You’ll soon be able to snag non-Audible audiobooks within iTunes.
A long-standing exclusive arrangement between Apple and Amazon, which has been in place since 2003, came to an end earlier this month following complaints from German publishers and investigations by European antitrust regulators, who were concerned that the agreement was stifling competition and raising prices.
Regulators began investigating in late 2015. It appears all investigations are being suspended in light of the companies’ decisions to end the exclusivity agreement.
“With the deletion of the exclusivity agreement, Apple will now have the opportunity to purchase digital audiobooks from other suppliers,” Andreas Mundt, president of Germany’s antitrust agency, said in a statement. “This will enable a wider range of offer and lower prices for consumers.”
Apple’s Campus 2 project continues and a pair of killer new 4K drone videos show that the project itself is coming close to completion.
The videos, both shot on Christmas Day, show an empty work site for the holiday, but offer spiffy new clues such as the majority of solar installation complete and a lot of work continuing at the auditorium where future Apple events will be held while the second video takes us on a Christmas morning tour around Apple Campus 2 as it exists today.
Apple recently updated its Support web site to include a feature that allows users to find and schedule repairs for iPhones, Macs, and iPads from Apple Authorized Service Providers.
When troubleshooting a product, choosing “Bring in for Repair” after going through Apple’s support prompts now brings up all repair centers near a customer, including Apple’s own retail stores and retail locations where customers can get repairs from Apple Authorized Service Providers.
The site includes nearly all local Apple Authorized Service Providers and lists availability for the fastest repairs and same-day service. There’s also an option to book a repair directly from the site.
Thanksgiving is over and the Black Friday deals are about to begin at both online and back and mortar outfits. Assorted retail stores like Target, Best Buy and Walmart began opening their doors last night and the following list of deals can be found for assorted Apple devices:
Where there iPad Pro is concerned, Target is offering the best deals, dropping the price by $150.99. With the discount, the entry-level 32GB Wi-Fi only iPad Pro model is available for $449.
For the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, MacMall is offering the following prices:
– Wi-Fi + Cellular/128GB/Silver for $887, down from $,1029 ($142 off)
– Wi-Fi + Cellular/128GB/Space Gray for $887, down from $1,029 ($142 off)
– Wi-Fi/32GB/Space Gray for $675, down from $799 ($124 off)
– Wi-Fi/128GB/Space Gray for $767, down from $899 ($132 off)
– Wi-Fi/128GB/Space Gray bundled + Smart Keyboard/Pencil for $988, down from $1,266 ($278 off)
– Wi-Fi + Cellular/128GB/Space Gray + Smart Keyboard/Pencil for $1,128, down from $1,297 ($169 off)
A number of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s units have been strangely – and automatically – shutting off over in China.
Recently, iPhone customers in the country have been complaining about the problem to the China Consumers Association, the group said in a statement on Tuesday. The shutdowns occur when the phone’s battery charge drops to between 60 and 50 percent.
The issue continues to persist in spite of updating to the latest version of iOS and has occurred in both cold environments and at room temperature. After the automatic shutdown, the phones will also fail to turn on without connecting to a power supply.
You’ll see new stuff at Apple’s media event today, but you won’t see the anticipated AirPods headphones.
Apple, which first showed off the accessory in September, announced on Wednesday that the product is not quite ready for prime time.
“The early response to AirPods has been incredible,” a spokeswoman for Apple said in a statement to CNNMoney. “We don’t believe in shipping a product before it’s ready, and we need a little more time before AirPods are ready for our customers.”
Apple’s annual revenue has fallen for the first time since 2001. The company went from $233.7 billion in 2015 to $217 billion in the 2016 fiscal year. This marks a 9 percent decline since 2001, largely due to the continued decline in iPhone sales, down 5 percent year over year.
The company sold 45.5 million iPhones in the fourth quarter—also its final quarter of fiscal 2016—though that includes just two weeks of iPhone 7 sales and only the earliest signs of Samsung’s Galaxy Note7 catastrophe impact.
As such, Apple made a $9 billion profit from $46.9 billion in revenue in Q4 of 2016, down year-over-year from an $11.1 billion profit off $51.5 billion in Q4 of 2015. And while profits and revenue are down pretty much across the board, Apple is again choosing to focus on its services, a bright spot in the company’s portfolio. Services revenue, which includes iCloud, Apple Music, iTunes, and the App Store, grew 24 percent to $6.3 billion in the fourth quarter.
The Chinese user base is apparently even more app-crazy than its U.S. counterpart.
According to a new report out this morning from app intelligence firm App Annie, the country earned over $1.7 billion in Q3 2016, which puts it ahead of the U.S. by over 15 percent. The U.S. had been the number one iOS market since 2010.
Today, Chinese consumers spend more than 5 times the amount they were spending compared with just two years prior.
Well, some better news that doesn’t involve batteries catching fire.
Apple on Monday began collecting donations for the victims of Hurricane Matthew, which tore through a number of Caribbean countries and several U.S. states including Florida and the Carolinas. The hurricane killed hundreds and left untold numbers homeless or in need of aid.