Apple now China’s largest Western software seller, thanks to booming App Store — Geographic app store estimates spanning multiple companies and platforms suggest that Apple’s App Store, buoyed by growth beyond just games, is the top individual seller by company in China, although not by platform.
iTunes Podcasts now called Apple Podcasts — Apple changed the name of its podcast app from iTunes Podcasts to Apple Podcasts. The move includes branding within iTunes, in the Podcasts app, and the Listen on Apple Podcasts badge that replaces Listen on iTunes Podcasts.
The iPhone 7/7 Plus account for 43% of US iPhone sales in quarter three — The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were only available for the final two weeks of the third quarter, but it accounted for 43% of Apple’s US iPhone sales during the period, according to a report by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP).
China tallies highest revenue quarter the Apple App Store has ever seen — China has hit an industry record with the highest revenue quarter the Apple App Store has ever seen, according to a report from App Annie, a analytics services and market intelligence company.
Thoughts about Apple’s secret iPhone 7 chip — An intriguing chip has been discovered in the teardown of the iPhone 7. We know that it’s a field-programmable gate array (FPGA), but we don’t know what it’s intended to do. The FPGA was noted in the bill of materials tear down by Chipworks back in September. Its part number is listed as Lattice Semiconductor FPGA ICE5LP4K. An FPGA is an integrated circuit that works like an Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) but can be reprogrammed in the ‘field.’ That suggests that Apple wants to be able to change specific, low-level, programming logic at the hardware level if necessary.
Qualcomm’s iPhone 7 Plus modem beats Intel modem in areas with weak signal — The Qualcomm modem used in some versions of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus performs markedly better than the Intel one, at least where signal might be poor, according to research published on Thursday.
Mirai-based DDoS attack highlights benefits of Apple’s secure HomeKit platform — A distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that on Friday severely impacted internet access for many US web denizens was found to be in part enabled by a botnet targeting unprotected Internet of Things devices. For Apple, the revelation vindicates the controversial walled garden approach to IoT borne out through the HomeKit protocol.