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    Apple creates 'Move to iOS' app to pull Android users away from Google

    The iPhone 6 has been more successful than previous versions of the smartphone at drawing Android users away from Google’s mobile platform, and Apple wants to capitalize on that with a new app that makes it easier for them to make the switch.

    Later this year, a new “Move to iOS” app will wirelessly transfer a user’s “contacts, message history, camera photos and videos, web bookmarks, mail accounts, calendars, wallpaper, and DRM-free songs and books” from an Android phone to their new iPhone.

    The switching process will also suggest that they install free apps from their Android device that are also available on Apple’s App Store, so switchers can quickly get back on their feet with their favorite apps like Facebook and Twitter. Paid apps that they have on Android with iOS versions available will be added to a user’s wish list in the iOS App Store.
    According to Apple, the whole process will be handled “securely” so that a user’s personal information doesn’t get exposed. It’s not clear exactly how the process works yet, and how aggressive Apple will be when it comes to migrating users away from Google’s services. For example, it’s possible that the process will move all of the contacts a user has stored with Google over to iCloud—Apple hasn’t said one way or another.

    Once the process is done, the Android app will helpfully prompt users to recycle their Android phone, just to keep them from going back to Google’s mobile platform unless they buy a new phone.

    The app wasn’t announced on stage Monday morning during Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, but it appeared on the promotional page the company created to show off its new mobile operating system ahead of its launch later this year.

    Apple’s upcoming Watch will replace your car keys, says CEO Tim Cook

    Apple Watch will replace your car keys and its battery will last the whole day, Apple’s Chief Executive Tim Cook told the Telegraph in an interview. The watch is designed to replace car keys and the clumsy, large fobs that are now used in many vehicles, Cook told the newspaper.

    Its battery will last the whole day, and will not take as long to charge as an iPhone, the report quoted Cook as saying. Apple Watch will also work as a credit card through Apple Pay, Cook told the paper, but did not mention how user verification will work with the watch.

    The rollout of the watch might pose a challenge for Apple’s stores, which may involve “tweaking the experience in the store,” the Telegraph said, citing Cook’s conversation with the staff at Apple’s Covent Garden store in London.

    Last March, Apple unveiled CarPlay, which lets drivers access contacts on their iPhones, make calls or listen to voicemails without taking their hands off the steering wheel. Earlier this month, Reuters reported that the iPhone maker is looking at making a self-driving electric car, and is talking to experts at carmakers and automotive suppliers.
    In the interview, Cook said that the Apple Watch will operate a special rewards system, track the user’s activity and “be correct to 50 milliseconds”.

    Apple was not immediately available for comment.

    The company has scheduled a special event on March 9, where it is expected to showcase Apple Watch, which will be launched in April. While announcing Apple’s record-breaking earnings, CEO Tim Cook had revealed a rough launch date of April 2015 for the device.

    The smartwatch was announced last year in September, but the company didn’t reveal much about its availability, except that it would come in ‘early Spring’. Later, Apple retail chief, Angela Ahrendts,was more specific and revealed the Watch would come only after the Chinese New Year. She had also disclosed how Apple had started planning marketing strategies and all retail employees would be trained to help customers try out the new watch and its features.

    The Apple Watch sports a squarish design instead of a circular one popularised by Motorola’s Moto 360. The Watch is crafted from custom alloys of polished or space black stainless steel (Apple Watch), space gray or silver anodized aluminum (Apple Watch Sport) and 18-karat rose or yellow gold (Apple Watch Edition).

    If your iPhone 5 power button is broken, Apple will now replace it for free

    Apple has offered to replace faulty on-off buttons on the iPhone 5, a rare glitch which it admitted affected “a small percentage” of the previous-generation smartphones.

    Apple said on its user-support page that “iPhone 5 models manufactured through March 2013 may be affected by this issue,” in which the button, also known as a sleep/wake mechanism, stops functioning or works only intermittently.

     It did not say how many phones were shipped with the faulty mechanism. Owners can type in their iPhone serial numbers on Apple’s website to see if their phones qualify for a fix, then either take their gadgets to a store or mail them in to be repaired.
    “Apple will offer the service free of charge to iPhone 5 customers with models that exhibit this issue and have a qualifying serial number,” spokeswoman Teresa Brewer said in a statement on Friday.

     Apple rarely initiates large-scale repair programs for its products, and iPhone glitches are rare. The company prides itself on hardware engineering and design, particularly for a flagship phone that yields more than half its revenue.

    In a 2010 incident dubbed “Antennagate,” the company famously admitted that its iPhone 4 may experience signal loss when handled a certain way. The company subsequently offered free phone casings to correct the issue.

    Apple began selling the iPhone 5S and the cheaper 5C in late 2013. In the first quarter, it moved a better-than-expected 43.7 million phones, helped by the gadget’s increasing popularity in markets like Japan and China.

    Apple Offers Refunds to People Who Bought Its Latest iPad on Telstra’s Network in Australia

    Earlier this morning, we reported that the Australian government had accused Apple of 4G marketing claims on the new iPad.

    Apparently the issue was raised by the company’s use of “4G” in its marketing terms for the WiFi + 4G/LTE models of the new iPad, while 4G LTE compatibility is only offered in the United and States and Canada due to different frequency bands used for LTE in different countries.

    Now, ABCNews via a tweet has confirmed that Apple has agreed to offer a refund to people who bought its latest iPad, which it admits is not compatible with Telstra’s 4G network.

    Apple Announcement A Sign Of 'Dividend Renaissance'

    The news keeps getting better for dividend investors. But can it last?

    The latest sign of a dividend renaissance is Apple's decision to begin sharing some of its profits with shareholders for the first time in nearly two decades. The world's most valuable company will start paying a dividend later this year, rather than continue to stockpile cash from iPhone and iPad sales.

    That announcement came a week after major banks moved to restore their dividends, after cutting them during the financial crisis to conserve cash. At least nine top banks plan to raise their payouts or are considering doing so after the government conducted stress tests to ensure the banks can survive another crisis.

    It adds up to better times ahead for dividend investors. Payouts by companies in the Standard & Poor's 500 index are expected to climb 15 percent from last year to $277 billion, according to S&P Indices. That amount would top the previous record of $248 billion, set in 2008. Three-quarters of the S&P 500's dividend-paying companies are making higher payouts than they did last year.

    Interest is so intense that hedge funds and many other Wall Street pros who normally avoid dividend stocks have been rushing into them lately, and Apple's actions can only add to the frenzy, says analyst Howard Silverblatt of S&P Indices.

    In fact, dividend stocks have been among the market's strongest performers the past 12 months, a fact that hasn't been lost on investors. Over that period, they have deposited a net $25 billion into mutual funds specializing in dividend stocks – usually labeled `equity income' funds – according to industry consultant Strategic Insight.

    That number wouldn't normally be impressive, except that the cash came in as investors pulled out of nearly all other types of stock funds. A net total of $136 billion was withdrawn from all other stock fund categories, reflecting........More

    Apple Sold 3 Million iPads in Just 4 Days

    Earlier today, Apple announced that it will offer a $45 billion dividend and share repurchase program. In addition, during the call, one analyst asked if Apple would be issuing a press release about last weekend’s launch sales numbers for the iPad. Apple said they had a “record weekend” and were “thrilled with it.”

    Later this afternoon, Apple announced that it has 3 million new iPads in less the four days of availability, calling it the “strongest iPad launch yet.” 3 million sold of something that nobody wanted and is just an “incremental upgrade”. Pretty amazing if you ask me.

    CUPERTINO, California―March 19, 2012―Apple® today announced it has sold three million of its incredible new iPad®, since its launch on Friday, March 16. The new iPad features a stunning new Retina™ display, Apple’s new A5X chip with quad-core graphics, a 5 megapixel iSight® camera with advanced optics for capturing amazing photos and 1080p HD video, and still delivers the same all-day 10 hour battery life* while remaining amazingly thin and light. iPad Wi-Fi + 4G supports ultrafast 4G LTE networks in the US and Canada, and fast networks around the world including those based on HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA.**

    “The new iPad is a blockbuster with three million sold―the strongest iPad launch yet,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Customers are loving the incredible new features of iPad, including the stunning Retina display, and we can’t wait to get it into the hands of even more customers around the world this Friday.”READ MORE DETAIL

    Apple Talks iPad Competition, Honeycomb vs iPad

    Every since Apple and Google started to comment aggressively about each others business and products, each earnings call or product launch is filled with some punches going around. So here is what Tim Cook (Apple COO) had to say about the iPad competitors at the Q1 earnings call which saw record profits/revenues for Apple.

    Apple sold more than 7.3 million iPads last quarter and thats a huge margin over the 1 million Galaxy Tabs sold by Samsung. Android sure has failed to dent the tablets market.

    Replying to a question on iPad competitors, Tim was prompt to point out that the Windows alternatives are big, bulky and work with a stylus or keyboard which does little to pelase the customers. But a bulk of his comments then moved to Android, starting with the fact that Google itself says that the OS is not ready for tablets. Pointing out the 7″ tablets as an oversized smartphone, which is far from the ‘real tablet experience’. “If you do a side-by-side with an iPad, you’ll pick an iPad.”

    Tim also took shots at Honeycomb, calling it the ‘next generation, which we saw at CES’. He pointed out that Honeycomb isn’t shipping yet, nor are there any dates announced. He actually called it ‘vapor’, also citing lack of performance specs. He ended his iPad competition reply with ‘very confident entering into a fight with anyone’.

    Samsung To Delay Galaxy Tab 10.1 Launch In Australia

    The much awaited launch of Samsung’s top of the line tablet and rival to the Apple iPad; the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been delayed until the last week of September. This move from Samsung comes at a time when an Australian court is hearing the case filed against Samsung by Apple.

    As you might be already aware, Apple and Samsung have been fighting it out on courts in various countries across the globe. Apple seems to currently have the upper hand with it managing to pass injunctions against the sale of the Galaxy Tab in a few European countries.

    The first of the lawsuits were filed back in April when Apple had blamed Samsung for “slavishly” copying various design and UI facets from a host of Apple products. There were also reports a few weeks ago of Apple reportedly faking comparative images that were used to “fool” regulators in to believing that Samsung products looked “more” similar to Apple products than they actually were.

    While the Australian curt hasn’t passed any ruling yet, it seems Samsung wants to play safe here and doesn’t want to b in an embarrassing position wherein they launch a product and it is eventually banned by the courts.MORE DETIAL

    Apple Stalls Apple TV Shipments Ahead of iPad 3 Announcement

    AppleInsider now reports that Apple has specifically been stalling in delivering promised shipments of the device to resellers. In addition, Apple’s own stores are starting to see shortages of the Apple TV as the company reduces the supply ahead of the refresh. Even though the online store, is still showing an “in stock” status, those customers that select for the in-store pickup option will find that many Apple retail stores are currently out of stock. For locations that are currently out of stock of the Apple TV, the company can still ship orders to the stores for pickup, but even those shipments are starting to see extended timeframes.
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