Jony Ive is once again leading Apple's design team

After two years of giving up some of his responsibilities as Apple’s Chief Design Officer, Jony Ive is now the man that Apple’s design teams are reporting to directly. In 2015, Ive was given his executive title, but soon gave up the day-to-day leadership of the design teams to Alan Dye and Richard Howarth. The pair reported to Apple CEO Tim Cook. But now, once again, Ive is the man in charge.

During the two years during which he handed off some of his responsibilities at Apple, Ive worked on Apple’s “spaceship campus.” With that project over, Ive can now oversee all of the design chores …


Apple's marketing VP dubs the iPhone X notch 'one of the most sophisticated pieces of technology'

There’s little doubt that the iPhone X is Apple’s most controversial phone in recent memory, mainly on account of the “notch and horns” approach to achieving its touted “all-screen” design. For some, the notch is an eyesore and app developers’ nightmare, others say they’ve gotten used to it, and even like the distinct look it gives to their expensive iPhone.

To no surprise, Apple’s VP of iPod, iPhone, and iOS product marketing Greg Joswiak seems to be of the second type. Recently, he sat down for an interview, and here’s what was revealed about the notch-y …

Chinese iOS developers have earned 25% of Apple's pay outs since the App Store launch


Apple CEO Tim Cook happens to be in China this weekend and on Sunday he gave a speech at an event held by the Cybersecurity Administration of China. The latter is a regulatory agency that handles internet regulation in the country. During his talk, Cook mentioned that 1.8 million developers in China are writing apps for iOS. Thus far, since the launch of the App Store, they have earned 112 billion yuan, which is the equivalent of $16.93 billion USD.

The executive stated earlier this year that Apple has paid developers $70 billion globally for their share of app sales since the App Store …

Apple's South Korean offices are raided the day before the iPhone X launches in the country

A few days ago, we told you that the Apple iPhone X did very well in South Korea by selling out during the pre-order period that ended today in the country. That means that starting Friday, the tenth anniversary iPhone model can be purchased in LG and Samsung’s own backyard. Last week, it took Korean carrier SK Telecom just 3 minutes to sell out its pre-order inventory of the iPhone X. Last year, it took 20 minutes for SK Telecom to sell out its pre-order inventory of the Apple iPhone 7 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus.

On Thursday, the day before the launch of the iPhone X in South Korea, officials …

Apple's Black Friday deals bonanza kicks off in Australia and New Zealand with gift cards of up to $160

Apple’s one-day Black Friday shopping bonanza has already kicked off in Australia and New Zealand, because, well, it’s already Friday there. The offers include free gift cards of up to A$210 in value (~$160) with the purchase of select products from Apple’s online store, as well as from Apple retail stores in both countries.

The following Apple gift cards are available in both Australia and New Zealand:
iPhone 7 / iPhone 6s / iPhone SE – A$70 ($53) gift cardiPad Pro, iPad Mini. iPad 9.7-inch – A$140 ($106) gift cardApple Watch …

Apple's new ad hints that with the iPad Pro, we are close to a post-PC world

Apple says that with the iPad Pro and iOS 11, a post-PC world is closer than we think. And that is the focus of a new ad for the device that was released yesterday by Apple. It isn’t until the very end of the commercial when you understand what Apple is trying to say in 60 seconds. A young girl named Scout (maybe 11 or so) hops on her bike, carrying her iPad Pro in a bag. It’s a busy day for this young iPad Pro user as she meets a friend on an apartment stoop, and works on a report about insects (using the camera to take a picture of a praying mantis).

Our heroine then sits down …

Check out Apple's ever-rising bill of materials that led to a $999 iPhone X

The first teardown analysis of the iPhone X revealed that its parts amount to about $357.50 in total for Apple when buying in bulk, and afterwards IHS Markit came up with a very similar number – $370.25 – including the box contents, and costs of assembly. Now, Statista has made a chart demonstrating the ever-rising bills of materials for subsequent iPhone models with the introduction of new features and designs, which led to price increases for the end users, too, culminating with the $999 iPhone X.
The most expensive part in the newest iPhone is …

iPhone X takes the spotlight in Apple's 2017 holiday gift guide


With the 2017 holiday season just around the corner, Apple
wants you to know that you can find plenty of gifts on its official website.
Thus, the website now features an updated gift section for all potential
customers to check out.

 

Perhaps not surprisingly, the first device that’s presented in this holiday
gift guide is the iPhone X: Apple’s newest, most advanced and most expensive
smartphone to date. Sold for $999 (64 GB model) or $1,149 (256 GB), the iPhone
X can currently be shipped in 2-3 weeks – certainly in time for Christmas. The (also new)
iPhone 8 is also a gift suggestion, …

Report: Apple's AR headset rumored to use "reality Operating System", codenamed T2888


The latest rumors about Apple’s AR powered headset have the company ready to offer such a product in 2020. However, comments from Quanta, the company that assembles the Apple Watch and MacBooks, suggest that such a device could be ready for market by 2019. At an earnings conference for its latest three-month results, Quanta vice chairman C.C. Leung said that his company sees the device launching no later than 2019.

This is the product that former analyst Gene Munster says will be bigger than the iPhone. Quanta’s Leung described it as a headset equipped with transparent lens that allows …

Apparently, it's not too early to talk about Apple's 2018 iPhones

iPhone X sales are in full swing, as shipping times become shorter, so there’s really no reason to start talking about the next year’s iPhone. Well, not if your name is Ming-Chi Kuo. The well-known KGI Securities analyst has just given his first predictions about Apple’s new lineup of iPhones that will be unveiled in 2018.

Kuo believes Apple will launch three new iPhones in 2018. Two of them will sport OLED displays, while the third will come with LCD panel. Size-wise, the OLED-based iPhones will boast 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch displays respectively, while the bezel-less LCD model should sport …