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Apple's Schiller steps down from marketing role but retains App Store

Apple Inc on Tuesday said Phil Schiller, one of its most publicly visible executives, is leaving his post as senior vice president of worldwide marketing to become an “Apple Fellow” but will retain leadership of the App Store.

Greg Joswiak, who previously oversaw marketing of Apple’s products, will take over for Schiller as senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Apple said.

In addition to overseeing the App Store, Schiller, who is known for his on-stage appearances to introduce new Apple products, will continue to oversee Apple’s events.

Schiller joined Apple in 1987 at age 27, experiencing both the company’s struggles in the mid-1990s and its ascendance after the return of co-founder Steve Jobs in 1996.

“I’ll keep working here as long as they will have me. I bleed six colors, but I also want to make some time in the years ahead for my family, friends, and a few personal projects I care deeply about,” Schiller said in statement.

In addition to overseeing all of Apple’s marketing, Schiller guided the company’s products and served as one of the few public faces authorized to speak freely for the company.

In recent years, that has included defending Apple’s App Store, the centerpiece of its $46.3 billion-per-year services business. It has come under criticism from developers who say its fees and rules create an uneven playing field to compete with the iPhone maker. Schiller has overseen the App Store since 2015, after taking it over from Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of internet software and services, who had run it since 2011.

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Joswiak is also an Apple veteran who has been with the company for more than 20 years. He oversaw marketing for the original iPod and iPad. In recent years, has taken on an increasing role in Apple’s public events and media interviews. He will report to Chief Executive Tim Cook.

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Apple's Taiwan suppliers, Samsung apply for India's local smartphone scheme

Apple's Taiwan suppliers, Samsung apply for India's local smartphone scheme

Apple Inc’s Taiwan contract manufacturers Foxconn, Wistron Corp and Pegatron Corp have applied for India’s $6.5 billion scheme to boost local smartphone manufacturing, the country’s tech minister said on Saturday.

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  • Last Updated: August 1, 2020, 2:08 PM IST

NEW DELHI Apple Inc’s Taiwan contract manufacturers Foxconn, Wistron Corp and Pegatron Corp have applied for India’s $6.5 billion scheme to boost local smartphone manufacturing, the country’s tech minister said on Saturday.

South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has also applied for the production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme, technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told a news conference.

The plan offers companies cash incentives on additional sales of devices made locally over five years, with 2019-2020 as the base year.

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Can Apple's 24X7 services store-front make up for falling iPhone sales?

Many of Apple Inc’s physical stores re-opened and re-closed in recent months because of spikes in cases of the novel coronavirus.

But two of the iPhone maker’s most important storefronts were open the whole time: The App Store and Apple’s content businesses such as music and streaming video.

When Apple reports earnings Thursday, investors will be keen to see if its services segment raked in enough to help offset expected declines in most hardware sales and uncertainty about the timing of this fall’s iPhone lineup, historically the company’s biggest sales driver.

Analysts expect pandemic disruptions to pull down total revenue about 3% year-over-year to $52.1 billion and Apple’s bellwether iPhone business by nearly 14% in the third quarter, according to IBES data from Refinitiv as of July 28.

The two expected growth spots are services revenue – expected to be up 15% to $13.18 billion – and revenue from the companies wearables segment, expected to rise 8.6% to $6 billion, according to Refinitiv data on July 28.

Investors have viewed Apple as a comparative safe haven during the pandemic, pushing up shares 65% since mid-March when much of the world was urged to stay home to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

When Apple last reported its fiscal second quarter in April, the company did not give a forecast. Analysts do not expect it to give a forecast when it reports this week but will be listening for clues about whether iPhone production for this fall is on track after reports of production delays because of the pandemic.

Analysts are also likely to watch for clues about whether the budget iPhone SE, priced at $399 and released in April, is helping Apple gain or retain customers.

Twenty-nine analysts rate Apple “buy” or “strong buy” and seven say “hold” and three have “sell” or lower ratings.

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Zoom Surpasses TikTok's Record of Most Downloads on Apple's App Store

FILE PHOTO:  A 3D printed Zoom logo is placed on the keyboard in this illustration taken April 12, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File photo

FILE PHOTO: A 3D printed Zoom logo is placed on the keyboard in this illustration taken April 12, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File photo

From April through June-end, Zoom was downloaded from App Store 94 million times more than TikTok’s previous record of 67 million downloads.

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  • Last Updated: July 21, 2020, 2:14 PM IST

US-based Video meet app Zoom app has broken Chinese short video making app TikTok’s record of most downloaded app on Apple App Store. From April through June-end, Zoom was downloaded from App Store 94 million times ’40 per cent more than TikTok’s previous record of 67 million downloads, reveals data from analytics firm Sensor Tower.

YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Google Meet, Messenger, WhatsApp, Netflix and Microsoft Teams rounded out the top 10 for the App Store. Overall, Zoom was downloaded 303 million times during Q2 on both App Store and Google Play Store. According to Sensor Tower data, the spread of COVID-19 made a dramatic impact on the app landscape.

Worldwide app downloads reached an all-time high of 37.8 billion in the second quarter – an increase of 31.7 per cent year-over-year. App Store installs grew 22.6 per cent to 9.1 billion, while Google Play saw 34.9 per cent growth, reaching 28.7 billion.

Worldwide app downloads reached an all-time high of 37.8 billion in Q2 2020, an increase of 31.7 per cent year-over-year. App Store installs grew 22.6 per cent to 9.1 billion, while Google Play saw 34.9 per cent growth, reaching 28.7 billion. Zoom in June announced that its revenue surged 169 per cent to $328.2 million in Q1 from a year earlier.


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Google Confirms Launch of a New File-Sharing Tool Soon to Take on Apple's AirDrop

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Image for Representation (Reuters)

Users can share files such as photos and videos, links, and other stuff as well through the upcoming feature.

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  • Last Updated: July 2, 2020, 12:49 PM IST

Google has confirmed that its ‘Nearby Sharing’ feature is coming soon and is rolling out to some beta users on Android. The search engine giant is running a limited beta test of ‘Nearby Sharing’ with select Android users, but the test field is very small, reports Android Police.

The feature will allow users to share files between Android devices quickly, easily, and wirelessly, has been compared to Apple’s AirDrop. To get the feature, one needs to sign up to be a beta tester for Google Play Services. A user can do that by simply visiting the Play Store listing and opting into the beta.

After that, one will need to wait for a bit until an update appears. After installing beta one will see “Nearby Share” in the share sheet when sharing from apps. A user can share files such as photos and videos, links, and other stuff as well. When a device nearby wants to share with the user, a notification will appear and one can tap it to make the device visible.


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Apple's Covid-19 Screening Tool Introduces Anonymous Data Sharing With Health Officials

Apple Covid-19 Screening Tool. (Apple Insider)

Apple Covid-19 Screening Tool. (Apple Insider)

Apple in late March launched a COVID-19 website and app with a screening tool and other information about the new coronavirus pandemic.

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  • Last Updated: June 10, 2020, 11:02 AM IST

Apple has updated its coronavirus screening app where users can now anonymously share data like age and symptoms that would be used to help health officials better fight Covid-19 pandemic. The anonymously shared data will help state public health agencies and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reports TechCrunch.

Apple in late March launched a COVID-19 website and app with a screening tool and other information about the new coronavirus pandemic. This app is different from the Apple-Google Exposure Notification API. Apple made it clear that the data would now personally identify users and would be aggregated as an additional privacy mechanism.

Apple recently updated its coronavirus screening app with new information about COVID-19 symptoms and mask tips. New symptoms that could be signs of COVID-19 include chills, shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and loss of smell or taste.

Previously known symptoms of the disease include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus which is responsible for COVID-19, the CDC said. “To help you stay informed, understand symptoms and take proper steps to protect your health, Apple has created a COVID-19 website and a US app in partnership with the CDC,” according to CEO Tim Cook.




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FBI Manages to Break Into a US Gunman's iPhone Without Apple's Assistance

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The iPhone belonged to Mohammed Aishamrani, the Saudi air force officer, prime accused in the Florida Naval Air Station shooting in December 2019.

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  • Last Updated: May 19, 2020, 11:48 AM IST

The US government has accessed an iPhone of a terrorist involved in December shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, without any help from Apple despite repeated requests. In a media briefing, US Attorney General William Barr said that Mohammed Alshamrani, the Saudi air force officer accused of killing three classmates and injuring eight others at Florida Naval Air Station on December 6 was affiliated with Al Qaeda.

Alshamrani shot one of his two iPhones, which the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) wanted to examine but Apple refused once again, reports NBCNews. “Apple’s decision has dangerous consequences for public safety and national security and is, in my judgment, unacceptable,” Barr said on Monday.

The FBI director Chris Wray credited technical skill of the agency in accessing the iPhone “We received effectively no help from Apple,” said Wray. According to Forbes, the FBI has spent $72,150 on GrayKey technology in April that can break through Apple encryption and get data. The agency has spent over $1 million on the technology that costs $15,000-$30,000 for a license.

Apple earlier defended its stance on hardware encryption, as the FBI asked the Cupertino-based giant to unlock two iPhones owned by the Florida shooter. “Building back doors into encryption is not the way we are going to solve those issues,” Jane Horvath, Apple’s Senior Director of Global Privacy, said in January this year. Apple also denied FBI access to an iPhone belonging to the shooter in San Bernardino terror attack in 2016. The FBI had to pay professional hackers to break into the device.




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Apple's Siri Will Now Give Out Information Related to Coronavirus Pandemic in India

A new Apple Siri feature providing audio news briefs with the latest COVID-19 information has now come to Indian users. Apple last month updated its Siri voice assistant with information and assets designed to help users in the US who have flu symptoms and believe they are suffering from coronavirus.

The feature is now live in several countries, including India, according to the company. The feature is triggered by queries like “Hey Siri, do I have the coronavirus?” and “Hey Siri, I think I have COVID-19.”

Siri will ask users if they are exhibiting symptoms of the disease, such as fever, dry cough or shortness of breath. It will advise people who say they have extreme or life-threatening symptoms to consider calling the local health services.

The users who answer “yes” to certain questions, specifically those referencing COVID-19 symptoms, are urged to isolate and closely monitor the situation or contact a medical provider. Just say “Play COVID-19 news” or “Play the Coronavirus news” and Siri will update you with the latest news. The news briefs are available across all Apple devices and in India, the source is the BBC World Service.

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Coronavirus Delays Production of iPhone 12, But Will Not Affect Apple's Launch Cycle: Report

iPhone 12 Pro leaked renders in Navy Blue.

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iPhone 12 Pro leaked renders in Navy Blue.

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If the rumour mill is to be believed then the Apple iPhone 12 line up will include four models this year.

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  • Last Updated: February 14, 2020, 1:48 PM IST

Apple’s upcoming flagship range, the iPhone 12 series’ production is likely to get delayed but the same is not likely to affect the date of its scheduled launch in September this year. The delay in the production of the upcoming iPhone has occurred due to the outbreak of Coronavirus in China.

Unnamed sources have been quoted by Digi Times as stating that the iPhone 12’s production will not begin in June, however, even in that case, Apple’s launch of the iPhone 12 lineup in September is likely to get affected. Meanwhile, what must be taken into consideration is that Apple has stopped sending engineers to China to assist with the Engineering Validation Test of iPhone 12 development. It is also being said that there is a high demand for the new A14 chip as orders going up to 50-percent higher compared to the A13 chips. This is notably due to the fact Apple is going aggressive when it comes to rolling out 5G on its phones.

If the rumour mill is to be believed then the Apple iPhone 12 line up will include four models this year. All four are expected to feature 5G connectivity and will be available in four sizes, a 5.4-inch OLED iPhone, a 6.1-inch OLED iPhone with dual-rear cameras, a 6.1-inch OLED iPhone with triple rear-cameras and the new 3D time-of-flight sensor, and a 6.7-inch OLED iPhone. Further, the report also adds that suppliers based in Taiwan are gearing up for the production of a lower-cost iPhone which is being rumored to be known as iPhone 9 or iPhone SE 2.