Apple starts assembling iPhones in India in play for the world’s fastest growing smartphone market

 Apple has taken an important step in its longstanding goal of penetrating the world’s second largest smartphone market. The Wall Street Journal first reported that that the company has completed its first trial run assembly of the iPhone SE in India – a key step in gaining a foothold for a market that has thus far proven elusive for the smartphone maker. The company has since… Read More

On Apple’s Portrait Mode Ads

Apple’s latest ads for the iPhone 7+ are touting the “Portrait Mode.” As I have written in the past, I love the bokeh-like capabilities of this mode which blurs out the background elements. Sure it isn’t the same as the real lens on a real camera (like my old Leica Summicron 50mm on my Monochrome) but still not bad on a phone. I have argued that it’s like having a brand new camera.  That said, portrait mode is a hit-and-miss feature. It works about three out of five times. The distance from the subject and light requirements are not predictable, and as a photographer I am always searching for the sweet spot make the photo. If you try and let the phone take the photo, often the subject itself gets blurred out. In other words, the portrait mode is still work in progress.It needs more polishing. 
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iPhone sales numbers dip slightly, but iPhone revenue is slightly up in quarterly earnings

 Apple’s Q2 earnings report just dropped, and it’s a bit of a mixed big from the hardware perspective. iPhone sales numbers dropped one-percent year-over-over down to around 50.8 million units. That figure also failed to meet analyst expectations of 51.4 million for the quarter. Tim Cook told CNBC that rumors may be partially to blame for the dip in numbers. Of course, speculation… Read More

Apple hits a speed bump in Q2 after its stock soared in the past year

 Apple hit a little snag in the second quarter, falling slightly under what Wall Street expected in its earnings report — causing a slight drop after its stock has jumped massively in the past year. The company reported earnings of $2.10 per share on revenue of $52.9 billion. Wall street was looking for earnings of $2.02 per share on revenue of around $53 billion. It also sold 50.8… Read More

Train Your Voice With This Singing App

iOS: If you want to really kill it at karaoke, approximately hitting the notes won’t be good enough. An app called Vanido can guide you through singing exercises, and show you in real time how well you’re hitting those notes.
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Another iPhone 8 leak hints at wireless charging

 Slowly but surely, we’re getting hints about the next iPhone from multiple leaks. Today’s new image from @OnLeaks shows that the next iPhone could feature wireless charging. In this iPhone schematic, it’s easy to spot a rounded surface at the back of the device, indicating that there should be a conductive surface to charge the device. I know what you’re thinking… Read More

Apple vows to use only recycled materials, but Greenpeace says iPhones should also last longer

 Apple has set a lofty goal for itself: use only renewable materials in its products to protect the environment and avoid “blood minerals.” In its 2017 Environmental Responsibility Report, released today ahead of Earth Day, the company said it is “challenging ourselves to one day end our reliance on mining altogether.” Greenpeace, however, thinks that’s not enough.… Read More