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iDevice earnings, Cook on AR, Pencil for gaming, Pokémon maps, Microsoft Pix, Firefox 5 for iOS

Microsoft Pix intelligently takes the best pictures for you.
Microsoft Pix intelligently takes the best pictures for you.

Apple earnings and iDevices — Apple sold some 40.4 million iPhones in the just-gone quarter, down significantly from the year-ago quarter when Apple sold 47.5 million iPhones. iPad sales came in at 9.9 million units, while Macs clocked in at 4.2 million units. Bad as it is, it’s slightly better than the 40 million than Wall Street predicted. Unit iPad unit sales were also down again, slightly, but revenues were up 10%.

Apple CEO Tim Cook says his company is ‘high on AR’ — During Apple’s quarterly conference call with Wall Street analysts, he demurred from saying augmented reality will be the next so-called platform, but said, “regardless, [AR] will be huge.” [I feel like Apple should have been saying this, and working on this, in 2010, when it was first a big buzz.]

Apple Pencil could be your next Gaming Device — If Apple’s latest patent is any indication, your next Apple Pencil will be more than a pointing and drawing accessory for your iPad Pro. It’ll also be a pointing device for your Mac, and a joystick for gaming.

New Pokémon Go maps show you where to catch ’em all — 
Right now the web, rather than apps, seems to be the best way to find rare Pokémon in Pokémon Go. Currently, Pokévision provides a real-time look at the Pokémon spawning around you, and more importantly, when they’ll de-spawn or vanish.

Microsoft Pix promises to improve iPhone photography, independent of the user — Microsoft has released Pix, a new photo application that utilises the company’s machine learning skills with a computational photography implementation intended to improve the quality of photos shot on an iPhone 5s or newer. To assist in composition and automatic image tailoring, Microsoft Pix takes a continuous stream of photos as it is running. The app tracks faces, and sets parameters for exposure on the fly, while the app is open, and even before a picture is taken.
Microsoft Pix is available for free now on the iOS App Store, and requires iOS 9, and an iPhone 5s or better. The app requires the sixth generation iPod Touch, the iPad Air, the iPad mini 2, or newer. Storage requirements start at 149MB, and grow as photos are taken with the app. The app requests access to the user’s photo library, the camera, and location information.

Firefox 5.0 for iOS Gets Speed, Battery Improvements and Custom Search — Mozilla has pushed out version 5.0 of Firefox for iOS to the App Store, and along with it comes a slew of new features. Chief among those are both speed and battery life improvements as well as the ability to add custom search engines to the browser.