Apple Celebrates One Billion iPhones

Apple has announced it has sold its One Billionth iPhone. Big milestone.

Their press release below:

Cupertino, California July 27, 2016

At an employee meeting in Cupertino this morning, CEO Tim Cook announced that Apple recently sold the billionth iPhone.

“iPhone has become one of the most important, world-changing and successful products in history. It’s become more than a constant companion. iPhone is truly an essential part of our daily life and enables much of what we do throughout the day,” said Cook. “Last week we passed another major milestone when we sold the billionth iPhone. We never set out to make the most, but we’ve always set out to make the best products that make a difference. Thank you to everyone at Apple for helping change the world every day.”

Apple Reports Third Quarter Results

Via Apple:

“We are pleased to report third quarter results that reflect stronger customer demand and business performance than we anticipated at the start of the quarter,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We had a very successful launch of iPhone SE and we’re thrilled by customers’ and developers’ response to software and services we previewed at WWDC in June.”

Good for iPad. Not great for everything. Better than expected overall. Great transcript of the call with investors on iMore.

2018 iPhone May Include Iris Scanner

Digitimes reports Apple is working on Iris Scanning for a 2018 iPhone:

Samsung is expected to lead all vendors by releasing its new flagship smartphone supporting iris recognition technology in the second half of 2016, while Apple is likely to roll out new iPhone devices with iris sensors in 2018, the sources indicated.

Digitimes certainly has been wrong in the past – as with all rumors, take this with a grain of salt. The timing seems about right – but only if things stay on track. The technology, as noted, is rumored to first be seen in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note coming out in the next few months. Much like the ill fated early fingerprint sensors on Android phones, it is likely to be different than what Apple has planned for future devices. 

From what I have heard, and based on Apple’s patents, they are looking to implement it (as with Touch ID) in a more secure and reliable way. Though it goes without saying, Apple will only release it when it is up to their own standards.

Bob Mansfield Heading ‘Project Titan’

Interesting story over at MacRumors, (originally from The Wallstreet Journal, but behind a paywall) suggesting that Bob Mansfield has returned to Apple and is working on ‘Project Titan. This is significant, as it signals even more of an attempt by Apple to get the ball rolling with their alleged electric vehicle project. He was heading up the Apple Watch ‘special project’ team and we see how great the hardware on Apple Watch turned out – especially for a first generation product. A taste from the article:

Until recently, Mr. Mansfield—who, along with design chief Jony Ive, was one of the few executives to appear in Apple’s carefully-crafted product announcement videos—had all but retreated from the company aside from the occasional visit, these people said. Earlier this month, employees at Apple noticed in the company directory that all the senior managers on the car project were now reporting to Mr. Mansfield, they said.

Apple Begins Rolling Out iTunes Match With Audio Fingerprint To Apple Music Subscribers

This is huge news. A small change, that will have a big impact. Overdue, but a great move for music lovers and all users. It’s the one reason I never cancelled my iTunes Match subscription.

Fixing Media Controls In watchOS 3

Matt Birchler writing on his site, BirchTree:

The issue is that Apple has removed Glances from the watchOS interface, which I think is a good thing, but there was one glance that worked incredibly well and was very convenient in watchOS 2, and that was a the media controls glance. Skipping ahead or pausing my music was a simple matter of swiping up on the watch face and tapping the play/pause or forward/back buttons. There was no delay in that glance opening, and it was always there. It was one of the things that was undeniably faster to do on the watch than by pulling out your phone.

Now in watchOS 3 Glances are dead, so that wonderful glance is gone. And while most things are faster now that Glances are kaput, media controls are far slower. You now have to press the side button, scroll to the Now Playing app, tap on it, wait for it to load, and then tap the forward/back/play/pause button. This isn’t the end of the world, but it is definitely less convenient and makes my Apple Watch feel less useful in this area than it was before. More often than not I’m just picking up my phone and controlling it from there.

I agree completely. That “Now Playing” Glance is the only one I really miss and it just takes too much time to get to it in watchOS 3. Hopefully they tweak this in time for the release this fall.

Eddy Cue Interview

The Hollywood Reporter:

The morning after the Golden State Warriors earned a spot in the NBA Finals, it was Eddy Cue — caught on camera celebrating with Stephen Curry from his courtside seat — whose face was splashed across the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle. That moment signaled just how far Cue has come in his 27 years at Apple. Once an under-the-radar dealmaker, Cue, 51, has become one of the more prominent executives at the world’s most valuable company (now worth more than $520 billion) as it grows its media business. The key lieutenant of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has been a rare content-minded executive at a 110,000-employee company that has prioritized its devices. As iPhone sales have slowed, Apple has turned its attention to Hollywood. And the man who spent many years warming music labels to the idea of iTunes has, in the past two years, spearheaded Apple’s $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, overseen the launch of Apple Music, orchestrated a redesign of the Apple TV and sparked speculation that Apple someday will buy a studio or launch a streaming TV business.

Solid interview.