There are four smaller stories out today that’s just perfect for our “At the End of the Day” report and the first one is about Apple’s next Financial Conference being set for November first. Apple announced today that they’ll host a conference call to discuss their fourth quarter results on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m. ET. Next up is Apple’s support for contactless student ID cards in Wallet.
Apple Adds support for Contactless Student ID Cards in Wallet
Apple posted a press release today stating that “Starting today, students at three universities are among the first to enjoy the convenience of using just their iPhone and Apple Watch to get around on and off campus. At Duke University and the Universities of Alabama and Oklahoma, students can now add their ID card to Apple Wallet and use it to pay quickly and easily for laundry, coffee or lunch, and even get into their dorms, the gym or the school library.” For more on this click here.
Apple brings more than 70 new emoji to iPhone with iOS 12.1
In a second press release today Apple stated that “More than 70 new emoji will be coming soon to iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac, including new characters with red hair, gray hair and curly hair, a new emoji for bald people, more emotive smiley faces and additional emoji representing animals, sports and food. The new emoji are available in today’s developer and public beta previews of iOS 12.1, and will be available in upcoming software updates for iOS, macOS and watchOS.” For more on this including more emoji graphics, click here.
Samsung Electronics third-quarter profit seen at record – but not because of Galaxy Phones
Reuters is reporting that Samsung Electronics is set to post a hefty jump in third-quarter profits due to OLED sales to Apple and its chip unit putting in a sterling performance on demand from data centers and improved production yields. Yet in South Korea, the press is singing another tune.
One report from Business Korea today is forecasting that Samsung’s operating profit will drop about 20% or more from their last quarter. For this coming quarter Apple is bound to hurt Samsung on the high-end of the scale with their new iPhone XS and XS Max while Chinese vendors like Huawei, Oppo and Xiaomi will hurt them in the low to mid-market sector. Samsung is hoping that their new A7 will be able to keep them competitive in China and India where they’ve lost real market share.
While on the topic of Samsung, there’s another annoying story that came to light in Korea today. Last month Patently Apple posted a report titled “Samsung’s Rumored Folding Phone is to Generate Buzz for their Developer Conference in November.” Today we’re learning that Samsung is likely to weasel out.
According to the Korea Times “Samsung Electronics may provide a sneak preview of its upcoming foldable phone, an official from the tech giant said Tuesday. “We may provide partial information of the foldable phone at the Samsung Developer Conference (SDC) in November, but the finished product won’t be available there,” a Samsung official said.”
Samsung is continuing to play a silly game of Russian Roulette with the press and possibly future customers by continually promising that they possess and are about to unleash an advanced next-gen foldable smartphone and then extend the time line for its arrival. Here’s to hoping that Huawei beats Samsung to market with a folding phone just to end this never ending Samsung saga.