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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

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Highlights from Apple’s Q3 2017 investors call

Apple overall

There was unit and revenue growth across all categories.

2017 was the biggest and best WWDC ever (we can attest to that).

Apple sold 41.02 million iPhones, 11.4 iPads, and 4.3 million Macs. The quarterly revenue was up 7% over the same quarter last year at $45.4 billion.

iPad saw a nearly 15% unit growth — the first time in a long time for iPad sales.

Apple will invest $1 billion in advanced tech manufacturing with $200 million going to Corning for R&D to start off. Cook noted that he hopes this will help to create jobs in the U.S. over time.

There were over 300 million visitors to Apple Retail and online stores last quarter (though the numbers for each were not mentioned).

There are now 497 Apple Stores around the world, including two new flagship stores in India, Singapore and Taiwan.

Today at Apple launched successfully in May, with in-store classes and lectures on iPhone, photography, art, coding, Mac, iPad, and others. Stores across the globe hosted more than 87,000 sessions.


Apple’s services business now equals that of a Fortune 100 company with a 22% growth over last year and an all-time quarterly record of $7 billion.

The App Store is the major driver of the profits with nearly twice the revenue of Google Play.

iCloud Storage and Apple Pay are continuing to grow

Paid subscriptions across all services has reached over $185 million.

When asked about what is driving the growth in services, Maestri said the App Store is seeing an increasingly larger amount of paying accounts on a year-over-year basis. One reason is that Apple is making it easier for people to pay on the App Store outside of the US. (for example, the App Store now supports Alipay in China). Another reason is that the quality and quantity of content continues to grow. Also, Apple Music continues to gain a lot of new subscribers and iCloud storage subscribers continue to grow. “What we’re seeing in App Store: the spending profile is similar across generations. People tend to spend more over time,” Maestri said.


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iPhone 7 was Apple’s most popular this quarter iPhone 7 Plus sales were up dramatically over last year. After 10 years in existence, Apple has sold more than 1.2 billion iPhones. When asked about the growth rate of the iPhone’s install base, Cook said there is no real formula for upgrade rate. It depends on a number of factors, like size of install base, upgrade plans, regional distribution, and a lot more. Right now, Apple has a lot of opportunities, upgraders, first-time phone buyers, switchers, etc. When asked about what is driving growth in iPhone sales at a time when overall smartphone sales is low, Cook said Apple’s install base continues to grow, which will generate upgrades over time. He noted that the company’s ability to convince people to switch is a major factor in growth as well. Although first time buyer rates in established markets are down, it’s nearly untouched in developing markets. “We haven’t even gotten started yet,” Cook said.


iPad sales growth up 17 percent, the best in four years.

The iPad owns 55% of the overall tablet market share and has captured 89% in the market of tablets over $200.

iPad in education sales are up 32%.

1.2 million students are using iPad and Swift Playground to learn coding.

Satisfaction rates of the iPad hovering around 95 – 99% according to consumer surveys.

Apple noted that Walmart will deploy iPad program for 19,000 its of employees for training purposes across all 50 U.S. states. Bank of America, Medtronic, and Panera are reportedly going to be rolling out 10.5-inch iPad Pro devices across key areas of their organisations.

The Mac

The Mac saw a new June quarter sales records in Japan and Mainland China thanks to the update to the MacBook and MacBook Pro.

Overall Mac sales grew 7% over last year.


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still continued


Sales of Apple Watch were up 50% in the last quarter.

AirPods have 98% customer satisfaction.

Apple has increased production of AirPods, but are still not able to meet demand.


Not much was mentioned about HomePod except that Cook said he is very excited about it.

Augmented reality and ARKit

When asked about Apple’s future with augmented reality and ARKit Cook said, “I think AR is big and profound and this is one of those huge things that we’ll look back and marvel at the start of it.”

VPN issues in China

Apple was recently asked by China’s government to remove a large number of VPN apps from the App Store in China. When asked to comment on the situation, Cook explained that Central government in China started tightening regulations involving VPN apps this year. Apple has a number of these in the App Store. One requirement of operating a VPN in China, is that the developer needs an official license from the government. Apple was told to remove any VPN apps from the App Store that didn’t not meet the new requirements. “We’d rather not remove them, but like we do around the world, we follow the laws of different countries where we do business,” Cook said. “We’re hoping the restrictions we’re seeing will be lifted because restrictions stifle creativity.”

AI and the autonomous vehicle

When asked to expand on Apple’s position on artificial intelligence and the rumour that Apple is looking into creating an autonomous vehicle, Cook said, “We’re very focused from a core technology point of view. We’ve got a large program going and we’ve been investing a lot. Autonomy is the mother of all AI projects and cars are not only thing.”

Trump’s claim that Apple would be building some ‘big, big, big plants in the U.S.

U.S. president Donald Trump recently told the Wall Street Journal that Cook “Promised to build three manufacturing plants in the U.S.” Though no one at Apple directly denied the statement, Cook tried to clarify what he believes Trump was referring to.

According to Cook, Apple has created 2 million jobs in the US. “We view that we have a responsibility in the US, including increasing jobs.” There are three main categories of jobs that Apple has created in the U.S.

App developers, Apple has contributed strongly to the developer community.

Last year, Apple purchased about $50 billion in goods and services, some have been manufacturing related. The company has also created an advanced manufacturing fund, with the first recipient of $200 million going to Corning to produce glass for iPhones and iPads, which will be exported to factories around the world.

Two thirds of our employee base is in the US, despite only one third of its revenue being here. “We’ll speak more about that later in the year.” Mysterious.

full story link on iMore

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Turnbull government reportedly developing single logon scheme for range of government, consumer activities

AUSTRALIANS could soon be able to shop online, register their car and update Medicare details under a new “super logon” scheme being developed by the Turnbull government.

Speaking exclusively to the Courier Mail, Digital Transformation Assistant Minister Angus Taylor, said the government is working on creating one username and password per person to do a range of activities.

It could mean a person is able to update their address, buy groceries and stream their favourite shows under a single account.

“Right now, you might have 10, 20, or 30 different logons across different websites, (like) the Department of Human services, banks, telecommunications and the state government,’’ Mr Taylor told the Courier Mail.

The opt-in plan would likely involve a two-step verification process with a code being sent to a mobile phone.

He said it could help people switch between companies more easily and reduce the risk of identity fraud by ensuring people do not have to remember as many passwords and logon details.



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Young computer researcher hailed a hero for derailing WannaCry virus has been arrested by the FBI over sinister software

You might remember the face of Marcus Hutchins. Pictures of the curly-haired surfer from the UK were plastered all over the internet after he found a way to inadvertently derail the WannaCry ransomware virus.

The 22-year-old researcher from cybersecurity firm Kryptos Logic stopped the malware in its tracks by registering a specific website domain included in the code of the malware, and in doing so earned his 15 minutes of fame.

But what a difference a few months makes.

On Thursday in the US he was swooped on by federal agents in Las Vegas for allegedly creating and distributing malicious software designed to collect bank account passwords in 2014.

The youngster was on his way back to Britain from an annual gathering of hackers and information security experts in Las Vegas.

The malware, called Kronos, that he is accused of creating infects web browsers, then captures usernames and passwords when an unsuspecting user visits a bank or other trusted location. Such software would be hugely valuable to willing cyber criminals.

An unsealed indictment accused him of intentionally creating the banking malware for criminal purposes as well as a conspiracy to sell it for around $3700 between 2014 and 2015 on dark web market places.

The indictment also include a co-defendant but the name has been mysteriously redacted, leading to conspiracies and questions about the case.

The big question is why is one name of the co-accused blacked out?

“Maybe the other guy testified against him,” computer security expert Rob Graham wondered out aloud to the Associated Press.

News of Mr Hutchins’ detention — who is considered a rising star among white hat hackers — came as a shock to the cybersecurity community. Many have rallied behind the researcher whose quick thinking helped stop the spread of the WannaCry attack in May.

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Smartphone use has radical impact on mental health of teens, claims San Diego SU psych professor

San Diego State University professor of psychology and author Jean Twenge has claimed that smartphone usage is having a radical impact on both the behaviour and mental health of U.S. teenagers.

The arrival of the smartphone has radically changed every aspect of teenagers’ lives, from the nature of their social interactions to their mental health […] Rates of teen depression and suicide have skyrocketed since 2011. It’s not an exaggeration to describe iGen as being on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades. Much of this deterioration can be traced to their phones.

Far from being the usual generalised complaint about teens spending too much time staring at their screens, Dr Twenge has plenty of hard data to support her contentions.

full story on 9TO5Mac


How to 1 ~ this weeks call

Help ~ Photos app on Mac not showing iPhone photos when iPhone attached!!!

When the caller attached there iPhone and opened Photos on the Mac.

Selected named iPhone in left column.

It would say No Photos

Restart Mac – same result

Restart iPhone – same result

changed USB socket – same result

tried another iPhone – could see pictures and asked if we wanted to import

So, on the iPhone, we then reset the Location & Privacy



Reset – the last menu item

select Reset Location & Privacy

Connected iPhone

It then asks if you want to Trust this Device

Answer Yes on the iPhone

Like magic the iPhones photos were there to import



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