According to a report released by the NPD Group earlier today, Apple has sold more accessories during the two weeks following the iPhone 6 launch than in the same period after any other iPhone launch.
The Group's Weekly Tracking Service showed record breaking sales of $249 million, which amounts to a 43% increase over the two weeks prior to the launch. By comparison, the iPhone 5s and 5c launch generated $195 million in mobile phone accessory sales, about 17% greater than the two weeks leading up to their launch date.
In a note to Apple CEO Tim Cook today, billionaire investor Carl Icahn revealed that Icahn Enterprises believes Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) stock is currently trading at about half of what it is worth. In order to remedy this, the note basically urges Cook to convince the Board of Directors to buy back more stock at a faster pace.
According to the note (which is titled "Sale: Apple Shares at Half Price," and posted on Icahn's site, Shareholder's Square Table), Icahn Enterprises' projected growth for Apple in FY 2016 and FY 2017 "more than adequately justifies using a P/E multiple of 19x our FY 2015 forecast, which along with net cash values Apple at $203 per share
Ironhide Game Studio has released the first teaser trailer for Kingdom Rush Origins -- the prequel to Kingdom Rush and Kingdom Rush Frontiers. The video doesn't reveal anything about the gameplay of Origins, but it does promise it is "coming soon"!
Kingdom Rush is a popular franchise of tower defense games set in medieval times. The first title was released as a free flash game on July 28, 2011 before being ported to iOS and Android devices. The sequel, Kingdom Rush Frontiers, was released to iOS devices on June 6, 2013. Ironhide has released several free updates for both games, including a Halloween-themed level, before capping them off with an Endless Mode on July 31, 2014.
Apple today sent out invitations to select members of the press for an event being held at the company's Town Hall Auditorium in Cupertino, California on Thursday, October 16th at 10:00am Pacific / 1pm Eastern. The invitations read: “It’s been way too long".
Apple is expected to give OS X Yosemite one last preview before releasing it to the public and unveil its new iPad lineup at the October keynote. The new iPad lineup will most likely include a second-generation iPad Air and rumored 12.9-inch tablet dubbed the "iPad Pro" by the press. It is still unknown if Apple will announce a third-generation iPad mini, or discontinue the 7-inch tablet and replace it with its larger phablet-sized iPhone 6 Plus.
Square has added yet another way for users of their Cash app to make simple mobile payments. Version 2.1 of the app allows users to locate other users nearby and send them cash over Bluetooth. Here's how it works according to the press release: "With Cash for iOS 8, customers can now choose to make themselves visible to anyone in the same space as them, or just to friends. The app can detect other Cash customers within 250 feet of the sender or recipient - making payments quick and convenient. The app update for iOS 8 also includes the ability to swipe a push notification to approve and reject a payment request."
Cash is a free app for Apple devices which allows users to send or request money from anyone using an email, phone number or Bluetooth. The app can be used to split dinner bills, to remind your friend that he lost that $10 bet and so on. Money received through Cash is deposited directly to your bank account within 1-2 business days, depending on your bank.
There weren't many notable Apple headlines last week, but one that stuck out was Apple's scheduling of an October 16th media event, to be held at the company's Cupertino campus Town Hall Auditorium.
It is widely expected that the next generation iPad Air (iPad Air 2?) will be announced. It will almost certainly be powered by the A8 processor found in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and it will likely have a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Rumor has it that it will also be available in gold, like the new iPhones. Apple will also introduce a 27 inch Retina display iMac, and, though there has been little talk of it, possibly the next generation iPad mini. OS X Yosemite will likely launch on that Thursday as well.
Here are this week's games, apps and jailbreak tweaks released to the App Store and Cydia through 09/28/14 to 10/03/14. Apple's Free App of the Week is Fragment - Prismatic Effects. The game will be free on the Apple App Store until 10/10/14. Also don't forget to check out our best Halloween apps all month long.
Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) stock has suffered several price swings in the past month and, according to a Bloomberg report, the bears are out in numbers and causing increased volatility in the market.
According to St. Louis-based Stifel Nicolaus & Co. money manager, Chad Morganlander, "Apple is the largest publicly traded company in the U.S. and it has great influence on every index it’s in.” In fact, it is so influential that a 1% drop in its value results in a 5 point loss for the Nasdaq 100 Index, according to Bloomberg reporters Joseph Ciolli and Callie Bost. It also results in a $6 billion drop in the company's market value.
When I first saw customer reviews that said things like, Five Nights at Freddy's "is officially the scariest game I have ever played," I was skeptical. I thought there is no way an iPhone game, or really any video game, could be scary, but I was wrong. Five Nights at Freddy's has actually made me jump while playing it, and even if it doesn't scare you, it is still an intense game that is perfect for Halloween.
Like any cheesy horror movie the plot of Five Nights at Freddy's requires some suspension of disbelief, but its over-the-top premise is what gives it its charm. You're the new night watchman at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, a Chuck E. Cheese's-like restaurant and arcade. Your job is to watch Freddy Fazbear and his animatronic pals from the safety of your office, which turns out not to be so safe. Freddy and his pals like to wonder around at night and awful things happen to humans who accidentally bump into them. Luckily you have two security doors to keep you safe, but due to corporate budget cuts you only have a limited amount of power to run your lights, security cameras and doors.
Although Piper Jaffray believes there is huge potential in the Apple Watch's future, the investment bank believes it may take some time for Apple's new wearable to truly catch on.
In a note written to investors on Wednesday and provided to AppleInsider, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster estimated that Apple would sell around 10 million of its watches in 2015. This is a bit less than BMO's recent estimate of 12 million sales. He advised investors to hold "conservative expectations" for first year sales and wrote, "Overall, we believe that the Apple Watch is light years ahead of any other smartwatch on the market, but consumer application may be limited initially until developers begin to