Reed Albergotti, The Washington Post Published 6:10 am PDT, Thursday, September 5, 2019 Clue, a popular app women use to track their periods, has risen to near the top of Apple's Health and Fitness category. It could be downhill from here. Apple plans this month to incorporate some of Clue's core functionality such as fertility and period prediction into its own Health app that comes pre-installed in every iPhone and is free, unlike Clue, which earns money by selling subscriptions and services in its free app. Apple's past incorporation of functionality included in other third-party apps has often led to their demise. Clue's new threat shows how Apple plays a dual role in the app economy: provider of access to independent apps and giant competitor to them. "It's a love-hate relationship, of course. You don't want to annoy the milkman when you only have one milkman," said Ida Tin, Clue's CEO, who coined the term "fem tech." Though Tin believes her Berlin-based … [Read more...] about How Apple uses its App Store to copy the best ideas
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By Stephen Nellis (Reuters) – Apple Inc is expected to give software makers new tools to make it easier to adapt their iPad and iPhone apps for its Mac laptops on Monday at its annual developer conference in San Jose, California. The thousands of developers expected to descend on San Jose this week write the apps in Apple’s App Store. The App Store is a key driver of the iPhone maker’s services segment, which brought in $37.1 billion (29.34 billion pounds)in revenue last year. Apple takes a cut of sales from apps sold through the store, though that practice is under scrutiny in several legal proceedings. Investors are looking to Apple’s services business to power Apple’s revenue and profits as iPhone sales decline. Revenue from the company’s signature device had its biggest-year-over year decline ever in its most recent quarterly earnings report. But Apple still sold more than 10 times as many iPhones and iPads as it did Mac computers last year, so … [Read more...] about Apple to debut developer tools aimed at increasing apps for Macs
Apr 02, 3:40 AM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Business By Adam Levy 04/02/19 AT 1:09 AM Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is really taking this services thing to heart. When the company took the wraps off its paid subscription Apple TV+ service, it also unveiled a host of platforms customers will be able to stream the service from. Most notably, TV+ will be available on Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU) and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) Fire TV devices.That's not really a big surprise after Apple said at CES earlier this year that it would make iTunes available on Samsung smart TVs. After that announcement, I wrote, "Apple will charge customers for access to its content and work to make it available on as many popular platforms as possible. That could mean a partnership with Roku and Amazon as well."While Apple has 1.4 billion active devices in use, only a small handful of those are Apple TVs. Roku and Fire TV are, by far, the … [Read more...] about Apple Is Willing To Sacrifice Apple TV For Apple TV+
Jan 16, 9:26 PM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Business By Ashraf Eassa 01/16/19 AT 9:14 PM After posting a record year in 2011, chip giant Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) reported a modest revenue decline in 2012 followed by another decline in 2013. The company's sales bounced in 2014 before delivering another slight drop in 2015. Things have gotten better for the chipmaker, however, with sales growing modestly in 2016 and in 2017. When the company reports its full-year 2018 results, analysts expect the company to turn in revenue growth of 13.5% -- the fastest pace the company has seen in years. After Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) most recent guidance reduction -- in which it reported that sales for the first quarter of its fiscal 2019 would be down year over year -- I can't help but notice a couple of interesting parallels between Apple today and Intel in 2012. Allow me to explain. The Apple logo … [Read more...] about How Apple In 2019 Seems A Lot Like Intel In 2012
Past Tense John Markoff, New York Times 12:01 pm PST, Saturday, December 15, 2018 In this Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, file photo, a customer sets up his new iPhone 7 Plus, right, as he switches from the iPhone 6 at the Apple Store on Michigan Avenue during the release of the Apple iPhone 7 and the latest Apple Watches, in Chicago. less In this Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, file photo, a customer sets up his new iPhone 7 Plus, right, as he switches from the iPhone 6 at the Apple Store on Michigan Avenue during the release of the Apple iPhone 7 and ... more Photo: Kiichiro Sato, Associated Press Photo: Kiichiro Sato, Associated Press Image 1 of / 29 Caption Close Image 1 of 29 In this Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, file photo, a customer sets up his new iPhone 7 Plus, right, as he switches … [Read more...] about Apple Computers Used to Be Built in the U.S. It Was a Mess.