly cover the breakdown of the numbers. Apple posted US $13.8 billion profit on $61.1 billion revenue, with the company selling 52.2 million iPhones, 9.1 million iPads, and 4.1 million Macs.

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Tuesday Morning News

A Barclays analyst thinks this year’s iPhone will not include a Lightning to Headphone Jack adapter in the box. It’s been a couple of years since iPhones have had a headphone jack, so perhaps it’s about time Apple stopped giving us the option. Chances are, even if the Lightning to Headphone Jack adapter isn’t included in the box, you’ll still be able to buy one separately.

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Monday Morning News

CNET claims Apple is working on a wireless AR/VR headset, targeting a 2020 release. According to their sources, it’s said that the headset will have a resolution of 8K per eye, which is not only much higher than any headset currently available, but might just be high enough to be on the outskirts of what’s possible with the fastest graphics cards money can buy. That being said, maybe graphics technology will catch up and make Apple’s AR/VR headset dreams a reality.

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Good Reads for April, 2018

Every month, we’ll be bringing you a selection of tastefully threadbare — if slightly longer — reads about the wonderful world of Apple. One in every three is guaranteed to be from Medium (or your money back), and at times, the others will be criticising recent Apple design decisions, praising someone else’s criticism, or even all of the above. All I know is, bring your own Instapaper account, because this is Good Reads.

  • Over the last month, there have been more criticism levelled at Apple’s HomePod than I care to admit. Some of those criticisms were even valid, particularly when it came to pointing out Siri’s failings when compared to the Amazon Echoes and Google Homes of the world. Over at TechCrunch, Lucas Matney defends the HomePod as part of Apple’s overall home speaker strategy, admitting that while Siri needs work, the strength of Apple’s ecosystem will be what gives it the edge over the other smart home speakers.

It’s also why I don’t think Apple needs to be as worried about getting a $50 product like the Home Mini or Echo Dot out there, because while Amazon desperately needs a low-friction connection to consumers, Apple doesn’t gain as much by putting a tinny speaker into a can that will do even less than what “Hey Siri” on your iPhone could do.

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Friday Morning News

Purported photos of the iPhone SE successor have the Apple rumour blogs in a frenzy this morning, mostly thanks to the mixed messages the photos are giving us. The iPhone SE redesign will have a glass back for wireless charging like the rumours predicted, but keep the headphone jack. Everything else about the device looks familiar, down to the front face design and chamfered edges that Sir Jony Ive liked so much on the original iPhone 5 design.

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Thursday Morning News

Starting from May, Apple will begin to pay 13 billion Euros in back taxes to the Irish government, following an European Commission ruling almost two years ago that determined the company received illegal aid from Ireland that ultimately reduced Apple’s tax bill. The money will be paid into an escrow account while the two parties appeal the decision, and once the amount has been paid in full, additional interest payments will be calculated.

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Tuesday Morning News

Apple manufacturing partner TSMC is expected to achieve record profits this year, with Digitimes saying TSMC’s manufacture of Apple’s upcoming A12 SoC for this year’s iPhones with a 7nm process being the main reason for their windfall. With a range of iPhones in various display sizes expected to be released this year, and both LCD and OLED display technology thrown into the mix for good measure, TSMC looks to be well positioned for at least the next year.

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Monday Morning News

Rumour has it Apple will release an updated iPhone SE in May. The rumour claims that the existing iPhone SE form factor will remain, with perhaps the removal of the headphone jack being the only external indicator that the iPhone SE successor has been updated at all. There are plenty of reasons why the iPhone SE design and size remains popular among purists, but at this point I’m not sure I’d give up the stellar camera or display of the iPhone X.

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