Record-setting iPhone, Prince, Mobility Partner Program, iPad slump, AirPods update


(Image from Apple Inc's iPhone 7 page)
(Image from Apple Inc’s iPhone 7 page)

Apple smashes expectations: record setting $78.4B in revenue on sales of 78.3M iPhones — Apple’s holiday 2016 quarter was the company’s biggest ever, soaring to new heights on sales of 78.3 million iPhones following the launch of the iPhone 7 series. Apple’s iPhone hit an ASP of $695 in the record-setting fiscal Q1.

Prince coming to Apple Music, Spotify — It looks as if Prince may be streaming on Apple Music and other services soon. An industry insider says deals are in place for the iconic artist’s work to stream on more than just Tidal starting on February 12.

Participating companies shed light on Apple’s secretive ‘Mobility Partner Program’ — Beyond commerce giants IBM, SAP, and Cisco, Apple works with other businesses under the auspices of its Mobility Partner Program,  which isn’t widely discussed. But a recent loosening of Apple’s fabled secrecy has led a few smaller companies to open up about their experiences with the program.
Apple’s Mobility Partner Program is aimed at extending Apple’s technologies into the business app marketplace. The program is bi-directional, with Apple participating with the companies in discussions and training with developers, and the companies in turn supplying feedback to Apple.

Apple iPad decline continues with 19 percent drop in holiday quarter — In contrast with iPhone and Mac performance, the iPad continued a long-term decline in Apple’s first fiscal quarter of 2017, seeing shipments fall 19% year-over-year. [It’s getting so bad, we could call it ‘Donald Slump’.]

Apple pushes AirPods firmware 3.5.1 to synchronized iPhones with minor bug fixes — A firmware update for Apple’s AirPods is being distributed now, which brings undisclosed bug fixes to Apple’s sought-after wireless earbuds.

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