Apple has just announced its latest quarter results for the fiscal 2017 fourth quarter which ended on 30 September 2017. Overall, Apple is doing very well with more units sold across all product categories compared to the same period last year.
They have sold 10% more iPad and Macs year on year while services, which include app store purchases, iCloud and Apple Music subscription have increased by 34% in revenue. For other products which include their Apple TV and Apple Watch have also shown a revenue increase of 36%. Overall, they have posted a total revenue of $52.58 billion which marks a 12% increase year on year.
Apple has just rolled out a major software update for iOS 11. After releasing incremental fixes on iOS 11.0.1, 11.0.2 and 11.0.3, they have just released iOS 11.1 which is now available for supported iPhone and iPad models. If you’re using an iPhone 6s and above, the latest update brings back an old nifty feature for multi-tasking.
Apple is continuously growing its retail presence in South East Asia. After the opening of its Apple Store on Orchard Road in Singapore, it looks like they are opening another one in our region very soon.
A week after iOS 11 is rolled out officially, Apple has just released another new software update that carries the version 11.01. This is a minor update that comes with your usual security and bug fixes for your iPhone and iPad.
The redesigned control centre is one of our favourite features on iOS 11. By swiping up from any screen, you can switch off/on mobile data and even hotspot easily without having to dig through settings. On top of that, you also get your usual Airplane mode, WiFi and Bluetooth toggle as well.
However, did you know that when you switch off Bluetooth and WiFi from the control centre, it isn’t really turned off as you would expect?
UPDATE: Apologies, the early release shown here is exclusively for iOS 11 Beta users. If you’re a Beta user, you can check for updates under Settings > General > Software Update.
Malaysia is once again being left out from the first wave of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X release. While other countries are getting their new iPhone sometime next week, it appears that Malaysia is having better luck in software instead.
As announced during Apple’s keynote event, the final iOS 11 public release will be available to all supported devices on 19 September 2017 but those who have joined the Beta program can start downloading the final release of iOS 11 a week before everyone else.
Apple’s popular iPad is gettings its biggest update yet with the release of iOS 11 later this year. The latest version will bring more productivity features which could turn the iPad closer to a laptop replacement device.
To demonstrate its new features, Apple has released a series of short videos to show you how it’s done. Watch them all after the break.
Some might not realise this but whenever you use an iPhone or an iPad, Google is the default search engine for iOS. Whether it is on Spotlight or Safari’s address bar, iOS integrates Google whenever you need to search on the web.
According to a CNBC report, Google could be paying as much as US$3 billion this year just to maintain this arrangement on iOS. That’s a huge increase from US$1 billion paid to Apple 3 years ago.
Tablets shipments are continuing to slow down but the good news is that it’s now declining at a lower rate. According to IDC’s latest Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker report for Q2 2017, a total of 37.9 million units were shipped in the last quarter which is a slight drop of 3.4% year-over-year. A year ago, overall tablet shipments had dropped by 12.3% from 44.1 million units in Q2 2015 to 38.7 million in Q2 2016.
Interestingly, despite the shrinking numbers, the top tablet brands including Apple, Samsung and Huawei have held their places pretty well in the last quarter.
As smartphones continue to grow, the tablet segment has been on a decline for the past few years. The iPad which was first introduced in 2010 is also having a slowdown in sales since 2014. With consumers getting comfortable with larger screen smartphones, it seems that the slate form factor is slowly becoming redundant.
Surprisingly, Apple has just posted its first quarterly growth for the iPad year-over-year since late 2013 with a total of 11.42 million iPads sold in the last fiscal quarter.