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Here we share all the latest news we feel is relevant to our clients.

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Next-Gen AirPods to Spark Intense Competition in Smart Earbuds Market Next Year

For an idea of the potential health integrations Apple has in mind for future AirPods, a new patent awarded to Apple on Tuesday (spotted by 9to5Mac) shows AirPod-like devices performing heart rate monitoring and taking body temperature measurements.

With smartphone shipments slowing, more brand vendors are said to be paying attention to wireless earbud sales as a way to generate growth in the near-term, with a view to long-term strategic improvements in the ear-device space, according to Kuo.

Earlier this week, Kuo said he expected Apple’s AirPods to see “dramatic growth” over the next two years, with new AirPods with a wireless charging case to debut in the first quarter of 2019, and an “all-new design model” following in the first quarter of 2020.

Kuo also said that fewer than 5 percent of iPhone users currently own AirPods, and with over 1 billion iPhone users worldwide, there are “great potential growth opportunities” for the accessory. Almost a year ago, Kuo predicted Apple would launch upgraded AirPods in the second half of 2018, but Apple’s difficulties in bringing its AirPower charging mat to market likely impacted those plans.

https://www.macrumors.com/2018/12/05/new-airpods-to-trigger-competition-2019/

 

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How tech has revolutionized restaurant hospitality

Technology has proliferated in the restaurant industry over the past five years, as eateries look to improve both efficiency and the customer experience. Fast food aficionados have already become accustomed to one new form of service: Ordering from kiosks instead of cashiers. These kiosks have assumed most of the restaurant tech spotlight, cutting labor costs, increasing efficiency, and reducing human error. While kiosks may be successful for fast food chains or to-go based stores, that method isn’t as functional for traditional, sit-down restaurants.

In a sit-down restaurant, technology is geared more towards improving the guest experience, rather than getting as many customers in and out of the door as possible, according to Steve Fredette, president and co-founder of Toast. A widely-used point of sale system for restaurants, Toast is a cloud-based platform designed to improve efficiency for both customers and employees.

Toast and similar products allow waiters to take orders, payments, and customer signatures on handheld devices, and can also read digital gift card QR codes and send texts alerting customers that their food is ready. These tools are now commonplace in many restaurants.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-tech-has-revolutionized-restaurant-hospitality/#ftag=RSS-03-10aaa0b

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Apple Launching Free ‘Hour of Code’ Sessions at Apple Retail Stores Starting December 1

Apple today announced that its annual Hour of Code event is set to take place from December 1 to December 14 at all of its retail locations around the world.

Apple customers can register for thousands of free Hour of Code sessions starting today. Hour of Code sessions are available for customers of all ages, with Kids Hour sessions available for aspiring coders aged six to 12. Children will be able to explore coding using robots, while participants over 12 years of age will be able to attend sessions that use Swift Playgrounds and the iPad to learn coding concepts.

Apple is also introducing Swift Coding Club, a new program dedicated to teaching coding with Swift outside of the classroom. Students and mentors can access a new Swift Coding Club kit that provides students aged 8 and older with the ability to create apps and explore coding using Swift Playgrounds and App Development with Swift.

https://www.macrumors.com/2018/11/26/apple-hour-of-code-apple-stores/

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Trump Suggests Tariffs Could Be Placed on iPhones and Laptops Imported From China

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, U.S. President Donald Trump suggested he might implement a 10 percent tariff on iPhones and laptops imported from China.

Trump is set to meet with Chinese leader Xi Jinping later this week, and he said he is prepared to implement additional tariffs on products that are not currently subjected to tariffs should negotiations not go well.

Starting in January, the U.S. is set to increase tariffs on $200 billion in imports from China to 25 percent from 10 percent, which Xi Jinping is hoping to delay with the upcoming meeting. According to Trump, it’s “unlikely” he will hold off on implementing the upcoming increase.

Apple devices are currently exempt from tariffs, though there were worries that the Apple Watch and AirPods would be included in the most recently released tariff list. Trump ended up exempting a product category that includes the Apple Watch, AirPods, and other smart watches and fitness products.

https://www.macrumors.com/2018/11/26/trump-china-tariffs-iphones-laptops/

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Apple Announces New MacBook Air With 13-Inch Retina Display and Touch ID

Apple in New York today announced a new Retina Display-equipped MacBook Air, the first major update to the model in several years. The display is the centerpiece of the update, but it also gains a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports and retains its headphone jack, mirroring other 13-inch notebooks in Apple’s lineup. It’s available in gold, silver, and space gray.

Pricing starts at $1,199, with preorders beginning today and first deliveries on November 7.

https://www.macrumors.com/2018/10/30/apple-new-macbook-air/

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Apple Reveals New 11-Inch and 12.9-Inch iPad Pro Models With Slim Bezels and Face ID

Apple today revealed the all-new iPad Pro, with an edge-to-edge LCD “Liquid Retina” display, slimmer bezels, no Home Button, Face ID, and a magnetic attachment support for the new Apple Pencil. The new 11-inch iPad Pro has the same footprint as the previous 10.5-inch iPad Pro, but now with a bigger display thanks to the slimmer bezels. The 12.9-inch version is actually smaller than the previous 12.9-inch model but with the same screen size.

The 11-inch and 12.9-inch are available in Silver and Space Gray in 64GB, 256GB, 512GB, and a new 1TB option. 11-inch models start at $799 (Wi-Fi) and $949 (Wi-Fi + Cellular), while 12.9-inch models start at $999 (Wi-Fi) and $1,149 (Wi-Fi + Cellular). You can pre-order the new iPad Pro, Apple Pencil ($129), and Smart Keyboard Folio ($179 11-inch and $199 12.9-inch) today on Apple.com, and they will launch on Wednesday, November 7.

https://www.macrumors.com/2018/10/30/apple-new-ipad-pro-models/

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Apple Releases iOS 11.2.2 Update to Address Security Vulnerabilities


iOS 11.2.2 is the ninth official update to the current iOS 11 operating system.

The update includes fixes for “Meltdown” and “Spectre”, two serious hardware-based vulnerabilities, which allows hackers to gain access to sensitive user information through the execution mechanism of a CPU. However, there are currently no reported exploitation issues of this matter affecting Mac and iOS device users, so users shouldn’t rush to worry. Apple has already begun to address the matter by implementing a security patch in the current update.

Since these vulnerabilities require a malicious app to be loaded onto a user’s device, we highly recommend that users only download trusted applications from the App Store. It is imperative that users install the update as soon as possible.

The iOS 11.2.2 update can be downloaded free of charge for all eligible device in the Settings app. Navigate to Settings > General > Software Update

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Apple Sets Record-Breaking App Store Sales


Apple sets the bar once again by exceeding sales of $300 million in App Store purchases on New Year’s Day 2018, a record-breaking first for the company. This success began on the week of Christmas Eve when customers made purchases and downloaded apps that resulted in profits of $890 million during that seven-day period. Augmented reality-related apps have been making a massive impact as of late, such as the Pokémon GO app, which rose back to #1. Other popular titles include the shopping applications Amazon and Wayfair, and social media applications Snapchat and Pitu.

To regularly advertise the many new and popular apps that are currently making an impact in the tech world, Apple has created a “Today” section of the App Store for users to access.

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Apple’s iPhone Named ‘Best-Selling Tech Product of 2017’


Apple’s signature smartphone continues to impress as it takes the title as the best-selling product of 2017. Apple recently achieved this same title previously in 2016. Currently sitting at a whopping amount of 223 million, the iPhone’s sales exceeded many analyst expectations.

iPhone surpassed other top-selling technologies including Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8 (33 million), Amazon Echo Dot (24 million), Apple Watch (20 million), and the Nintendo Switch (15 million).

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Apple Announces $29 iPhone Battery Replacements for iPhone 6 or Later


As of today, Apple has confirmed that it will replace the internal battery of all eligible iPhones (6 or later) for a $29 fee, regardless of any feedback from an official diagnostic test. This came after recent reports that Apple would only replace internal batteries that retain less than 80 percent of its original capacity. In addition, any customers who paid the original $79 fee to replace their battery before the new pricing was put into effect on December 30th, 2017, are eligible for a refund directly through Apple.

Apple can run an official diagnostic test on your phone’s battery remotely and does not require a trip to the Apple Store. Apple Support may be reached via phone, online chat, or email.

Alternatively, you may make a Genius Bar appointment at your nearest Apple Store if you choose to do so.

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