We are still awaiting an official announcement from Apple regarding the launch date of the iPad Pro, the tablet that was unveiled two months ago. While Cupertino is staying quiet, Sam's Club has opened its doors for pre-orders of the slate, saying that it will launch on November 13th. That is still not an official date, but the retailer seems to have let the proverbial cat out of the bag.
Apple says that adoption rates of iOS 9 are progressing well and the company says it is the fastest growing operating system build in its history. The iPhone manufacturer says that 66 per cent of all compatible devices are now running iOS 9, including iOS 9.1 which has been recently rolled out by Apple.
Apple's last iPhone launch event was a blockbuster affair. Smartphones, tablets, and even pencils flew were introduced, but there was one much rumored product that was missing. Cupertino had been widely tipped to be launching an iPhone 6c, a sequel to the iPhone 5c that offers consumers a chance to have an affordable Apple handset.
The Public Beta of iOS 9.2 has been made available to everyone by Apple, or at least those who have a compatible iPhone that is. The days of betas being solely for developers has long gone, and if you so choose you can check out build 9.2 of Apple's iOS platform, although it is worth remembering that this is not the finished and polished version that will be rolled out over the air in the coming weeks.
Despite Apple's third quarter iPhone sales falling below analyst predictions the company still shifted vastly more units compared to last year and CEO Tim Cook is in bullish mood. He said that Apple continues to steal consumers from Android and the company reported that its expansion in China and Taiwan is going extremely well.
It seems as though Apple is having a typical "s" year. When the company launches an iPhone with an s at the end of the title there is usually a levelling out of sales, which in turn usually leads to plenty of doom mongering that Apple has topped out. It is happening again as Apple released its third quarter financials that showed that iPhone sales fell below analyst expectations.
Apple has announced that its Apple Music streaming service is off to a good start as CEO Tim Cook revealed on Monday that the company has 6.5 million paying subscribers for the service. It is a very pleasing number for the company considering Apple Music only launched on June 30th of this year.
While we generally try to stay out of the Android vs. iOS or Samsung vs. Apple debate, we have to laugh when people point out that Samsung's superior sales hurt Apple. The laughter is because Apple is cleaning up in just about every aspect, aside from having huge amounts of devices like Samsung does. Indeed, Apple's dominance in individual product sales and income has been highlighted again by a Bloomberg report that shows that Cupertino rakes in 90% of all the profit made by smartphones.
It seems as though some users of the newly launched iPhone 6s (and last year's iPhone 6) are experiencing issues with their new flagship smartphones from Apple. The problem appears to have started post update to iOS 9.0.2 and results in the handset getting all weird and even switching itself off randomly.
Since Apple launched the iPad Pro (Apple Pencil and all) at the start of last month, the trail has gone a bit cold for the tablet come laptop wannabe. Cupertino has not said when the device will launch, but a report out of Japan points to an early November launch for the iPad Pro, with the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard landing at the same time.