Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino has seen two historic Apple events, and now a third is scheduled for September 9th at 10am Pacific Time. The original Mac was launched at this venue in 1984, and the iMac was revealed in 1998. Speculation is rampant that Apple has something big up their sleeve for 2014.
Invitations have been delivered to selected members of the media, confirming the date, time and venue but not much else. With a tag line stating "We wish we could say more," the fact that Apple is not using its preferred spot at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco this time around speaks volumes. While many agree a wearable device such as the iWatch is on its way, analysts are all over the map when it comes to predicting a timeline for release.
Older devices are no stranger to battery issues. As iPhones are charged and discharged, the battery will naturally lose some capacity over time. Apple has recognized that a range of iPhone 5 units with specific serial numbers can suddenly loose their charge.
For those experiencing the problem with their iPhone 5, Apple has offered to replace the battery free of charge. Since a specific range of serial numbers is affected, the company has set up a web page that makes it possible to check your device for eligibility under the replacement program.
Square has updated its money transferring app, Cash, to version 2.0. The update adds several improvements, like the ability to request or send money to anyone in your address book even if they do not have the app installed. The app has also received a makeover that promises to deliver a "faster sending interface". Other new features include the ability to import your address book, add notes to payments and receive push notifications for payments and requests.
Cash users have sent and received hundreds of millions of dollars through the app, according to Square. Square says people use their app to split dinner bills, group vacations and even pay for school supplies. Users can request money from up to 25 people at once, which is perfect for reminding the deadbeats in your fantasy football league that they still owe their entry fee.
It is going to be hard to top Star Wars: Tiny Death Star, but NimbleBit is going to try with Tiny Tower: Vegas. The new game in the popular Tiny Tower franchise will land on the Apple App Store this Thursday, August 28th.
For those who have never played Tiny Tower, it is a simulation game where players can build their own tower filled with tiny pixel people known as “bitizens”. The goal of the game is the build as many residential and commercial floors as possible to attract bitizens to move in and work in your tower. The game's developer, NimbleBit last year teamed up with Disney Mobile and LucasArts to release a Star Wars-themed version of the game called Tiny Death Star.
AAPL Financial News Weekly Roundup: Shares Hit All-Time High, iPhone 6 Sales Predictions Up and More
Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) trading showed some increased activity early last week as share prices closed at an all-time high of $100.53 on Tuesday. Previously the highest price was $100.30 (adjusted for the 7-to-1 stock split). The bump was likely due to optimism from Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty. In a note to investors, she wrote that iPhone 6 sales should be strong, but more interestingly, she expects Apple to ship 41 million iWatches by the end of the year, and possibly as many as 60 million. She also expects both products to enjoy healthy margins. Share price continued to rise for the rest of the week, closing on Friday at $101.32.
Morgan Stanley wasn't the only firm with a positive outlook on Apple. RBC analyst, Amit Daryanani, though he still holds his forecast at 56 million iPhone 6 sales before the end of the year, believes that new supply chain data could point to 70 to 80 million shipments by the end of 2014.
It was another slow week for App Store releases but there were a few noteworthy announcements made and trailers released this week. The biggest App Store news was the confirmation by the Pokémon Company that the the Pokémon Trading Card Game will be released to the iPad. This marks the first time a Nintendo-owned game will be ported to iOS.
Rovio finally announced an official release date to its Angry Birds spin-off Stella. The game will be available on September 4th. Nival announced its new RPG Etherlords will hit the App Store on the same day as Stella, and trailers for The Witcher Battle Arena and Mikey Boots were also released this week. You can see all of this week's trailers at the bottom of this page.
Ubisoft has released another mobile spin-off from its Assassin's Creed franchise. Assassin's Creed Memories is a free-to-play, card battling RPG that takes place throughout different periods in history. Players must travel through time to places like Renaissance Italy and Colonial America to eliminate their targets and collect cards. Players can also collect weapons and equipment from the different eras to upgrade their characters.
Assassin's Creed Memories features a 20 vs. 20 multiplayer guild mode, brand-new locations such as Feudal Japan and the Mongolian Empire, the ability to send out contracts and characters from the Assassin’s Creed universe. The game was designed by PlayNext and Gree, which means it includes social features and in-app purchases.
Sprint has rolled out a new Family Share Pack and unlimited $60 individual plan after killing off their "Framily" campaign because it was too complicated for customers to understand, but T-Mobile said it is not enough in another hilarious press release. The UnCarrier is urging its customers to rescue their friends from Sprint by offering unlimited data on its LTE network for one-year.
T-Mobile says "Sprint’s customers have suffered much," and that their friends should throw them a lifeline so they no longer have to endure the carrier's dysfunctional Framily and "bad deals".
“It continues to amaze me to see the old carriers failing to listen to their customers−or reward them for their loyalty,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. “That arrogance and indifference has defined the U.S. wireless industry for too long. We’re changing all that. In fact, this entire Un-carrier consumer movement is built on the simple act of listening to customers.”
Walmart has kicked off a 90 day fire sale for the iPhone 5c giving credence to previous rumors that the handset did not sell as well as Apple had hoped it would. The sale is also a sign that Apple is preparing to announce its next generation iPhone very soon.
The unapologetically plastic handset is now available for only $0.97 at Walmart retail locations. Walmart has also dropped the price of the iPhone 5s from $99 to $79. These prices are for the 16GB models and require a new two-year contract with AT&T, Verizon, Sprint or US Cellular. You can use Walmart's "Find a Store" feature to see if your local store is carrying the device.
Vine has become an important social justice tool now that it has cleaned up its image by eliminating porn. For example, the social video service has been one of the major weapons utilized by protesters in Ferguson, Mo. during the Mike Brown demonstrations. This is why it is important that Vine just updated its app to make it easier to share videos on social media. The Vine app offers users a quick way to shoot and upload videos, which is important for capturing unexpected events. To make things even easier, users can now import existing videos from their camera roll so they can share them with other Vine users. The new feature supports slow motion video and allows users to mix previously recorded videos together.
The Vine app has also been updated with new editing tools which can be found by tapping the scissors icon on the preview screen. From here users can mute audio and access the one-touch preview and undo button. Other new features include a new grid mode, focus lock, ghost mode and torch mode that allows you to shoot in low light situations. You can learn more about all the new features on the Vine blog.