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iPhone Available in 40 Additional Countries Beginning Friday, October 9

CUPERTINO, California — September 28, 2015 — Apple today announced it has sold more than 13 million new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models, a new record, just three days after launch. iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available in more than 40 additional countries beginning October 9 including Italy, Mexico, Russia, Spain and Taiwan. The new iPhones will be available in over 130 countries by the end of the year.

“Sales for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have been phenomenal, blowing past any previous first weekend sales results in Apple’s history,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Customers’ feedback is incredible and they are loving 3D Touch and Live Photos, and we can’t wait to bring iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to customers in even more countries on October 9.”

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus bring a powerful new dimension to iPhone’s revolutionary Multi-Touch™ interface with 3D Touch, which senses how deeply you press the display, letting you do essential things more quickly and simply. The new iPhones introduce Live Photos, which bring still images to life, transforming instants frozen in time into unforgettable living memories. Live Photos, 3D Touch, 12-megapixel iSight® camera, 5-megapixel FaceTime® HD camera with Retina® Flash and more are powered by the Apple-designed A9 chip, the most advanced chip ever in a smartphone, delivering faster performance and great battery life. iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are designed with the strongest glass on any smartphone and 7000 series aluminum, the same alloy used in the aerospace industry, in gorgeous metallic finishes that now include rose gold.

iOS 9, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, brings more intelligence to iPhone with proactive assistance, powerful search and improved Siri features, all while protecting users’ privacy. Built-in apps become more powerful with a redesigned Notes app and detailed transit information in Maps*. The foundation of iOS is even stronger with software updates that require less space to install and advanced security features to further protect your devices.

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will roll out worldwide to more than 40 additional countries and territories beginning October 9 including Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Maldives, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Taiwan. On October 10, countries include Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available in India, Malaysia and Turkey on Friday, October 16 and in over 130 countries by the end of the year.

Sales completed by Saturday, September 26 will be included in Apple’s 2015 fourth fiscal quarter results, and sales completed on Sunday, September 27 will be included in Apple’s 2016 first fiscal quarter results.

New year, new predictions

Posted by pakin On January - 12 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Apple vs Samsung, iStudio training and radar tracking of aircraft on the iPhone

It is another new year and I expect there will be many new Mac and iPad and iPhone owners. It is also prediction time again. I do not join this game, nor the one in which Apple is told what it must do. Note that after insisting on a larger iPhone (there are two now of course) some say that Cupertino must produce a smaller one, with a 4-inch screen.

Some commentators admit that the broken record of Apple dying and Samsung making great strides may be wrong. To paraphrase Steve Jobs on Microsoft — the idea that for one to win, the other must lose, is false. However, it is reported that for Xmas 2014, 51% of new activations worldwide were by Apple devices.

Sales of 60 million iPhones for the first financial quarter of 2015 are being reported, with some sites suggesting iPhone sales of 70 to 75 million “before inventory build”. Either the fanboys are breeding or others are becoming infected.

In a short while — probably around Jan 20 — Apple will announce its quarterly figures. Just before, Wall Street will make wild guesses about sales, growth and income, then will send the share prices down if Apple fails to reach their predictions. Even if Apple is in line with its own guidance: between $63.5 billion and $66.5 billion revenue. Apple does not work on market share or share price. Focus is on profit and product. That is how to measure success.

As part of the evolution and a move to a consolidated approach using iCloud for photographs on the Mac and iOS devices, it is reported that the beta version of the Photos web app is in a transition stage. Some are unable to use it, while others are finding access to be slow. Photos for the Mac is expected to be something like the iOS version. It should be released early this year.

As there will likely be several new users of Apple products, those owning their first Apple devices may need some help and local iStudio outlets are doing their part.

Although there are several sites dedicated to offering advice, it is sometimes the first steps when things go wrong for those new to the different approach that (certainly) OS X may need, but also iOS for those unfamiliar with these systems.

This weekend I saw that both the iStudio in Pinklao, a store run by Com7, and the iStudio in Siam Discovery Center (Copperwired), are offering free training sessions every day for iOS 8 and OS X.

The times are from 6pm Monday to Wednesday, from 3pm on Thursday and Friday, and from 1pm on Saturday and Sunday. Boards outside both stores show the times, with the Pinklao store also displaying some images of earlier demo sessions.

While sessions are being taught in Thai at the Siam Discovery store (and elsewhere), I am told that the personnel involved are able to communicate in English.

In the last few weeks, as well as the tragic loss of the AirAsia flight in Indonesia, a number of planes experienced problems and turned back, including a Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 with landing wheel problems and a THAI Airbus A340-600 with a hydraulic problem.

In each case, information on Twitter linked to radar displays of flight paths allowed those interested to examine the last position or the flight path of the planes. Each time I tried to access these on the iPhone, however, I was offered a link to the Flightradar 24 app before the screen loaded. In the end, I weakened and bought the $3.99 app, allowing me to access live tracking of planes worldwide.

There are several ways I can use this. First there is a live map display. When this first opens, it centres on the user’s location. In my case this is Bangkok and I can see aircraft arriving and departing both Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi airports. It is easy to expand the map, to display a larger area or to switch to another world location. Tapping on any plane gives the user a small display of the plane, along with its flight number, departure airport and destination, and the flight progress. The path is shown on the map.

A search feature allows the user to find information by Text, Airline, Airport or nearby Flights. Of these the Airport search needed an in-app purchase. Airline and Nearby Flights showed a list of planes. Tapping any one of these showed it on the map.

An interesting feature, accessed using a binocular icon, allowed me to point the iPhone I was using towards the horizon. Basic details of any planes in the direction I was facing were shown on the screen. This did not appear to link to the map directly. Entering details in the search feature would allow the plane to be seen on the map.

Graham K. Rogers of Mahidol University’s Engineering Faculty, has OS X-flavoured web pages at

Apple’s Market Cap Could Go Up As High As $1tn

Posted by pakin On November - 18 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Apple Inc’s market value is expected to breach the $1tn mark, as the iPhone maker continues to experience gains in its share prices.

Steve Einhorn, a top executive at Leon Cooperman’s $10bn (£6.4bn, €8bn) hedge fund Omega Advisors Inc, said that the company could “eventually reach the trillion-dollar mark. He was speaking at the Reuters Global Investment Outlook Summit in New York.

“It’s an attractively priced, double-digit returner,” he said.

Michael Corcelli, head of the Miami-based Alexander Alternative Capital, also had the same opinion about Apple’s market capitalisation, saying the company could reach the $1tn mark next year.

“Absolutely, without a doubt,” he said, citing the company’s popular tablets and phones going into the holiday shopping period, when retail sales generally spike.

“Right now Apple is the most obvious thing that has to go up,” Corcelli added.

Apple’s market capitalisation was $668.5bn, as of 17 November – the largest publically-traded company in terms of market cap.

Activist investor Carl Icahn, who has significant Apple share holdings, said earlier that the company remains undervalued, urging it to buy back more shares with its $133bn cash on hand.

“Apple is one of the best companies I would say of the last few decades,” Icahn said in the summit. Because Apple is undervalued and has a pile of money, “it’s like a no-brainer to buy your own stock back.”

In June, the company conducted a seven-for-one stock split, and in April it raised its share repurchase authorisation to $90bn from the $60bn announced last year.

Icahn owns about 53 million shares of Apple as of the end of the third quarter. The company shares increased 53.58% over the last 52-week period.

SMS messages used to get lost due to a glitch with iMessages

Messaged received: Apple has released a new tool to answer complaints that switching from an iPhone to a different smartphone dooms iMessages to an unseen purgatory.

The new web tool, first seen by Reddit users, lets ex-iOS users efficiently deregistertheir phone numbers from Apple’s iMessage system and ensures that future SMS messages get delivered to the new device, The Verge reports.

The fix corrects a long-standing problem: If former iPhone users don’t disable iMessage before transferring to a different smartphone, SMS messages sent to them by people still using Apple devices will continue to be sent as iMessages. But, since iMessage is exclusive to Apple platforms, those messages will be un-gettable on the new smartphone. The bug is the subject of a class action lawsuit in California.

To use the new tool, ex-iOS users just enter their phone numbers into the web browser. Apple then sends a confirmation code by SMS.