China outpaces U.S. in iOS App Store revenue

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Date: Friday, October 21st, 2016, 05:48
Category: App Store, iOS, News, retail, Software


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.


Tile unveils Mate, offers original Tile’s functionality at 25% smaller size

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Date: Tuesday, October 18th, 2016, 05:04
Category: Accessory, Bluetooth, Hardware, News, retail


The Tile devices have gotten a bit smaller and more useful.

The accessory maker, which uses Bluetooth-enabled devices that attach to and help you find lost items, unveiled a small key ring tracker to help you find your keys.

The Tile Mate, which retails for $25, looks similar to the original Tile, but is now 25 percent smaller. The details of the device were refined by Fuseproject, a firm created by roving industrial designer Yves BĂ©har.


Nike+ Apple Watch Series 2 to launch on October 28th

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Date: Monday, October 17th, 2016, 05:34
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, retail, Wearables


The Nike+ edition of the Apple Watch Series 2 is now set to go on sale come October 28th.

When Apple debuted the new Apple Watch units, it teased the Nike+ edition, then mentioned that the standard version would retail for $369.

As of now, French web site WatchGeneration noticed that Apple updated its own web site to reveal the October 28th launch date.


Apple now selling SIM-free iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus units via U.S. online store

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Date: Friday, October 14th, 2016, 05:14
Category: iPhone, News, retail, wireless


Following tradition, Apple is now offering a SIM-free version of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handset via its online store in the United States.

The SIM-free option allows customers to buy an unlocked iPhone without choosing a carrier.

SIM-free versions of the iPhone 7 Plus in all capacities list shipping estimates of three to four weeks, with the exception of the Jet Black SIM-free iPhone 7 Plus, which lists a shipping estimate of six to eight weeks.


Mac shipments fall 13 percent in year-over-year comparison to third quarter of 2016

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Date: Wednesday, October 12th, 2016, 05:40
Category: Hardware, News, retail


It looks like Apple will need some new blood in its Mac product line to stop its decline in sales.

According to a new report from IDC, third-quarter PC shipments declined by 3.9 percent compared to the same quarter last year, but Mac shipments dropped by 13 percent. PC shipments totaled 68 million units.

Still, IDC had predicted worse sales across the industry and the numbers were about 3.2 percent ahead of IDC’s initial projections.

In the top five PC companies, fourth-placed Apple registered the largest decline, with the 13 percent drop in Mac shipments. Apple’s Mac sales totaled 5 million units during the quarter, declining from 5.76 million units in the same quarter a year ago.


Apple Pay added for New York Rail customers via MTA eTix app

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Date: Friday, October 7th, 2016, 05:54
Category: Apple Pay, iOS, News, retail, Software


Apple Pay has arrived for users of the New York state commuter rain.

Customers can now use either Apple Pay or Masterpass to buy tickets and passes through the MTA eTix app, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week.

The two payment options can be used for rides on both the Metro-North Railroad as well as the Long Island Rail Road and a full range of purchases are available, from one-way trips through to weekly or monthly passes.


Apple apparently discontinues third-gen Apple TV units, focuses on fourth-gen models

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Date: Wednesday, October 5th, 2016, 05:26
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, News, retail, TvOS


It’s been some time coming.

Apple has officially discontinued the third-gen Apple TV set-top box. In an email sent out today to employees and education partners, Apple confirmed that it is discontinuing the device, shifting its focus entirely to the fourth-gen, tvOS-powered model.

In the email, Apple explained that it would fulfill order backlog for the device, but pointed partners towards the other available products for new purchases.

Apple offered the following explanation in the email:

Effective immediately, Apple TV (3rd generation), MD/199LL/A, has reached end of life and is now discontinued. The Apple Supply team is going to fulfill all shippable backlog.


Apple Pay launches in Russia, becomes 10th country to go online

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Date: Wednesday, October 5th, 2016, 05:05
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, News, retail


You can now use Apple Pay in Russia, comrade.

Apple launched Apple Pay in Russia on Tuesday, marking the 10th country in which Apple Pay has gone online, following the United States, Britain, Canada and others.


iPhone 7 to launch in wider array of international markets on October 14th

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Date: Monday, October 3rd, 2016, 05:11
Category: iPhone, News, retail


The iPhone 7 is about to hit the road with a wide international debut over the next 10 days.

Following an October 7th debut in India, the handset will be available in Turkey, Malaysia, and South Africa, as well as smaller markets like Macao, Macedonia, and Montenegro and possibly other regions on October 14th.

A South Korean launch is “tentatively” set for Oct. 21st as well. The target was allegedly arrived at in talks between Apple Korea and three phone carriers on Thursday, but still has to be approved by Apple’s Cupertino headquarters.


Jet Black iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus units in short supply, manufacturing difficulties cited in recent research note

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Date: Wednesday, September 28th, 2016, 05:52
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, retail


There’s a reason why the new Jet Black iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus you want is out of stock.

The new handset faces a global shortage as the new high-gloss finish has proven challenging for the company’s manufacturers.

The Jet Black models apparently suffer from a low casing production yield rate of 60 to 70 percent, meaning 30 to 40 percent of units do not pass Apple’s quality standards test and must be retooled. The report comes from a recent note hailing from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.