AAPL Financial News Weekly Roundup: Apple Dominates Handset Market, iPad Dominates Tablet Traffic and More
Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) once again reached an all time high as its share price closed at $109.01 on Friday. On Thursday this week (November 13), the company will pay out a record quarterly dividend of $0.47 per share. The ex-dividend date was last Thursday (Nov. 6), which means that all shareholders as of that date will receive the dividend payment, regardless of who holds the stock.
A note to investors issued last Tuesday by Canaccord Genuity analyst, Michael Walkley indicated that Apple is dominating the handset market. Analysis shows the Cupertino giant accounts for a whopping 86% industry profits, while chief rival Samsung has dwindled to just 18% (the two account for over 100% because rivals like Motorola and Microsoft lost share).
Pangu has taken the iOS 8 world by storm, with a stable release heralded by saurik himself, the creator of Cydia. Now jailbreaking any iOS device running iOS 8 through iOS 8.1 is possible in a few easy steps. Users looking to install tweaks and software from Cydia must act quickly, as the iOS 8.1.1 beta has been discovered to kill Pangu.
This means when iOS 8.1.1 is released to the general public, the window to jailbreak iOS 8.1 will close forever. In any case, the Pangu Team recently launched a Windows version of the Pangu jailbreak tool. The wait is over for Mac users, as Pangu for OS X has officially arrived. Follow the instructions below to jailbreak iOS 8 with Pangu on Mac OS X.
The biggest news of last week (well actually the previous Friday) was Pangu's release of a jailbreak for iOS 8. If you had a jailbroken iOS 7 iPhone or iPad, now you can get back all of your favorite tweaks, as it is fully integrated with Cydia as of Thursday. If you plan to jailbreak, now is the time, as Apple released iOS 8.1.1 beta on Monday, which includes a patch that blocks the jailbreak.
A mysterious Apple webcrawler was discovered last week by developer Jan Moesson. The bot can be traced back to October 15th, and it seems to only request HTML pages. Its purpose is currently unknown, but there has been speculation that it has to do with improving Spotlight.
The Pangu jailbreak team and Cydia creator Jay Freeman (saurik) have finally released a stable version of the Pangu iOS 8 jailbreak tool with a fully functioning Cydia app store. Freeman announced on Thursday that Cydia has officially started accepting payments for paid tweaks and apps, and Team Pangu released Pangu version 1.2.0 with major big fixes. As of right now the iOS 8 jailbreak is available for Windows only, but a English Mac version should be available any day now. This means we should see an increase in jailbreak tweaks that take advantage of the iOS 8 software. You can learn how to jailbreak your device running iOS 8 - iOS 8.1 here. Also don't forget to follow us on Twitter so you never miss a tweak.
On Friday, Blizzard announced its first Hearthstone expansion titled "Goblins vs Gnomes". The expansion will include 120 new cards that players can purchase with in-game gold or real world money. You can see a preview of some of the cards being released here and the trailer at the bottom of this post. Goblins vs Gnomes will be available this December.
Screenshots of your iOS device can come in handy, and not just for those of us that write about such devices. They are useful for demonstrations and obviously for advertising, just look up any app on the App Store and you'll see plenty of screenshots. Screenshot videos are even more useful, allowing developers to give virtual tutorials of their apps. They are especially popular with the gaming community for showing tips and tricks, how to beat levels, et cetera, and just to show off their prowess.
You used to need a third party app to record screen capture video of your iPhone, but with iOS 8 and Yosemite it is fairly simple to do. Here's how:
1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac with the lightning cable.
2. Launch QuickTime Player
3. From the QuickTime File menu, select "New Movie Recording."
Many people like to read their iPhones and iPads at night, in bed, with the lights out. Likely as many people find the lowest brightness setting to be borderline unbearable. And if you've ever used the jailbreak tweak f.lux, which not only adjust brightness, but color temperature as well, the standard display lighting on the iPhone is a downright reprehensible assault on the eyes.
When Apple will address this issue is anyone's guess, but in the meantime, by tapping into your Accessibility options, there is a way to make your display even dimmer than your brightness setting allows.
1. Got to Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Zoom.
Anyone waiting to update to iOS 8.1 and jailbreak can breathe a sigh of relief. After several updates released by Cydia creator Jay Freeman (saurik) and the Pangu jailbreak team, the iOS 8 jailbreak has stabilized. Saurik announced that thanks to everyone's hard work, including his own, the Cydia store would begin accepting payments for jailbreak tweaks and software.
If you are waiting to jailbreak your iOS 8.0-8.1 device until things are "stable enough": we now seem to be ready! ;P http://t.co/XRUU74p7i8
— Jay Freeman (saurik) (@saurik) November 6, 2014
At the moment, the Pangu jailbreak version 1.2.1 is available for Windows only. China-based Pangu Team is actively working on an OS X version, which could be released by the weekend. Cydia Installer version 1.1.16 introduced several bug fixes for iOS 8 users. Developers can now mark their creations as iOS 8 compatible and begin using Cydia's payment structure.
On Thursday, Microsoft announced that its Office apps for the iPad have been updated with iPhone and Dropbox support. The software company also launched a sign-up page for its Office for Android tablet preview and noted that it is working on new, touch-optimized Office apps for Windows 10.
Microsoft's Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps are available separately for free on the Apple App Store. Users can create and edit documents with a free Microsoft account, but a "qualifying Office 365 subscription is required to unlock the full Office experience". A yearly Office 365 Personal subscription is available for $69.99 through Microsoft's online store. A Personal subscription can be used with one mobile device and one additional computer.
There are a lot of iOS features that can majorly mess things up when you are playing games on your iPhone or iPad. For example, receiving a text message can be annoying, and accidentally opening Control Center when swiping up can easily screw up an important jump. Thankfully you can disable most of these features when you just want to kickback and enjoy some games. Here's how to disable the most annoying iOS features when using an app.
Thanks to iOS 8 you can quickly respond to any message without leaving an app. Just swipe down on the text notification, like shown above, to open the reply box and keyboard. You can then type your reply without leaving your game and without opening the Messages app.
In an odd move on Monday night Apple released the first beta of iOS 8.1.1 to developers. The update offers various bug fixes, stability improvements and a patch for the recently released iOS 8 Pangu jailbreak, according to Weibo user Daniel_K4.
Daniel_K4 is allegedly a member of Team Pangu, the group of Chinese hackers who released the Pangu jailbreak tool for iOS 8 devices. He claims that iOS 8.1.1 patches an exploit used by Pangu and that jailbreakers should upgrade to iOS 8.1 before Apple releases version 8.1.1 to the public. This also means iPhone and iPad owners who want to keep their devices jailbroken should avoid upgrading to iOS 8.1.1 when it is available.