Apple began paying $15 billion European duty fine

Apple has begun to pay back illicit tax reductions to the Irish government. The company has paid $1.77 billion (€1.5 billion) into an escrow account intended to hold the fine. Apple needs to pay $15 billion altogether (€13 billion).

 

The European Commission said that Apple profited from unlawful tax cuts in Ireland from 2003 to 2014. As indicated by Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, Apple figured out how to bring down its compelling corporate assessment rate on account of a Double Irish structure.

The Irish government endeavored to advance the choice yet the choice stayed in place. Ireland needed to recoup €13 billion beginning on January 2017.

Sooner or later Vestager got frantic again and alluded the case to the European Court of Justice. This time, Vestager wasn’t assaulting Apple, yet Ireland

European governments campaigned to put a conclusion to the Double Irish in 2014. Apple moved a portion of its universal money to the modest island of Jersey around a similar time.

European governments are right now talking about an assessment change to impose huge tech organizations in light of genuine income in every European nation. Along these lines, tech organizations wouldn’t have the capacity to report benefit in only one nation with a lower corporate assessment rate. Be that as it may, it’s taking longer than anticipated as some part nations are as yet stalling.

 

Apple drops suspects a $1 billion data center in Ireland

Apple has rejected plans for a 850 million euro ($1 billion) data center in Ireland. The tech mammoth said Thursday that it won’t proceeding with the task as its arranging application had been looked with delays.

 

According to Ireland’s High Court, The company could proceed with the middle, yet an interest was in this manner made by natural campaigners to the Supreme Court. Apple’s choice to drop the venture went ahead that day the interest was intended to be heard at the nation’s most elevated court.

“Despite our best efforts, delays in the approval process have forced us to make other plans and we will not be able to move forward with the data center,” Apple stated.

“While disappointing, this setback will not dampen our enthusiasm for future projects in Ireland as our business continues to grow.”

In 2015, Apple declared to construct the middle in Athenry, County Galway. The venture was touted as Apple’s greatest in Europe and was relied upon to make 300 occupations in Ireland.

Apple’s plan to drop the the project was disappointing, Ireland’s minister for business, enterprise and innovation, Heather Humphreys added.

“I very much regret that Apple will not be pursuing its plans to construct a data center in Athenry, especially as the project would have been a source of significant investment and job creation for Galway and the West of Ireland,” Humphreys said in a statement.

He also said that, “These delays have, if nothing else, underlined our need to make the state’s planning and legal processes more efficient. The government has therefore already been working, over the last number of months, to make improvements to those processes.”

 

 

Apple won’t merge Mac and iPad – Tim Cook

Despite the fact that the iPad has gradually been picking up highlights once saved for laptops– and the way that in its advertising Apple alludes to the iPad as a “computer”– Cook demands Apple will never consolidate it and its MacBook line into one item, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

READ ALSO: Apple wouldn’t junk the iPhone X, and it wasn’t a disappointment

There has for some time been theory that combining the two is Apple’s definitive blueprint, however that hypothesis isn’t right as per Cook:

We don’t believe in sort of watering down one for the other. Both [the Mac and iPad] are incredible. One of the reasons that both of them are incredible is because we pushed them to do what they do well. And if you begin to merge the two . . . you begin to make trade-offs and compromises.

“So maybe the company would be more efficient at the end of the day. But that’s not what it’s about. You know it’s about giving people things that they can then use to help them change the world or express their passion or express their creativity. So this merger thing that some folks are fixated on, I don’t think that’s what users want.”

Apple wouldn’t junk the iPhone X, and it wasn’t a disappointment

A note from Mirabaud expert Neil Campling recommends that Apple will execute the iPhone X this year. The facts might confirm that the phone will be updated, yet it’s not “dead.” Instead, I think what we’re seeing is to a greater extent an impression of Apple’s new system in light of moderating development in the phone showcase.

Let’s back up: Campling said there’s oversupply of chips from companies such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), which suggests that Apple hasn’t been buying them to include in the iPhone X. As a result, Campling said “the iPhone X is dead.”

Campling also told CNBC that the iPhone X, priced at $999, is “too expensive” and that “consumers are turning their backs on high-priced smartphones.”

But Apple has said the opposite.

In February, for example, Tim Cook said the iPhone X beat Apple’s expectations. “iPhone X was our most popular iPhone, despite not beginning to ship until November,” Cook told CNBC’s Josh Lipton and Jim Cramer. “We found out in the last few days that analysis tells us that it was the best selling smartphone in the world last quarter. And so we could not be more pleased with the reception of it.” Combined with sales of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, Apple said it set a new iPhone revenue record during the company’s fourth quarter.

Demand for new phones has waned across the board. TrendForce said the smartphone market is facing slower growth, with phone production estimated at 1.5 billion units for 2018. That’s growth of just 2.8 percent from 2017, TrendForce said, lower than the 5 percent growth it originally expected.

That would also explain why there may be decreased demand from chip suppliers in general.

TSMC, a key Apple supplier, offered lower guidance earlier this week, with a forecast range for the second quarter falling between $7.8 billion and $7.9 billion, about a billion below Wall Street’s estimates. Campling said the surplus “has never been higher” in the decade he’s been tracking TSMC’s supply.

Morgan Stanley analyst Charlie Chan said this is due to a mix of factors, not just because of decreased demand for the iPhone X.

While Chan agrees it’s partially because of order cuts for iPhone X components, he also said that Morgan Stanley believes the lowered guidance can be attributed to two other issues.

“Beside the order cuts from the current Apple iPhone X processor, we attribute the major revenue shortfall in the smartphone segment to key customer MediaTek … and around a month’s delay of Apple’s new 7nm processor to July,” Chan said.

MediaTek provides chips for several major phone makers, particularly in emerging markets such as China where MediaTek processors are included in more affordable phones.

Apple’s strategy has also changed.

Apple typically keeps its older phones around and sells them for lower prices, but the iPhone X is different. It launched a newer-high end model that stood above Apple’s more traditional iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus products. Perhaps Apple will keep those phones in its inventory while swapping out the iPhone X for a newer, more advanced model.

“The word “killed” doesn’t make any sense at all,” Patrick Moorhead, president and principal analyst of Moor Insights and Strategy, told CNBC. “The iPhone X was Apple’s most expensive phone and the company sold, in units, more than any of its other phones, so I’d say it’s a success. Apple will update the iPhone X, but won’t kill it. The suppliers impacted have likely been replaced by another supplier so their numbers are going down.”

KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has suggested Apple has three new iPhones in the works, including one that might be an upgrade from the iPhone X with a larger screen.

If that happens, Apple will replace the iPhone X with a newer model — because it knows there’s consumer interest in the product, not because the iPhone X needed to be killed or was unsuccessful.

Source: CNBC

Apple planned to launch a gold iphone x however it may have been scrapped

Apple apparently designed a gold-colored version of the iPhone x however hasn’t launched it but, regulatory filings have discovered.

Businesses launching new telephones within the u.S. Should file a record detailing the device with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Apple filed this kind of file in september 2017, displaying a gold iPhone X.

Apple’s high-end device has had some of production problems or even cut its production target for the primary zone of the 12 months.

Many analysts, however, will be searching toward the new lineup of iphone fashions which are generally introduced in september of each year. In a document from december, Kuo said that apple might also release three new devices with large batteries in 2018.

Apple will begin caution mac users this week that 32-bit app assist in macos is coming to an give up. Apple has not yet discovered precisely whilst it’s going to absolutely stop assisting 32-bit apps on macos, however the enterprise has formerly warned developers approximately the trade and mentioned that high sierra will be the ultimate model to aid 32-bit apps “with out compromise.”

Apple has been making the transition to 64-bit hardware and software program for extra than 10 years, and the agency already stopped accepting 32-bit apps into the mac app shop.

 

Apple says its iCloud uses Google Cloud instead of Microsoft Azure

Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella says it all – Mobile first, Cloud first. While we’re not sure about “Mobile first”, Microsoft’s “Cloud first” strategy is serving Microsoft very well. According to Microsoft’s Q3 2017 earnings, Microsoft’s intelligent cloud was up 11% at $6.8 billion. Microsoft Azure revenue increased 93% YoY. The earnings clearly underline the fact that Microsoft is doing a really good job in the cloud and the numbers just keep on increasing.

Even Apple has been publically known for using Microsoft Azure along with Amazon Web Service (AWS) for Apple’s own iCloud. Apple has been silent about Google’s cloud services, although there were several reports about it that were surfaced back in 2016. But now that’s changing.

CNBC spotted a PDF called the iOS Security Guide that was updated by Apple back in January that underlines iOS’ security measures. The new PDF states its iCloud service: “The encrypted chunks of the file are stored, without any user-identifying information, using third-party storage services, such as S3 and Google Cloud Platform.”

Unfortunately, it still remains unconfirmed whether or not Apple uses Google Cloud services outside of media content such as photos and videos for its iCloud. Neither does is provide us with any information as to when the switch actually occurred.

This move by Apple might not hurt Microsoft or even Amazon for that matter, but it definitely benefits Google’s cloud services. Google Cloud Platform is far behind Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure and it still has a long way to go. But does this move benefit Apple themselves? That is yet to be seen.

Apple Seeds Second Beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 to Developers

Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 update to developers, two weeks after seeding the first beta and two weeks after releasing macOS High Sierra 10.13.3.

The new macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 beta can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center or through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store with the proper profile installed.

macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 includes bug fixes and performance improvements for issues that weren’t addressed in macOS High Sierra 10.13.3. The update includes support for some features that are also available in iOS 11.3, like Messages on iCloud, which uploads all of your iMessages to the cloud. It will also support Business Chat, a feature coming when iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4 are released to the public.

The new macOS update also includes the smoke cloud wallpaper that was previously only available on the iMac Pro, and it introduces a warning when opening up a 32-bit app as part of an effort to phase them out.

In the future, Apple plans to phase out 32-bit Mac apps, just like it did with 32-bit iOS apps. Apple says macOS High Sierra is the last version of macOS that will support 32-bit apps without compromises.

US Congress targets Apple over iPhone slowing

Apple is set to face a grilling in the US Congress over allegations it slowed older phones to encourage consumers to purchase newer models.

The head of the Senate’s commerce committe, Senator John Thune, has written to Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook to demand an explanation for why Apple slowed down phones with flagging batteries and why it would not provide free batteries if older ones caused so much difficulty to devices.

Mr Thune’s letter follows confirmation from French prosecutors that an investigation is being fronted by the finance ministry’s fraud control department after Apple admitted slowing down old devices with low-capacity batteries.

“Apple’s proposed solutions have prompted additional criticism from some customers, particularly its decision not to provide free replacement batteries,” Thune said, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Apple revealed it had “downclocked” older models’ central processing units (CPU) but said it did so to reduce the strain on dated batteries and stop the devices from unexpectedly shutting down.

The iPhone X
Image: Apple recently released the iPhone X

At the time, the company asserted it would never “do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades”.

Amid a wave of class action lawsuits over the “deceptive, immoral, and unethical” phone slowing, Apple issued an apology and vowed to be more transparent with customers over the capacity of iPhone batteries.

In a post on its website, it said: “We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down. We apologise.”

The admission came after years of speculation from Apple customers that their older handsets were being slowed down in a bid to entice them into an upgrade.

Apple gains app development platform with Buddybuild

Apple has acquired the iOS continuous integration and deployment provider Buddybuild. Buddybuild is a Canadian based application development startup that aims to tie together CI, CD and a feedback solution in one platform.

“We’re excited to share that the buddybuild team has joined the Xcode engineering group at Apple to build amazing developer tools for the entire iOS community,” the buddybuild team wrote in a post.

As part of the acquisition, the company will no longer be accepting new customers, and will be discontinuing its free starter plans and Android app development in the beginning of March this year. The company will still provide its services to existing customers, and work on building, testing and shipping iOS apps to testers.

Buddybuild features a customizable workflow, automated unit and UI testing, one click continuous deployment, user insight, and integrated services. Developers can integrate with popular tools such as GitHub, Slack, JIRA, HipChat and Trello. In addition, it provides a feedback reporter for filing bug reports, crash reports with source context, and instant replay into each bug or crash report.

“For iOS developers, Buddybuild can take care of all the work associated with code signing, and managing provisioning profiles for you. Beta testers and stakeholders get a streamlined, ‘one click’ install experience as buddybuild manages provisioning profiles and devices for you,” the company wrote.