Apple users send 200,000 iMessages every second

Since being introduced back in 2011, iMessage has gone on to become a monster hit for Apple as a communication tool. How popular is it? According to Eddy Cue, iOS users cumulatively send up to 200,000 per second: a number which adds up to a whopping 63 quadrillion messages per year. “The scale for this […]

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Tidal artist Prince disses Apple for taking money from musicians

Apple Music may be gaining an edge over rival companies like Spotify thanks to its remuneration of artists — but in a new interview, the artist currently known as Prince inexplicably blames Cupertino for musicians making no money on the Internet. “Tell me a musician who’s got rich off digital sales,” Prince told the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper, adding that, […]

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Jony Ive explains why Apple Pencil is unlike any other stylus

In what seems to be less of a rare occurrence these days, Chief Design Officer of Apple Jony Ive gave an interview  about the iPad Pro for launch day. Specifically, he talks about the infamous optional accessory called the Apple Pencil. Being that most people at first glance will see this as an overpriced, $100 stylus, it’s fair […]

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Apple’s Eddy Cue Talks Enterprise, iPad Pro at Dropbox Conference

Apple’s SVP of software and services Eddy Cue today spoke at the Dropbox Open conference, where he talked about Apple’s enterprise efforts and the upcoming 12.9-inch iPad Pro in an interview with Dropbox CEO Drew Houston. Several conference attendees covered Cue’s remarks in a series of tweets with the hashtag DropboxOpen, giving some insight into the topics he covered.

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According to Cue, Apple’s success in the enterprise segment is a natural evolution of its success in the consumer space, as it’s bridged the gap between devices used at home and devices used at work. Things „important to the consumer,“ he says, are „important to the enterprise.“

We’ve always been a consumer company. We’ve been trying to create products for individuals and part of that was creating a product that had tools that allowed people to do things with them that we could never even imagine. And what’s happened is if you look at the world today you work 24 by 7.

You’re awake, you take it home with you, you take it everywhere. There’s no longer the „enterprise“ in the sense of the products you use there that you don’t use somewhere else. Now you get to use the products everywhere.

Apple is hoping the iPad Pro will further boost its enterprise sales, with Cue saying there’s still a „huge opportunity“ for growth. Cue also said he believes enterprise has a long way to go to catch up on new mobile technologies the way consumers have. During the interview, Cue brought out an iPad Pro to show off on stage, and teased the audience, asking them to look under their chairs to find nothing underneath.

At the start the interview, Houston said he couldn’t wait to get his hands on an iPad Pro, to which Cue responded „Only a few more days,“ potentially suggesting the iPad Pro’s launch will happen soon. Current rumors have indicated the iPad Pro will be available in stores on November 11, but it’s possible Apple could accept pre-orders before that date.

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Tony Fadell says Steve Jobs was considering an Apple Car in 2008

Steve Jobs was considering building an Apple Car as far back as 2008, the year after successfully launching the iPhone, according to a new interview with Nest CEO and iPod co-creator Tony Fadell. Speaking with Bloomberg TV’s Emily Chang, Fadell says that he and Jobs enjoyed “a couple of walks” (Jobs’ favored way of taking […]

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Eddy Cue: Apple TV will make viewing a more interactive experience

Apps on Apple TV could allow for Periscope-style feedback to live broadcasts, says Apple Senior VP Eddy Cue in a new interview with CNNMoney‘s Brian Stelter. That’s one of the most fascinating points raised in a short conversation about Apple’s streaming set-top box ambitions, which also touches on a number of other topics — including Apple’s […]

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Attention, Netflix users! Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview is about to be… lost

Between Alex Gibney’s The Man in the Machine documentary and the new Steve Jobs biopic, there’s no shortage of viewing material out there at the moment if you’re interested in Steve Jobs. But Netflix-subscribing Steve Jobs completists may want to check out one other Jobs artefact, in the form of 2012’s Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview. […]

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Tim Cook Talks Apple Watch, iPhone 6s, Apple TV, Cars, Privacy, and More at WSJDLive

Apple CEO Tim Cook is on stage for the opening night of the WSJDLive conference in Palm Springs, California, with Wall Street Journal editor Gerry Baker interviewing Cook about a variety of topics. Live coverage of the interview is being offered by publications including WSJ.D and The Verge, and we’ll be updating this post with highlights from the session.

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– On whether Apple wants to control every facet of our lives: Apple does very few products, and puts a lot of care into them, but Apple does want you to have a seamless experience throughout your home and work life.

– Citing competitive reasons, Cook once again declines to share Apple Watch sales numbers. „We shipped a lot the first quarter, then last quarter we shipped even more. And I can predict this quarter we will ship even more.“ Addressing Baker’s skepticism about the device, Cook refers to customer satisfaction being „off the charts.“

– Talking now about iPhone 6s and the iPhone Upgrade Program, Cook insists it’s not meant to compete with carriers. It’s simply a plan for people who want to get a new iPhone every year. Addressing the need to keep innovating on iPhone and whether Apple is on a two-year cycle as it appears to many people, Cook stresses all of the new features included on the iPhone 6s.

– Cook says Apple Music has 6.5 million paying customers and 8.5 million more still on free trials. Cook stresses the human curation aspect of Apple Music and notes the company feels „fantastic“ about customer uptake so far.

– Regarding Apple TV, Cook sees it as a „foundation“ for a new type of experience as Apple tries to fix the „broken“ experience of watching television. With Apple TV, providers like HBO can sell directly to consumers. The current system of „linear TV“ with channels needs to be „brought up and modernized“ and apps will help do that.

– Apple TV orders will kick off on Monday, October 26 with shipments beginning by the end of that week.

– Baker asks about Apple’s car project, but Cook hesitates to say much. He does admit that software becomes increasingly important, and that enables other shifts like electrification and autonomous control. But in the short term, Apple wants people to have the iPhone experience in the car. „We’ll see what we do in the future.“

– On the retail front, Cook notes Apple will have 40 stores in China by the end of next year, and China currently provided in the „mid-20s“ percentage of Apple’s revenue. Angela Ahrendts has also been focused on integrating online and in-store shopping experiences.

– Cook and Baker talking about user privacy, with Cook giving his usual comments about how privacy is a key value for Apple but that the company believes it can still provide an excellent customer experience and services while maintaining that privacy. In response to a question about Apple’s relationship to national security organizations, Cook says he is „very“ comfortable with it and he shares the company’s views that any software backdoors are unacceptable and encryption is a necessity. A rather tense debate about the tradeoff between privacy and national security ensues.

– Final question of the interview is about Apple increasing its willingness to speak out on issues and take leadership roles, and Cook notes Apple has a „responsibility to be a great global citizen.“ Cook points to the environment, human rights, and education as areas where it can lead. Cook says Apple has stepped up its efforts to „leave the world better than we found it“ because „government isn’t working well.“ Cook says Apple isn’t worried about alienating customers with its stances, noting the company isn’t forcing its views on anyone, and he hopes people who may be upset with Apple’s positions in these areas can still think Apple makes great products and respect Apple for making efforts to put its values into practice.



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