iOS 11 Public Beta 8

I was mistaken when I said that iOS 11 Public Beta 7 is “most likely be the last beta update that Apple will roll-out.” Since I got another notification to download the iOS 11 Public Beta 8, and checking with the other iOS Developers, Apple released the iOS 11 beta 9 for developers and it looks like there will be iOS 11 Public Beta 9 before the they (Apple) roll-out the GM version.

This is uncharted area for Apple, with regards to the number of beta that releases. The most number of betas that Apple released is for the iOS 10 beta 8 before they release the GM version.

Google is paying Apple billions per year to remain on the iPhone, Bernstein says

Todd Haselton, writing for CNBC;

Google is paying Apple billions of dollars to remain the default search engine on iPhones and iPads, Bernstein said in a note to investors on Monday.

The firm believes that Google will pay Apple about $3 billion this year, up from $1 billion just three years ago, and that Google’s licensing fees make up a large bulk of Apple’s services business.

Of course, Google will earn more than what they’re paid Apple in return. Just last quarter, the company reported a revenue of $26 billion.

So I’d say that $3 billion (a year) that they paid Apple is all worth it.

Apple Joins Instagram to Feature the Best #ShotoniPhone Photos

Michael Zhang, writing for PetaPixel;

Apple just joined Instagram. An unlike most other brand accounts, the new @apple handle won’t ever feature ads or announcements for products and services. Instead, it will be used for one, single purpose: to feature the world’s best #ShotoniPhone photos.

It’s interesting that Apple choose Instagram and not Flickr, to showcase photos that have been taken using iPhone. I guess, even though Apple said that they won’t feature ads, using the hashtag #ShotoniPhone, is an advertisement in and of itself.

Here’s Apple’s introduction to their IG account.

Apple Reports 3rd Quarter Results

Apple;

Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2017 third quarter ended July 1, 2017. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $45.4 billion and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $1.67. These results compare to revenue of $42.4 billion and earnings per diluted share of $1.42 in the year-ago qua

As always… Apple killed it this quarter! It’s also worth nothing that the ipad sales are up by 15% year-over-year, which is the result of the new 9.7-inch iPad that has a starting price of $329.

Apple is officially killing the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle

Kif Leswing, writing for Business Insiders;

“Today, we are simplifying our iPod lineup with two models of iPod Touch, now with double the capacity, starting at just $199, and we are discontinuing the iPod Shuffle and iPod Nano,” an Apple representative told Business Insider in an email.

It’s not surprising that Apple discontinued both device, since the demand of these products are no longer there and removing them will not affect Apple’s bottomline.

Apple just dropped iOS 11 beta 4 for developers

Romain Dillet, writing for TechCrunch;

Apple just released a new beta of iOS 11 ahead of the final iOS 11 release in September. Things are still quite rough and I wouldn’t recommend installing the beta on a production device just yet. You don’t want to risk having your phone become useless.

The beta 4 is only available if you’re a registered developer for now. While Apple also has a public beta program, the company usually waits a few days before releasing new developer betas in the public beta channel.

Apple Machine Learning Journal

Apple;

Welcome to the Apple Machine Learning Journal. Here, you can read posts written by Apple engineers about their work using machine learning technologies to help build innovative products for millions of people around the world. If you’re a machine learning researcher or student, an engineer or developer, we’d love to hear your questions and feedback.

A great publication by Apple where we can read works and research of Apple engineers in the machine learning space.

It just have one published article but I expect the content to grow as Apple continue its research on machine learning and AI. Its does not contain too much techical details but a tone-down approach on Apple’s work.

iOS 11 brings powerful new features to iPhone and iPad this fall

Apple;

Apple today previewed iOS 11, a major update to the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, bringing new experiences and hundreds of features to iPhone and iPad this fall. iOS 11 is the biggest software release ever for iPad, with powerful multitasking features, the Files app and more ways to use Apple Pencil. Augmented reality is coming to hundreds of millions of iOS devices with a new platform for developers to build apps that let users place virtual content on top of real-world scenes. CoreML gives developers on-device machine learning capabilities so they can easily make apps that will predict, learn and become more intelligent. Additional features include the ability to pay friends using Apple Pay, Do Not Disturb while driving to help users stay more focused on the road, even more intelligence and a new voice for Siri and new professional capabilities to Photos and Camera. iOS 11 is available as a developer preview today and will be a free software update for iPhone and iPad this fall.

iMac Pro, the most powerful Mac ever, arrives this December

Apple;

Apple today gave a sneak peek of iMac Pro, an entirely new workstation-class product line designed for pro users with the most demanding workflows. The all-new iMac Pro, with its gorgeous 27-inch Retina 5K display, up to 18-core Xeon processors and up to 22 Teraflops of graphics computation, is the most powerful Mac ever made. Featuring a stunning new space gray enclosure, iMac Pro packs incredible performance for advanced graphics editing, virtual reality content creation and real-time 3D rendering. iMac Pro is scheduled to ship in December starting at $4,999 (US).

These are drool worthy specs and cringe inducing price!

Also, this is not the Mac Pro that Apple is developing.

Apple launches app development curriculum for high school and community college students Apple;

Apple;

Apple today launched a new app development curriculum designed for students who want to pursue careers in the fast-growing app economy. The curriculum is available as a free download today from Apple’s iBooks Store.

App Development with Swift is a full-year course designed by Apple engineers and educators to teach students elements of app design using Swift, one of the world’s most popular programming languages. Students will learn to code and design fully functional apps, gaining critical job skills in software development and information technology.

New Nike Sport Bands Go From Day to Night

Nike;

In April of this year, Apple and NikeLab launched the limited edition Apple Watch NikeLab. Today, Apple and Nike take their partnership a stride further, with four new Nike Sport Bands for Apple Watch Nike+ in colorways inspired by the Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit “Day to Night” collection.

Because your Apple Watch needs to match your Nike shoes!!!

Apple lifts the covers on its Orchard Road store

James Lu, eriting for HardwareZone Sg;

After months of anticipation, Apple’s first ever official retail store in South East Asia, Apple Orchard Road, has finally been unveiled. For the past two weeks, the store has been wrapped up with white wallpaper with “Apple loves the little red dot” icons on it, but late last night, they were taken down to reveal the store’s interior.

Another beautiful product from Apple.

Apple awards Corning first Advanced Manufacturing Fund investment

Apple;

Apple today announced Corning Incorporated will receive $200 million from Apple’s new Advanced Manufacturing Fund as part of the company’s commitment to foster innovation among American manufacturers. The investment will support Corning’s R&D, capital equipment needs and state-of-the-art glass processing. Corning’s 65-year-old Harrodsburg facility has been integral to the 10-year collaboration between these two innovative companies and will be the focus of Apple’s investment.

It makes sense for Apple to invest and their supply chain, specially if they’re supplying the components to their most important product. Looks like these investment will be for US-based companies only.

Apple Reports Second Quarter Results

Apple;

Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2017 second quarter ended April 1, 2017. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $52.9 billion and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $2.10. These results compare to revenue of $50.6 billion and earnings per diluted share of $1.90 in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 65 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

Expecting a lot of “Apple is doomed!” articles.

Apple’s Cash Hoard Set to Top $250 Billion

Tripp Mickle, reporting for Wall Street Journal;

Apple Inc. is expected to report Tuesday that its stockpile of cash has topped a quarter of a trillion dollars, an unrivaled hoard that is greater than the market value of either Wal-Mart Stores Inc. or Procter & Gamble Co. and exceeds the foreign-currency reserves held by the U.K. and Canada combined.

This is just ridiculous.

To think that this is all because of the success of iPhone!

“Today at Apple” bringing new experiences to every Apple Store

Apple;

Apple today announced plans to launch dozens of new educational sessions next month in all 495 Apple stores ranging in topics from photo and video to music, coding, art and design and more. The hands-on sessions, collectively called “Today at Apple,” will be led by highly-trained team members, and in select cities world-class artists, photographers and musicians, teaching sessions from basics and how-to lessons to professional-level programs.

Great way to learn and immerse yourself with everything-Apple!

“Today at Apple” will launch worldwide in May, with sessions in every store.