Apple nominated 10 winners for their Shot on iPhone contest. Many iPhone users from around the world took pictures of landscapes, buildings, and objects. These winners came from the countries of Singapore, Belarus, Israel and the United States. All of these pictures are taken from the iPhone 7 to the iPhone XS Max, alongside with its capabilities to a great shot.

The winners of this year’s shot on iPhone contest include Alex Jiang, Blake Marvin, Darren Soh, Nikita Yarosh, Dina Alfasi, Elizabeth Scarrott, and Andrew Griswold. In addition, Bernard Antolin, LieAdi Darmawan, and Robert Glaser took amazing landscapes with their iPhones. All of these pictures taken by these beautiful iPhones will be featured on the billboards, Apple Store video displays and on the Apple website.

Apple’s panel of judges critiqued every iPhone shot on their Newsroom article. They all liked these pictures from these iPhone users. These judges included a variety of iPhone photographers and Apple employees. Apple’s judges consists of Pete Souza, Chen Man, Austin Mann, Phil Schiller, Kaiann Drance, Brooks Kraft, Sebastien Marineau-Mes, Jon McCormack and Arem Duplessis.

You can read the Newsroom post from Apple by clicking here.

We had keep hearing rumors about Apple is making a foldable iPhone that could be launched in 2020 or 2021, and we have many patent associated with foldable devices, so some may wonder if Apple will follow up Samsung and Huawei's step to make such product. Now, yet another foldable patent filed by the company suggest that they are admittedly working on it and to make it better.

This patent is entitled "Electronic Devices with Flexible Displays", describes how Apple may prevent the display from damage when it's in winter. It reads that foldable smartphone displays are susceptible to damage at low temperature, however, Apple noted various heating methods that are described to alleviate this issue.

For example, Apple said that it can be heated by lighting the pixels in the folding area of the screen, or a "heating element or other heating structure" can be used, but Apple does not specify. This patent also mentions that a foldable device can also employ a magnetic latch system to prevent the device from folding or opening under pretty low-temperature conditions to avoid damage to the screen.

Perhaps Apple is secretly developing another form of foldable smartphone that differs from Samsung and Huawei's, only to wait until the timing or market is more mature. It Korea that Apple was working with LG to develop a foldable iPhone.

To celebrate International Women's Day, Apple has a variety of activities throughout March, including a new partnership with Girls Who Code, the Apple Stores' dedicated Today at Apple session, and the Apple Watch Challenge, the company announced in a press release today.

Apple is celebrating International Women’s Day throughout March by highlighting the stories and work of female developers, musicians, artists, photographers and entrepreneurs. Apple is also building on its commitment to education with a new partnership with Girls Who Code to expand learning opportunities for young women.
Apple will work with Girls Who Code to support programming opportunities for girls and young women in the United States, they will have the opportunity to learn the Apple programming language Swift. While every App of the day that will be featured on the App Store is either designed or founded by woman. In additon Apple is doing an Apple Watch Activity challenge where users can earn Award and stickers.

According to the latest report from MySmartPrice, Apple has registered two unreleased iPads with the Indian Bureau of Standards, models A2124 and A2133. The two models may represent the upcoming iPad mini and the new entry-level iPad mentioned in the recent rumors.

At the end of January this year, Apple registered six unreleased iPad models in the Eurasian Economic Commission's database: A2123, A2124, A2153, A2154, A2133 and A2152, so Apple's Indian filings suggest that the release of the two iPads are getting closer and closer.

Apple will likely to update its 9.7-inch iPad and iPad mini lineup in the coming weeks. It is rumored that Apple to upgrade the internals of the two tablets, including faster processors. The next-generation entry-level iPad is also expected to be featured with a larger 10.2-inch display. Meanswhile, the iPad mini 5 will be the first upgrade of the iPad mini series since September 2015.

MySmartPrice said that the two new iPad Pros are also expected to be available in late 2019 or early 2020, but details are not yet clear. In addition, according to previous reports, Apple is expected to host its first special event in 2019 on March 25th, however, it is said that the event will be service-focused and there may not be hardware launches.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook said in an interview with NPR this week that Apple is a company that people can trust when it comes to sensitive information. Cook testified that Apple has always avoided selling user data, which is what he and other executives in the company have been echoing.

In an interview with NPR, Cook says acquiring user data to sell ads is something his company has avoided. "People will look at this and feel that they can trust Apple," he says. "That's a key part of anyone that you're working with on your health."
Apple executives have long emphasized that the Users are not the "Products", and that's a significant difference between Apple and other companies like Facebook and Google, which rely specifically on user data for the purpose of marketing and monetization.

UCSD Health's chief information officer said that Apple's focus on privacy has made hospital officials feel more comfortable, as the patients' health and privacy are crucial. UCSD Health is convinced that all recorded data is stored locally and not uploaded to the cloud, which can help protect patients.

NPR's report also pointed out that some Health apps, such as period tracker or heart rate monitor, share data with Facebook to obtain targeted advertising, but Apple said that those apps will of course not be connected to Health Records. This is an advanced protection and limitation feature designed by Apple. Access to Health apps is usually only possible if the user explicitly authorizes them.

A new survey conducted by investment firm Baird shows that the iPhone users' intention to upgrade is still higher than in the past few years in the context of a slowdown in overall smartphone sales. As Barron's Weekly pointed out, Baird analyst William Power reiterated his optimism about Apple because of the company's service business and iPhone upgrade intentions.

Of the 1,500 US shoppers, 15% said they plan to buy a new smartphone in the next two months, 67% of which said they that the iPhone will be the one to purchase. In addition, most respondents indicated that they have been using the iPhone for more than two years, which suggests that the upgrade market has not yet been developed, and the potential demand for iPhone is still pretty high.

Services wise, Baird's survey also asked consumers about their interest in Apple's streaming services. 18% of respondents voted that they are “some interest” to subscribe to such services. The analyst also mentioned the growing interest in Apple Watch and the entire Apple ecosystem, and that iPhone user owns an average of 2.6 Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV.

In general, Baird says that the intentions to purchase smartphones is slowing, but the bright side is that the iPhone still owns a large market share. Plus the increasing demand in Apple Watch, AirPods, and Apple Music, underscores the ecosystem opportunity.

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Rumors have suggested that Apple is developing an AR headset or a pair of smart glasses, which are said to be released around 2020 or 2021. No one really knows what is it gonna look like, but Apple’s newly granted patent application should give you a general impression, as it describes a "method for representing points of interest in a view of a real environment on a mobile device." (Via AppleInsider)

Although the word "Apple Glasses" is not explicitly mentioned, the patent does describe a "head-mounted display." Similar to other AR products, it overlays computer-generated virtual information onto a real-world view. More specifically, the headset will be implemented with a camera that can identify and annotate points of interest and other objects.

One of the patented illustrations shows the head-mounted screen showing some buildings, each with a superimposed label, and the fingers can interact with it. In another example, the iPhone gives details of a point of interest.

The "Apple Glasses" device in the illustration is like the ski goggle, but whether Apple is developing smart glasses like Google Glass or a HoloLens-like headset is not known. Bloomberg previously reported that Apple's device will use a customized iOS-based "rOS" system, which is said to be able to communicate wirelessly with the iPhone.
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