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The crucial array in Apple’s subsequent quarterly benefit call, for Q1 in mercantile year 2016, is 74,468,000. That is a array of iPhone section sales Apple sole in a same entertain final year, a array Apple contingency kick to uncover continued iPhone growth.

Many analysts now trust that iPhone sales have left into decline, as consumers take a breather before Apple introduces an all-new iPhone 7 in September/October 2016.

According to a new note to investors from Brean Capital researcher Ananda Baruah, there is a approach for Apple to uncover an boost in iPhone sales even nonetheless a sum array of iPhones a association is creation competence have declined. Baruah predicts that Apple will boat as few as 70 million phones this quarter, yet will sell 75 to 78 million of them. The disproportion will be done adult by Apple using down additional register of formerly done iPhones, Baruah says: 

Despite all of a supply sequence ‘noise’ by a Dec Q, a perspective on builds hasn’t budged (70M – 75M) and conjunction has a perspective on ships (75M – 78M). We trust 1) a Street had unreasonably clever expectations entrance into a Dec Q (generally set ~76M – 85M units shipped) and 2) that AAPL has had a really tighten eye on being means to grasp what has turn a Dec Q Street iPhone guess of 76M – 78M; we consider that a association can broach this array by building 70M – 75M and shipping a change from inventory.

A disbeliever competence courtesy this as an accounting sleight of hand. But section sales are some-more critical than a technical accounting duration in that a phones are shipped. An boost in section sales is an tangible boost in consumers owning iPhones, so it would be a “real” sales benefit that would allow Apple CEO Tim Cook to avoid a abrasive turn of headlines about “the iPhone in decline.”

While a decrease — even a decrease in tangible section sales — would be a tiny statistical blip, it would be a outrageous psychological sea change for Apple and a smartphone universe. The iPhone is a singular many successful phone on a planet. It has altered computing given a launch in 2007 — a infancy of internet trade is now on phones, not desktop machines. And it has usually ever turn some-more popular.

The thought that iPhone sales could decrease cracks open a doorway to a array of questions Apple has never had to face before. What if a iPhone has limits, a roof to a growth? What if a ancestral arena will be some-more like a iPod or a iPad, that have both seen sales penetrate in new years? What if a iPhone is not forever, yet merely a temporarily widespread device of a certain ancestral period, like a Mac? 

We are nowhere nearby that unfolding yet, of course. 

Baruah believes that Apple will eventually see an boost of 5% – 10% iPhone section sales expansion in all of mercantile 2016, even nonetheless other analysts believe sales competence decrease by as most as 10% opposite subsequent year. Those additional sales will come from a summer launch of an iPhone 6c, a small, somewhat cheaper iPhone that many trust a association will launch to reinstate a “plastic” iPhone 5c, Baruah believes.

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These iPhone 7 rumors are unquenchable, notwithstanding Apple’s normal secrecy. As good as whispers about an progressing recover date, we hear that a new glossy will be waterproof and will remove a oh-so-ugly receiver stripes.

Not usually that, though there’s also a resurgence in a feeling that Apple will undo a headphone jack. And that will approaching force we to compensate some-more for accessories.

This time, we have supply-chain sources in China to appreciate for speeding adult a news day. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers trim with Mr. Occam’s lex parsimoniæ. [You’re dismissed -Ed.] <!– Not to mention: XXXXXXXXXXXX… –>

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It’s time for a Chinese gossip indent to grub another bag of corn. 任珮云 is mislaid in translation, in 《外資》大和證:IPHONE明年H1底部撈魚、H2鯉躍龍門,首選4美:

iPhone shipments in Q1 subsequent year 1Q has a regressive bias.

iPhone 4Q shipments this year are in line with expectations, though for a initial entertain [have] been revised down. … The categorical reason causing a shipments to be revised are:
1. tellurian uncertainties
2. direct is some-more indolent than expected, generally for a iPhone 6S / 6S+
3. adverse unfamiliar exchange, quite in rising markets 

But direct in a second half has an confident bias. Mainly due to a figure and a distance of a new, upgraded iPhone. For example, dual-lens, 3D touch, softened acoustics, CPU, and waterproof features.

OK, though we’re many meddlesome in a iPhone 7 rumors. Mitchel Broussard unpicks them—‘iPhone 7′ Waterproof Rumors Persist Amid Claims of Hidden Antenna Bands:

The report…mentioned a stability gossip that a iPhone 7 might be a totally waterproof device [and] “new devalue materials”…suggesting a probable dismissal of a bands from a behind of the…iPhone.

The iPhone 7 is approaching to be a large step-up…in terms of pattern and functionality. … Another gossip suggested Apple could be phasing out a 3.5mm headphone jack.

His embankment is suspect, though Gordon Kelly has engaging commentary. Here he is, with New iPhone 7 Details Reveal 3 Radical Design Changes:

Korea’s Commercial Times reports a contingent of sparkling changes.

It seems a fume will indeed lead to fire: Apple [will] make a iPhone 7 totally waterproof. … Just suppose a event for underwater photography in Apple’s marketing.

[The] receiver ‘stripes’ of cosmetic that rope around a iPhones [are] a concede forced on aluminium physique smartphones. [But] a stripes will turn a thing of a past finally heading to a uniform finish.

[How?] In Jun 2015 Apple was postulated a obvious for ‘Non-capacitive or radio-frequency-transparent materials with anodized steel appearance.’ … Apple records a material’s finish has “an fabrication steel oxide layer”…I think ‘Scratchgate’ could turn a thing.

I’d be strongly prone to be confident on all 3 happening.

Yes, yes, though what about a recover date? Val Powell offers iPhone 7 Rumors Pour In:

In a final 5 years, Apple has expelled a new iPhones possibly in Sep or October.

However, for a iPhone 7, some reports explain that a arriving device will be launched in a summer of 2016.

A third iPhone could be launched…dubbed a iPhone 6c…said to be a most cheaper option, potentially using…colored cosmetic casings.

And, of course, with a new iPhone comes a new iOS. But beware, if you’re still regulating an iPhone 5. Mikey Campbell soups adult a story, in Lawsuit seeks some-more than $5M from Apple for negligence comparison iPhones with iOS 9 upgrade:

[The] plaintiff…asserts Apple intent in fake trade practices and fake announcement by touting iOS 9 as concordant with [the] iPhone 4s.

The class, that includes some-more than 100 members, asserts iOS 9 bogged down…devices to a indicate of being non-professional for daily use. … Owners were forced to select between an inoperable device or spending hundreds of dollars on a new [iPhone].

Plaintiffs are seeking over $5 million in indemnification with an choice to treble.

New York District Court Judge Sterling Johnson, Jr. is presiding.

Yikes. What can we do? Here’s what Altis did:

Just reverted my iPhone 4S behind to iOS 6. … It’s one of a few inclination that can do it (via jailbreak) and it’s positively extraordinary how good it performs now.

At navigating a OS, it’s faster than my iPhone 6.

The updating business is my biggest censure about Apple.

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According to Tim Cook, 2015 was when Apple Pay would make a mark.

That explain left an memorable sense on a minds of those with press credentials. What constitutes a device, service, association or anything else to code a year a own?

Or was it all usually some-more spin entrance from Cupertino?


What is Apple Pay?

Newer iOS inclination have an Near Field Communications (NFC) chip that allows a phone to wirelessly promulgate with some indicate of sale terminals where we routinely do things like appropriate a credit card.

That NFC chip also transmits information between your bank and a terminal. It sends information regulating an encrypted key, so even if some sinful hacker intercepted a info, they’d have no approach to decode and use it.

Apple Pay requires partnerships from financial institutions; a bank arising your label has to sanction it for Apple Pay. That’s not usually since they need to make certain a exchange are instituted by you, though since Apple takes a tiny cut of a transaction (0.015 percent).

Biometrics also guarantee a transaction; users contingency endorse all purchases with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor surrounding a home button.

A business also has to have hardware able of usurpation Apple Pay. You can’t travel into any grill and compensate with Apple Pay usually nonetheless — though it’s throwing on (a full list of both banks and restaurants concordant with Apple Pay can be found on Apple’s dedicated website).


Why was 2015 ostensible to be ‘the year of Apple Pay’?

In short, since Tim Cook pronounced so.

During Apple’s first entertain discussion call deliberating earnings, Cook pronounced Apple was removing “extremely positive” feedback about Apple Pay, heading him to announce 2015 as a “year of Apple Pay.”

“Point of sale suppliers tell us they are saying rare approach from merchants, and all of a partners and business simply adore this new service. With all of this movement in a early days, we are some-more assured than ever that 2015 will be a year of Apple Pay.”

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The competition

On launch, Apple Pay had usually a cobwebbed Google Wallet that acted a approach hazard to a mobile remuneration initiatives. There was also CurrentC lurking about.

CurrentC was a mobile remuneration choice corroborated by heavy-hitting retailers like WalMart, Target (which is rumored to have a possess mobile remuneration intrigue in a works) and CVS. In adopting that unreleased technology, those retailers also rebuffed a ready-and-willing Apple Pay. Unlike Apple Pay or Google Wallet, CurrentC didn’t have a record company’s blessing (or name). It was simply an thought left on a vine too long.

Another challenger was Samsung, who snapped adult a tiny association named Looppay and rebranded a record as Samsung Pay. Unlike Apple Pay (or Google Wallet), Samsung Pay didn’t need a special depot to routine transactions; it works with any that can appropriate a card.

Since shuttering Wallet as a forward-facing product and shopping Softcard, Google has rebranded a mobile remuneration resolution as Android Pay. Oh, and LG might also be removing into a mix.

Oddly, Apple indeed gets in a own way of faster adoption for Apple Pay. A lot of boxes have to be ticked before it works: we need a newer iOS device, a withdraw or credit card that works with Apple Pay and a business that accepts Apple Pay (with a point-of-sale depot that works properly).

Apple does not make Apple Pay accessible outward of a possess hardware ecosystem, especially since a record final an NFC chip do zero some-more than routine payments. Its possess exclusive use of hardware and program creates that a possibility.


Signs of success

At launch, Apple Pay had some important backing. Visa, Mastercard and American Express were all on board, representing about 90 percent percent of a intensity credit label exchange in a US.

Apple Pay is also stability to hurl out globally. It’s now accessible in a UK, and many recently strike Canada (via American Express). China will have it in 2016.

You can do anything from buy burritos to compensate lease with Apple Pay. Apple was an apparent early adopter; Apple Pay is accessible in each Apple Store, and in a Apple Store app.

For developers, operative Apple Pay into apps is as elementary as plugging in an API; Apple does all a complicated lifting.

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So was 2015 a year of Apple Pay?

During quarterly gain calls, Apple CEO Tim Cook continues to contend all a right things about Apple Pay being successful.

Platitudes aside, it’s tough not to cruise Apple Pay to have done a poignant impact in 2015. Not usually did it accelerate a use of mobile payments (something Google couldn’t do with Wallet, for several reasons), though it got people articulate about regulating their phones, tablets and watches to compensate for stuff. It’s also accessible in apps, creation it most easier to buy things on your phone before we collect them adult in-store.

There is during slightest one app dedicated to anticipating Apple Pay locations, and Square has launched an NFC label reader that focuses a selling appetite on a fact it will accept Apple Pay (it will accept any NFC-enabled mobile payments transaction).

Square might be a blank couple for Apple Pay, too. It’s open to anyone; a tiny business or weekend satisfactory businessman can make a vital from it. You could even keep one fibbing around a residence to let friends repay loans with credit cards if we were inclined.

While Apple does a complicated lifting of removing large retailers on board, Square will collect adult a mom-and-pop shops and pretender restaurants.

But that’s future-facing commentary; what about 2015?

It’s tough to contend any other mobile payments resolution has had a impact Apple Pay has this past year. Really, it’s tough to disagree any mobile remuneration resolution carrying ever been as forceful. Solutions existed before Apple Pay, and new ones are popping adult all a time, though Apple’s possess reigns supreme.

2015 was a year of Apple Pay, but 2016 will exam a eagerness — and either or not it’s truly a widespread mobile remuneration resolution many wish it to be.

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U.S. tech hulk Apple reportedly has reached a 318 million euro ($347.6 million) agreement with Italian authorities over allegations of delinquent taxes.

The remuneration stems from a brawl in that a association allegedly unsuccessful to compensate scarcely 900 million euros in taxes for 2008 to 2013, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing an unclear chairman from a Milan prosecutor’s office familiar with a issue.

Investigators examined justification that a builder of iPhones, iPads and other renouned tech products done sales in Italy though available that revenue in a company’s multiplication formed in Ireland, where taxation rates are lower, Italy’s La Repubblica reported.

Italy’s taxation bureau reliable a apportionment of a La Repubblica news that pronounced a understanding had been reached with Apple, though declined to plead a financial distance of a settlement, Reuters reported.

Apple did not immediately respond to email messages seeking comment. Italian taxation authorities could not be reached.

The reports came in a arise of other questions and allegations of suspected tax underpayments by Apple and other U.S. multinational firms.

Italian prosecutors non-stop a taxation review of Apple in 2013, The New York Times reported. Apple told a journal during a time that a association “pays each dollar and euro it owes in taxes” and is “continuously audited by governments around a world.”

A May 2013 news by a Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations pronounced Apple avoided tens of billions of dollars in U.S. taxes on a income and increase by regulating a web of offshore entities to cut some of a taxation rates to as low as 0.05%.

“We compensate all a taxes we owe, each singular dollar,” Apple CEO Tim Cook testified in response. He also insisted a company doesn’t rest on taxation “gimmicks” and doesn’t “stash income on some Caribbean island.”

Similarly, Cook in a new 60 Minutes interview called complaints from U.S. lawmakers who contend Apple is perplexing to equivocate profitable taxes on abroad increase “political crap.” He urged changes in a U.S. taxation formula to scold problems that make it some-more formidable for U.S. multinationals to contest with rivals formed in countries with reduce taxation rates.

Separately, the European Commission’s foe bureau has pulpy member nations to safeguard they don’t give crude taxation advantages to firms with groups in mixed countries.

The commission, a executive arm of a European Union, progressing this month non-stop an review into either Luxembourg gave an astray taxation advantage to U.S. quick food hulk McDonald’s.

McDonald’s pronounced it paid some-more than $2.1 billion in corporate taxes alone in a European Union, with an normal taxation rate of scarcely 27%.

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Apple (AAPL) shares competence have not finished most for investors in 2015. However, a tech hulk was unequivocally bustling cranking out new products–from a Apple Watch, Apple Pay, Apple Music, Apple TV and of march a iPhone 6S, only to name a few.

Yahoo Finance’s Alexis Christoforous talks with Senior Tech contributor Aaron Pressman in a video above about what tool fanatics should be on a demeanour out for from Apple in a New Year.

iPhone 7

There is a lot of hum about an iPhone 7 rolling out in 2016.  Fans of a aged iPhone will be happy to hear that that a 4-inch phone competence also make a comeback.  Something a bit some-more argumentative swirling around is a dismissal of a headphone jack, that means users would have to deposit in Bluetooth-connected or Lightning headphones. Other rumors being tossed around are a improved camera with dual lenses and a waterproof iPhone, according to Pressman.

Apple Watch 2

The second chronicle of a Apple Watch is rumored to launch during an Apple eventuality in Mar 2016, and go on sale in April. Pressman expects a new Apple Watch to be a small thinner and cooler. He is anticipating to see a faster processor and longer battery life, as well.  There is also gibberish about nap tracking and some-more health functions. Pressman thinks Apple competence be perplexing to make it some-more a partial of people’s lives given a Apple Watch unequivocally hasn’t held on with consumers.

iPad upgrades

Don’t design to see a new iPad strike store shelves in a entrance year, given Apple only expelled a iPad Pro in 2015.  But iPad users competence see some engaging developments on a app side, generally given a reorder of a app store. Apple is approaching to inspire developers to make some-more veteran (and expensive) apps that can improved take advantage of a iPad Pro’s large shade and super quick processor, Pressman adds.

Apple stores going upscale?

There has been a lot of speak about a Apple Store removing a oppulance makeover given a association hired former Burberry trainer Angela Ahrendts to run a sell and online operations in 2014. Ahrendts only got an disdainful to supplement imagination french wireless speakers value $2,000 to some stores, called a Phantom from Devialet. That’s partial of an bid to move some-more disdainful and high-end accessories into a Apple store, Pressman points out.

Other Apple surprises

Apple could make a bigger pull into a practical existence space.  It recently bought startup Faceshift, that helped make some of a special effects in a latest Star Wars film. The practical existence marketplace is flourishing with Google (GOOGL) and Samsung and even Facebook (FB) unequivocally active in this area.

Apple unequivocally hasn’t finished anything in a Internet of Things space over entrance out with a program HomeKit growth platform. Apple competence deliver some cold hardware of a possess — programmed cameras, doorway locks, light bulbs, that arrange of thing, says Pressman. 

All in all, get prepared for another bustling year from Apple. But a doubt stays what if anything will this do for a stock.


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SAN FRANCISCO — With opening numbers for tech bonds now in a books for 2015, and a tech gratefulness tables now reshuffled, several trends have emerged that investors would do good to equivocate fighting in a initial half of 2016.

In a just-ended year, investors poured income into Amazon and Alphabet (formerly Google) and, to a lesser-but-still-impressive degree, into Facebook and Microsoft.

For pristine stock-price appreciation, Netflix (NFLX) and Tencent Holdings were also among a best.

The 139% swell in Netflix shares put it among a 25 many profitable tech firms for a initial time.

Apple’s (AAPL) valuation, meanwhile, slipped scarcely 3%  over a past year, even yet a association combined billions of dollars in money to a change sheet.

Although Alphabet binds $130 billion reduction in money than Apple (as of their third-quarter financial reports), Alphabet (GOOGL) is now valued during usually $70 billion less.

The fourth entertain reliable a trend we initial signaled here: that a stand-alone operations of Google-parent Alphabet – incompatible all money — are now valued some-more richly by a batch marketplace than Apple’s.

Apple’s gratefulness of $597 billion is down 2% from a year ago, while Alphabet’s 49% swell has driven a gratefulness to $527 billion.


1. Google/Alphabet, +$172B;

2. Amazon, (tie) +$172B;

3. Microsoft, +$88B;

4. Facebook, +$78B;

5. Tencent Holdings, +$47B

Prediction: Given these trajectories and Apple’s much-slower income expansion estimates, Alphabet will pass Apple in gratefulness by a finish of 2016.

At a spin of a year, Alphabet, Amazon and Facebook are a favorites among large-cap expansion investors in tech.

One critical premonition here: their high price-to-earnings ratios (a theme we’ll revisit in early February, after first-quarter tech earnings) should tag them as cautionary for those also endangered with value.

I consider tech bonds as a whole are overpriced by 10% — 20%, as totalled by a Nasdaq. (Look during a 20-year draft to see why.)

If we agree, all of these names should be bought on 5%-10% dips only, not when a broader marketplace is contrast both near-term and ancestral highs, as it is during a start of 2016.

That includes income investors, who should possess Apple, given it’s profitable a division and is approaching to post year-over-year income expansion in a mid- to high-single digits for a mercantile year finale in September.

Having pronounced all that, assertive tech investors who trust a marketplace has already ignored any melancholy should also be shopping Netflix and Tencent — on dips.

Shareholders during those dual companies enjoyed gains that put them in a tip five, as totalled by stock-price appreciation only:

Top 5 stock-price gains

1. Netflix, +139%

2. Amazon (AMZN), 122%

3. Alphabet (Google) +49%;

4. Tencent, 37%

5. Facebook, +36%

Netflix stands to advantage as some-more party goes digital, a topic that investors bought with dual fists this past year.

Tencent’s gains are engaging since they came a same year that $40 billion came out of Alibaba’s post-IPO bubble.

Both companies contest in a Chinese Internet market.

Alibaba (BABA) shares fell 21%, putting it scarcely atop a house of laggards.

The biggest slouch of a year, however, was Qualcomm (QCOM), that mislaid roughly one-third of a value after it began carrying issues in China.

Bidu (BIDU), also formed in China, assimilated Alibaba on a list of laggards, that also enclosed princely U.S. hulk IBM (IBM).

Worst laggards among biggest top tech stocks, 2015

Qualcomm, -32%

Alibaba, -21%

Oracle, -18%

Bidu, -16%

IBM, -13%

John Shinal has lonesome tech and financial markets for some-more than 15 years during Bloomberg, BusinessWeek,The San Francisco Chronicle, Dow Jones MarketWatch, Wall Street Journal Digital Network and others. Follow him on Twitter: @johnshinal.

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Bernhard Lang uses an iPhone 6S Plus and a helicopter to constraint overwhelming images thousands of feet in a air.

Bernhard Lang around Apple

Smartphone cameras have modernized so most in new years that many shutterbugs have mostly deserted normal cameras in bland life. But while a tech has advanced, a photography skills have mostly remained stagnant.

To assistance amateurs fire some-more like a pros with their iPhones, Apple is hosting in-store, hands-on workshops subsequent month that will learn consumers during all ability levels how to use a accumulation of apps to constraint images some-more creatively.

“We’ll assistance we try out several accessories and techniques — like prolonged bearing for light trails, regulating Time-lapse to uncover progression, or removing adult tighten with inlet regulating a macro lens,” Apple pronounced in a statement. “Then, we’ll try artistic ways to adjust and revise your photos, so we can emanate a work of art, find your style, or only urge your skills.”

Another seminar offering by Apple aims to enthuse iPad artists, training techniques for sketching, sketch and portrayal on a Cupertino, California, company’s line of tablets. As partial of an bid called Start Something New, Apple will post artists’ creations in stores and on Apple.com to enthuse others.

The debate is a latest in Apple’s expanding efforts to uncover a inclination can be used for some-more than checking Facebook, personification games and examination movies. While a iPad has mostly been embraced as a media-watching device, Apple offers a keyboard cover and a stylus for a high-end iPad Pro device. The association has highlighted a modernized video-editing capabilities as well.

This isn’t a initial time Apple has pushed this idea. In years past, it’s intoxicated billboards with pleasing photographs from far-flung places taken with an iPhone. It’s combined websites to prominence how a inclination are used for work. It’s even shown off apps that are used in a business world.

Now, Apple’s pulling it all a step further, indeed training people how to use a several mobile inclination to emanate art and work.

Some of a artists to be featured in Apple’s in-store and online galleries will plead their work and techniques during an eventuality during a Apple store on 14th Street in New York. Among those attending a New York eventuality is Bernhard Lang, a photographer who uses an iPhone 6S Plus to constraint landscape images from a helicopter thousands of feet in a air. He afterwards edits a images in Adobe Photoshop Express for thespian views of nature.

The workshops will be hold during each Apple Store around a world. Those meddlesome in attending should check their internal stores for a schedules.