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Apple, iOS, and IBM are transforming retail, one shop at a time

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WWDC 2017: 10+ predictions for enterprise IT

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15 reasons Apple leads the mobile enterprise

Apple Chief Financial Officer, Luca Maestri, set tongues wagging when he claimed the company had just set a “new enterprise revenue record”, though he didn’t say why. I thought I’d try to explain it for him.

BYO Apple

Digital transformation is the dominant story of today – not just in IT, but everywhere else as well. History will show that almost every part of life was impacted by mobile technology, and Apple’s guaranteed place in tomorrow’s enterprise is just one component of this.

The iPhone spawned the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) revolution, one which itself spawned empowered workforces demanding choice: Choice in platform, choice in software, choice in working hours.

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Google Assistant for iPhone: An enterprise perspective

Google I/O saw a range of Google announcements, from the introduction of a low-end Android O OS for low-end phones to the introduction of new software designed to challenge Siri on iPhone, Google Assistant for iPhone.

Google Assistant

Apple’s ads-focused competitor is playing a strong move with this release.

The company hopes to exploit existing public perception that Siri isn’t such a great voice assistant by launching its own assistant at Apple’s platform. Time – and any Siri improvements announced at WWDC – will tell us if it succeeds in this.

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WWDC: Apple’s Kaby Lake MacBook upgrades coming soon

Apple plans to announce upgraded Mac notebooks with Kaby Lake processors at WWDC 2017, a report claims. Regular readers will know we’ve been expecting Apple to migrate to the new chip, but Intel has only just begun shipping suitable processors, hence the delay.

What is Kaby Lake?

Kaby Lake is the seventh generation of the Core series chips. It’s a 14-nanometer processor which has been designed to deliver high quality graphics without a GPU. The smaller processor die and GPU advantages should make for battery life/performance advantages. Other enhancements within these chips include:

  • Fully integrated support for USB-C Generation 2, (G2 USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt 3 support)
  • Native HDCP 2.2 support
  • 4K video support.

We had hoped Apple would stow one of these new processors inside of the recently-introduced MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models, but this didn’t happen. It has previously been reported that Intel could only ship suitable versions of these processors starting earlier this year.

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Apple’s Sal Soghoian announces ‘Masters of Automation’ event

There was shock across the Apple community when Sal Soghoian’s position as Product Manager of Automation Technologies at Apple was terminated, but the automation on Apple guru is back this August with the first ever CMD-D conference.

Take control

Macs, iPhones and iPads are powerful, but you can achieve even more with them if you master their built-in automation tools, using Apple Script, Automator and (coming soon) Workflow.

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7 ways Apple Watch is already in the enterprise

Blink and you’ll miss it, but Apple has become the world’s biggest wearable devices company and its Apple Watch is already in use in a variety of different enterprise implementations, even before it becomes truly smart.

Apple and the enterprise

Apple has a great enterprise story to tell. Not only are a huge number of enterprises already using iOS devices, but IBM now claims it is three times more expensive to manage PCs than to manage Macs. And that’s even before you consider that if the UK’s NHS had deployed Macs rather than Windows XP, the recent ransomware attack that used NSA-developed tools would not have succeeded.

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FileMaker 16’s complex simplicity echoes Apple’s enterprise IT strategy

Nowhere is Apple’s visionary approach to enterprise technology evidenced as clearly as in the latest edition of FileMaker 16 Platform, which comes from an independently-run company that happens to be wholly-owned by Apple.

Simple complexity

The veteran solution has been available for over 35-years and has over a million active users.With this kind of constituency, the platform has been given a thorough sprucing up in this release.

FileMaker says it provides everything needed to create, share, and run custom apps for business teams, but it has worked to make the whole thing much more accessible. The new release includes a host of improvements to mobility, integration, development, scalability and security.

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How to manage and use iOS Notifications

Millions of iOS 10 users receive a millions of Notifications every day, but we can also configure these alerts to make them more useful, more productive, and secure. That’s what we’ll look at in today’s report.

What are Notifications?

Notifications first appeared with iOS 5 in October 2011, migrating to Macs the following year.

The system puts new and incoming information at the top of the screen, and also collates these into the Notifications Center panel which you access by swiping down from the status bar. Tap a Notification to open the relevant app, or swipe left and tap Clear to get rid of it.  

If you use a 3D Touch-enabled device you can sometimes get other options when you hard press the Notification, such as Snooze. When you receive a Message in Notifications you can respond to that item by hard-pressing the alert, rather than opening the app.

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Apple’s iPhone 7 is best-selling, and iPhone 6S most used, analysts claim

As we wait on the next edition, we learnt that the most used smartphone in the world is the iPhone 6S, while iPhone 7 remains the world’s best-selling smartphone.

‘Phones across the planet

Two reports come from Strategy Analytics and Scientia Mobile are the latest icing on the cake for iPhone predictions as we wait on Apple’s next-generation devices.

The reports appear as analysts everywhere quietly raise expectations for AAPL stock, itself on course to break a trillion-dollar market cap.

Popular expectation around the next iPhone, which many believe may introduce a new high-end tier, dubbed iPhone 8, is driving significant market changes.

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This little app shows why Apple’s retail store changes make complete sense

While it may seem counter-intuitive, Apple’s attempt to transform its retail operations into community hubs is a future-focused move that puts the company’s retail segment in a much stronger position to survive the digital transformation of retail, the impact of which is shown by a little app from Avira.

Avira Insight and QR Scan

Avira Insight and QR Scan is a smartphone app that lets you scan the QR code on a product you find in the shops and then brings you pricing and availability information gathered from a host of online and brick-&-mortar retailers.

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15 Apple Watch tricks you’ll want to use

The phrase, “Hidden in plain sight” has become a cliché, but the one thing people always forget is that clichés are only clichés because they happen a lot. Apple Watch tips are no exception. How can a device you wear on your wrist have so many hidden features? Here are a few more you may not have seen before:

Quiet light

In a meeting, want to know the time, but don’t want to seem too rude by raising the Watch to your face? Why not gently turn the Digital Crown, which will gently illuminate the watch face so you can glimpse the time surreptitiously?

The call feature everyone neglects

Receiving a call but don’t want to take it on your Watch? When the call notification appears on your Apple Watch screen just turn the digital crown a little so that you see the lower part of the notification screen. Tap Answer on iPhone and Siri will tell the caller to wait while you retrieve your smartphone. (From here).

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How to improve Mac, iPhone & iPad battery life in 26 tips

If you want to tweak the most battery life you can from your iPhone, iPad or MacBook (Pro) you’ll want to review these tips, some can squeeze a little more time from limited charge, but others you need to use early for best results.

iPhone, iPad, iOS battery life tips

Here are some of the best tips to squeeze extra power from an iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch).

Up to date

Make sure your iOS is kept up-to-date to ensure your device is utilizing Apple’s latest battery life preserving tweaks.

Battery usage

Get to know your battery. Open Settings>Battery and wait for your Battery Usage data to load. You’ll be able to see which apps use the most power and switch them off.

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17 iPad tips and secrets you’ll use

I’ve tried to solely include iPad-only features here, though I have included a couple that work across iOS which I think come into their own on the Apple tablet. For even more ideas read 20+ iPhone tips you’ll use frequently, many of which also work on iPads.

Power of 6

Did you know you can include up to six apps in the dock? Do you nest apps into folders and place them there, ‘productivity’, ‘games’, ‘utilities’, for example? How to move and place apps.

Power of 4

Running an app and want to quickly get to another? Just place four fingers on the display and swipe left or right to whizz through your active apps, or swipe up to get to App Switcher view. You may need to enable multitasking gestures in Settings>General.

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iPhone slow down hints Apple’s transition has begun

Apple announced a c.1 percent downturn in iPhone sales this week, but the one question people aren’t yet asking is: If iPhone sales are down just one percentile, how is it looking elsewhere in the smartphone industry, which Trendforce expects will decline by 23 percent in the coming  months? Not only this, but what is the future of this category?

Next generation

Apple seems clear that the downturn is in part caused by greater than usual interest in the next edition iPhone. That makes sense – ten years since the company took the concept of smartphones to the mass market it is surely inevitable that consumers and competitors are keen to see what Apple has planned next.

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12+ useful but hard-to-find tips for using Apple’s Pages

Apple’s iWork apps (Pages, Keynote, Numbers) are now available for free to any Mac or iOS user, so I thought it might be good to document some of the lesser known talents of Apple’s now-free word processor app.

To insert a hyperlink in Pages

I remember that when I first started using Pages the process of inserting a hyperlink wasn’t that easy to find, so I thought I’d share it here:

Select the word or words you want to add a link too

  • On a Mac select the Insert item in the tool bar and choose Link from the dropdown menu
  • On iOS you will get to the insert link tool via the Paragraph (a reverse P) item from top right of the keyboard. You can also select Link in the contextual menu around the selected text.

Insert your link, including http.

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20+ iPhone tips you’ll use frequently

I write about Apple every day. I write opinions, news analysis, tips, features – all sorts of stuff. Today I thought you might enjoy this collection of 20 lesser-known iPhone tips, which I do hope are of use to you. Here we go:

Fickle fingers

Does Touch ID sometimes fail to recognize your finger as fast as you like? You can improve its accuracy by registering the same fingerprint two or more times in the system. You can improve it even more if you register the same fingerprint on a cold day, and when it is damp, as both can impact your print slightly. Add (and name) fingerprints in Settings>Touch ID & Passcode.

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Android users are losing interest in iPhones, survey claims

The latest Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) survey results show that Apple’s iPhone 7 series smartphones are doing almost as well as the previous generation, except in one key metric: Android users aren’t switching to them as frequently.

Though they are still switching

The statistics claim around 26 percent of iPhone 6S series smartphones switched over from Android last time round, but this has fallen to around 10 percent with Apple’s latest model.

This might represent a cooling of interest in iPhones among curious Android users, but I’d speculate it instead represents an intensification of interest in Apple’s next iPhone, given the hype surrounding the tenth-anniversary release.

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Man and Apple superman: A.I., Apple, and you

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Apple calls in the rocket scientists to explore new worlds

The summary: Apple has recruited National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) new technology expert, Jeff Norris, to help build its augmented reality solutions. It’s yet another insight into Apple’s plans to break in the last few days.

Rocket science

It is not precisely rocket science: Bloomberg reports that Norris founded the Mission Operations Innovation Office in NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, so while he didn’t develop the rockets he was behind attempts to create virtual and augmented reality control systems with which to control robots and space craft. As founder of NASA’s JPL Ops Lab, he developed robotic control technologies and holographic communications solutions.

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Tim Cook’s Apple’s mic-drop moment

Has anybody else noticed how the rate of emergence of new Apple rumors appears to be accelerating? Surely I’m not alone in witnessing Apple’s alphabet of looming innovation becoming increasingly more visible?

Alternative facts

I confess, it upsets me when I read some of the criticism thrown at Apple CEO, Tim Cook. I find it insanely crass that so many anti-Cook forum posters confuse their own prejudice about his sexuality with valid critical point.

Others seem to have convinced themselves that Apple must invent a big new product category every year – but choose to ignore that innovation needs time to grow in, also ignoring the new hits Apple has introduced. Just like the iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch will be understood as agents of profound change within five years. We have travelled a long way in the computer world since the launch of the Apple I.

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Tim Cook’s mic-drop moment

Has anybody else noticed how the rate of emergence of new Apple rumors appears to be accelerating? Surely I’m not alone in witnessing Apple’s alphabet of looming innovation becoming increasingly more visible?

Alternative facts

I confess, it upsets me when I read some of the criticism thrown at Apple CEO Tim Cook. I find it insanely crass that so many anti-Cook forum posters confuse their own prejudice about his sexuality with valid critical point.

Others seem to have convinced themselves that Apple must invent a big new product category every year but choose to ignore that innovation needs time to grow in, also ignoring the new hits Apple has introduced. Just like the iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch will be understood as agents of profound change within five years. We have travelled a long way in the computer world since the launch of the Apple I.

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What happened when the Apple I team got together?

The Living Computers: Museum + Labs recently opened a permanent exhibition dedicated to the first two decades of Apple,  I caught up with the Museum’s executive director Lath Carlson to find out more.

Living Computer Museum is now Living Computers: Museum + Labs! For more on LCM+L, go to https://t.co/ity89EFabC. #ComeInGeekOut pic.twitter.com/vItXZB3c7q

— Living Computers (@LivingComputers) October 25, 2016

Steve, meet Paul

The show opened in early April 2017 with a VIP preview night, to which the museum invited some of the amazing people who first created the personal computer, shaping the early days of the industry.

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Apple calls climate change ‘undeniable’, Greenpeace says repairs matter too

 “Climate change is undeniable. Earth’s resources won’t last forever. And technology must be safe for people to make and use. We don’t question these realities — we challenge ourselves to ask what we can do about them in every part of our business.” Apple

 Apple has denied climate change denial as it commits to using 100 percent recycled materials to make its products. Greenpeace wants Apple to go a little further.

Copy this

“We’re moving toward a closed-loop supply chain. One day we’d like to be able to build new products with just recycled materials, including your old products,” Apple said.

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Apple calls climate change ‘undeniable,’ Greenpeace says repairs matter too

 “Climate change is undeniable. Earth’s resources won’t last forever. And technology must be safe for people to make and use. We don’t question these realities — we challenge ourselves to ask what we can do about them in every part of our business.” Apple

 Apple has denied climate change denial as it commits to using 100 percent recycled materials to make its products. Greenpeace wants Apple to go a little further.

Copy this

“We’re moving toward a closed-loop supply chain. One day we’d like to be able to build new products with just recycled materials, including your old products,” Apple said.

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Apple’s Tim Cook: ‘Freedoms require protection’

Apple CEO, Tim Cook, spoke up for free speech, tolerance, and standing up to protect the First Amendment when he accepted the Free Expression award in the Free Speech category at the Newseum in April 2017.

“Freedoms require protection”

Located in Washington DC, the Newseum promotes, explains and defends free expression and the five freedoms of the First Amendment: religion, speech, press, assembly and petition.

Cook took time to stress the value of free speech and the importance of allowing others to articulate ideas that you as a listener may find difficult.

“We know that these freedoms require protection,” he said, standing among exhibitions that include the 911 Gallery and Pullitzer Prize winners.  

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iPhone 8 release delayed by design, report claims

Get ready for iFall, when a new report confirms Apple plans to introduce three iPhones, including a tenth-anniversary iPhone 8 with a new display, a more advanced camera and some major changes in the device’s classic design.

Ten years later

There are some interesting insights in Bloomberg’s report this morning. It echoes most other available speculation as to Apple’s plans. Including a repeat of recent rumors claiming the new high-end iPhone model may not be available until a couple of months after its announcement.

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10+ Apple MacBook Pro Touchbar tips

I’ve been using a MacBook Pro with Touchbar for a few months, and I’ve become quite familiar with its new user interface features – to the extent that I feel Laptop magazine was incredibly unfair in its recent criticism of the computer.

Why Laptop got it wrong

You can use the Touchbar to do so much more, and while I guess Laptop hasn’t yet actually tried to use their Mac in any meaningful sense, I have, and I find the Touchbar a fluid way to reach nested application commands. It is particularly useful when using pro apps.

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422 million reasons Apple is building diabetes sensors

We’ve known Apple to be developing a range of powerful health sensors since before the company introduced Apple Watch, so claims it has teams developing non-invasive diabetes sensors aren’t really news at all – we know it has been in the works for over five years.

Sensor-sational

“The whole sensor field is going to explode. It’s already exploding. It’s a little all over the place right now, but with the arc of time, it will become clearer I think,” said Apple CEO, Tim Cook, way back in 2013.

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Imagination, Dialog, Synaptics: Will Apple ditch ARM?

Apple analysts are ditching stock in the company’s third-party component supply chain, warning that the iPhone maker has begun bringing development of many pieces used inside its next-generation devices in-house.

Apple takes over

Apple clearly intends bringing as much of its supply chain in-house as possible.

Just over a week ago, UK company Imagination warned that it would cease using Imagination’s GPU designs within 18-24 months.

“Apple has asserted that it has been working on a separate, independent graphics design in order to control its products and will be reducing its future reliance on Imagination’s technology,” the UK firm warned.

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Samsung beats Apple as eyes turn to iPhone 8

The latest Trendforce data shows Samsung beat Apple in smartphone sales as the euphoria around iPhone 7 is replaced with excitement and anticipation at the $999.99 (?) iPhone 8.

Not unusual

That’s not unusual.

You see, the data isn’t an apples and oranges comparison, in part because it includes all those cheap-as-chips Samsung phones you’ll find for a few dollars in electronics stores everywhere. Those devices don’t really compare with iPhone, and at the high-end Apple remains supreme.

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‘I expect to be able to tap my AirPods and ask Siri to get me a loan’

Thanks to Apple’s revolutionary iPhone and the imitators that followed it, banking is on the cusp of profound change and Cupertino has a chance to embrace it.

‘Banking is finished’

“Banking as we know it is finished,” said Nigel Green, CEO of deVere Group of one of the world’s biggest financial advice companies today.

His statement comes as a people from across the fintech sector meet at the Innovate Finance Global Summit (IFGS) to talk about the future of the industry. The event, led by a keynote speech from Sir Tim Berners Lee, has a big focus on mobile and digital with a focus on inclusion and on enabling services that benefit communities.

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How to use Apple’s new Clips app

Apple’s clips app has the potential to do for viral social video what desktop publishing achieved for fast food menus – these things are going to get everywhere.

What is Clips?

Developed by Apple, Clips is a free iOS 10.3 app for iPads and iPhones that supports  36 languages. In a sign of what is to come, it is a 64-bit app and it is available now at the App Store.

Simple to use, the app is equipped with a range of interesting features, particularly the Live Titles tool that lets you create animated captions and titles using your voice.

The Sharing tool is also smart – it uses Apple’s facial analysis tools to identify people in your movie and then suggests them as people you may want to share that clip with. You can read Apple’s own Clips page here.

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Australia slams Apple for telling customers ‘you’re repairing it wrong’

Not every Apple decision is great. Its attempts to force customers to cough up cash for simple iPhone repairs is an example of a bad one. Now it’s in big trouble in Australia, where local consumer regulators say Apple can’t tell its customers:

“You’re repairing it wrong”

It’s the return of the fabled Error 53 problem.

An error message that bricks iPhones when it detects that a repair is made by an independent repair shop. We saw the problem flare up in the US last year. The simplest explanation is that the device would recognize if it had been tampered with and then cease to function.

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What does Apple plan to reveal in 12-18 months?

“I would rather compete with Sony than compete in another product category with Microsoft. That’s because Sony has to rely on other companies to make its software. We’re the only company that owns the whole widget–the hardware, the software and the operating system. We can take full responsibility for the user experience. We can do things that the other guy can’t do.” Steve Jobs, 2002.

Apple’s “whole widget” approach has become legendary since Steve Jobs described it fifteen years ago, but since the company was stabbed in the back by trusted iPhone partners turned copycats, it has intensified this approach.

You got to own it

Traditionally, Apple has achieved success by creating unique user experiences.

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Apple upgrades Mac Pro, says ‘sorry’ to pro users (Updated)

Announcing an upgraded Mac Pro, key Mac executives met with journalists to talk about the problems and future plans it has for the high-end Mac sector – and once again stress the importance of the Mac and their desire to regain the trust of pro users.

‘We’re sorry’

In a much-needed moment of transparency, the execs tried to explain why professionals using Macs just haven’t felt the love in recent years.

“If we’ve had a pause in upgrades and updates, we’re sorry for that — what happened with the Mac Pro, and we’re going to come out with something great to replace it,” Apple VP Marketing, Phil Schiller told reporters, according to TechCrunch.

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