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.
Well, well, well -- Apple has recently published an official list of cars that come with built in wireless charging pads that have support for the Qi wireless charging standard developed by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC).
Apple’s mobile payment system, Apple Pay, is now being used in 20 mobile markets around the world, and it appears that it continues to be the preferred contactless mode of payment wherever the service is supported. Merchants and other establishments who have struck a partnership with Apple to provide support for Apple Pay are claiming that the service is comfortably making up 90 percent of all mobile payment transactions in countries where Apple Pay is made available.
According to a new report recently released by Sensor Tower, Apple’s ARKit has now been installed over 3 million times around the world by way of a host of mobile apps and games powered by the augmented reality (AR) platform. Of that 3 million downloads, it turns out that majority of them are games (53 percent).
Just in time for Halloween, Apple is debuting hundreds of additional emoji that should land on iPhone and iPad tablet devices soon. According to the tech giant, some of the new emoji consist of new food pictogram representations, as well as fresh ones for mythical creatures and monsters (cutified, of course), and smiley faces that are more emotive. This latest batch of emoji is coming to Apple mobile devices by way of the upcoming roll out of iOS 11.1.