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App Store affiliate commission cut is only going to affect in-app purchases after all

Apple announced a couple of weeks ago that it would change its affiliate program, reducing the commission from 7 percent to 2.5 percent on all App Store purchases. Apple has clarified this change, saying that the commission cut is only going to affect in-app purchases after all. Here’s Apple’s statement: …

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WhatsApp quietly added encryption to iCloud backups

WhatsApp has quietly beefed up the security of an iCloud backup feature for users of its messaging service — potentially closing a loophole that could enable otherwise end-to-end encrypted messages to become accessible in a readable form. Such as via a subpoena of Apple, which holds the encryption keys for iCloud, or …

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iPhone sales numbers dip slightly, but iPhone revenue is slightly up in quarterly earnings

Apple’s Q2 earnings report just dropped, and it’s a bit of a mixed bag from the hardware perspective; iPhone sales numbers dropped 1 percent year-over-over, down to around 50.8 million units. That figure also failed to meet analyst expectations of 51.4 million for the quarter. Tim Cook told CNBC that …

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Apple’s services business grows 18% as iPhone sales stall

Apple just announced their earnings for Q1 2017. The company reported $52.9 billion in revenue with EPS of $2.10, which slightly beat consensus estimates of $2.02. But perhaps more importantly, this quarter’s revenue from services was $7.04 billion, which represents 18 percent growth year-over-year for the category, the same YOY growth percentage seen …

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Apple releases new job creation numbers, says it’s already responsible for 2 million U.S. jobs

Apple updated its U.S. job creation web page today with figures from 2016. Though Apple refreshes the site every year, this latest update coincides with CEO Tim Cook’s announcement during a CNBC interview that the company has formed a $1 billion fund to promote advanced manufacturing jobs in the U.S. Though the …

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Imagination Technologies starts dispute with Apple over graphics chips

British chipset firm Imagination Technologies is having a tough quarter. After announcing that Apple is about to end its relationship with its supplier, the company is now starting the dispute process according to a statement sent to Reuters. Imagination Technologies has worked for many years with Apple on graphics chipsets. …

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Apple updates its analytics service with new metrics showing how apps get discovered

Apple yesterday updated its App Analytics service for mobile app developers on iTunes Connect, which will now offer more detail on how users found an app – whether through browsing or searching the App Store, or if they were referred by way of another app or a website. The updates could …

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Qualcomm could be looking at banning iPhone imports into the U.S.

I don’t think anyone was expecting this punch. According to a new report from Bloomberg, Qualcomm is thinking about asking the International Trade Commission (a U.S. trade agency despite the misleading name) to ban imports of iPhones into the U.S. This is the latest twist in the ongoing conflict between …

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Apple started a $1 billion fund to create advanced manufacturing jobs in the US

In an interview with CNBC’s Jim Cramer, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed today that the hardware titans have formed a new, $1 billion fund to promote advanced manufacturing jobs in the U.S. While President Donald Trump is certain to approve, the initiative was something that Apple began working on well before the …

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Apple ups dividend by 10.5% and increases capital return program to $300B

Apple just reported earnings for the first quarter of 2017, which were mixed. The company beat on EPS but slightly missed on iPhone sales and overall revenue. However, the company announced they are increasing their capital return program and extending the time frame by four quarters. Now the company will …

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