April 18, 2018 brianradio2016

In February, we covered a Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) filing that indicated two iPad models were nearing release. Sure enough, about a month later Apple announced two iPads during a special event in Chicago.

On Wednesday, Consomac reported on a new filing that details a total of 11 different iPhone model numbers have been approved by the EEC.

Details are, of course, scarce in the filing, outside of mentioning the devices will run iOS 11.

Considering the timing and Apple’s typical release schedule for its flagship line of smartphones in the fall, along with the constant swirl of rumors regarding an updated iPhone SE – we are likely looking at the model members for the iPhone SE 2.

Taking into account the track record of EEC filings appearing roughly a month before a product is released, we should expect an announcement for these particular iPhone model numbers towards the end of May or early June.

It just so happens that Apple’s developer conference, WWDC, is scheduled for early June, where the company has used the opening keynote to announce new hardware in the past.

April 18, 2018 brianradio2016

Elon Musk is a great example of crowdfunding success. Not only did he raise $10 million selling flamethrowers , he may soon be the recipient of a crowdfunded couch. In an interview with CBS News last week, Musk mentioned the couch in his office at Tesla is, well, “not a good…

April 18, 2018 brianradio2016

Apple has decreed death to 32-bit apps on Macs, but DVD Player is now the only remaining 32-bit application included within macOS High Sierra’s already 64-bit default software stack.

What is Apple planning?

You can check which of your apps run in 32-bit in About This Mac>System Report>Applications where you’ll find a column called 64-bit. Click this, and you’ll see which apps don’t yet run that way.

Apple’s DVD Player is one of these 32-bit apps, even though notes around the software claim it was last modified in the most recent macOS release — despite the version number being unchanged since 2015.

This modification failed to extend to 32-bit support. And that’s bad news because it means an essential software component used by thousands of Mac users to watch video on their machines has no future.

April 18, 2018 brianradio2016

Wireless charging at distance company Ossia has partnered with electronics manufacturer Molex to boost development of its first products, which it said should be available this year.

Unlike today’s most popular wireless chargers, which require devices to rest on a charging pad, Ossia is among several companies developing trickle charging capability at distances of many feet. Some of these technologies, also known as “uncoupled wireless charging” can even charge through walls, or simply top off a device as you enter a room.

Ossia’s Cota technology uses radio frequency (RF) to send power and data over distances greater than 15 feet. Cota Transmitters can link to charge dozens of mobile devices within a several meter radius, and the transmitters come in multiple form factors, including a drop ceiling tile.

CES Cota TileOssia

By linking two Cota ceiling tiles, the system can power mobile devices in a typical coffee shop, office or other crowded spaces, the company claims.

April 18, 2018 brianradio2016

Video: For the iPhone X, the price is a whole lot more than the sum of the parts.

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The iPhone X accounted for 35 percent of worldwide smartphone profits in the last quarter of 2017, despite reports of slower than usual sales and even though it was only available for two months.

The estimate comes from a new report by Counterpoint Research, which says the iPhone X generated five times more profit than the combined profits of over 6,000 Android OEMs during the quarter.

Apple overall fared well compared with the handheld industry, which saw worldwide profits shrink one percent year over year. Apple’s profits grew one percent year over year.

See: iOS 11 tips and tricks for business professionals (free PDF)

Taking into consideration all iPhone models, Apple raked in 86 percent of global handset profits, with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus accounting for 19.1 percent and 15.2 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, last year’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus together accounted for 11.2 percent of profits.

This continues the pattern of Apple dominating handset industry profits while Android OEMs fight over as little as 10 percent of the remaining profits.

Of the top 10 phones by profitability in the quarter, the only non-iPhone devices in the list are Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, which had a share of 3.9 percent and 1.7 percent, respectively.

Apple hasn’t revealed how many of the $1,000 iPhone X units it sold in Q4 2017, but said in its Q1 report that it has been the top-selling iPhone since it began shipping in November. Apple reported $61.5bn in iPhone revenues for the quarter, up 13 percent year over year. Analyst firm Canalys estimated it shipped 29 million iPhone X units in the quarter.

Despite several financial analysts cutting back Q1 2018 iPhone X sales forecasts, in some cases to as few as 14 million units, Counterpoint Research Analyst, Karn Chauhan, reckons there’s still room for the iPhone X’s share of profits to grow.

“The iPhone X alone generated 21 percent of total industry revenue and 35 percent of total industry profits during the quarter and its share is likely to grow as it advances further into its life cycle,” said Chauhan.

“Additionally, the longer shelf life of all iPhones ensured that Apple still has eight out of the top ten smartphones, including its three-year-old models, generating the most profits compared with current competing smartphones from other OEMs.”

Apple’s success means even iPhones that are two generations behind the current models are still more profitable than new handsets from Chinese OEMs, which collectively generated revenues of $1.3bn in the quarter. Huawei was the top performer in China, according to Counterpoint Research.

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Top 10 smartphones by share of worldwide handset profits in Q4 2017.

Image: Counterpoint Research

Previous and related coverage

Is iPhone X worth buying? Here’s why so many iPhone owners say no

A significant number of Apple iPhone owners are avoiding the iPhone X and will probably upgrade to 2018’s batch.

Despite the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, smartphone sales just ran out of steam

Even with a good performance from Apple’s newest devices, smartphone sales dropped dramatically in the last three months of 2017.

Apple reports Q1 mixed bag on slowing iPhone sales

The iPhone, iPad, and Mac maker released its latest, post-holiday season earnings.

iPhone sales disappoint despite all the hype

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April 18, 2018 brianradio2016

Moving terabytes or even petabytes of data to the cloud is a daunting task. But it is important to look beyond the number of bytes. You probably know that your applications are going to behave differently when accessed in the cloud, that cost structures will be different (hopefully better), and that it will take time to move all that data.

Because my company, Data Expedition, is in the business of high-performance data transfer, customers come to us when they expect network speed to be a problem. But in the process of helping companies overcome that problem, we have seen many other factors that threaten to derail cloud migrations if left overlooked.

Collecting, organizing, formatting, and validating your data can present much bigger challenges than moving it. Here are some common factors to consider in the planning stages of a cloud migration, so you can avoid time-consuming and expensive problems later.

Cloud migration bottleneck #1: Data storage

The most common mistake we see in cloud migrations is pushing data into cloud storage without considering how that data will be used. The typical thought process is, “I want to put my documents and databases in the cloud and object storage is cheap, so I’ll put my document and database files there.” But files, objects, and databases behave very differently. Putting your bytes into the wrong one can cripple your cloud plans.

April 17, 2018 brianradio2016

Android security sure can seem like a scary subject.

And it’s no wonder: Every few weeks, we see some new hair-raising headline about how our phones are almost certain to be possessed by demons that’ll steal our data, eat our ice cream, and pinch our tenders when we least expect it.

This week, it’s a series of Android malware monsters known as “ViperRat” and “Desert Scorpion” that has phone-holders everywhere trembling in their bootsies. (Kudos to whoever came up with those spooky-sounding names, by the way. It’s an art!) Last week, it was word that Android device-makers might be skipping security updates that had our hands a-shakin’.

These sorts of stories can certainly be disconcerting (especially that second one, which is less about the typical malware, directly, and more about a potential act of deception — “potential” being the key word for now, though). But you know what? From a regular user’s perspective, these electrifying tales are almost never cause for alarm.

April 17, 2018 brianradio2016

Two big developments in the arena of cyber security: First, the US and Britain issued a joint warning, and an unusually strong one at that, about Russia. Second, the White House is losing its well-regarded “cyber czar,” along with his boss. On the first development, the New York Times reports…