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Apple teams up with SAP to help clients develop iPhone business apps

Apple teams up with SAP to help clients develop iPhone business apps

(Reuters) - Business software maker SAP and Apple are teaming up to help clients develop their own mobile business applications using Apple’s machine-learning technology. This will make it possible, with the help of augmented reality, to use iPhones or iPads for a range of business tasks, such as accurately stocking store shelves or machinery repairs. Germany’s SAP partnered with Apple in 2016 to rebuild mobile apps for its existing product lines, including human resources and expense management, to run natively on Apple’s iOS operating system. Native apps are developed specifically for the device’s hardware and software, meaning they run more smoothly than web or cloud-based apps designed to work across multiple platforms.
How the Apple Store Lost Its Luster

How the Apple Store Lost Its Luster

Web Smith’s recent experience at his local Apple store in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio, has been an exercise in frustration. There was the time he visited the Easton Town Center location to buy a laptop for his 11-year-old daughter and spent almost 20 minutes getting an employee to accept his credit card. In January, Smith was buying a monitor and kept asking store workers to check him out, but they couldn’t because they were Apple “Geniuses” handling tech support and not sales. “It took me forever to get someone to sell me the product,” says Smith, who runs 2PM Inc., an e-commerce research and consulting firm. “It’s become harder to buy something, even when the place isn’t busy. Buying a product there used to be a revered thing, now you don’t want to bother with the inconvenience.”
Apple to Reveal New Home-Grown Apps, Software Features at WWDC

Apple to Reveal New Home-Grown Apps, Software Features at WWDC

Apple Inc. is planning to unleash a slew of new apps, features and development tools at its annual software conference next month. To improve its devices and strengthen its connection to customers, the consumer technology giant will continue to walk a fine line between wooing outside app makers while also competing against them.  The Worldwide Developers Conference, or WWDC, starts June 3. The company will reveal updates to the operating systems that run the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. Highlights include upgrades to core iPhone apps such as Maps, Reminders and Messages; new apps for the Apple Watch that make it more independent from the iPhone, and enhancements to the health tracking capabilities of Apple devices, according to people familiar with the plans.
Qualcomm Sees Up to $4.7 Billion Payment From Apple Deal

Qualcomm Sees Up to $4.7 Billion Payment From Apple Deal

Apple Inc. will pay Qualcomm Inc. $4.5 billion to $4.7 billion to catch up on licensing fees accrued during a two-year legal battle between the companies settled last month. Qualcomm made the disclosure in its earnings report Wednesday, while Apple declined to answer questions about the settlement during its own second-quarter earnings conference call on Tuesday. The figure was less than the $7 billion Qualcomm claimed Apple owed. Apple had accused its former chip supplier of using a strong position in cellular modems to force the payment for artificially inflated technology licensing. It hadn’t made payments to contract manufacturers that get passed along to Qualcomm since the beginning of the second quarter in 2017.
Highlights from the Six Colors Transcription of Apple’s Q2 2019 Earnings Call

Highlights from the Six Colors Transcription of Apple’s Q2 2019 Earnings Call

Where better to get a little 'color' on Apple's earnings than from a full transcript of the company's earnings call with Wall Street analysts published by Six Colors? As in the past, Jason Snell has transcribed Apple's presentation to Wall Street analysts along with the question and answer session at the end of the call. Here are a few of the highlights: The iPad made a strong showing in China with Cook reporting that: For iPad, we were very happy to return to growth in Greater China, while generating strong double-digit growth in each of our other geographic segments. Our great iPad results were driven primarily by strong customer response to iPad Pro.
Apple stock spikes after reporting strong guidance and earnings beat

Apple stock spikes after reporting strong guidance and earnings beat

Apple reported earnings for its March quarter Tuesday that fell in line with expectations, although revenue was down from the same period last year. However, Apple’s guidance for next quarter was higher than analysts expected, and it said it planned to spend $75 billion buying back its own shares. Apple stock spiked over 4% and it approached a $1 trillion market value in extended trading.
Apple and the Craftsmen

Apple and the Craftsmen

On 25 March, Apple invited celebrities and members of the tech and entertainment press to the Steve Jobs Theater for a range of special announcements. What made this event a little odd, however, was that it was entirely focused on services. There were no hardware announcements and the only software that was demonstrated on stage were existing (yet refreshed) apps as the delivery channels for new services. I’ve read numerous articles and listened to various podcasts that have all meticulously analysed Apple’s new offerings: Apple News+; Apple Card; Apple Arcade; Apple TV Channels; and Apple TV+.
Exclusive: Apple in talks with potential suppliers of sensors for self-driving cars - sources

Exclusive: Apple in talks with potential suppliers of sensors for self-driving cars - sources

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc has held talks with at least four companies as possible suppliers for next-generation lidar sensors in self-driving cars, evaluating the companies’ technology while also still working on its own lidar unit, three people familiar with the discussions said. The moves provide fresh evidence of Apple’s renewed ambitions to enter the autonomous vehicle derby, an effort it calls Project Titan. The talks are focused on next-generation lidar, a sensor that provides a three-dimensional look at the road. Apple is seeking lidar units that would be smaller, cheaper and more easily mass produced than current technology, the three people said. The iPhone maker is setting a high bar with demands for a “revolutionary design,” one of the people familiar with the talks said. The people declined to name the companies Apple has approached.
Apple reportedly signed a $1.5 billion deal with Amazon Web Services (AWS) over the next five years. CNBC

Apple reportedly signed a $1.5 billion deal with Amazon Web Services (AWS) over the next five years. CNBC

first reported the figure, which equates to more than $30 million per month — a jump of more than 10 percent from the same period last year. Apple is expected to spend more than $360 million on AWS this year, up from roughly $350 million spent in 2018, according to people familiar with the arrangement.
Apple paid up to $6 billion to settle with Qualcomm, UBS estimates

Apple paid up to $6 billion to settle with Qualcomm, UBS estimates

Apple probably paid Qualcomm between $5 billion and $6 billion to settle the litigation between the two companies, UBS analyst Timothy Arcuri estimated in a note distributed on Thursday. Apple probably also agreed to pay between $8 and $9 in patent royalties per iPhone, estimated UBS, based on Qualcomm’s guidance that it expects earnings per share to increase by $2 as a result of the settlement. The UBS estimate suggests that Apple paid a high price to end a bitter legal battle that spanned multiple continents and threatened Apple’s ability to release a 5G iPhone and put pressure on Qualcomm’s licensing business modelthat contributes over half of the company’s profit.


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