Apple today announced earnings for its first fiscal quarter of 2014, revealing that it sold 51 million iPhones and 26 million iPads. According to those figures, the company’s iPhone sales were up 6.7 percent year-over-year while its iPad sales were up 13.5 percent year-over-year.
Typing on an iPhone could get faster soon, but with a few caveats. The @evleaks Twitter account has released an image of something called SwiftKey Note, an apparent note-taking app for iOS that integrates SwiftKey’s popular phrase-prediction keyboard.
This is the first hint that SwiftKey’s replacement keyboard could be coming to iOS. It’s been popular on Android for its prediction and improved correction features, and even more popular since it released SwiftKey Flow, which lets you input words by sliding your finger across the keyboard.
Microsoft’s Xbox Music app for iOS debuted back in September, but it never included offline playback. Microsoft today announced a simple update that brings offline playback for playlists. There don’t appear to be any other changes to the app, with the same UI and features as the original version. While Microsoft also offers a similar Android Xbox Music app, that particular verson has not yet received an update for offline playback.
Mophie’s line of Juice Packs and Powerstations has proven invaluable to anyone who needs their devices to keep a charge a full work day, especially at a show like CES. Now the company behind those popular external batteries has introduced the Space Pack, a battery case for the iPhone that also incorporates built-in storage.
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook is reportedly going to travel to Turkey in February to attend the official opening of the first retail store in the country, but also to negotiate a $4 billion iPad deal with the country’s officials, Turkish publication Emlakkulisi (via AppleInsider) reported.
Apple’s iPad could be a solution for Turkey’s “FATIH Project,” which aims to bring modern computing devices to classrooms. Should Apple win the bid, the Turkish government will buy 10.6 million tablets in a first phase, followed by a second 2 million to 2.5 million iPad purchase.
Tim Cook asked his company’s board to restructure a massive restricted stock award he’d received when he became chief executive in August 2011. The change came after several months that had seen Apple’s stock plunge from $702.10 per share to $390.
In the wake of Maps-gate, Nokia was one of several outfits that rushed to Apple’s aid with a navigation app of its very own. A year later, however, and that same offering has been yanked from the App Store before it could send a note to its neighbors. When we asked, Nokia responded with the below quote, saying that iOS 7 harms the user experience of HERE, but users can still access the mobile edition of the service. Which is all well and good, unless you were a big fan of the app’s ability to cache offline data.
Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission has hit Apple with a small fine and warned the company that it may face a more substantial penalty if it doesn’t stop interfering with carriers’ iPhone pricing and the prices of the plans carriers sell alongside the iPhone.
The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday reported that the FTC in Taiwan slapped Apple with a $667,000 fine for “interfering with mobile service providers and handset distributors’ pricing.” If it doesn’t stop meddling with carriers and other retailers when it comes to iPhone prices, Apple may be fined an additional $1.67 million.
If a latest rumor is to be believed the next major iOS update, iOS 7.1, is going to have a rather lengthy beta period. Apple seeded the first beta of iOS 7.1 back in November and just earlier this month, it seeded iOS 7.1 beta 2 to developers.
This is the first major update to be released after iOS 7.0 was released for the public back in September, and it is expected to come with a couple of new features. Previous expectations of a January release have now been contradicted.