Yesterday was the Chinese New Year, and Apple CEO Tim Cook has posted a video on his Chinese social media Weibo account, in which he sent greetings to the customers in China. In the video, Cook said the “see you soon”, has captured our attention, which suggests Apple would hold a spring event in the near future, so apparently, the company is going to release some new products soon.



Yet, we don't know what products Apple would announce, but recent rumors have suggested that the Cupertino tech-giant is prepared to introduce the seventh-generation of iPad and an updated iPad mini model. Alongside two new tablets, we are expecting Apple to launch AirPods wireless charging case and possibly AirPower wireless charging mat, which has been delayed for more than one year.

Aside from upcoming new products, multiple rumors have also suggested that Apple is about to announce an all-in-one subscription service, which includes its original content television, a magazine service, and the existing Music subscription. Apple's service business is indeed rapidly growing, so it's about time for the rollout of an all-in-one subscription plan.

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Apple announced yesterday that the company's Retail chief Angela Ahrendts to depart in April. Now, Business Insider has obtained a full memo from Apple CEO Tim Cook to the staff last night. The wording of this memo is similar to Apple's official press release, in which Cook reiterated that Angela Ahrendts will depart Apple to seek new "personal and professional pursuits."



As for the current "Vice President of People" Deirdre O' Brien, who will take over the position of Ahrendts, Cook listed the number of reasons to persuade people why she selected to be the next retail boss. For example, she has been a part of Retail’s exciting expansion and every product launch since.
Deirdre was part of the team that planned and launched Apple’s very first online and retail stores. She has been a part of Retail’s exciting expansion and every product launch since. She knows the value of the deep human connections that retail experiences make possible — and she knows this is where Apple shows its heart and soul.
Cook also mentioned the future of retail in the memo, in which he says that they'll continue to look for new ways to enhance in-store and online experiences, and build deeper relationships with customers, and look forward to what Deirdre can bring to her new role. in addition, O' Brien will oversee both the People team and Apple's Retail business.

Last night, Apple stopped signing both iOS 12.1.1 and iOS 12.1.2, an unsurprising move in response to the upcoming iOS 12 jailbreak releases, since these versions contains a voucher_swap exploit found by Brandon Azad and a kernel exploit discovered by software tinkere.



Like always, the move is ensuring users to have the latest security experience and prevent them from jailbreaking their devices. Once you have updated your devices to the latest version, which is iOS 12.1.3 in this case, from now on you can not downgrade to iOS 12.1.2 and iOS 12.1.1, unless you have saved blobs.

Therefore, we advise you that if you want to jailbreak your devices, make sure to not to upgrade to iOS 12.1.3, as we now waiting for the final jailbreak. Hope you have saved blobs. And you can always check ipsw.me to get notified when Apple stops signing a certain version.

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Apple announced on Wednesday that Angela Ahrendts, the company's senior vice president of Retail, will depart in April after it has been working there for five years as she seeks "new personal and professional pursuits". Apple's current "Vice President of People" Deirdre O' Brien will take over the position, who will serve as senior vice president of Retail and People, reporting directly to CEO Tim Cook.



Deirdre O'Brien will focus on the connections between customers and people, as well as the processes that serve them. However, O'Brien will continue to lead the People team, overseeing all People-related functions, which includes talent development and Apple University, recruiting, employee relations and experience, business partnership, benefits, compensation, and inclusion and diversity. 
"At Apple, we believe our soul is our people, and Deirdre understands the qualities and strengths of our team better than anyone," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "For more than three decades, she has helped keep Apple focused on serving customers and enriching lives. She's an exceptional leader and she's been a vital partner to our retail teams around the world since the very beginning. I am thrilled to work alongside Deirdre in her new role, and I know our 70,000 retail employees will be, too."
According to Apple, Angela Ahrendts joined Apple in 2014 and has been responsible for Apple's Retail business since then, overseeing the launch of the redesigned Apple Store and the improving customer experience over the past few years. One of the biggest achievement she has made was the rollout of Today at Apple, strive to make the Apple Store as part of local community.

The Unicode Consortium has officially announced the final 2019 emoji list, which we expect to see in iOS 13 later this year, According to Emojipedia, there are a total of 230 new characters that will appear on the list, with some are them were suggested by Apple, including people with disabilities.



New emojis that we can expect are, Yawning Face, flamingo, pinching hand, ear with hearing aid, otter, waffle, sloth, white heart, people holding hands, ice cube, snorkel, orangutan, juice box, falafel, etc. It's understood that the 2019 emoji list comprised of 59 distinct new emojis; of 75 are gender variations and 230 new emojis when all skin tone options are counted as well.

It should be noted, however, that the emoji in the Emojipedia images are just representations of the new emoji characters, in other hand, Apple will design the emoji in their own taste rather than just copy it. The company is likely to release an update this fall to introduce them to users.

Apple's premium smart speaker HomePod has been available for purchase for one year, so how did it do in sales wise. Well, according to the latest research by CIRP, the HomePod only captures about 6% of share in the US smart speaker market, far behind its competitors Google Home and Amazon Echo.



Since CIRP estimates the installed base of smart speakers reached 66 million units during the last quarter, which implies that HomePod sales in the US have totaled around 4 million units. In contrast, Google Home accounts for 24% of the market share, or about 16 million units, while Amazon holds 70% of the market share or about 46 million units.

It's pretty much obvious that HomePod unable to gain more users, consider its sky-high $300 price tag, on the other hand, both Google and Amazon include low-cost smart speakers, the Home Mini, and Echo, for example, both are priced for only $50, that's 6 times cheaper than Apple's HomePod. The fact that Google Assistant and Alexa are way intelligence than Siri also plays a big role in the matter.

After all, Apple has been rumored multiple time to launch a cheaper version of HomePod in the future, and keep in the mind that this report is based in the US, as HomePod also launched in other markets as well, whereas its rivals only sell their products in the country.

Apple today began selling refurbished iPhone X model, which is currently only available in the US and UK. In the US, the Unlocked Space Gray and Silver versions are available in 64GB and 256GB options for $769 and $899. The normal iPhone X is priced at $999 and $1,149. You can find the phone under Featured Offers on the Apple.com, then move to Certified Refurbished page.



Each Apple Certified Refurbished product undergoes a rigorous refurbishment process that includes full testing in accordance with the same harsh working standards as the new Apple product. The company also offers a regular one-year limited warranty for each certified refurbished product, or you can choose to purchase an AppleCare service for additional warranty.

First launched in September 2017, iPhone X claims a lot of firsts: it's the first iPhone to have the biggest change in design since the original iPhone, it's also the first to have Face ID, no Home button, a totally unique gestures to quickly navigate, multitask, adjust settings, and added an edge-to-edge OLED display for the first time.

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