Record iPhone profits, dismal Surface, Shot on iPhone 6s, Apple TV now ‘best’, FCC and iPhone hearing aids


(Image from the Apple NZ iPhone page.)
(Image from the Apple NZ iPhone page.)

Apple sees record iPhone profits despite fourth quarter smartphone slowdown — A new report from Juniper Research says that Apple saw 20% year-over-year growth in iPhone sales despite a sales slowdown in the fourth quarter. The research group says it was the slowest ever year-over-year growth, but one with record profits.

Apple’s iPad Pro outsold Microsoft’s entire Surface lineup over the holidays — Consumers have apparently taken a liking to the iPad Pro following its November release, as new data suggests that Apple moved nearly half a million more of the jumbo tablets alone than Microsoft did of its entire Surface lineup.

Apple’s ‘Shot on iPhone 6’ ad campaign is back with iPhone 6s images — Last year, Apple ran an ad campaign titled “Shot on iPhone 6” that highlighted photos taken by amateur and professional photographers from around the world. The campaign started on the Apple homepage, then moved to billboards in major cities. Time is reporting the campaign is back, this time focusing on photos captured with the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.
This year’s campaign is taking a different approach, focusing on portraits instead of the variety of subjects (landscapes, macro shots) presented last year. 53 images in total are featured, with 41 different amateur and professional photographers showing their work.

Apple TV just became the best box for streaming live broadcast TV — With the live Channels app, users can now pause, rewind, and fast forward through up to 30 minutes of video.

Apple wants the FCC to recognize Made for iPhone hearing aids — An Apple filling with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) shows that the company is urging the FCC should “recognize solutions such as the MFi hearing aid platform as alternatives for hearing aid compatibility compliance”.

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