Let's face it: Apple hasn't been doing too well lately. Its stock keeps dropping, and AAPL as fallen to the fourth most valuable company by market capitalization after hitting the $1 trillion mark back in August. Apple even sent out a warning to investors before its earnings call for the first time in over 15 years.
The biggest culprit of this is obvious: price hikes in Apple hardware. Almost all of Apple's new products released in late 2018 were more expensive than their predecessors, including the MacBook Air, Mac mini, and iPad Pro (along with its additional accessories such as the Keyboard Folio and Apple Pencil). However, the iPhone is by far Apple's most popular product, and it simply hasn't been selling well. For many users, Apple's flagship iPhones are simply too expensive, and not enough compelling features were added this year to make the price justifiable for most users. Another factor is Apple's commitment to the longevity of their products. Apple started offering $29 battery replacements this year and released iOS 12, which sacrificed new features for stability and performance on older devices.
However, there is one area in which Apple is doing better than ever: services. The App Store had record-breaking revenue this holiday season, and the number of Apple Music subscribers is at an all-time high. In addition, more users are taking advantage of the HomeKit ecosystem and specifically looking for speakers that support AirPlay 2.
Before Christmas, Apple made Apple Music available for Amazon Echo, an unprecedented move. Plus, at CES 2019, Vizio, LG, Samsung, and Sony revealed that native AirPlay 2 support will be making its way to their higher-end TVs along with Screen Mirroring and iTunes Store. Both of these decisions will certainly cannibalize sales of both the HomePod and Apple TV, but desperate times call for desperate measures. If Apple is willing to sacrifice sales of their premium products in order to make their services available on more platforms, what implications does this have for the future? Will Apple begin to offer apps like GarageBand and Final Cut Pro on Windows? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
With the recent release of the redesigned MacBook Air with Retina display, there are more choices than ever for potential MacBook buyers. However, the new Air isn't quite as budget-friendly as people were expecting, and it overcomplicates the lineup in an already confusing selection of Apple laptops.
The 2017 World-Wide Developers Conference keynote is just around the corner–June 5th, to be exact. You can stream this event on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, Mac, or PC live at 10 A.M. PDT or watch it afterward once it has been edited. So far, there have been quite a few reports and rumors that indicate far more than just the usual software announcements. This article will go over most people's ideal WWDC keynote, while excluding the extremely unlikely things.
WWDC, Apple's annual World-Wide Developers Conference, is scheduled for June 5th. Each year, this keynote is reserved for upcoming software reveals. To be more specific, Apple will be announcing iOS 11, macOS 10.13, watchOS 4, and tvOS 11. However, the reputable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently stated that there is greater than a 50% chance of Apple also revealing a Siri Speaker, and greater than a 70% chance of Apple revealing a 10.5" iPad Pro.
Recently, Apple released a budget 9.7" iPad in replace of the iPad Air 2. It is by no means a breakthrough product compared to its predecessor. In fact, the only compelling difference is the price.
If we look at the MacBook lineup, it consists of the MacBook, the MacBook Air, and the MacBook Pro. However, Apple recently cut the 11" variant of the MacBook Air and tried to redirect MacBook Air users to the new non-touchbar model of the MacBook Pro in their fall keynote. If this doesn't scream that the MacBook Air is coming to an end, the new iPad does.
New iPad Pro released with new design, no home button, FaceID, A12X Bionic Chip, and USB-C
Long-awaited Mac mini released with updated specs and Space Gray finish
New MacBook Air released with modern design, Retina display, and Thunderbolt 3 ports