During the weekend, a couple of Apple shareholders -- namely, Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System -- had written an open letter urging the second biggest vendor of smartphone devices in the world to make a more pronounced effort to combat mobile addiction, especially among kids.
Smartphones have become one of the most widely used consumer products in the last decade or so, and Apple’s iPhone (originally released in 2007) has played a significant role in letting that happen. But in the last few years, there has been plenty of discussion about the potential danger of too much smartphone use, not only for adults, for also when it comes to kids.
Apple has officially confirmed this week that it has completed its acquisition of the Shazam brand. For those not in the know, Shazam is widely considered as one of the most popular music recognition apps today, and as revealed by Apple, a consistent chart topper in its App Store rankings.
According to the latest report recently released by Gartner, the top five smartphone vendors across the globe during the third quarter of this year are Samsung, Apple, Huawei, Oppo, and Xiaomi, and except for Apple, all of them have registered double digit growth during the the three month span. Apple only recorded an increase in smartphone sales of 5.7 percent (more on Apple later).
We actually posed this question more than a couple of weeks ago, and now in light of some recent and very relevant news, we might have to ask it again -- is Face ID safe? Of course, the news being referred to is that of a Vietnam based security software firm that reportedly was able to hack the facial recognition system, and even posted a video demo on YouTube last Friday.
Apple had actually offered to aid the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) with regards to accessing an iPhone unit used by Texas church shooter Devin Patrick Kelley. The tech giant had apparently heard that the agency was having difficulties unlocking the device. During the recent weekend, Kelley had opened fire inside a Texas church, killing 26 people and injuring 20 others before taking his own life.
Strategy Analytics has recently released a new report that says that the volume of smartphone shipments in the United States mobile market has hit 39.5 million units during the third quarter of this year. That figure however represents a 2 percent decrease compared to that of Q3 2016 (40.1 million units).
Amidst talks of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus not living up to expectations sales wise, it appears that Apple is not having a bad third quarter after all. As a matter of fact, the tech giant has just released its Q3 2017 earnings report and it is actually having quite a good three month run, with revenues generally beating analysts’ projections.