All Things Apple Weekend Update – 1st March 2015

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Weekend Update is a weekly dose of All Things Apple. We curate the best Apple related articles that have been published throughout the week. These include news pieces, guides, editorials and even reviews. Here is this weeks curation of Apple related articles, by us and others that you cannot afford to miss –

All Things Apple Weekend Update – 1st March 2015

Apple Acquires Camel Audio

Apple Sends Invites for “Spring Forward’ Event

Apple Watch will replace your car keys, says Tim Cook – The Telegraph

Tim Cook Talks Apple Watch Water Resistance and European Apple Pay Expansion – MacRumors

Apple Car: Three More Thoughts – Monday Note

This might be the worst argument against the Apple Car – Vox

Apple airs filmmaking iPad ad narrated by Martin Scorsese for the Oscars – 9to5 Mac

Apple Spending $2 Billion to Build Two New Data Centers in Europe – MacRumors

The Apple Watch Edition’s upgrade dilemma – iMore

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Apple Sends Invites for “Spring Forward’ Event

apple_event_spring_forwardEarlier today, Apple sent out invites for a media event that it will be holding on Monday, March 9 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. The event will start at 10:00 am, PDT. The event’s tagline “Spring Forward” is a strong indicative that it will revolve around the Apple Watch.

I am extremely excited about the Apple Watch, but I have several questions related to pricing and functionality that I am hoping are answered during the event. I also have a feeling that Apple will use this event to update their Macbook Air line-up (we may or may not see a new 12 inch Macbook Air, but I’m pretty confident the line-up will be refreshed).

As Apple did during the announcement event, Apple will be providing a live-stream for this event as well.

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Apple Acquires Camel Audio

According to a report by MacRumors, Apple has acquired a popular music plug-in and effects company called Camel Audio. The U.K. based company is the maker of several instruments, plugins, and apps, including the well known Alchemy synth.

The report by MacRumors is based on information found on corporate registry site Companies House. Camel Audio’s address has been updated to 100 New Bridge Street, which is Apple’s London address, and the company’s sole director is now listed as Apple lawyer.

It is safe to assume that this acquisition is related to Apple’s Logic Pro X and Garageband software. I can already imagine Apple implementing some of Alchemy’s technology and library into EXS24.

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All Things Apple Weekend Update – 22nd Feb 2015

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Weekend Update is a weekly dose of All Things Apple. We curate the best Apple related articles that have been published throughout the week. These include news pieces, guides, editorials and even reviews. Here is this weeks curation of Apple related articles, by us and others that you cannot afford to miss –

All Things Apple Weekend Update – 22nd Feb 2015

Notification Center: The Death of Dashboard

The Shape of Things to Come – The New Yorker

Zane Lowe to leave Radio 1 in March – BBC

On the Pricing of Apple Watch – Daring Fireball

Apple’s New Market – stratechery

Apple Watch: What We Know – Six Colors

Thinking About the Split in Apple Watch Sales by Model – Daring Fireball

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Notification Center: The Death of Dashboard

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Over the past couple of months, I’ve found myself constantly swiping left on my “Magic Trackpad” in order to bring up the “Notification Center”. Besides serving as a repository where all your notifications exist, the Notifcation Center also features a “Today View”, which shows your day at a glance. Each section of the Today view is a widget that provides a focused view of a particular topic.

These widgets have eradicated my need for Dashboard. Most of the widgets (World Clock, Calculator, Weather) that I had previously setup in Dashboard, have now transitioned their way into the Notification Center. But beyond those, there are some other Notification Center apps that I have set up on my iMac, which include – Yahoo Sports, Coinverter, and Wunderlist.

I am guessing that Apple intended to make Dashboard obsolete, which is probably why it has disabled “Dashboard” by default in OS X Yosemite. The Notification Center loads and functions much faster than Dashboard does for me, and the only thing I really miss about Dashboard is the larger canvas (Notification Center seems constricted, tucked in the right corner of the screen). That minor restraint aside, the introduction of Notification Center definitely spells the death of Dashboard for me.

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All Things Apple Weekend Update – 15th Feb 2015  

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Weekend Update is a weekly dose of All Things Apple. We curate the best Apple related articles that have been published throughout the week. These include news pieces, guides, editorials and even reviews. Here is this weeks curation of Apple related articles, by us and others that you cannot afford to miss –

All Things Apple Weekend Update – 15th Feb 2015

The Significance of Apple’s new Music-Themed iPad Air 2 Ad

Thoughts on Apple Accounting for 93% of Mobile Profits in Q4 2014

Apple Introduces New ‘Pay Once & Play’ Section for Games Without In-App Purchases

Watch AmEx’s Apple Pay ad with Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Henson, Tina Fey and others – iDownload Blog

Apple Confirms Aperture to Be Removed From Mac App Store After Launch of Photos for OS X – MacRumors

The BookBook Case for iPhone 6 Plus – Tools & Toys

Apple Shares Continue to Surge as Record-Breaking Market Cap Passes $720 Billion – MacRumors

Smartphone theft drops in London, two U.S. cities as anti-theft ‘kill switches’ installed – Reuters

Microsoft acquires Sunrise, creator of an innovative calendar app for mobile devices – Microsoft

Install the best new iPhone and iPad apps from Pinterest – Pinterest

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Apple Introduces New ‘Pay Once & Play’ Section for Games Without In-App Purchases

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Earlier this week, Apple introduced a new section to the App Store, called “Pay Once & Play” which highlights games that do not come with any in-app purchases. The new section initially had only appeared in European App Stores but it eventually made its way to other countries as well.

The section highlights some popular games, which include – Thomas Was Alone, Threes, Blek, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Minecraft – Pocket Edition, BioShock, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Goblin SwordXCOM: Enemy Within, and many more.

These apps are further categorised into – Recent Releases, Blockbuster Games, and App Store Originals. The new section can be interpreted as a consequence of Apple getting into trouble over games and apps that offer in-app purchases in the past.

I don’t play a lot of games on my iPhone or iPad, but if you do, the new section has a good curation of great apps that are priced at a one-time fee.

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Thoughts on Apple Accounting for 93% of Mobile Profits in Q4 2014

A recent MacRumors article revealed that according to numbers published by Canaccord Genuity Apple accounted for 93% of mobile profits during the fourth quarter of 2014. Apple and Samsung combined captured all the profits in the mobile industry during the fourth quarter, as competitors including Microsoft, BlackBerry, HTC, Sony, LG and Lenovo either broke even or faced a loss in value share during the three-month period. Apple captured 79% of mobile profits for the entirety of 2014, with a margin of 37% on operating income of $44.6 billion.

I wrote a piece last year in which I talked about how Apple’s focus (when it comes to smartphones) isn’t on market share but rather on product quality and on profit. Here’s an excerpt from the piece –

In my observation, Apple’s core focus seems to be on quality, customer satisfaction, and revenue. Market share, is more of a secondary concern for the company. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that market share isn’t at all important for Apple. After all, Apple’s iPod, and iPad, still hold a monopoly in the market. What I am trying to say is that, instead of figuring out how to make sure that their future products will be popular, and hence capture a major chunk of the market, Apple tries to focus on making great & profitable products.

If I was in the smartphone market – I’d be pretty happy with having a lower volume share in the smartphone market if that meant I’d have a higher share in the overall market value.

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The Significance of Apple’s new Music-Themed iPad Air 2 Ad

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Yesterday, Apple aired a new ad featuring Swedish singer Elliphant, Los Angeles-based producer Gaslamp Killer, and English DJ Riton. I am a big fan of Gaslamp Killer, and it is worth noting that Gaslamp Killer has been using his iPad during performances for years now. I remember seeing a video that was originally shot in 2011, in which he was using his iPad to control aspects of his music. My point – Apple isn’t giving musicians the iPad and asking them to do something with it – they’ve been using it for years now, and that is what makes this ad brilliant for me.

Here’s Apple’s ad, and a performance of the Gaslamp Killer from 4 years ago (He uses the iPad at 4.02)

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