Brother has revealed a large number of printers as part of its product lineup refresh aimed at business and enterprise users, both for medium-level and higher print and scan volumes. New monochrome laser printers and all-in-one devices have been announced by the company, boasting features including Wi-Fi connectivity, color touchscreen displays, AirPrint and Mopria support, faster print speeds, and connectivity to business cloud services.
A new report by app analytics firm App Annie as revealed that Apple's iOS store earns 75 percent more revenue than the Android App sales from Google Play, a gain of five percent from last year -- despite the fact that Play has double the app-downloading traffic of the iOS App Store. The gain mirrors the real-world performance of iOS users, who account for 78 percent of online shopping on mobile devices, despite the much greater combined total of Android devices.
Analyst Steven Milunovich of UBS has cited market research from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) in a note to investors that contains both good and bad news: he believes Apple will beat last year's record of iPhone sales in the December quarter (Apple's fiscal first quarter) by a slim margin, but also says that Apple probably sold less of its highest-end iPhone models than it did a year prior. As a result, the average selling price (ASP) of an iPhone may have dropped by as much as 3.5 percent.
It may be the middle of the week, but that doesn't stop the crew of MacNN from putting together another edition of Daily Deals, the post where we search the Internet for great offers on hardware, software, accessories, and other stuff for your perusal. Today's collection of new additions include a 50-inch Vizio 4K television for $500, a Dell 23-inch monitor for $120, and 256GB PNY USB 3.0 flash drive for $67.
New vehicles arriving later this year from Honda, Kia, and Lincoln will support Apple's CarPlay platform, as well as Android Auto. The latest announcements follow a long series of similar moves by most major car manufacturers for many model year 2016 and 2017 vehicles. Even Ford, a long holdout, said it would bring CarPlay support to its Sync 3-equipped 2017 cars, leaving Toyota as one of the major holdouts for now. The three carmakers have specified one model each for CarPlay support.
Apple has released a number of updates for iOS devices revolving around music creation. GarageBand 2.1 for iOS adds in a new Live Loops feature for quickly laying down tracks, as well as introducing the Drummer from the Mac version of GarageBand, while Music Memos is a new app inspired by Voice Memos that adds in musician-friendly features to help with songwriting and developing tracks from an iPhone.
App development has taken off in the last few years, making it increasingly difficult to stay on top of all the latest versions. To help all of you out, we here at MacNN are dedicated to sorting through new update releases, and highlighting some of the important ones, as well as showcasing apps that we find to be interesting. Today, we bring you a deal on popular image enhancer Snapheal, as well as details regarding recent updates to search utility Tembo, markdown editor Markdown Plus, security software Hands Off, storage manager Drive Genius, Finder extension TotalFinder, and organization software Blueprint.
On Monday, Pointers went over the various options available for listening to music on iTunes that is not part of your local library of stored songs. There are several options, but it's Apple Music -- the subscription service -- that gets all the press. Previously it was iTunes Radio back in 2013, but it will soon be (partially) folded into Apple Music, so what was once free but annoyingly ad-supported (stupid artists, wanting to be paid!) will become ad-free but part of the paid Apple Music service. Today, Pointers will help you cope with the loss by re-acquainting you with the thousands of free Internet stations inside iTunes.
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's selections are all items to help keep your devices at full power, including a pair of portable batteries, USB charging for inside a vehicle, and a charger that can be used practically anywhere in the world.
Netflix has increased its subscriber count past 75 million globally, according to the streaming video service's latest quarterly earnings report. A few hours into New Year's Day, Netflix claims it reached the milestone after finishing the fourth quarter with 74.76 million subscribers, an increase of 5.59 million members in the quarter, which itself beats forecasts of 5.15 million and the 4.33 million net additions brought in over the same period last year.
Apple is getting closer to launching its first retail locations in India, after it recently filed with local regulators its intention to build Apple Stores in the country. While there is an Apple retail presence in India, it is via third-party resellers rather than those owned and operated by Apple itself, but the company is now looking to change this by filing an intention to open stores with the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP).
It's not often that you give up trying to photograph a product for a MacNN Hands On, but then it's not often that you're reviewing a piece of glass. In essence, that is exactly what the W3 iPro upgrade Stability Kit for iPad Pro is, and there is a pretty good chance that it is of no use to you whatsoever. Yet if you have an iPad Pro, it's interesting, and if you also have an Enblue Premium One W3 stand, we'd say it becomes essential.
Every so often, MacNN finds a deal that is too good to go into our usual deal lists, and is deserving enough to be highlighted in its own Big Deals post. If you are intrigued about learning to program your own apps and web services, but don't want to spend a lot of money, you may want to consider looking at the Pay What You Want: Complete 2016 Coder Bundle from MacNN Deals.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE