On Thursday, March 21, Apple has finally secured the AirPower trademark since their first attempt in summer 2018. Advanced Access Technologies had filed an earlier application to trademark the term. However, Apple opposed their application in the trademark of AirPower in January 2019 because it would result in confusion with already existing products, such as AirPlay, AirPort, AirPods, and AirPrint.
After acquiring the AirPower trademark, there are more rumors suggesting the launch for their long-awaited charging accessory. AirPower is a charging mat that has been designed to charge Qi-based iPhones, the Apple Watch and AirPods, using a specially designed wireless compatible AirPods Charging Case, which has also been expecting a soon release. The new mat is big enough to charge all three devices at once, with the AirPower being connected to an external power source. It also has a feature that lets the iPhone display the battery level of each device on the charging mat.
Although the AirPower charging mat was initially to be released in 2018, it has been reported that they are still working out manufacturing issues for the product, such as software bugs and potentially overheating. As far as pricing for the AirPower charging mat, there has not been a given price except for rumors saying it will be between $130-$200. Based on existing Apple products and wireless accessories,, this sounds like the right price range for this new release.
Can an Apple watch really save a life? The answer to this is yes. This advanced technology that you wear on your wrist can actually be of use to your health. This watch is programmed to alert you of high blood pressure, strokes, hard falls, etc. Reminders such as“breathe” is sent to you as it monitors your breathing patterns. If your heart rate goes above 120bpm or lower than 40bpm then you Apple watch will send a notification. There are also motion detectors, meaning if your apple watch feels you’ve taken a hard fall, immediately emergency services will be dialed. If you don’t respond within 1 minute, the watch calls for you and help will be on the way.
Another feature the watch has is the irregular rhythm feature which detects irregular heart rates. There has been quite a few cases where the Apple watch has been proven to work.
For example, a man named David Gilley, 61, living in Atlanta was feeling under the weather. He went to the hospital(his watch told him to) and when he got there he was diagnosed with abnormal heart rate condition.
Another man, Gaston D’aquino, 76, didn’t even know that 2/3 of his coronary arteries were blocked. The only functioning one had 10 percent of it’s usual capacity.
Ira Flatow’s brother didn’t know that his heart rate was 80 bpm over the average until his watch notified him.
My brother was saved by his Apple Watch. After he felt a rapid heart beat >200 bpm, his watch told him to“go to the hospital.” He did and his tachycardia was diagnosed.
If you’re currently shopping for new technology, keep this in mind. Investing in buying an Apple watch can also be useful if you’ve been diagnosed with heart issues. For more information, please visit Apple Watch — Real Stories — Apple.
If you are an Apple user, adding money to your iTunes and App Store accounts may end up benefiting you in the long run. On Sunday, March 10th, Apple launched a promotion allowing customers to obtain a 10% bonus when adding to their Apple Funds. This bonus will be valid until March 14th, 2019 and is being offered to customers adding between $1 and $200 to their accounts.
The promotion can be found on the iPhone by visiting the app store and clicking on the account icon in the top right corner. After clicking on the“AddFunds to Apple ID” tab located right above the“SignOut” tab, customers will be brought to a list of possible dollar amounts to add to their accounts ranging anywhere from $10 to $100 including the option to choose an unlisted amount by clicking on the tab labeled“Other”.All preset amounts include information regarding how much of a bonus would be received if the amount was added to their accounts(by adding $10 a $1 bonus is added, by adding $25 a $2.50 bonus is added etc.) and the same information is added to the“Other”option once it is picked and a dollar amount is added. The process works similarly on a MacBook with the main differences being that customers seeking out the promotion need to click on their icon at the bottom left corner of the app store and click on the link entitled“ViewInformation” in the upper right hand corner of the screen in order to add additional funds to their Apple accounts and get the bonus.
This promotion is beneficial to Apple customers who find themselves generally spending a decent amount of their money on apps and music through both the App store and iTunes store considering it allows customers to buy more with less of an impact to their own personal funds.
The promotion is available to Apple customers only in the United States, however similar promotions have been offered in various countries including Germany where Apple is offering a 15% bonus with the addition of funds to Apple accounts instead of a 10% bonus.
Maybe you’ve heard the buzz that Samsung has made a comeback. Samsung has been coming out with back to back products and they’re selling well. While they’re rising. Apple has been falling down slowly. They have had to lower their prices due to the fact that not all of their customers can afford all of their innovative products. Not to mention the glitches that Apple has been facing. Samsung on the other hand, has been making products that are worth your money.
The Galaxy Buds
Above all, Samsung has yet to release their two products that has everyone talking. Their Samsung Galaxy buds alongside the Galaxy S10 is set to drop March 8 of this year. They’re easy to use for a work out or even just a everyday usage. They will be dropping in three different colors-white, black and canary yellow which matches the Galaxy S10e. One of it’s coolest features? All you have to do I place your buds on the back of your Galaxy 10 and it will charge! The Galaxy S10, S10e and 10+ will all have more storage, an OLED display, and dual rear cameras.
The Galaxy Fold
The all new Galaxy fold, due to release April 26 of this year will include, 512GB of UFS 3.0 storage, two batteries, and 6 cameras total:“10MP camera above the smaller screen, three rear cameras—a 16MP ultra-wide camera, a 12MP wide-angle camera, and a 12MP telephoto camera—on the back of the“cover,”and both a 10MP selfie camera and an 8MP RGB depth camera in the notch above the larger display.” This seems like a good buy because its portable. You can play games, have features of a phone and do work all in one!
Which ever company you feel loyal to, you should always be open to trying out new products, you might fall in love.
Apple AirPods are nothing new to the game. They came out in December of 2016, but only became much more popular in 2018.
You’ve probably heard the buzz about the latest AirPods 2 and it’s true. Said to be dropped later this year, Apple is dropping all new AirPod headphones-and they’re in black! Not only are they changing the color of the headphones from white to black, but it’s also coming out with new improvements. The biggest problem with the first generation of AirPods was that they fall out and are easy to lose. Apple is making it so that there is a grip on the headphones and case, making it easier to grasp.
Apple is also working to refine the audio which was also a concern by customers. They’re including better bass response and sound quality. The headphones will come in with Bluetooth 5.0. The originals are currently set at Bluetooth 4.2. This means that battery life, speed and range will be majorly improved.
Last but not least, Apple would like to include biometric sensors to the list of improvements. Though all these additions and tweaks are nice, it comes with a price tag. The original AirPods are worth $159(£159 in the UK), the AirPod 2 will be listed at $200 ( £200 in the UK).
If you’ve been reading the news lately you’ve probably heard about the Apple FaceTime glitch. If you haven’t, then we’ll briefly fill you in about it. There was a glitch in the system where even if you didn’t pick up a FaceTime call, people could listen in on your conversation and turn he FaceTime into a live microphone. Creepy, right?
Grant Thompson , a 14 year old teenage boy, was the one who discovered the glitch. He was doing a group FaceTime call, Apple’s latest addition to IOS, when he uncovered this bug. He and his mother both contacted Apple immediately after that. The mind blowing part was how long it took apple to finally get back and address the situation. Once they looked into it (a week later) they quickly got to working on a way to resolve this issue.
As a result, Apple temporarily disabled group face time until they could get the bug under the control. Shortly after, they created the IOS 12.1.4 update. This update assures safety and privacy to talk freely on the phone and on your Mac without feeling like someone is listening in. It is highly recommended that you do this update.
Apple could release at least two new iPads this year, including a cheaper version of the iPad mini. According to Bloomberg, there was no new version of iPad mini since 2015. The other upcoming iPad reportedly has a 10-inch screen with a faster processor and might be released as soon as this spring. That device would keep its Lightning port like it used to do for the past few years.
Bloomberg also reports that Apple is considering to release an upgraded new iPad Pro for spring 2020. And they would introduce a laser-powered 3D camera to Apple devices. It also seems to be focusing on the new iPad for the next version of iOS, iOS 13. This version might include iPad-specific updates. For instance, a new home screen and tabbed apps, as well as improvements to file management.
Earlier this week, programmer Steven Troughton-Smith uncovered references to four new iPad models in the iOS 12.2 code. He expected that one of them might be a mini.
MacRumors also spotted Eurasian Economic Commission Database registrations for seven new iPads. Apple most recently announced its new iPad Pro with Face ID at an event in Brooklyn, New York this past October. It also includes gesture controls like the ones used on newer iPhones, although it sounds like for this next generation of iPad, Apple might debut features on the tablets.
Its biggest problem is taking consumers for granted at home and abroad.
Apple’s problem isn’t a slow-down in the Chinese economy or the US-China trade war. Its biggest problem is taking consumers for granted at home and abroad.
At domestic sales, Apple considers the iPhone as a unique product. So there is a myth that the Apple’s sales market would keep growing and that the consumers would pay higher and higher prices for new iPhones. Actually it WAS true a decades ago, when the Apple was the only pioneer and service provider in the smartphone market.
But it isn’t true nowadays. While some Apple fans still find Apple products unique, there’s plenty of competition from other smartphone manufacturers.
Meanwhile, service providers no longer subsidize smartphone sales, as the smartphone market grows over and over. This change in the market conditions and circumstances, has made it increasingly difficult for Apple to stick to its old strategy. To introduce new versions of Apple’s product and to have consumers pay higher prices for them.
“For Apple bears, the current environment highlights the fundamental challenge the company is facing in its next stage of growth: convincing customers that they should pay more for iPhones, at a time when the smartphone industry has hit a peak and cheaper phones are flooding the market,” says Haris Anwar, Senior Analyst at Investing.com.
Some oversea consumers have other choices in smartphone market: Apple’s problem
Overseas, Apple assumed that consumers are as anxious as American consumers to get hold of its products. While this is true for consumers in other developed countries, it isn’t for emerging markets like China, India, and Brazil. So there was the room where Asian manufacturers could catch up the Apple, with affordable smartphones. This situation might have made the Apple’s Problem worse.
Here is another example of the company who took consumers for granted and suffered the consequences. Back in the 1990s, McDonald’s only focused on building new restaurants and buying up other food chains. And it neglected to keep up with the demands of new generations of consumers. Growth and profitability declined, as consumers searched elsewhere for value.
Solving Apple’s problem depends on Apple coming up with the right product to address the peculiarity and specificity of smartphone market.
The long-awaited Apple’s TV service is on this year?
Apple might be planning to launch its own TV service in the first half of 2019. Apple CEO Tim Cook told CNBC’s Mad Money host Jim Cramer in an exclusive interview that the company will announce new “services” this year. While Cook didn’t say what kind of services.
TV Manufacturers are suddenly, mysteriously embracing Apple
At CES 2019, there’s been a series of surprise announcements from TV manufacturers that are suddenly supporting Apple’s AirPlay 2 and HomeKit. They allow you to cast content directly from your iPhone, iPad and Mac. Even the major rivals of Apple, Google and Samsung do this. Furthermore, Samsung will actually support iTunes, too, enabling you to access movies and TV shows from iTunes.
This make us to expect Apple might be ready to pump with those hardware manufacturers for the upcoming TV service.
Then, there’s content: Apple has been spending over $1 billion on original TV content with no obvious platform. Another report suggested that some of those original shows were slated to debut as soon as this March. And another still claimed that those shows might be free for people who own Apple devices. But it’s not clear yet what other services Apple might be talking about.
Cook also addressed reports that the iPhone XR might not be selling as well as expected, saying that it has still been the most popular iPhone every day since launch. He also said wearable device business is bringing in more money than the iPod ever did. The Apple Watch and AirPods made 50 percent more money than iPod at peak sales.
Apple’s digital assistant, Siri just vaulted past Alexa and Cortana in an 800-question test.
Over the recent few years, voice-controlled digital assistants, like Siri, have popular in our everyday life. For more examples there are Amazon’s Alexa, Alphabet’s Google Assistant, and Microsoft’s Cortana inhabit all kind of electronic devices.
When Siri got back in 2010, this digital darling was revolutionary, but other companies started to follow this new sensation. Plus, Apple didn’t move fast to adapt the artificial intelligence (AI) that powered its digital assistant. On the other hand, competitors invested aggressively and gained acceleration from the beginning.
Over the past couple of years, however, Apple has been working to restore Siri to her former glory. New data released by Loup Ventures shows that Siri is quickly gaining ground.
A comprehensive exam
Longtime Apple follower Gene Munster and fellow analyst Will Thompson set out to test the performance of the digital assistants. These are four of the most widely used smart speakers: Amazon Echo (Alexa), Google Home (Google Assistant), HomePod (Siri), and the Invoke (Cortana) by Harman Kardon, a division of Samsung Electronics.
The process of the test was asking a series of 800 questions to each. They observed how the digital assistants answered the questions which held in five categories.
Local: Where is the nearest coffee shop?
Commerce: Can you order me more paper towels?
Navigation: How do I get to uptown on the bus?
Information: Who do the Twins play tonight?
Command: Remind me to call Steve at 2 p.m. today.
Siri took second place, and this was just right behind Google Assistant. Also, the report revealed that Siri’s score improved by more than 22 points — more than any other competitor. Siri answered 74.6% of questions correctly, and it is an improvement from the 52.3% tested in February 2018.
The report cites HomePod’s tight integration with Siri on the iPhone and its ability to access email, calendar, and messaging as contributing to its victory in that category. It took second place in three of the remaining four categories, but came in last in the Information segment.
Those investments are paying off
Earlier this year, Apple hired John Giannandrea to let him take the lead its recently reorganized AI, machine learning, and Siri teams. Also, Giannandrea had got promotion to the executive team, as senior vice president of machine learning and artificial intelligence strategy.
Apple has long been behind in the AI field, because the company primarily had rigid stance on user privacy. AI uses large data sets but at the same time, involves transferring user data to the cloud. Apple has been trying to develop alternative ways. For instance, they can process data at the device level, which keeps user data more secure by keeping it out of the cloud.