32.5 F
Fort Worth
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Entertainment Apple previews new software as it diversifies beyond iPhones

Apple previews new software as it diversifies beyond iPhones

Other News

A look at big issues on Supreme Court’s agenda

Some of the issues either already on the Supreme Court's docket when it begins its new session or likely to be before the justices...

Wall Street posts solid gains after surge in corporate deals

By ALEX VEIGA and DAMIAN J. TROISE AP Business Writers Wall Street kicked off the week with a broad rally Monday, clawing back much of...

Book celebrates defunct newspaper on anniversary of demise

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated PressCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) β€” The Vindicator in Youngstown, a 150-year-old paper that shut down last year because of financial struggles,...

D Magazine founder Wick Allison dies

D Magazine founder and longtime publisher Wick Allison died Sept. 1 after a lengthy battle with cancer, according to a story in D Magazine. Allison...

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) β€” Apple will preview upcoming changes to its phone and computer software Monday as it diversifies to offset eroding sales of its bedrock product, the iPhone.

Many of the software updates are expected to be tailored for digital services such as video streaming that Apple is rolling out to lessen its iPhone dependence.

The software showcase is an annual rite. This year, however, Apple is grappling with its biggest challenge since its visionary co-founder, Steve Jobs, died nearly eight years ago.

Although it’s still popular, the iPhone is no longer reliably driving Apple’s profits the way it has for the past decade. Sales have fallen sharply for the past two quarters, and could suffer another blow if China’s government targets the iPhone in retaliation for the trade war being waged by President Donald Trump.

Another potential problem looms. Regulatory complaints and a consumer lawsuit both question whether Apple has been abusing the power of its iPhone app store to thwart competition and gouge smaller technology companies that rely on it to attract users and sell their services.

Apple is trying to adapt by squeezing money from digital services tailored for the more than 900 million iPhones currently in use. As part of that effort, Apple is supplementing its music streaming service with a video gaming bundle and a Netflix-like video streaming service scheduled to debut this fall.

The Monday event is expected to usher out the iTunes software that Apple rolled out 16 years ago to sell and manage digital music for the iPod, which paved the way for the iPhone.

Apple has already phased out the iTunes from the iPhone and iPad, but now it’s expected to do the same on the Mac and other personal computers. Instead of iTunes, separate apps for music, video and podcasts are expected to be offered for computers, mirroring how Apple already handles those services on mobile devices.

Apple also is expected to provide a glimpse at a separate app store for its smartwatch to lessen its dependence on the iPhone. It is also likely to show off updates to a wide range of built-in iPhone apps for maps, books, messaging and finding missing devices.

More features are also expected for Apple’s 2-year-old toolkit for creating augmented reality apps, which project digital fabrications into the real world. Although augmented reality remains a small niche, Apple is hoping the concept will catch on, potentially setting the stage for a new headset that analysts expect within the next few years.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been promoting the promise of augmented reality, but hasn’t publicly confirmed that Apple is working on an AR headset.


close






Oh hi there πŸ‘‹
It’s nice to meet you.

Sign up to receive awesome content in your inbox.

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

Latest News

NFR to feature 14 competitors with Tarleton connections

The 2020 edition of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association National Finals Rodeo has a distinct Tarleton State University flair, the university said in a...

Merriam-Webster’s top word of 2020 not a shocker: pandemic

By LEANNE ITALIE Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) β€” If you were to choose a word that rose above most in 2020, which word would...

GM walks away from stake in electric vehicle maker Nikola

NEW YORK (AP) β€” General Motors will not take an initial stake in the electric vehicle company Nikola, which announced Monday that it would...

DoorDash looking for a valuation of nearly $30B

NEW YORK (AP) β€” DoorDash is looking for a valuation of nearly $30 billion when it takes itself public, reflecting how integral food delivery...

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to leave telecom agency on January 20

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican, says he is leaving the telecommunications regulator on Inauguration Day. President-elect Joe Biden will choose a new...