eXtensions - Wednesday 26 October 2016
iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 Arrive in Thailand - Includes Q4 2016 Results (Bangkok Post, Life)
By Graham K. Rogers
And this week, there were updates to all four of Apple's operating systems: iOS (10.1), with the new Portrait option for the iPhone 7 Plus; macOS (10.12.1); WatchOS 3.1; and Apple's tvOS 10.0.1.
Apple Fourth Quarter ResultsThe following is an extract from a press release from Apple put out earlier today. . . .
The Company posted quarterly revenue of $46.9 billion and quarterly net income of $9 billion, or $1.67 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $51.5 billion and net income of $11.1 billion, or $1.96 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 38 percent compared to 39.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 62 percent of the quarter's revenue.
Apple declared a cash dividend of $0.57 per share. Guidance for the next quarter is for revenue of between $76 billion and $78 billion
The iPhone 7Last Friday, the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 were released in Thailand, although the iPhone 7 Plus was completely sold out beforehand. Delivery for these is currently about 3 weeks or more. Despite what some insist, there have been several changes to the iPhone, starting with the A10 Fusion chip with its 4 cores: 2 are used for heavy processing, such as games; the other 2 are dedicated to efficient operations of general applications, like mail. Some think the A10 could power a Mac.
iPhone 7 in Black - Closeup of lens (right)
iPhone 7 Plus in Jet Black - Closeup of double camera and lens system (right)
Considerable improvements have been made to the cameras and their software. The iPhone 7 models have 6-element lenses, and improved aperture of 1.8, as well as better low light sensitivity. The photographs I have taken in the last few days have brighter colours and are also sharper. The 4.7" iPhone also has image stabilisation, previously only available on Plus models. That helps in low light conditions, but is a major plus for videos.
iPhone 7 with Apple case
I also took videos with the iPhone 7 Plus (also uploaded). The camera system in this device has two lenses (3.9mm and 6.6mm): standard and x2 zoom. A small icon on the screen changes optical input. Holding the icon and moving a finger on the screen, makes digital zoom available up to x10. Optical images are sharp and clear. Pushing the zoom to maximum will show noise and digital artefacts, particularly in low light. In the few days I have been using these new iPhones, I am pleased with the better output I am able to produce.
To make sure everyone was covered, Apple included a Lightning-to-analog adapter in the box. It works fine, of course. I also tried this with the blood-glucose analyzer I have: data output is unaffected.
The Apple Watch Series 2There are several changes also to the new Apple Watch and it is clear that Cupertino has been paying attention. The data appears on the sharper screen much quicker and the wait for something to happen is much shorter. Where I have been finding the most improvements is with the messaging - always a key feature of the Watch for me - and with apps for health and fitness.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)
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