Apple has some exciting new gear coming soon. New iPads. Upgraded iPhone SE. How about black AirPods? New Beats headphones perhaps?
Luckily the wait won’t be too long!
Apple iPhone, Services, Mac and Apple Watch Set All-Time Records.
“CUPERTINO, California — January 31, 2017 — Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2017 first quarter ended December 31, 2016. The Company posted all-time record quarterly revenue of $78.4 billion and all-time record quarterly earnings per diluted share of $3.36. These results compare to revenue of $75.9 billion and earnings per diluted share of $3.28 in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 64 percent of the quarter’s revenue.
“We’re thrilled to report that our holiday quarter results generated Apple’s highest quarterly revenue ever, and broke multiple records along the way. We sold more iPhones than ever before and set all-time revenue records for iPhone, Services, Mac and Apple Watch,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Revenue from Services grew strongly over last year, led by record customer activity on the App Store, and we are very excited about the products in our pipeline.”
Our outstanding business performance resulted in a new all-time record for earnings per share, and over $27 billion in operating cash flow,” said Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO. “We returned nearly $15 billion to investors through share repurchases and dividends during the quarter, bringing cumulative payments through our capital return program to over $200 billion.”
WOW – APPLE IS SURELY DOOMED (NOT).
Note the additional points below which are mind blowing TBH –
– 78.3 million iPhones sold with average price per iPhone up by $4 dollars. This was driven by the higher priced Plus models/higher storage options. This is also a new record for number of iPhones sold.
– China – sales decreased by 12% from this time last year
– 13 million iPads (19% drop) and 5 million MACs were sold (MACs returned to growth too)
– $7 billion made in services – huge number and this is only going to get bigger
– $4 billion in other services which includes Apple TV, Apple Watch, Beats products, iPod and Apple-branded and third-party accessories (8% decline)
– Apple Watch – best quarter for units and revenue – demand was so high they couldn’t keep up!
– AirPods – Apple still trying to catch up with demand!
– Enterprise – major partners with IBM, Cisco, SAP and many more
– HomeKit – best level of security – loads more products announced this month. Also Apple is unmatched when it comes to securing your home with HomeKit-enabled door locks, garage doors, and alarm systems
– Apple Pay transactional volume up 500%
Sometimes software really impresses me. I have talked a lot about ProCamera+, but there is another photography app that seems to perform miracles and that is Nightcappro. There is a free version Nightcap that allows you to get a taste of what the app can achieve.
For the above shot (click on photo to be taken to the original), I changed the settings in Nightcappro to long exposure mode, placed my iPhone 6S Plus on my tripod. My iPhone is attached to the tripod using a Shoulderpod S1. I then increased the photo quality to raw (TIFF).I then pressed the shutter button and watched the time increase and the photo start to create the silky water effect. 45.29 seconds later I stopped the shutter and voila. A perfect shot!
To see more of what Nightcap app can produce, have a look at the developers gallery.
HTC held a press event last night and revealed 2 new pieces of hardware, the Desire Eye and RE camera. Then they announced that the RE camera software would work on android and iOS devices. That was after telling the audience HTC’s Zoe app was out of beta and available on the Google Play store and downloadable by all phones not just HTC handsets. And the iOS version was due out soon!
So the HTC Desire Eye is a 5.2-inch smartphone similar to One M8 specs except it’s in a flat polycarbonate body, a 13-megapixel camera front and back with decent dual tone flash on both sides. It is also water resistant with boomsound and advanced noise reduction.
The HTC RE camera, looks like a periscope miniaturised or an inhaler is a handheld camera with a 16-megapixel Sony DSC sensor and a 146-degree field of view. It then connects to Android or iOS phones via a dedicated app. It can of course shoot on its own.
The main aspect of HTC’s event is the fact it was opening up its software to iPhones and all android phones. Maybe HTC is trying to create a photo social network and of course raise its brand awareness. Whatever it’s long term plans, it’s good to see the company to start to think outside of the box, and away from just selling hardware.
So what did you think about the event, new software path and the Re camera and Desire Eye?
Re Camera photo –
HTC Desire Eye photo –
Three UK is pushing a carrier update that enables 4G on your iPhone.
Either connect to iTunes and check for updates. A message will pop up a carrier update is available. Download and install. Takes seconds to do.
Or go to settings, about to trigger it on your iPhone. Carrier number goes from 15.5 to 15.6.
As I write this there are only 3 phones in my opinion worth considering. Well 4 actually if you prefer colour. These are the Apple iPhone 5S and 5C, Samsung Note 3 and Sony Xperia Z1.
These 4 phones all offer something special. The iPhones offer an unparalleled experience in a one handed form factor backed up with the best eco system on the planet. The Samsung Note 3 is the ultimate large screened phone with a stylus running android 4.3 and Samsung’s Touchwiz. And then there is the gorgeous looking and I mean stunningly good looking Sony Xperia Z1, which is both waterproof and dustproof along with a supposed 20.7mp camera.
You may have noticed there are no Windows Phones in this list. Well, the Nokia Lumia 1020 would have featured in 5th position if you are interested. It has the best camera on a smartphone but does have a weakness in breadth and depth of apps compared to the other phones running iOS or android. So, is it worth discarding this phone? No, providing you have all the apps you require. And remember there are aspects of the Windows Phone experience unique to the platform.
So why did I discard the Z1. Simply, at the time I had mine, I had a faulty camera module plus the software Sony released at launch was far from perfect. I believe Sony has released several software updates already, but really, the phone should never have been launched this way. This meant, the photos the phone took were poor and filled with noise. However, it did have one of the most stunning finishes of glass front and back with an aluminium side frame, fantastic sound quality via headphones or bluetooth stereo, and lots of great Sony extras. It was also nearly as big as the Note 3.
So moving on to the Note 3. A fantastic phablet from Samsung and Samsung’s best phone irrespective of size. But in reality, using it one handed is not as easy as the iPhone. Also, the s-pen or stylus does not speed up data entry, it actually slows it down. It has 25gb internal memory available for apps and games which is a lot better than the S4 they released in the UK with 9gb free. It also has a micro sd slot for storing photos and your own music. It also comes with a battleship of future proof specs but I wonder if anyone really needs them or will ever use them. But it does comes with the most amazing screen. Samsung also have introduced regional sim locks on their supposed sim free unlocked phones. This did not appeal to me to be honest. But don’t let this put you off the device. It really is magnificent. Another negative for me was the Sony QX10 and QX100 lens cameras did not fit the width of the N3.
Then there is the iPhone 5C and its choice of colours. I loved this iPhone but as a true geek I always want the best. So I had to get a gold iPhone 5S. But why the 5S?
Well, actually I had not considered using iOS again as my main phone. I had sold my iPhone 5 back in March 2013 and moved to the HTC One. I kept the HTC One for 3 months and loved it. I was slightly disappointed by the 4.2.2 update which lowered the loudspeaker volume. The Boomsound speakers were its strong selling point for me. I then had several other android phones most of which had issues. So to tide me over until the new wave of phones arrived in the last quarter of year, I got the Nexus N4 for £199. And what a steal that was. It was an excellent phone apart from sound quality and camera, 2 features most important to me. But it did make £500-£600 phones outrageously overpriced. I then decided to get the new Nexus 7 tablet and make the switch completely to android by selling my iPad Mini.
And then my plan disintegrated. My wife had an old 3GS. This was her third phone. She previously had 2 Nokia basic phones for around 10 years, so moving to the 3GS was quite a jump. She bought the 3GS not on specifications but on style. She preferred the curved back over the 4 and 4S. Anyway, for some reason all my discussions regarding the new gold colour iPhone 5S and 5C, led her to want to upgrade her 3GS. She was also disappointed she would not be able to upgrade it to iOS 7. So my wife had decided she either wanted a pink 5C or a gold 5S. I explained that the only way to secure one without waiting weeks or even a month was by queuing on the 20th September. So that is what we both did. I queued so one of us could get a 5S and the other a 5C just in case it was only one phone per person. Sadly, even though we were not too far down the queue, they were no gold 5S, so we chose a silver one instead and a pink 5C. Once inside the Apple store, my wife realised she did not like the salmon pink colour of the pink iPhone, and that she preferred the silver 5S over the gold version. Anyway, we had bought the 5S and gave back the 5C ticket. Then we got Apple to switch her sim to a nano sim and re setup her new 5S. Three UK’s phone lines were busy, so it took a whole hour to sort the sim swap. By then all the early morning queuers had left the Apple store, and new stock was appearing. I quickly asked if there were any more 5S and luckily I had a choice of space grey and silver. I choose silver. I did this as I realised that my wife would have had a better phone than me if I hadn’t bought a 5S. Anyway, that is how I ended up with an iPhone.
So there I was back home with my iPhone 5S 64gb running iOS 7. I had not used the iOS 7 betas so this was my first insight. And OMG did it feel alien at first. For the first 2 days I had to work out where and how things functioned. Closing running apps did not feel fluid. But, I had 64gb of memory to do as I pleased. I could use all of it to install apps, unlike android that has its memory allocated for different uses. Internal memory is for apps, games and everything. Apps and games do not install on a memory card with android. Back to my 5S. I could now sync across all my photos and music with ease from iTunes. My photos and music are perfectly arranged, so everything is really tidy on my iPhone 5S. Then I had a few days away from home on business and FaceTime was used. Video calling made easy. I have even used FaceTime audio which is ideal. iMessage and all the Apple features in iOS 7 make keeping connected with my wife really fun and simple. My parents are soon to move to iOS. My brother has an iPhone 5. TouchID made using security a breeze. The 5S camera really is fantastic at taking top notch photos and with ease. Photostream and folder sharing is a breeze and automatic. The extra horse power of the processor, M7 coprocessor and having well designed, good featured apps back with iOS felt a relief. One handed use was back too. Game controllers are just around the corner too. The sound quality from the loudspeaker and via headphones is phenomenal. In fact the headphone amp section is the best yet from any Apple product. Google’s own apps work even better on iOS than android. Go figure that one. So what the iPhone 5S represents with iOS 7 and Apple’s eco system is one of the simplest, yet most powerful devices. I am finding it an incredible user experience. So smooth yet refined.
And that is why despite my best intentions I am back with iOS for the time being….until I buy something else 🙂
The next iPhone, will undoubtedly feature a slightly different size to the 5S. Apple is rumoured to be launching its own take on the smart watch.
But what is both of the new items were actually one of the same thing? Flexible displays have been prototyped already, so why can’t the new iPhone actually bend around your wrist, display the time and notifications in this mode, and straighten out when off your wrist for normal phone/gaming use.
Now it may not be next year or even the year after, but I do think this solution is the future concept.
What do you believe will happen?
Apple launches new iPhones. Samsung releases it’s new phablet. LG, HTC and more all coming out with their next great phone.
And as these phones come out you wonder if your phone you just bought was the right decision. Or are you the sort of person who buys and doesn’t worry about the next big thing.
So here I am looking at my iPhone 5S and am wondering whether I should use Apple’s 14 day return with no obligation and get the Note 3.
I have tried to draw a pros and cons list. And fundamentally it’s a spec vs apps vs one hand vs screen argument. The Note 3 is state of the art. But the apps on iOS are more advanced and function better. But the the Note 3 is probably future proof. But then you could say when will you ever use all those hardware specs?
Watching the YouTube review posted yesterday made me crave the Note 3 even more. So with 2 days to decide what would you recommend ?
Quite simply, you can add unlimited number of apps in a folder. This means if you have 100 games for example you can put them all in one folder. This is something I have actually done. This in turn means you can have all your apps and folders on one page.
So have you any tip?