Top Apple News Today:

Apple Officially Purchased "Are You Sleeping" Drama Series: According to Variety, Apple has now officially ordered 10 episodes of "Are You Sleeping," a drama series that will star Octavia Spencer. It will be produced by Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine and Chernin Entertainment/Endeavor Content.
The novel, “Are You Sleeping,” written by Nichelle Tramble Spellman, is a psychological thriller, focuses on a podcast that reopens a murder case. Sarah Koenig, who created and produced similar podcast "Serial," will consult on "Are You Sleeping." (Via MacRumors)


Apple Stopped Signing iOS 11.3, KeenLab Demos iOS 11.3.1 jailbreak: Apple has stopped signing iOS 11.3, meaning it is no longer possible to downgrade an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to software versions older than latest iOS 11.3.1 update. Apple usually stops signing older versions of software updates when new came out.

Nevertheless, KeenLab security researcher Liang Chen has successfully demonstrated a fully-jailbroken iPhone X running iOS 11.3.1 at InfiltrateCon 2018. However, bear in mind that the team unlikely to release jailbreak publicly based on their track record.

Apple And Other Tech Companies Condemning Backdoor Access: This week, Reform Government Surveillance, which includes several major technology companies, such as Apple, Google, and Facebook jointly launched a statement condemning the recent proposal for backdoor access to electronic devices and reaffirming its commitment to strong encryption.
Reform Government Surveillance recently announced a new core principle on encryption that will guide our advocacy efforts, and we continue to believe that strong encryption helps protect the security and privacy of individuals and companies around the world. We have consistently raised concerns about proposals that would undermine encryption of devices and services by requiring so-called "exceptional access" for law enforcement. Recent reports have described new proposals to engineer vulnerabilities into devices and services - but they appear to suffer from the same technical and design concerns that security researchers have identified for years. Weakening the security and privacy that encryption helps provide is not the answer.
Other news including Spotify hits 75 million paid subscribers, up from 71 million paying subscribers that it reported at the end of February, Apple's AirPods are 'incredibly popular', but the supplies remain limited.

According to Chinese site ChongDianTou, Apple's next-generation iPhone lineup could ship with new USB-C power adapters that come with USB-C to Lightning cables for faster charging and will use the USB-PD (USB Power Delivery) standard.


For those unknown, Apple's 29W USB-PD charger was first annouced in March 2015, it was the MacBook standard charger. Later, Apple introduced a 61W and 87W USB-PD chargers. And now with the change, which marks Apple's fourth USB-PD charger, which is also the first one developed for mobile devices.

It's expected that once Apple introduced the USB-PD charger for the new generation of iPhone, demands for USB-C to Lightning fast charging cable will rise all the way up. It will be tough Apple's production capacity to meet such a huge demand. Instead, starting in 2019, Apple will open up the standard to allow its MFi partners to manufacture the cables.

It's believed that USB-C fast charging would allow an iPhone to charge from 0-50% in roughly 30 minutes. iPhones currently ship with a small 5W power adapter that supports Lightning to USB-A cable. Such charging speeds could also deliver an 80% charge in just an hour. This might as well save some bulks for you, as you may need to spend $80 for that.

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Reports from research firms IDC and Strategy Analytics shows that iPhone accounted for about 15.5% of global smartphone shipments in the quarter, slightly higher than the 14.7% in the same period of last year, and all these data yesterday's earnings report Apple sold 52.2 million iPhones in the last quarter.

In contrast, Apple's biggest rival - Samsung, however, shipped 78.2 million smartphones last quarter, the South Korean based smartphone maker in the worldwide smartphone market grabbing 23.4% share despite experiencing a 2.4% decline from Q1 2017. Considering Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ launched March 16 in several countries, it didn't help the sales after all.


Other smartphone manufacturers such as Huawei and Xiaomi has all seen strong growth, with Huawei climbed to a new market share high of 11.8%, while Xiaomi gained an impressive 87.8% growth. In the meantime, another Chinese smartphone vendor Oppo experienced a year-over-year decline of 7.5%, which they currently sat at fifth position.

In total, smartphone vendors shipped a total of 334.3 million units during the first quarter of 2018, resulting in decline of 2.4 - 2.9%, between them, the Chinese market was the biggest driver of the decline. "The global smartphone market has slowed down this year, due to longer replacement rates, diminishing carrier subsidies, and a lack of new hardware design innovation,” says Strategy Analytics

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Top Apple News Today:

Apple CEO Tim Cook Touted iPhone X Is Most Popular device since iPhone 6 Was Launched: During today's earnings call, even though Apple CEO Tim Cook declined to provide specific data on the iPhone X sales, he did suggest that the new device has been selling well, and customers chose the iPhone X more than any other iPhone "each and every week" of the March quarter. 

Cook, who said that the iPhone X marks the first time its most expensive, flagship device has been its most popular device. "Since we split the iPhone line with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 2014, this is the first cycle we've ever had where the top of the line iPhone model has also been the most popular," says the chief executive of Apple. (Via MacRumors)


Apple Pay Coming Three Additional Countries Soon: Apple Pay Coming To Norway, Poland, And Ukraine: Cook said on the Q2 earnings call that Apple Pay is coming to three new countries soon, which are Norway, Poland, and Ukraine over the “next several months.” Also, the mobile payment system active users have more than doubled year over year,

Apple Wearables =  Fortune 300 Company.: Cook claims the wearables category specifically increased 50 percent year over year, which includes AirPods, Apple Watch, and Beats, ultimately, Apple’s wearables business is now the size of a Fortune 300 company. (Via 9to5Mac)

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Apple has reported its FY18 Q2 earnings, during this period, the company sold 52.2 million iPhones, 9.1 million iPads, and 4.1M Macs. In total, the company made $61.1 billion in revenue and $13.8 billion of profit. The revenue and earnings per share numbers were the best records for any second quarter in the company's history.


As a comparison, in the year-ago quarter, Apple posted revenue of $52.9 billion and net quarterly profit of $11.0 billion, or $2.10 per diluted share. When it comes to device sales, the U.S. tech-giant sold 50.8 million iPhones, 8.9 million iPads, and 4.2 million Macs from a year ago.

“We’re thrilled to report our best March quarter ever, with strong revenue growth in iPhone, Services and Wearables,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Customers chose iPhone X more than any other iPhone each week in the March quarter, just as they did following its launch in the December quarter. We also grew revenue in all of our geographic segments, with over 20% growth in Greater China and Japan.”

The earnings report has also highlighted an interesting tidbit that Apple announced an extension of its capital return program. Apple to buy $100 billion worth of its own stock. It will also increase the dividend by 16%. Once the dividend payments are in effect, the Cupertino firm is expected to pay $0.73 per share for AAPL investors on May 17.

Few other interesting stats are including the "Other Products" category brought in $3.95 billion in revenue in the second quarter, compared to $2.87 billion in the year-ago quarter. As for Service, it brought in $9.19 billion in revenue during the quarter, up from 31% of growth from a year ago.

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Apple has released third beta of iOS 11.4 to the developers for beta testing, couple weeks after seeding the first beta. Beta testers needed to sign up from Apple Developer Center to download the beta profile. In order to update your device to iOS 11.4, you need go to Settings - Software Update.

Apple introduces a new ClassKit framework for iOS 11.4 at its Educational event at March 27th. Both AirPlay 2 and Messages on iCloud are present in the iOS 11.4 beta after was being removed from iOS 11. For the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus models, there is a new (PRODUCT)RED wallpaper available, but doesn't seems to be available on iPhone X users.


Apple has also rolled out third beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 that can be downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store with the proper profile installed. Besides to bring Messages on iCloud support, there is no major features discovered in the update, it may just some small tweaks.
Like always, third beta of watchOS 4.3.1 and tvOS 11 is also available for download. To download the new watchOS beta, go to the General - Software update. The new update includes a warning that specifically applies to older apps made for watchOS 1, suggesting these apps will not able to run in the future versions of watchOS.

As for tvOS 11.4, it can be downloaded onto the Apple TV via a profile that is installed using Xcode. Similar to iOS 11.4, the forthcoming tvOS update will support AirPlay 2, as Apple TV icon returns in Home app with room assignment.

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New report from well-known Apple journalist John Gruber claims that Apple may not launch cross-platform app support this year, which means the feature would come with macOS 10.15 and iOS 12, although it's indeed in the works at Apple.

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman first suggested Apple will allow developers to create universal apps that work across iPhone, iPad, and Mac this year. With the universal binaries, developers will be able to combine code and user interface assets for both their iOS apps, macOS-optimized apps into a single download.


However, Gruber in his blog post says he is "nearly certain" it will be a 2019 project for macOS 10.15 and iOS 13 rather than this year's iOS 12 & macOS 10.14. "I would set your expectations accordingly for this year's WWDC," he wrote last evening.

Furthermore, the report explains that Apple appears to be working on declarative control APIs for iOS and macOS, means that developers would not have to write classic procedural code, make it easier for developers to create interfaces.

There's nothing inherently cross-platform about a declarative control API. But it makes sense that if Apple believes that (a) iOS and MacOS should have declarative control APIs, and (b) they should address the problem of abstracting the API differences between UIKit (iOS) and AppKit (MacOS), that they would tackle them at the same time. Or perhaps the logic is simply that if they're going to create a cross-platform UI framework, the basis for that framework should be a declarative user interface.

We won't wait for long to see if cross-platform features would release this year or not, as WWDC will soon kicks off. Are you exciting for the new feature? Let us know in the comment below!

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