Although the Apple Car — which, remember, Apple has never even confirmed — reportedly won't roll out until 2021, according to IHS Automotive forecasts, 55% of annual global new vehicle sales in 2020 will be vehicles that are connected.
At that time, nearly half of the global fleet of vehicles in operation will be connected. Findings from a new IHS Automotive global consumer survey indicate that new advanced technologies and increased connectivity are driving consumer preferences as they consider new vehicles. More than 4,000 vehicle owners intending to purchase a new vehicle within the next 36 months were surveyed, representing four key automotive markets – the U.S., China, Germany and the United Kingdom.
Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are the most desired feature among global survey respondents, although consumers don’t want to pay for these advancements, according to IHS. ADAS are systems developed to automate/adapt/enhance vehicle systems for safety and better driving. Safety features are designed to avoid collisions and accidents by offering technologies that alert the driver to potential problems, or to avoid collisions by implementing safeguards and taking over control of the vehicle.
Adaptive features may automate lighting, provide adaptive cruise control, automate braking, incorporate GPS/ traffic warnings, connect to smartphones, alert driver to other cars or dangers, keep the driver in the correct lane, or show what is in blind spots.
Traditionally packaged within vehicles as part of optional features like leather seats and high-end infotainment systems, consumers expect advanced safety systems to be included in new vehicles at no charge since electronic stability control systems and pre-charged brakes have become standard equipment on a global scale, according to IHS.
However, of the global audience, U.S. consumers are most willing to pay for ADAS features, indicating they would be willing to spend between $427 and $505 at the time of vehicle purchase, depending on the feature, notes the research group. This is in line with current market prices. Consumers in other regions are less willing to pay market prices for these technologies in their next vehicle.
Seventy-four percent of consumers who currently own a vehicle with an infotainment system are willing to pay for software updates that improve or add functionality to their vehicle, and the response was universally global. In the US, 89% of millennials surveyed indicated they would pay for a software update – and more than 90% of millennials in China agreed they would be willing to pay, notes IHS.
When using smartphones in vehicles, the most often used apps by consumers while in their vehicle were those intended for navigation (think Apple Maps), as indicated by 52% of respondents globally. Apps for weather were second, with 41%cof respondents, and 37% of consumers reported using both music and news apps while in their vehicles.
Not surprisingly, these features are the most popular for embedded displays in audio and navigation systems. Interestingly, podcasting apps registered very low among the audience surveyed, despite a recent resurgence in popularity.
Navigation apps are particularly popular in China with 56% of respondents using this, compared to respondents in Germany (55%) and in the U.S. (54%). In China, the breakneck construction of new roads and highways likely makes drivers more dependent on navigation apps.
China also diverged from the other regional respondents by being more likely to use music apps (43%), social networking (37%) and driver’s aids (30%) in the car when compared to average. However, communications apps are much more popular in Germany (33%), China (24%) and the UK (20%) when compared to the U.S. (14 percent).
Nearly one third of survey respondents in all age categories indicated they would ride in a self-driving vehicle and purchase one. An additional 25% suggested that while they would indeed ride in one, they would not purchase one.
However, millennials are excited about autonomy – when analyzing responses from millennials, more than half are ready to be driven in one and would purchase one; while nearly 75% are comfortable with artificial intelligence driving the vehicle. Recent IHS automotive forecasts indicate 21 million vehicles with some form of autonomy will be sold in 2035. With substantial growth between now and then, it's possible millennials could make up a large share of the initial customer base for these advanced vehicles.
Parkopedia, a global parking services provider, says it’s providing its parking services to Apple Maps on OS X and iOS devices. Apple Maps users will be able to view key information about parking garages and lots around the world.
In addition, users will have the option to click through to Parkopedia's website and iOS app to view more detailed information including pricing, user reviews, special offers and real-time space availability. They will also be able to make reservations.
Parkopedia is used by millions of drivers and organizations such as BMW, Ford, Garmin, Jaguar Land Rover, Peugeot, Toyota, Volvo, and VW. It provides static information on 40 million parking spaces in over 150,000 facilities across 6000 cities in 75 countries — including real-time parking space availability information in over 500 cities in 30 countries.
The service allows drivers to find the closest parking to their destination, tells them how much it will cost and whether the space is available. Parkopedia also allows drivers to pay for parking online, through a mobile app and in-car.
Apple plans to open its first retail store in Mexico later this year at the Centro Santa Fe mall, reports AppleInsider.
“The Santa Fe location is expected to feature a ‘next generation’ design language with space for a Genius Bar, custom wooden cabinetry for accessories, iconic wooden tables and an ample sales floor,” the article adds. “Whether the outlet will rate the 37-foot, custom built TV display Apple has been installing as part of larger U.S. and international Apple Store renovations is unknown.”
Apple is also planning its first retail store in Taiwan. With the opening of these stores, Apple will have 486 retail stores in 20 countries and an online store available in 39 countries. What’s more, India Prime Minister Narendra Modi is reportedly clearing the way for Apple to open its first retail store in that country.
Australia's three biggest banks, including the top lender, National Australia Bank, have lodged a joint application with anti-trust regulators seeking approval to collectively negotiate with Apple to install their own electronic payments applications on iPhones, reports Reuters.
Apple, which operates its Apple Pay mobile payment service, doesn’t allow third-party electronic payment apps to be installed on the smartphone. The banks are seeking to be able to negotiate jointly for access to Apple's phones without themselves being accused of violating anti-competition law, according to Reuters.
On a related note, last November banks in Australia said they weren’t too keen on the idea of giving Apple a bit of the US$2 billion they earn annually from interchange fees, noted the Sydney Morning Herald. In the US, Apple earns close to 15¢ on every $100 of transactions. Apple wants for a similar number in Australia, and the Aussies aren’t having it. Why? Well, interchange fees in the US are (or at least were, at the time of the SMH article) about $1 for every $100 of transactions, while in Australia, those fees are only about half that amount.
Apple Pay is now available in the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia, China, Singapore, Switzerland, France, and Hong Kong.
Two months ago, I promised to give you the lowdown on my favorite iOS language learning app. But there was a catch: at the time, I didn’t know which one to pick. So, I spent hours researching iOS language apps, both free and paid, before deciding on three to take for a spin: Duolingo, which is free to use, plus Babbel and Rosetta Stone, both of which come with a brief trial period, but require a monthly subscription thereafter. I dedicated myself to using each app for 20 minutes a day, on my iPhone or iPad, for two months, with the intention of uncovering which one I liked the most… or at the very least, which one ticked me off the least.
By Aaron Lee
Questions about data sovereignty, data security and cloud computing are important issues are important for every person who has an email account — and that includes you. Technichor's Horcrux Email Backup for Mac users lets you automatically keep you data rather than surrendering it to third party services.
The data stored with some email providers actually belongs to the provider, not to the user. As a result, some folks have been surprised to discover that they've lost access to their data without any recourse.
Horcrux is a background app that takes daily snapshots of email account states similar to the way Apple's Time Machine works with your Mac. The app allows you to browse the emails and undelete specific emails. In case you accidentally delete an important email, you can undelete it with a click.
Another feature of Horcrux is the option it gives people to change email providers without losing all prior data. Horcrux will migrate all the emails to another email service, retaining all tags and hierarchies.
Horcrux uses the standard IMAP protocol to access your emails. This means it works on just about all email providers such as Apple Mail, Gmail, iCloud, Outlook and Exchange. You can add a plethora of email accounts. Backups will be made in the frequency you set in Horcrux.
If you want to make sure that you've got backup copies of your emails in case your email provider doesn't do its job — or in case your email boxes get trashed — Horcrux can be a lifesaver.
Horcrux Email Backup requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs $14.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
Another quarter brings with it Apple financial results–nearly $8 billion in profit this time, despite a whole lot of tough year-over-year sales and revenue comparisons. But as a part of the results we also get the chance to hear directly from Apple’s executives, in the quarterly ritual of the conference call with analysts. There’s always good stuff to be gleaned from this call, and this quarter was no exception. Here’s what we learned.Optimism about the iPhone buying cycle
Combine the changes to the way people buy smartphones (especially in the United States) with the sales fall-off from the iPhone 6 to the iPhone 6s, and a lot of people are worried that the buying cycle of the iPhone is going to be elongated. In other words, while your average smartphone buyer might have purchased a new phone every two years in the past, maybe that person will now stick with their old phone for three or four years. If that’s true, that’s going to result in reduced sales for Apple–and that will have a huge impact on Apple’s botom line.
Digital payments using wearables devices such as the combination of Apple Pay and the Apple Watch will drive more than $500 billion in transaction volume annually by 2020, according to Tractica. That will be up from $3.1 billion in 2015.
The market intelligence firm anticipates that, by 2020, wearable payments will represent approximately 20% of the total mobile proximity transaction volume and about 1% of total cashless transactions in retail.
“Wearable payments are just getting started,” says research director Aditya Kaul. “Apple Pay for the Apple Watch is the first big effort at enabling payments with the wrist.”
I’m away on vacation this week and too far away from my servers to make our last two NetInstall episodes work, so this week we’ll take a look at QuickBooks Self-Employed. Next week it’s back to the NetInstall service.
It’s been about a year and a half since I last looked at QuickBooks Self-Employed, Intuit’s business finance app aimed directly at self-employed business owners that don’t have a corporation and who often have their personal finances mingled with their business finances.
Natasha Scott asks about finding a simple way to work between two different versions of Pages: Pages ’09 (version 4) and Pages 5. She writes:
From my research online it appears that they do not work compatibly together; I need to be able to open the documents he sends to me and edit them.
I was also curious if there was any way for me to download the version of Pages ’09 so that I have the same version my work associate has.
You’ve got a few different ways to sort this out, but I’ll start with the second question first, as it may be simpler. While Apple no longer sells the iWork ’09 suite, of which Pages ’09 is a part, third-party sellers offer it via Amazon and other sources. Looking at Amazon, I see a number of “new” copies available for about $20. (Check the New box under Condition in the far left column of the Amazon page.) I wouldn’t buy “open box” copies, and I’d only purchase from sellers with high ratings and a history at Amazon. As of El Capitan, Pages ’09 still runs just fine.
The Oppo PM-2 are all-around spectacular headphones, as well they should be considering their $699 price tag. These cans deliver an uncolored, neutral, and engaging musical presentation with an uncanny knack of revealing the finest details from just about any musical source. While you can drive them with a smartphone, you’ll be duly rewarded by pairing the PM-2 with the highest-quality headphone amplifier or digital audio player you can afford (we review four of the best DAPs in this story).
Apple CEO Tim Cook says his company is “high on AR.” During Apple’s quarterly conference call with Wall Street analysts, he demurred from saying augmented reality will be the next so-called platform, but said, “regardless, [AR] will be huge.”
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If you’ve been wondering how to find Pikachu, Scyther, Electabuzz, or any other rare Pokémon, you might not have to wait much longer: new crowdsourced Pokémon Go maps are teaching players how to find Pokémon in Pokémon Go.
But the best Pokémon Go map doesn’t use crowdsourcing at all: it pulls directly from the data that developer Niantic sends to the Pokémon Go clients. Right now, we’re saying that the best Pokémon Go map is Pokévision, which provides a real-time look at the Pokémon spawning around you, and more importantly, when they’ll de-spawn or vanish. Pokévision is just a teeny bit difficult to use, but it’s terrific—when the servers are online, that is. (Our story has more tips on how to use it.)
If you want the best Pokémon Go map, why not use the game’s servers to tell you where to find Pokémon? That’s the aim of Pokévision, which claims to use the the game’s own API to discover the Pokémon in your midst.
Pokévision’s premise is simple: It taps the game’s API to provide a real-time “cheat sheet” pointing to the locations of the nearest Pokémon in Pokémon Go. Each Pokémon location comes with a timer; when that timer expires, the Pokémon de-spawns and disappears.
“Find all Pokémon near you (or a selected target location) in real time for Pokémon Go. Pokémon nearby will be marked along with their appearance timer on the map,” the Pokévision site claims. “These are real-time Pokemon locations, meaning they are currently live and can be found exactly at the marked spots.”