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).
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.
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.
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.
Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) continued breaking records last week when it closed out October on Friday with an all time high stock price of $108.00 per share. The trend is continuing, as share prices are at $109.72 as of this writing. The company will spread the wealth next week when it distributes dividends to all shareholders of record as of market close on November 10. The dividends, which at $0.47 per share amount to a quarterly dividend record of $2.8 billion, will be payed out on Thursday, November 13.
Last Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed to the Wall St. Journal that Apple Pay activations reached 1 million in just the first 72 hours of its launch, making it the largest contactless payment system in the U.S.
We've discovered a lot of horror-themed games while looking for the best Halloween apps this year. Here's a quick look at some of the games that caught our attention. We did not test all of these games. This is just a list of available new titles that have a horror / Halloween theme. You can also see a list of existing titles that have been updated with Halloween content here, and check out the trailer for Five Nights at Freddy's 2 here.
Slender Man Origins 2 (Free) Based on the popular internet meme, Slender Man Origins is a horror quest title where you must find your missing daughter using only your wits. The game features large and detailed locations with dark dungeons and mysterious catacombs to explore, immersive music and beautiful HD graphics.
Team Pangu has finally released a full version of their iOS 8 jailbreak tool. Unlike the previous release, the new jailbreak comes with a Cydia installer. This allows users who jailbreak their device to easily access the Cyida app store which contains all the tweaks and apps created by the jailbreak community. Cydia has also been updated to version 1.1.14 to fix a few bugs and to add other improvements, like iPhone 6 support. Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to jailbreak iOS 8 with the Pangu Jailbreak tool. The jailbreak works on all devices running iOS 8 - iOS 8.1. There is no Mac version currently available, but that should hopefully change in the near future.
Popular jailbreak tweaks such as Zeppelin, WinterBoard and SwipeSelection have also been updated with iOS 8 support, and new tweaks like ForceReach, that take advantage of iOS 8-only features, are already being released to Cydia. Make sure you check out our weekly apps and jb tweaks recap every Saturday or follow us on Twitter to keep updated on the latest Cydia releases.
Developer Scott Cawthon has released a trailer for Five Nights at Freddy's 2. The official YouTube description doesn't offer any details about the new game, but it does include a link to the game's Steam Greenlight page. The good news is that the game has been greenlit by the Steam community. The bad news is that it's not coming to iOS devices first. This doesn't mean that the game will not be released to the App Store, it just means iOS users will have to wait a little longer to play it.
The sequel takes place at the "new and improved" Freddy Fazbear's Pizza. Freddy and his animatronic friends have been redesigned with new facial recognition technology, but they are still malfunctioning. You are once again the new night security guard, but this time around there are no security doors to keep you safe. Instead you have been supplied with an empty Freddy Fazbear head, to fool Freddy and his friends into thinking you're one of them.