Benny Ling

Friday Morning News

It was global accessibility awareness day yesterday, and the Apple website has a special accessibility page telling us about what Apple are doing in the space to make technology available for everyone. Accessibility has always been a focus for Apple, and the new page shows off the various accessibility features built into iOS devices and Macs to help with vision impairments, hearing loss or deafness, as well as those who have difficulty with the fine motor skills required to drive those same products.

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Wednesday Morning News

Apple CEO Tim Cook was interviewed by Bloomberg, where he talked about Apple Music user numbers and Apple’s push into TV and movies. It turns out, Apple Music has about 50 million users in total, including both paid subscribers and trial users, and Apple converts about 4 million trial users to paid subscribers every month. Cook also remained tight-lipped about Apple’s content strategy, saying that Apple will be playing in video in a way that’s “consistent with their brand”, whatever that means in the context of video streaming.

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Tuesday Morning News

Analyst speculation says it’s possible Apple will re-introduce at least some of the colourful colour combinations of the iPhone 5c with this year’s iPhone refresh. With the cheaper iPhone model expected to have an LCD display (as opposed to the OLED of the more premium model), colour may be the way Apple decides to distinguish between the two. Let’s not forget Apple positioned the iPhone 5c as the cheaper model, and look where that got them…

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Monday Morning News

A roundup of iPhone SE successor rumours from the weekend tells us everything we do and don’t know about the device. Case manufacturers are telling us one thing when it comes to the new device, but it’s difficult to predict what kind of a refresh we’ll get. Will the iPhone SE successor feature moderate changes to the external design, or will the smaller form factor lend itself to iPhone X-based tech like the edge-to-edge display and Face ID?

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Thursday Morning News

The rumoured 6.5-inch iPhone set to be released this year should be about the same physical size as the iPhone 8 Plus, according to sources in Apple’s supply chain. It’s possible the device with an OLED display will be slightly thicker than a Plus-model iPhone due to the vertically-aligned camera lenses. Improvements to Face ID are also expected with this year’s devices, with horizontal Face ID support reportedly in the works for when it’s eventually released for iPads.

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Wednesday Morning News

Apple is now making deals with publishers for video content on Apple News. BuzzFeed News is the first known publication that was paid for an Apple News exclusive release of their Future History: 1968 video series, and according to BuzzFeed, they were paid “for first-window rights to the show’s first three episodes and cut BuzzFeed a share of ad revenue”, according to MacRumors.

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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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