Tim Cook calls self-driving cars ‘mother of all AI problems’


And here it is in all its glory.
Cook confirms that Apple is interested in autonomous systems for cars.
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Tim Cook has shared some details on Apple’s electric car plans, describing self-driving cars as “the mother of all AI projects.”

“We’re focusing on autonomous systems,” Cook said in an interview with Bloomberg Television, which was conducted on June 5, but only published online today. “It’s a core technology that we view as very important … It’s probably one of the most difficult A.I. projects actually to work on.”

China is losing interest in the iPhone


Tim Cook meets with Apple Store employees in China.
Tim Cook meets with Apple store employees in China.
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Tim Cook hasn’t been shy about proclaiming China Apple’s future biggest market, but right now it’s causing the most problems.

According to analysts at Oppenheimer, Apple’s “Reality Distortion Field” is fading in China, as iPhone sales drop 20 percent. That’s at least twice as bad as any other market.

Apple tells Chinese app makers to cut tips or pay up


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Apple wants to take its cut of the money Chinese app users send as tips to content creators.
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Apple has risked upsetting customers in China by revealing plans to take a percentage of donations that are sent to content creators on social media, via the “tip” function of local apps like WeChat.

Apple previously told developers to disable the feature, but it has since reconsidered and decided that this represents an opportunity to make some money. Since they are considered in-app purchases, Apple wants to take its usual 30 percent cut of payments.

Trouble in China, iPhone slump and other Apple earnings surprises


How will investors respond to Apple's relatively flat earnings?
How will investors respond to Apple's relatively flat earnings?
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Apple’s Q2 earnings report for 2017 just barely beat Wall Street’s expectations when the numbers were revealed this afternoon, but there are plenty of reasons to still be optimistic about AAPL.

During the company’s call with investors today, Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri discussed some of the struggles the company experienced last quarter, from slumping iPhone sales to economic headwinds in China.

Here are the biggest takeaways:

Apple beats expectations in Q2 2017 earnings report


Apple is raking in the cash.
Apple is raking in the cash.
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Apple just posted its earnings for Q2 2017 and while the numbers aren’t as monstrous as last quarter’s, there’s a lot to love in the new report.

With revenues hitting $52.9 billion, Apple returned to growth for the second straight quarter with $11 billion in profit. iPhone sales were down year-over-year, but Apple CEO Tim Cook says demand for the iPhone 7 Plus is still high.

What to expect from Apple’s Q2 2017 earnings report


Tim Cook and Luca Maestri will reveal Apple's Q2 earnings.
Apple made a ton of money last quarter.
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Leaked iPhone 8 schematic reveals dual-lens front camera and more


We hope the next iPhone is this beautiful.
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Another alleged iPhone 8 schematic has leaked out of China, providing new details about Apple’s upcoming handset — including the tech behind its wireless charging capability.

The supposed iPhone 8 drawing surfaced on Weibo today. Unlike the last two schematics that leaked, this one includes detailed labeling of each part, revealing a dual-lens camera in the front and wireless charging in the back.

iPhone growth stalls as Chinese smartphones surge


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The RED iPhone 7 hasn't given sales a boost.
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Growth in the smartphone industry isn’t dead yet, according to the latest report from the International Data Corporation which found smartphone shipments grew more than expected last quarter.

IDC predicted shipments would rise 3.6%, but the industry actually saw 4.3% growth in Q1 2017. Unfortunately for Apple, most of the increase in shipments were triggered by a couple of Chinese companies.

Didi Chuxing may cure world of traffic jams, says Tim Cook


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Tim Cook catches a cab with Didi Chuxing's Chuxing's Jean Liu.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook had nothing but high praise for Didi Chuxing CEO Jean Liu in an exert he wrote about her for Time magazine.

Liu was named one of Time’s 100 most influential people of 2017. Cook, who sits on Didi’s board, was asked to write about Liu and said that her taxi-hailing startup is changing how people in China connect and commute with its convenience and flexibility.