Apple Support app updated to 1.1, adds new scheduling features for Apple Authorized Service Provider locations

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Date: Wednesday, May 10th, 2017, 05:13
Category: App Store, Apple, Hardware, iOS, News, Software

This could come in handy.

Apple has just released version 1.1 of its Apple Support app, the new version allowing users to schedule device repairs at Authorized Service Providers, not just Apple store Genius Bars. The integration greatly increases the number of service locations available to customers and is a welcome addition for users living in rural areas where the nearest Apple store might be hours away.

Such a change brings the app more in line with Apple’s web site, which began displays authorized repair providers as of December. The app offers users a list of repair venues that can be sorted by location, distance and available appointment. The scheduling process is identical to reserving a spot at the Genius Bar, with authorized facilities presenting open dates and times which can then selected by the customer.

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Google, Amazon, eBay and others drop Apple Watch support for some of their apps

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Date: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017, 05:57
Category: Amazon, Apple Watch, Google, iOS, News, Software, watchOS, Wearables

It’s been a quiet trend, but it’s still worth noting.

Over the last few months, a number of companies, including Google, Amazon and eBay have pulled some of their Apple Watch apps from the App Store.

The programs, namely Google Maps, Amazon and eBay, were all early supporters of the Apple Watch and released apps within a few months of the wearable’s April 2015 debut.

Checking today, none of the three companies offer Apple Watch apps, having quietly removed Apple Watch functionality through App Store updates. It’s not entirely clear when each app was updated to remove Apple Watch support, with the feature elimination appearing to have largely gone under the radar.

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Tim Cook once threatened to remove Uber from the App Store regarding company practices

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Date: Monday, April 24th, 2017, 05:36
Category: App Store, iOS, Legal, News, Software

It’s not always the best idea to get on Apple’s bad side.

In 2015, Apple CEO apparently scolded Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick during a face-to-face meeting for tweaking coding to track iPhones even after users deleted the Uber app. “So, I’ve heard you’ve been breaking some of our rules,” Cook said, according to the New York Times, as he told Kalanick to knock it off or Uber would be banned from the App Store — a prospect that would have been disastrous for Uber.

Per the report, Kalanick “was shaken” by Cook’s scolding and agreed to stop tracking the phones.

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Apple to produce its first television series, “Planet of the Apps”

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Date: Wednesday, February 15th, 2017, 05:30
Category: iOS, News, Software

Apple has begun producing its first ever TV show.

The new series, titled “Planet of the Apps”, is literally celebrities telling app developers why their apps will never be profitable and will never be used by anyone. The apps are judged by a star-studded panel: Jessica Alba, Will.i.am and Gwyneth Paltrow, among others.

Where historically an entrepreneur would make an “elevator pitch”, developers and entrepreneurs make an “escalator pitch”, which literally takes place on an escalator.

“‘Planet of the Apps’ is coming to Apple Music in the next few months,” said Ben Silverman at the Code Media conference at the Ritz-Carlton in Dana Point, Calif. Silverman is the CEO of Propagate, the production company that’s partnering with Apple to create the show.

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Apple to release Q1 2017 financial results on January 31st

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Date: Thursday, January 5th, 2017, 05:19
Category: Finance, iPhone, News, retail

Come January 31st, you’ll find out how profitable Apple’s last three months have been.

The company announced that come January 31st, it will announce its quarterly earnings for the first fiscal quarter of 2017, revealing performance metrics for the new iPhone 7 series and the lucrative holiday shopping season.

Announced through the company’s Investor Relations webpage, the upcoming results will be followed by a conference call live stream is set to take place on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. Pacific, 5 p.m. Eastern. Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri are expected to attend the conference call.

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Nintendo looks to release 2-3 titles per year on other platforms following Super Mario Run’s App Store success

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Date: Monday, December 26th, 2016, 05:48
Category: Android, Google, iOS, News, Software

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In just under two weeks, Super Mario Run has rocketed to the top of Apple’s App Store charts and has surpassed 50 million downloads.

That being said, and because Nintendo likes money and fiscal solvency, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima revealed that Super Mario Run is just the start of a new strategy for mobile gaming. The company plans to release two or three new games next year, and continue that pattern beyond 2017, he said. Previously it was reported that popular titles Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing were on tap for a mobile release.

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Super Mario Run reviews begin to emerge, cite strong gameplay, good first step for Nintendo on new platforms

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Date: Friday, December 16th, 2016, 05:16
Category: Android, Fun, Game, iOS, iPhone, News, Software

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At long last, Super Mario Run from Nintendo has emerged for iOS and Android and the reviews are starting to come in.

And they’re pretty good, if not stellar.

Over at Gamespot, the game received a 7 out of 10 with reviewer Peter Brown citing the game’s polish, smooth controls and movement options that feel immersive but not limiting.

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Apple improves shipping delivery estimates for some Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro buyers, changes status to “now shipping” in certain cases

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Date: Friday, November 11th, 2016, 05:53
Category: MacBook Pro, News, retail, Touch Bar

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The first of the Touch Bar-equpped MacBook Pro units look as if they’re about to ship on Friday, November 11th.

A number of users have reported that Apple has started changing the status of several preorders from “processing” to “preparing for shipment”, which typically happens in the days before it ships and delivers orders to customers.

Reports from the first preorder customers estimated a ship date of November 11th, while others were quickly notified that their orders had been pushed back 2-3 weeks to 4-5 weeks after the units became available via the Apple online storefront.

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Instapaper offers premium features for fee

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Date: Friday, November 4th, 2016, 05:37
Category: iOS, News, Software

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A cool app just made all of its premium services available for free.

On Monday, Instapaper, the handy app for saving and storing web pages for later reading, announced that its Instapaper Premium features will be available to all Instapaper users, free of charge.

The new features will include the following:

An ad-free Instapaper website

Full-text search for all articles

Unlimited Notes

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Apple posts $9 billion profit on $46.9 billion in revenue from Q4 of 2016, down from Q4 of 2015 numbers

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Date: Wednesday, October 26th, 2016, 05:51
Category: Apple, Finance, iPad, iPhone, MacBook, MacBook Pro, News

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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.

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