iPhone prices, iOS gains, Samsung bribes, HomeKit releases at CES, CareKit, Schiller on iPhone


Average iPhone price higher in US than many other countries, survey finds — Americans are paying more for their iPhones than citizens of 38 other countries, according to a study into the average cost of electronics around the world, with a difference between the US and the cheapest country’s prices found to be more than $220.
According to research from Latin America retailer Linio, the US has the 39th cheapest average iPhone cost, $625.88, out of the 71 countries studied. By comparison, Canada is in 14th place with $555.25, the United Kingdom is ranked in 12th with $542.29, New Zealand at 52nd ($623.36)and Australia is in 20th place with $574.50.

iOS makes gains in most regions in the past three months as Android declines — The latest smartphone OS sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech shows Android sales declined in the US, Great Britain and France, as iOS continued to make gains across most regions in the three months ending November 2016. But iPhone is ceding ground in the crucial Chinese market.

Samsung vice chairman a suspect in South Korean bribery probe — A South Korean prosecutor’s office is set to interrogate the head of the Samsung Group, Jay Y Lee, as part of a wider influence scandal involving the country’s President Park Geun-hye and her close friend, Choi Soon-sil.

Every Apple HomeKit product announced at CES 2017 coming later this year — Apple itself may not show up to CES, but about a dozen companies came to this year’s show with a range of HomeKit-capable products from smart lighting products to home security. Here’s a complete guide to everything HomeKit unveiled at CES 2017.

Apple beefing up privacy options on its CareKit platform — Apple has partnered with security firm Tresorit to offer developers using Apple’s CareKit platform increased privacy options, helping reach HIPAA compliance, reports Mashable.
CareKit is a tool for assisting people in taking an active role in their care. iPhone apps using the kit make it easier for individuals to keep track of care plans and monitor symptoms and medication; providing insights that help people better understand their own health. With the ability to share information with doctors, nurses or family members, CareKit apps help people take a more active role in their health.

Key Takeaways from Phil Schiller’s iPhone Anniversary Interview
Andrew Orr Andrew Orr — On the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, Steven Levy posted an exclusive interview with Phil Schiller on his blog, BackChannel. Here are some of the key takeaways from the anniversary, including anecdotes from the original launch, thoughts on apps, and whether Phil could have known how popular Apple’s device would become.