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02.24.17 | 6:01 am

Apple is investigating a report that an iPhone 7 Plus exploded

The last thing the company wants is a Galaxy Note 7 situation on its hands. Apple says they should know more in a week, reports Mashable.

02.23.17 | 5:54 am

Apple denounces Trump’s repeal of transgender bathroom guidelines

The iPhone giant was the first tech company to publicly speak out against Trump's order, reports Recode:

"Apple believes everyone deserves a chance to thrive in an environment free from stigma and discrimination. We support efforts toward greater acceptance, not less, and we strongly believe that transgender students should be treated as equals. We disagree with any effort to limit or rescind their rights and protections."

02.17.17 | 12:00 pm

Apple has decided that the iPad Pro isn’t a computer after all

Last August, Apple released an iPad Pro ad that positioned the tablet as an amazing computer. Now it has a new commercial that declares that the iPad Pro isn't a computer, but rather something better—faster than most laptops, with optional built-in LTE and the Pencil stylus. The semantic shift illustrates the challenge of explaining a device that has a distinctly different set of pros and cons than a garden-variety PC. And that issue is one of the factors that has made the iPad a tougher long-term sell for Apple than many of us would have predicted a few years ago.

I love my iPad Pro and use it for 95% of the things I used to accomplish with a laptop, so I'm down with Apple's pitch. But I wouldn't be startled if skittish Mac fans fret about the ad's message. Macs, after all, are most assuredly computers.

   

02.15.17 | 3:54 pm

Imports report suggests Samsung sold more phones in the U.S. than Apple in Q4 2016

New data from Panjiva shows that smartphone shipments to the U.S. from South Korea and Vietnam (where Samsung phones are made) grew by 9.8% during the last three months of 2016. Meanwhile, Panjiva says, shipments from China (where the iPhone is made) declined by 3.4%. Based on these numbers, Panjiva floats the idea that Samsung sold more phones in the U.S. than Apple. Not enough data to confirm that, but interesting.  

02.14.17 | 5:59 am

Apple’s first TV show, Planet of the Apps, will air this spring

The show is a Shark Tank-style competition where Jessica Alba, Gwyneth Paltrow, and others will judge 60-second pitches from developers who want to build the next big app, reports TNW. If the devs make it through the first round, they'll go on to work with the advisor developing a business around the app, and then pitch the idea to a VC firm for a chance to receive millions in funding.

02.13.17 | 6:28 am

Here’s the first trailer for Apple’s Carpool Karaoke

But there's still no announced release date for the show itself.

02.09.17 | 11:15 am

Tim Cook explains Apple’s opposition to ban: “Steve [Jobs] was the son of an immigrant.”

During a fireside chat at Scotland's University of Glasgow yesterday, the Apple CEO talked about the immigration ban, last year's FBI encryption saga, Apple's renewable energy initiatives, and its use of health tech. He also repeated a line he wrote in a memo to employees: "Apple would not exist without immigration," adding that "Steve was the son of an immigrant." Jobs' father Abdulfattah "John" Jandali was born and raised in Syria, notes VentureBeat.

02.08.17 | 6:06 am

Apple just hired Amazon’s Fire TV head for its Apple TV division

Timothy D. Twerdahl, who ran Amazon's Fire TV unit since 2013, will now oversee product marketing of the Apple TV, reports Bloomberg.

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02.06.17 | 12:00 pm

Apple records first annual decline in iPhone shipments in China, while Oppo surges

Overall, iPhone shipments in China in 2016 declined 23%, compared to 2015, and its market share dropped 4 percentage points to 9.6%, according to a new report from IDC. Despite the poor numbers, analysts don't believe that Chinese competitors have "actually eaten away Apple's market share. Most Apple users are expected to be holding out for the new iPhone that will be launched this year, and that will help the brand to see a growth in 2017." 

Also slipping was Xiaomi, whose shipments dropped 36% year-over-year. The biggest surprise was Oppo, a brand that lacks name recognition in the rest of the world. Its annual shipments grew 122 percent to 78.4 million and tops the list of smartphone makers in China.

02.02.17 | 5:53 am

Here’s the draft letter to Trump opposing his travel ban from Google, Apple, and Facebook

via Recode:

Dear President Trump,

Since the country's birth, America has been the land of opportunity—welcoming newcomers and giving them the chance to build families, careers, and businesses in the United States. We are a nation made stronger by immigrants. As entrepreneurs and business leaders, our ability to grow our companies and create jobs depends on the contributions of immigrants from all backgrounds.

We share your goal of ensuring that our immigration system meets today's security needs and keeps our country safe. We are concerned, however, that your recent executive order will affect many visa holders who work hard here in the United States and contribute to our country's success. In a global economy, it is critical that we continue to attract the best and brightest from around the world. We welcome the changes your administration has made in recent days in how the Department of Homeland Security will implement the executive order, and we stand ready to help your administration identify other opportunities to ensure that our employees can travel with predictability and without undue delay.

Our nation's compassion is a part of what makes it exceptional, and we are committed to helping your administration identify approaches for thorough screening without a blanket suspension of admissions under the U.S. Refugee Admissions program. While security and vetting procedures can and should always be subject to continuous evaluation and improvement, a blanket suspension is not the right approach.

Similarly, we stand ready to identify ways of helping to achieve your stated goal of bringing clarity to the future of the 750,000 Dreamers in this country under the protections of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in a way "that will make people happy and proud." Removing these protections by barring renewals would effectively end the program and eliminate the ability for these Dreamers to work and live without the fear of deportation.

The business community shares your commitment to growing the American economy and expanding job creation across the country. We hire both thousands of Americans and some of the most talented people from abroad, who work together to help our companies succeed and expand our overall employment. As you contemplate changes to the nation's complex and interconnected immigration policies, whether business and employment-based visas, refugees, or DACA, we hope that you will use us as a resource to help achieve immigration policies that both support the work of American businesses and reflect American values.

02.01.17 | 12:17 pm

IDC: Apple sold more phones than Samsung in Q4 2016 after strong iPhone 7 push

*Apple sold 78.3 million smartphones worldwide in the December-ending quarter, IDC says. Samsung sold 77.5 million.

*IDC preliminary data shows smartphone vendors together shipped a total of 428.5 million units during the fourth quarter of 2016.

*For full-year 2016, a total of 1.47 billion smartphones shipped around the world, even as fears continue that the market is shrinking.

*Full year 2016 sales marked the highest year of shipments on record, IDC says, but that was just a 2.3% increase from the 1.44 billion units shipped in 2015.

See the full press release, and more graphs, here.