Apple Maps redesign

Apple today announced that all users in the United States can now experience a redesigned Maps with faster and more accurate navigation and comprehensive views of roads, buildings, parks, airports, malls and more.

 

From Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services:

 

“We set out to create the best and most private maps app on the planet that is reflective of how people explore the world today. It is an effort we are deeply invested in and required that we rebuild the map from the ground up to reimagine how Maps enhances people’s lives — from navigating to work or school or planning an important vacation — all with privacy at its core. The completion of the new map in the United States and delivering new features like Look Around and Collections are important steps in bringing that vision to life. We look forward to bringing this new map to the rest of the world starting with Europe later this year.”

 

Features include:

 

‘Look Around’ – an interactive way to visually explore a city with 3D imagery.
 

‘Collections  – ‘Users can easily build and share lists of places they love or want to go to with friends and family.
 

Customers get quick and easy navigation to the places they visit every day with ‘Favorites’.
 

Real-time transit information gives detailed transit schedules, live departure times, arrival times, the current location of a bus or train en route, and system connections to help plan a journey.
 

Share ETA sends an estimated time of arrival to family, friends or coworkers with a simple tap. The receiver can follow along on the journey, and Maps will even update them with a revised estimate for when the traveler is arriving if a significant delay occurs.

 

Flight status uses on-device Siri intelligence to scan for information stored in Mail, Calendar or Wallet and proactively serves flight information for terminals, gate locations and departure times, as well as flight changes or cancellations for upcoming travel.
 

By using Indoor Maps for airports and malls users can see what level they’re on, restroom locations and even which stores and restaurants are open.
 

Siri Natural Language Guidance provides more natural-sounding directions that are even easier to follow, such as “At the next traffic light, turn left.”
 

Flyover offers a way to see select major metro areas with photo-realistic, immersive 3D views.

 

 

Maps it the best, we get it.

 

 

What will the first half of 2020 bring for Apple?

Let’s collect all the little rumours falling off the Apple tree shall we?

 

*Tile-like item tracking tags potentially called “AirTags”

 

*Blue tooth supported high-end (possibly over ear) headphones

 

*A 4.7-inch, low cost (~$399) iPhone with a similar design to the iPhone 8, but with a faster A13 chip and 3GB of RAM.

 

*Refreshed iPad Pro models that have a triple-lens rear camera system that supports 3D sensing for augmented reality

 

*Small wireless charging mat. So Apple canceled its AirPower charging mat last year due to quality concerns, which may have been fixed by now. The Airpower charging mat would have been able to charge an iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods case simultaneously.

 

*Lastly, it’s predicted that we’ll have refreshed MacBook Pro and/or MacBook Air models.

 

What are you most excited about?

 

 

Apple posts record revenue & other tidbits from earnings call

Apple today announced financial results for its first fiscal quarter of 2020, which corresponds to the fourth calendar quarter of 2019.

 

Let’s start with this: Apple’s market capitalization has now grown to over $1.4 trillion. Or, to put it another way, Apple’s valuation is now more than Germany’s 30 largest listed companies that make up the DAX index on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

 

I think the appropriate word here is ‘Egads’.

 

Last year they failed to report a quarterly revenue record for the first time since the iPhone’s 2007 release. This last quarter earnings call was much cheerier – having posted record revenue and a return to profit growth. Accordingly, Apple’s shares jumped 2 percent today in after-market trading.

 

The tech giant reported revenue rose 9% in the December quarter to $91.82 billion, driven by sales of devices and services connected to the iPhone such as wearables, apps and subscription services. For instance, the wearables earnings category, which includes AirPods, Apple Watch, Beats headphones, HomePod, etc. hit $10 billion, up from $7.3 billion in the year-ago quarter. The addition of a credit card and video-subscription service helped increase sales of services 17%.

 

Sales of iPhones, which account for more than half of its revenue, rose 8% to $55.96 billion, and the number of active Apple devices world-wide rose to 1.5 billion from 1.4 billion a year ago.

 

From the man himself:

 

“We are thrilled to report Apple’s highest quarterly revenue ever, fueled by strong demand for our iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro models, and all-time records for Services and Wearables. During the holiday quarter our active installed base of devices grew in each of our geographic segments and has now reached over 1.5 billion. We see this as a powerful testament to the satisfaction, engagement and loyalty of our customers — and a great driver of our growth across the board.”

 

Sweet day for Apple & investors!

 

 

 

Some new Apple media content for your eyes

Got some spare minutes to see some new content?  But only a couple of minutes?

 

You’re in luck, friend! First up, we have a sweet new video in the ongoing “Shot on iPhone” series. Shot in the British Colombia Interior, Canada, the video features past and present Winter X Games competitors snowboarding down slopes and valleys at Baldface Lodge.

 

Apple’s ‌‌‌iPhone 11 Pro‌‌‌, which is used here, features a triple-lens camera with the best wide-angle sensor Apple has released so far along with a telephoto lens and a super wide-angle lens for better landscape shots.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

Next up, we have a new teaser video for the “Beastie Boys Story” documentary that’s coming to Apple TV+ on April 24th.

 

“Beastie Boys Story” is described as a live documentary experience that focuses on the history and the legacy of the group and its personal story.

 

The film will be available in IMAX theaters in a limited release on April 3 before launching on ‌Apple TV‌+ on April 24.

 

Make some noise!

 

 

 

 

iPhone Production may be delayed

Apple’s production plans for the newest iPhone model next month could face complications and delays due to the coronavirus outbreak  in China.

 

Although with over 4000 people infected, and over 100 people killed by the outbreak, iPhone production is not top of the list of things to worry about, it may serve as a delay for the iPhone, with most of Apple’s iPhones being made in China, by Foxconn in Zhengzhou and by Pegatron at an assembly plant near Shanghai.

 

Apple usually launches it’s smartphones around September, so the coronavirus shouldn’t affect those plans, but Apple is also reportedly prepping a new low-cost iPhone that’s set to be released during the first half of 2020 – possibly as early as March – which puts those mass production plans more at risk with mass production of the new low-cost iPhone reportedly due to start in the third week of February.

 

BUT, Foxconn said it’s monitoring the situation in China and following all recommended health practices. It declined to comment on production in specific locations but said, “We can confirm that we have measures in place to ensure that we can continue to meet all global manufacturing obligations.”
Over the weekend, Good guy Tim Cook tweeted that the company intends to donate money in support of groups in China fighting the outbreak of the Coronavirus.

 

 

MGM in acquisition talks

In kind of crazy news, MGM has apparently held preliminary talks with Apple, Netflix, and others to gauge their interest in an acquisition.

 

Although according to reports,  the talks have “yet to reach an advanced stage, ” a deal with MGM would offer Apple a huge catalog of content to add to Apple TV Plus – like the James Bond franchise, “The Handmaid’s Tale,”  “Rocky” and “Mad Max.”

 

All companies reportedly involved have declined to comment, so we’ll just have to wait and see if Apple becomes the king of streaming. Look out Netflix? Maybe not yet.

 

 

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Happy iPad Tuesday!

 

 

 

Ten years ago today, we were introduced to the iPad

Time flies when you’re having fun, right? We’ve all been having fun, right? Just ten years ago, we were introduced to the wondrous device that is the iPad.

 

It all went down at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and it was one of the last major products that he unveiled before his death in 2011.

 

Whilst doing so, he said:
“iPad is our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price,” said Jobs. “iPad creates and defines an entirely new category of devices that will connect users with their apps and content in a much more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before.”

 

That original iPad featured a 9.7-inch display, a single-core Apple A4 processor, up to 64GB of storage, 256MB of RAM, an advertised 10 hours of battery life, Bluetooth 2.1, a 30-pin dock connector, and a headphone jack. Wi-Fi-only models started at $499, while models with both Wi-Fi and 3G cellular connectivity started at $629. Notably, the original iPad lacked cameras.

 

Apple released the iPad on April 3, 2010 and, one day later, the company announced that it had already sold over 300,000 iPads. Since that time, Apple has released a new generation of the iPad every year, as well as Pro’s, Air’s and Mini’s coming to the party.
Erryone loves an iPad party!

 

 

36 years ago today the Macintosh was revealed!!

On this day in 1984, Steve Jobs introduced the first Macintosh at Apple’s annual shareholder’s meeting in Cupertino. The brand spanking new computer was equipped with a 9-inch black and white display, an 8MHz Motorola 68000 processor, 128KB of RAM, a 3.5-inch floppy drive, and cost, wait for it, $2,495 ( which is about $6000 clams in today’s money. That’s a lot of clams, guys).

 

It was also a very solid 17 pounds. Egads.

 

This is the first thing people saw on screen when they saw the Mac or the first time:

 

Hello, I’m Macintosh. It sure is great to get out of that bag.

Unaccustomed as I am to public speaking, I’d like to share with you a maxim I thought of the first time I met an IBM mainframe: NEVER TRUST A COMPUTER YOU CAN’T LIFT!

Obviously, I can talk, but right now I’d like to sit back and listen. So, it is with considerable pride that I introduce a man who’s been like a father to me… STEVE JOBS.

 

Pretty cool/creepy!

 

Here’s the 1984 Super Bowl ad that Apple invested in and debuted days before the Macintosh was unveiled:

 

 

After the Macintosh, Apple introduced a bunch of iterations, from the Macintosh II, to the PowerBook, the iBook, to where we are no, with the current Mac lineup including the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, ‌iMac‌, iMac Pro, Mac mini, and Mac Pro.

 

Maybe this Super Bowl we’ll see an ad for another industry changing device! You know, when the 49ers win. When that happens.

 

 

 

More Apple TV + news

The first season of “Little America,”is available to stream on Apple TV+. Little America is an anthology series created by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, best known for being the creators (and star) of ‘The Big Sick’.

 

It’s eight half hour episodes that each focus on a different immigrant story, from a 12-year-old who has to run a Utah motel on his own after his parents are deported back to India, to a Nigerian grad student who becomes a cowboy.

 

 

According to some critics, the show is the best ‌‌Apple TV‌‌+ show yet, and good news if you agree, because it’s already been renewed for season 2.

 

Check out the trailer below!

 

 

 

In other, spectacular news, Apple has signed a multi-year agreement with award-winning actress, producer, and kickass lady  Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who will develop new projects exclusively for Apple TV+ as both an executive producer and actress.

 

See, I told you, spectacular. 

 


From the source, the kickass lady herself:

 

“I am thrilled about this new partnership with my friends at Apple,” said Louis-Dreyfus. “Also, many thanks and kudos to my representatives for structuring the deal in such a way that I am paid in AirPods.”

 

Apple’s streaming TV service launched in November for $4.99 per month with a one-week trial. Happy streaming!