Sep 29

Apple confirms that the next release of the Mac Operating System OSX – El Capitan will be available from September 30th.

“People love using their Macs, and one of the biggest reasons is the power and ease-of-use of OS X,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “El Capitan refines the Mac experience and improves performance in a lot of little ways that make a very big difference. Feedback from our OS X beta program has been incredibly positive and we think customers are going to love their Macs even more with El Capitan.”

El Capitan OSXTuesday’s press release (see below) indicates that OS X El Capitan is on schedule to meet its previously announced Sept. 30 launch date. The company did hit a last-minute snag earlier this month that delayed watchOS 2 for a few days, though iOS 9 also arrived on schedule.

El Capitan supports all Macs introduced in 2009 or later, and some models introduced in 2007 and 2008.

To hype the launch, Apple is focusing on refinements to the Mac experience, and improvements to system performance.

Specifically, refinements have been made with regards to window management, built-in apps and Spotlight search. Performance improvements include also make activities like launching and switching apps, opening PDFs and accessing email faster and more responsive.

New features in El Capitan include Split View, an enhanced Mission Control, a cursor spotting feature, better fullscreen view in Mail, an improved Notes app, the ability to quickly spot and mute tabs in Safari, and other general refinements and tweaks.

With multiple monitors on a MAC Pro the Cirson Finder will be a neat feature.

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Sep 28

This morning Apple announced that sales of the latest iPhone are massive with 13 million units sold in their first three days of availability.

That’s a substantial number by anyone measure and substantially more than last years 10 million number in the same launch weekend. The Ss are off to a cracking start. See full Apple announcement below.

“Sales for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have been phenomenal, blowing past any previous first weekend sales results in Apple’s history,” Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said. “Customers’ feedback is incredible and they are loving 3D Touch and Live Photos, and we can’t wait to bring iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to customers in even more countries on October 9.”

The company noted that sales completed by Saturday, Sept. 26 will be included in Apple’s 2015 fourth fiscal quarter results. Beginning on Sunday, Sept. 27, completed sales will be included in Apple’s 2016 first fiscal quarter results.

With 13 million units sold in three days, Apple easily trounced last year’s record of 10 million units sold in the launch weekend for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. But this year’s roll-out had one key advantage over last year’s: China.

iPhone sales continue to post tremendous growth in China, and Apple capitalised on this by making the country one of the initial launch territories. The device also debuted in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the Staes and of course the UK.

Apple had already signaled last week that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus were off to a record breaking start in terms of preorders, on pace to eclipse last year’s record. Sales of 13 million units are likely to please Wall Street, where investors had expressed concern that this year’s “S” upgrade cycle might not appeal to consumers. Though it has an appearance largely identical to last year’s model, the new iPhone 6s series boasts a number of under-the-hood improvements, most notably a new pressure-sensitive 3D Touch display, and accompanying Taptic Engine for haptic feedback and a different feeling vibration motor. Apple has also increased the rear camera to 12 megapixels, added a new Retina flash for selfies taken with the forward facing camera, and greatly improved speed and performance, thanks to a new A9 processor with 2 gigabytes of RAM.

The iPhone 6s has the same 4.7-inch display as last year’s iPhone 6, while the larger iPhone 6s Plus remains at 5.5 inches. Both models are available in a new rose gold color option, joining space gray, silver, and gold.

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Apple Announces Record iPhone 6s & iPhone 6s Plus Sales

iPhone Available in 40 Additional Countries Beginning Friday, October 9
CUPERTINO, California — September 28, 2015 — Apple® today announced it has sold more than 13 million new iPhone® 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models, a new record, just three days after launch.

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available in more than 40 additional countries beginning October 9 including Italy, Mexico, Russia, Spain and Taiwan. The new iPhones will be available in over 130 countries by the end of the year.

“Sales for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have been phenomenal, blowing past any previous first weekend sales results in Apple’s history,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Customers’ feedback is incredible and they are loving 3D Touch and Live Photos, and we can’t wait to bring iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to customers in even more countries on October 9.”

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus bring a powerful new dimension to iPhone’s revolutionary Multi-Touch™ interface with 3D Touch, which senses how deeply you press the display, letting you do essential things more quickly and simply. The new iPhones introduce Live Photos, which bring still images to life, transforming instants frozen in time into unforgettable living memories. Live Photos, 3D Touch, 12-megapixel iSight® camera, 5-megapixel FaceTime® HD camera with Retina® Flash and more are powered by the Apple-designed A9 chip, the most advanced chip ever in a smartphone, delivering faster performance and great battery life. iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are designed with the strongest glass on any smartphone and 7000 series aluminum, the same alloy used in the aerospace industry, in gorgeous metallic finishes that now include rose gold.

iOS 9, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, brings more intelligence to iPhone with proactive assistance, powerful search and improved Siri features, all while protecting users’ privacy. Built-in apps become more powerful with a redesigned Notes app, detailed transit information in Maps*, and an all-new News app for the best news reading experience on any mobile device. The foundation of iOS is even stronger with software updates that require less space to install and advanced security features to further protect your devices.

Customers are encouraged to check the Apple Store® app or to receive updates on availability and estimated delivery dates. Every customer who buys an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus at an Apple Retail Store will be offered free Personal Setup service, helping them customize their iPhone by setting up email, showing them new apps from the App Store℠ and more, so they’ll be up and running with their new iPhone before they leave the store. Customers can also learn more about iOS 9 and their new device through free workshops at all Apple retail stores worldwide. In the US, the new iPhones are also available through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and additional carriers, and select Apple Authorized Resellers including Best Buy, Target and Walmart.

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will roll out worldwide to more than 40 additional countries and territories beginning October 9 including Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Maldives, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Taiwan. On October 10, countries include Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available in India, Malaysia and Turkey on Friday, October 16 and in over 130 countries by the end of the year.

Sales completed by Saturday, September 26 will be included in Apple’s 2015 fourth fiscal quarter results, and sales completed on Sunday, September 27 will be included in Apple’s 2016 first fiscal quarter results.

Sep 08

With one day to go before the latest iPhone announcement, expected to be the 6S and 6S Plus we have some interesting date on the current state of the existing market.

There are many rumours that Apple with kill of the small screen size iPhone as well as the brightly coloured 5c options.

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The data shows that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus between them account for a full 40% of all iPhones in use, with the iPhone 5s trailing behind at 23.7%.

The same data also backs reports that the iPhone 5c is being discontinued, showing that it accounts for just 8.5% of active iPhones, putting it below the iPhone 4S.

The domination of the iPhone 6/Plus is no surprise, following a succession of record sales since its launch a year ago, but while 5c sales were expected to be relatively low, they appear to have been worse than expected. Localytics based its data on monitoring apps running on more than 100M iPhones during August.

The poor showing of the 5c casts further doubt onto its rumoured replacement, the 6c. While sources confirm that Apple has been working on a new 4-inch device, we’re not expecting to see it tomorrow. Some rumours suggested Apple was planning a later launch, in November, while KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo has said we probably won’t see it until next year.

Given the apparent lack of interest in the 5c, you have to wonder whether launching a 6c makes sense at all – this year or next. Perhaps abandoning the plastic casing in favor of metal, simply using the size and specs to distinguish it, could give it a future? This is what Martin Hajek has shown in his latest concept images below, the iPhone 6c depicted as simply a smaller version of the 6S.






Sep 02

The Siri focused invites are out and that means it’s new iPhone time.

Our thoughts on what to expect this time next week.

apple invite sept 9 2015


Intrestingly Apple are hosting this event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. This is a far larger venue than usual. Significant? Who knows?

What we do know is that Apple will show the new and greatest iPhones, expected to be called the 6S and 6 Plus S. We can also expect to learn more on release details of iOS 9 for mobile anb the latets OS X EL Capaitan. These were shown at WWDC in June so we know the overview of these upgrades. Expect an update on Siri and most likely an updated Apple TV.


  • iOS 9 expected to support Force Touch, just in time for iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s base model to have 16GB of storage
  • 12MP camera, 4K video recording, possible OLED display
  • Same as iPhone 6 on the outside, faster LTE chip inside

What else have we learnt from the rumor mill?

From the various blogs and rumor mills, it’s clear we can expect three new things. The first is a vastly similar if not identical design as its predecessor, but with a few minor modifications. The shell is said to be slightly thicker, making it more rigid, helping to avoid a repeat of the so-called “Bend-gate” issue from last year. The thicker shell may also house an improved, longer-lasting battery. But what’s more likely is that Apple will bring its Force Touch technology from the new MacBook to the new iPhone. That would bring pressure sensitivity to the device, opening up a whole range of possibilities for developers.

We’re also expecting an improved 12-megapixel camera — a significant bump on the current models — allowing for super high-resolution 4K video recording. It’s also likely that we will see a beefed-up A9 processor alongside more memory, making the smartphone faster and more responsive.

While it’s reported that Apple will drop the cheaper “C” phone model, the iPhone will still come in two sizes: the regular 4.7-inch iPhone 6S, and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6S Plus.

iOS9 – The iPhone magic source

iPhone line upAlong with the new iPhone, the company’s mobile operating system iOS 9 is also expected to land at the event. The software, first announced at Apple’s developer conference in June, comes with a familiar look and feel, but with a wealth of new features.

We’ll see an “intelligence” update to Siri, which will expand its search results and answers, add support for more in-built apps, and offer third-party support.

And there’s more. Mac users will see a desktop refresh with OS X 10.11 El Capitan, the operating system that lands with the company’s line-up of desktop and notebooks.

The focus of the updated software is to squeeze out more of what you already have, like better performance, and faster speeds — in some cases as much as four-fold. That’s done by bringing Metal, the core graphics technology used in newer iPhones and iPads, to the Mac, offering a welcome boost to app rendering performance. And, there are other updates, such as Split View (which to many Windows 7 and later users will be reminiscent of Snap), and smarter Spotlight search, among other features.

And, for the wearable crowd, expect the anticipated update to Apple Watch to land at the event, which comes with new watch faces and greater customization.

Apple TV Refresh or Game Console?

Numerous reports have pointed to a long-awaited refresh of the platform. Almost everything there was to leak has leaked — at least, so we think.

With the new hardware and software, Apple is said to want to “actively complete” with gaming consoles, putting the pintsized box in the big-wig league of consoles like Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation. The box is also slated to include Siri, pushing the device to the same realm as competitors like Google’s Chromecast and Amazon’s Fire Stick.

The software and hardware improvements may open the platform up to App Store additions in the coming months. We may also see the launch of a cable-cutter friendly Apple-branded television streaming service down the line, potentially rivaling services like HBO and Netflix.

How much will it cost? Some are saying as much as $199, more than double the price of the device now.

Will there be a “Just One More Thing” moment?

Apple has, at least in the past couple of years, pushed out a small yet generous “one more thing” to take away from the presentation.

Some have read into the size of the auditorium booked by Apple: is it a hint that we may see something significantly larger, like a car? Project Titan lives, but it may be a while until we see it.

All will be revealed this time next week. The pitch will be live on Apple you can see and hear it live.

Jul 24

Apple Watch sales numbers are shrouded in mystery, as Apple has not released definitive sales numbers. A few weeks ago a lone report suggested the sales had dropped off a cliff. A story by MarketWatch columnist Brett Arends with the blaring headline “Apple Watch Sales Plunge 90%” epitomizes this attitude. There was a nugget of truth behind Arends’ headline — a sales estimate from Slice Intelligence — but it was ripped out of context in order to mislead reader. The Slice report was not covered in full and only represented sales on-line and ignored the transition to Apple selling in store.


In this week earning report Apple provided no concrete data points, sticking with its rationale that such data would be useful for competitors. Apple did say that sales beat its internal expectations, while noting there were supply constraints throughout the quarter as it ramped up production. Apple Watch wasn’t even available at Apple Retail Stores until mid-June. Tim Cook did directly dismiss those reports that sales had fallen since launch. Apple Watch had the highest sales in June, completely undermining Slice Intelligence’s dubious findings.

Since the earnings report a number of more established research firms have updated their sales forecast for the Apple Watch. The Strategy Analytics estimate shows the Apple watch Capture 75% of the global smart watch market during the launch quarter while Samsung grabbed 7% market share.

Strategy Analytics suggest Apple sold 4 million watches during the second quarter with Samsung selling less than 400,000 in the same period.

Other analysts have adjusted their own apple watch sales with the consensus standing 2.2million to 3 million units sold. These numbers imply that the Strategy Analytics estimate is towards the top end of range. However they do always imply Apple watch has become the dominant market leader.

Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics, added, “We estimate Apple Watch shipped 4.0 million units and captured a dominant 75 percent smartwatch marketshare worldwide in Q2 2015. Apple Watch launched in sixteen major countries and saw decent take-up from iPhone loyalists in the United States and elsewhere. Apple Watch has clearly raised the bar for the global smartwatch industry. The ball is now in the court of rivals, like Samsung, to respond.”

With the launch of the Apple Watch the global smart watch market has expanded significantly with an estimated market growth of over 400%.  Strategy Analytics report that Smartwatch shipments were higher this quarter  than the whole of 2014,  when Samsung topped the market  with a commanding 74% of global market share.

Samsung and Apple combined now account for eight and 10 Smart watches sold leaving other manufacturers combined with 900,000 smart watches of which Pebble is a leading contender.

The smartwatch race has similarities with the smart phone race in the apple and Samsung are the two dominant players and the remainder take the crumbs from the table.

During the earnings release conference call Tim Cook said Apple what sales of Apple Watch exceeded expectations but did not specify actual sales numbers.  His only concrete comment was the apple what sales during the first nine weeks on availability higher than sales of the original iPad and iPhone Windows Devices were first available for sale.

Jul 15

This morning the Apple Pay screen is now live on the iPhone.

This lets you add a bank card to Passbook. Until today that option was not available.

It’s dead easy to add a card. Just follow the set up instructions, hold the camera to the the credit card and the iPhone sucks in the cards details.

Apple pay set up Set up Apple pay



You will then be asked to verify the card. By this time the card’s issuers will have sent you a text or email with a code. Simply enter the code into the iPhone and the card is ready for use.

You can see the cards in the Paybook app and you can set a defiantly card to use.


Apple pay card ready for use

To add your Watch you have to add the card to the Watch in the same process as initially adding it to the iphone. Plus you need to add a code to the Watch to increase security.

Then to make a purchase you just hold your Watch up to the Card Terminal in a retailer that accepts Pay by Touch, that most UK retailers and the job is done. On the Watch just double click the long button to show the card you are using.

Pay by Apple watch

Fist transaction carried out in a Marks & Spencer in Guildford. Cashier was excited as it was their first Watch experience.

Very neat and rewarding experience.


Jul 06

According to 9-5 mac website, Apple appears to be planning to enable its Apple Pay iPhone mobile payments service in the UK on July 14th, according to sources at multiple retailers. Apple has informed some Apple Retail employees in the UK that Apple Pay support will go live on that Tuesday, while an internal memos for supermarket Waitrose plus an additional retail partner indicate the same date.

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Apple will also begin training its local staff on supporting Apple Pay on July 12th. Apple has begun enabling its mobile point of sale systems in England-based stores to take NFC payments and has been preparing materials to promote the Apple Pay launch in stores. It is plausible that different stores will have different launch dates, but the presence of the same, at least tentative, date makes July 14th a very possible widespread start date.

Announced for July at the June Worldwide Developers Conference, the U.K.’s Apple Pay launch will mark Apple’s first expansion of the service outside of the United States. Like in the U.S., a PIN won’t be required for usage, but the launch will include a £20 cap per transaction, as also noted on the above memo sent to us and posted across the web. However, a source tells us that U.K. systems will be updated in the fall to process higher values. Apple is also currently working on bringing the service to Canada later this year in addition to China and South Korea in the future.

Looking forward to checking out local Waitrose on Bastile day, perfect execuse to pick up some wine and cheese.

Jun 07

The Daiky Telegraph reports that Apple Pay in the UK will be announced at this week’s WWDC in San Francisco.

Apple pay with applel watchThe Silicon Valley giant is expected to make the announcement on Monday in San Francisco at WWDC, its annual jamboree for software developers, industry sources say. The service will be switched on in around two months, they said.

It will mark a major development for the payments industry. Multiple attempts by mobile operators and banks to get contactless mobile payments up and running in Britain have failed amid industry infighting and consumer indifference.

Apple has been in talks with banks and retailers about its launch since last year, sources said, and has the clout to drive adoption by both industry and consumers.

The iPhone accounts for more than 40pc of smartphones sold in the UK, and owners tend to be big-spending consumers.

Much of the infrastructure for needed for Apple Pay is already in place thanks to investment in contactless debit and credit payment technology. The iPhone contains a wireless microchip similar to those in contactless payment cards, allowing Apple Pay users to store their details and to wave the handset over a terminal to pay.

Apr 01

Tesla announced today — a day with very little real news and a lot of “fake news” — that it has created the Model W, a new smart-watch to compete head-on with the forthcoming and insanely hyped Apple Watch.

Tesla Model WFrom the official Tesla press release:

PALO ALTO, Calif., April 1, 2015 – Tesla today announced a whole new product line called the Model W. As many in the media predicted, it’s a watch. That’s what the “W” stands for.

This incredible new device from Tesla doesn’t just tell the time, it also tells the date. What’s more, it is infinitely adjustable, able to tell the time no matter where you are on Earth. Japan, Timbuktu, California, anywhere! This will change your life. Reality as you know it will never be the same.

(Tesla is having some fun here with the kind of reverential talk that often issues from Jony Ive’s mouth. Well played, Tesla.)

Here’s the full-sized promo image from Tesla:

Tesla Model W promo



Below the picture of the new Model W, Tesla inserts: “Warning, current version requires wrist strength of an orangutan.”

The joke works well because of Apple’s rumoured movement on Tesla’s turf with a new Apple Car. That hasn’t been confirmed, however.

Apple watch will be available to pre order on April 10th with shipping on April 24th.

Feb 27

Apple have just sent out invitations to a media event to be held Monday, March 9 in San Francisco with the standard 10 AM PST or 6 PM UK  starts time.

Apple event


The event is called “Spring forward” which coincides with the commencement of daylight savings time which in the US starts on March 8.

One can safely assume this is the official launch of Apple watch. At this point we still don’t know much about the watch details. We can expect this event to fill the gaps about prices, battery life , straps options and of course shipping dates.

There are also rumors of additional updates to the MacBook there and or iPad product might as well.

We will of course know more on March 9.

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