'The iPhone X didn’t sell well during the holiday season': Apple suppliers talk about the company's struggling sales
- Device sales declined 1% in the last quarter.
- Harrison and Chowdhury don't disclose which supply companies their sources work for.
- And their quotes are anonymous, likely because Apple makes its vendors sign strict legal confidentiality agreements that prevent them from talking.
- The comments are interesting because they work at companies like Cirrus Logic, Qorvo, and Jabil, who have knowledge of how many iPhone units Apple needs to produce to meet demand.
- The analysts lowered their iPhone sales estimates to 219.4 million devices, up 1%, for fiscal Q2 (calendar Q1) versus expectations of 6% growth.
- The believe that full-year growth will be up 2%, lower than analyst consensus of 3%.
- The iPhone SE is Apple's smallest and cheapest phone.
- "There is talk of an iPhone SE2 model," one of their sources said.
Steve Jobs pre-Apple job application auctioned off for $174,000
- An Internet entrepreneur from England was the winning bidder, Boston-based auction house RR Auction said on Friday, but the buyer wished to remain anonymous.
- The application dated 1973, complete with spelling and punctuation errors, had been expected to fetch about $50,000.
- The sale price reached on Thursday was $174,757, the auction house said.
- Under a section titled “Special Abilities,” Jobs wrote “tech or design engineer.
- — from Bay near Hewitt-Packard,” a reference to pioneering California technology company Hewlett-Packard and the San Francisco Bay area.
- The document does not state what position or company the application was intended for.
- Jobs and friend Steve Wozniak founded Apple about three years later.
- RR Auction said the high price reflected the continuing influence of Jobs, who died of cancer in 2011 at the age of 56.
The daughter that Steve Jobs once disavowed is writing a memoir about her childhood
- This week, publisher Grove Press announced that 39-year-old Lisa Brennan-Jobs is bringing out a book, "Small Fry," about growing up with the late Apple cofounder and her mother, artist Chrisann Brennan.
- The Associated Press reports it will be released on September 4, 2018.
- Brennan-Jobs was born in 1978 in a California commune, but Jobs initially denied she was his daughter, though they ultimately reconciled.
- And in 1983, Apple brought out the Apple Lisa desktop computer (the name nominally standing for Local Integrated Systems Architecture).
- She went on to study at Harvard University, where her relationship with her father was strained, and at one point he cut her off financially.
Apple is holding an event on March 27 — and it looks like new iPads are coming
- Apple is holding an event on March 27, possibly to release new hardware products.
- In 2012, Apple held an event in New York City to talk about education, where it unveiled its iBooks 2 platform, its tool for making and publishing books online, but even that event was all about the iPad. This one will likely be similar.
- Apple most recently launched an updated iPad Pro at WWDC last year.
- This year, Apple is rumored to be updating its iPad Pro lineup with an iPhone X-style design that has narrower bezels and the iPhone X's TrueDepth camera that's used for FaceID and Animoji, according to a report from analyst Jun Zhang of Rosenblatt Securities obtained by Macworld.
Android Wear is now Wear OS by Google
- Google explains that Android Wear was always meant to bring wearables to as many people as possible.
- After bringing iOS support to Android Wear in August 2015, Google has continued to make sure the platform works for both Android and iOS users.
- In 2017, one out of three new Android Wear watch owners also used an iPhone, Google revealed.
- Since launch, more than 50 watches running Android Wear have been built so far “to help you manage your fitness, connect with the people who matter most, and show you the information you care about.” The company saw more than 60 percent year-over-year growth in activations between the 2016 holiday season and the 2017 holiday season.
- Update at 8 p.m. Pacific: Google has released a list of watches that will get the Wear OS platform update.
Spotify users really do love the service and plan to stay loyal — these stats prove it
- Some 92% of Spotify users in the US plan to either keep using the service as much as they are now or actually up their usage, according to a new survey conducted by Goodwater Capital, a venture-capital firm that focuses on consumer technology companies.
- Consumers were also more likely to recommend Spotify to other people than other music services, according to Goodwater.
- Spotify's Net Promoter Score— which gauges how likely consumers are to recommend a service or product — was 24, the highest in its group.
- Among consumers younger than 30 — which represents the core audience for music streaming services, Goodwater found — Spotify's NPS score was 32.
- Consumers who have devices that run Apple's iOS were six times more likely to use Apple Music than Google Play Music.
- Conversely, consumers with Android devices were five times more likely to use Google Play Music than Apple Music.
Apple blocks App Store in Iran
- Apparently bowing to government pressure, Apple today blocked Iranian users from accessing its App Store.
- While the decision does not appear to be fully voluntary on Apple’s part, it comes after nearly two years of smaller-scale removals of apps submitted by Iranian developers, which were previously attributed to U.S. sanctions.
- According to tweets from iOS developer Saeed Taheri and others, Iranian users attempting to view the App Store are now shown an error message.
- A message to developers noted that no App Store was available for the territory of Iran, and that as facilitating transactions for Iranian entities “may not comply” with U.S. sanctions, Apple would not accept Iranian apps until “international trade laws are revised to allow this functionality.” The removals continued in August 2017, as Apple said that it could not “host, distribute, or do business with apps or developers” connected to Iran.
23 lesser-known cofounders of the biggest tech companies, and where they are now
- The same year he left Apple, Wozniak finished earning his degree from UC Berkeley (under the fake name "Rocky Raccoon Clark") and founded a company that built the first programmable universal remote control.
- Jack Dorsey played a huge role in developing Twitter as a product, but he wasn't the founder of the company; he wasn't even referred to as the first or second most important player as recently as 2011.
- Williams pushed the team to come up with a new idea when iTunes announced the podcasting platform for iPods in 2005, and an idea from an Odeo web designer named Jack Dorsey caught Glass' attention.
- The three of them reportedly had a non-written agreement to share ownership and profit: Spiegel as CEO, Murphy as CTO, and Brown as CMO.
How Apple let Siri fall behind the Google Assistant and Alexa
- It's no secret that Siri is way behind other voice assistants like the Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa when it comes to comprehension and total number of skills.
- Apple has drastically improved Siri over the years, adding new features and upgrading its voice to sound more human-like, but its ongoing shortcomings really revealed themselves in the recent launch of the HomePod, the company's first product that's almost entirely controlled by the voice assistant.
- According to the report, after acquiring the original Siri app in 2010 for $200 million, Apple proceeded to quickly integrate the digital assistant into the iPhone 4S in 2011.
- Instead of continuously updating Siri so that it would get smarter faster, Richard Williamson, one of the former iOS chief Scott Forstall's deputies, reportedly only wanted to update the assistant annually to coincide with new iOS releases.
Shoppers are complaining that Apple Stores have become a 'hell on earth' like the DMV — and it's a growing crisis for the tech giant
- Many customers are now comparing their Apple Store experiences to those they've had at a different place: the dreaded DMV.
- Twitter TheOnlyDJQuallsA recent trip to a New York City Apple Store by Business Insider's Avery Hartmans revealed a chaotic, hellish mess.
- Employees told Business Insider's Kif Leswing in November 2017 that overcrowding was a huge concern and that Apple's existing customer service model simply wasn't functional anymore.
- Simply put, too many people need assistance at Apple Stores — and employees don't have the time to help everyone immediately.
- Irritated customers tired of waiting for simple assistance tend to be less than impressed by Apple Stores' unique design.
- They also feature a new approach to the Genius Bar with the "Genius Grove," which allows a section of the store to be focused on repairs and assistance without involving lines.