Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) often focuses on hardware as the company uses its spotlight to showcase its latest new gadgets. But this year's event, which kicks off Monday, will almost surely center on software and services.
The Wirecard Group and MyOrder (a Rabobank company) sought to hammer another nail in the coffin of operator-led mobile payment services with the launch of the wireless equivalent of a shared kitty in the Netherlands.
Apple and Google are each revising their revenue-sharing models for mobile apps. And the shift is all about recurring revenues.
Huawei aims to be the top-selling smartphone vendor in the world in the next few years, passing No. 1 Samsung and second-place Apple. But the Chinese company will likely have to make big strides in the U.S. to do so.
Apple has introduced new tools and capabilities designed to help developers "engage with new and existing customers on the App Store." Developers aren't so sure that the capabilities are a plus for them, however.
The U.S. Department of Justice filed a legal brief asking the Supreme Court to return Apple's high-profile patent case against Samsung to a trial court for more litigation, according to Reuters, and overturn an earlier ruling in favor of the iPhone vendor.
Apple received good news from Telia Denmark, which announced that the U.S. smartphone maker's devices remained among the most popular with its customers during May.
Last September, much ado was made about a feature in Apple's iOS 9 which made it possible to build and install ad blocking apps on Apple devices-- which would keep ads from showing up within the Safari browser or in apps' "webview" component. However, their impact appears to be negligible.
IDC predicted worldwide smartphone shipments will grow at a sluggish 3.1 percent clip in 2016, revising a previous forecast that had pegged the market to grow at 5.7 percent this year.
Apple moved into the third spot in global set-top revenue in 2015, up from ninth place the year prior, thanks to hot sales of the Apple TV OTT device and industry consolidation.