Industry insiders say that this year’s successors to the iPhone X will be compatible with Apple Pencil. Both the second-generation iPhone X and larger-sized iPhone X Plus will work with the current Apple Pencil, according to Taiwan’s Economic Daily News, which would be the first time in over a decade that the iPhone will support a stylus from its own company. It was Steve Jobs who famously said that no-one wants to use a stylus when the iPhone was originally introduced, but I am still unconvinced using the Apple Pencil on even the largest iPhone to be anything but awkward.
Pricing estimates of this year’s iPhones say the devices will start at US $699, which will probably work out to be just under the $1000 mark in Australia. The most likely specs have also shared by industry analysts at TrendForce, but besides the amount of RAM to be included with each new device in this year’s iPhone lineup, they’re not really telling us anything we don’t already know. There will be three new iPhones, two with OLED displays, and one LCD, with one OLED and one LCD being larger than last year’s iPhone X.
The seventh beta of iOS 12 was released briefly to developers today, but has since been pulled for performance issues. If Apple sorts out the noticeable pause when launching apps, perhaps we’ll see the update re-released to developers and given to public beta testers later today, otherwise we’ll just have to read about the changes. This late in the release cycle means only very minor tweaks, with one icon change and a new Messages splash screen explaining what some of the buttons do.
John Gruber of Daring Fireball broke the news late last week about Doug Field returning to Apple to work on Project Titan under Bob Mansfield, following Field’s departure from Tesla in May this year. While there’s not that much to be read about a single hire in the overall ebb and flow of employees between any two companies, Gruber says it’s interesting that on some level, Apple is still interested in making autonomous vehicles.
Another day, another straight-to-series order from Apple. This time around, it’s a half-hour scripted comedy from Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day, with Variety reporting it as the duo’s first collaboration since the TV series “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia”. Not much is known about the comedy other than how it will be set in a video game studio, which may have something to do with some kind of Ubisoft involvement in the production.
Apple CEO Tim Cook’s email to employees about reaching a US $1 trillion market cap says the financial milestone isn’t the most important measure of Apple’s success. Instead, Cook writes that “Financial returns are simply the result of Apple’s innovation, putting our products and customers first, and always staying true to our values”, going on to say that Apple was founded by Steve Jobs on the back of a belief in human creativity being able to solve the biggest challenges, something that’s more important than ever in today’s world.
In a statement to the US House and Energy Committee, Apple affirmed “the customer is not our product”. Apple’s response to 16 multi-part questions to tech companies about how they handle customer data re-iterated their commitment to user privacy and data security, saying that “privacy is a fundamental human right” and that Apple purposely designs its products and services to minimise the collection of customer data. If you’re interested, you can read Apple’s detailed responses to the questions over at MacRumors.
Apple has a market cap of US $1 trillion dollars now, and it’s a stark contrast to the financial situation of the company that was on the verge of bankruptcy a few short decades ago. They were different times, following the ousting of Steve Jobs and subsequent near-financial ruin of Apple, as told by the New York Times, although it’s a story that we’ll all head before, I’m sure.
Apple is the first US company to hit a market cap of US $1 trillion, after a false start by the built-in stocks app based on inaccurate share data from Yahoo. It’s a figure so incomprehensible that only a handful of companies have ever done it, and none since 2007, when PetroChina technically crossed the trillion-dollar mark but fell quickly afterwards, but either way, it’s an impressive feat.
A different set of graphs of Apple’s Q3 2018 financial results from MacStories tells us a slightly different story to what we saw yesterday. I’m looking at the numbers and wondering why there’s a minor difference between Six Color’s graph of revenue by category and the one by MacStories, given that they should be drawing from the same data. Anyway, at 46%, almost half of Apple’s revenue came from the Americas, with Europe at 23% and Greater China at 18%. The Mac saw a 13% revenue change compared to the same quarter from last year, but more on this in a sec.