16-inch MacBook Pro, 31-inch 6K display, iPhones w/ upgraded Face ID & bilateral wireless charging coming in 2019 says Kuo

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is out with a new investore notes this evening. Kuo says that Apple will release new iPads, a new 16-inch MacBook Pro, a 31-inch 6K monitor, iPhones with bilateral charging and more in 2019.

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Skype for Android and iOS gets video filters, 3D Touch support on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus

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Microsoft today updated its Skype for Android and iOS apps with video message filters and 3D touch support on the new iPhones. You can download the new apps now directly from Google Play and Apple’s App Store (iPhone, iPad).

First up, the apps are getting video message filters, which are essentially video effects that you can add on top of your Skype video messages. Skype has had video messages — short clips you can send to your Skype contacts to be viewed at any time — for a while now, but you couldn’t do much with them beyond recording and sending.

Now, you can tap the filter wand at the bottom left of the video message window, choose a filter to see it in action, and then hit the record button. You can add balloons, change the appearance of your face, or even apply a negative filter.

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iOS users are getting the bigger update. Skype has added a bunch of iOS 9 features for the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus:

  • 3D Touch the Skype icon on your home screen for quick access to our most used features — search your Skype contacts, start a call or chat, and access the Skype dial pad. Clicking any of these options takes you to that task in Skype instantly.
  • Once you’re in the app, you can 3D Touch a Recent conversation to Peek the latest instant messages or live video if you’re on a call. Swiping up reveals more actions and a harder press will Pop the conversation into the foreground.
  • If you’re in a conversation and someone shares their location, a photo, URL or contact, you can 3D Touch to Peek it, then swipe up to reveal more actions or harder press to Pop it into the foreground.

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Skype for iPhone and iPad now also lets you hide and delete chats by swiping the contact or tapping Edit — you can also delete the entire chat history from within any conversation by using the chat menu. Lastly, you can now share a Skype contact by tapping the contact card icon in a conversation to open your contact list.

Unfortunately, Skype once again has apparently excluded Windows users from the mix. We’ve asked Microsoft for more information on when Skype for Windows will get these features.

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Is the iPhone 6S a smash hit? Apple may offer clues Tuesday

Apple reports its latest quarterly results on Tuesday. But let’s face it, all anyone really cares about is how the new iPhones did.Preorders for the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus kicked off September 12, and the company’s fiscal fourth quarter ended September 26. This means that Apple cannot offer a full quarter’s worth of results Tuesday and that industry watchers are instead anxiously awaiting the sales forecast for the current quarter.

Apple doesn’t provide estimates for its iPhone sales, but it’s easy to draw conclusions from its revenue forecast because smartphones now represent about two-thirds of its sales. Those numbers and potentially a few candid comments from Apple’s executives could offer up some clues.

The hints will indicate how well the new iPhones are expected to sell in the critical holiday shopping quarter. More importantly, they will help answer the question of whether the Cupertino, California, company and its iPhones have lost a bit of their swagger as consumer enthusiasm for smartphones cools.

The worry is Apple won’t sell as many smartphones as it did the year before. That fear isn’t unfounded. The entire smartphone market is slowing, and China, a key market for the company, has faced volatility in recent months. One-time highfliers Samsung and HTC have struggled, and it’s unclear whether Apple will get dragged down with them.

Apple is expected to sell 48.7 million iPhones in its fiscal fourth quarter, according to a poll by Fortune.

“The recent 6S launch is shaping up to be nothing short of a success, but Apple is used to smartphone market conquests, and the 6S line is falling short(er than the iPhone 6),” Argus Insights CEO John Feland said Friday in a blog post.

Apple declined to comment ahead of its results.

The iPhone has been Apple’s biggest moneymaker for years, but it has become even more important since last year’s introduction of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple’s first big-screen smartphones. Those devices have become Apple’s best-selling products of all time, and they helped Apple report the highest quarterly profit of any public company — ever — in the quarter that ended last December. In those three months, Apple sold a record 74.5 million iPhones, 46 percent more than a year earlier.

When Apple made its fiscal fourth-quarter revenue forecast in July, though, the number wasn’t quite as strong as analysts had anticipated. It didn’t help that iPhone sales also disappointed in its third quarter.

Eyes on China

One of the biggest worries for Apple is the slowdown in China, the world’s largest iPhone market. A stock market crash in China and concerns about a slowdown in consumer spending have left Apple vulnerable.

“China has reached saturation — its phone market is essentially driven by replacement, with fewer first-time buyers,” tech research firm Gartner said in August.

Much of the mobile industry’s growth in the future will come from developing markets like India, where it’s harder for people to afford pricey iPhones.

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d},xa=function(a,b){ya(a,b,1,a.S,0,l(function(){var a={creative_index:this.s.getIndex(),undo_pingback_url:Z(this,"user_feedback_undo","1")};this.s.fireOnObject("multislot_mute_collapse",a)},a))};V.prototype.U=function(){this.m++;this.g.resetAll()};V.prototype.T=function(){0In a rare move, CEO Tim Cook emailed CNBC host Jim Cramer in August to say that despite concerns, Apple had “continued to experience strong growth for our business in China through July and August.” He added that growth in iPhone activations had “actually accelerated over the past few weeks” and that Apple’s App Store posted its best performance of the year in China during the two weeks before his email.

Another sign that it may not be all doom and gloom: Apple revealed last month that it sold 13 million units of the new smartphones in the first three days they were available. That’s up from 10 million a year ago when the previous models first hit stores. Apple benefited this time around from offering its new iPhones in China at the same time they debuted elsewhere.

“We admit that last year’s iPhone success may present [a] tough…comparison for the coming quarter,” Oppenheimer analyst Andrew Uerkwitz said. “However, we think this is too shortsighted a view. We believe Apple’s unique advantages in ecosystem and user experience protect it from a slower smartphone market and macro concerns.”

We’ll find out just how protected Apple is on Tuesday.

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New iPhone 6s Ads Tout New Camera And “Hey Siri” Tech, Boast Jamie Foxx And Steph Curry Cameos

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Apple just unveiled three new ads showing off a few of the new features on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Unlike past ads focusing exclusively on the aggressively hipster everyman, these ads feature some major star power.

The first ad focuses entirely on the new iPhone 6s camera, as well as the 4k video recording and live photos feature. The ad highlights how the new camera and accompanying apps change how the user is able to “take a photo, find a photo, share a photo” and more.

Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry makes a cameo in this ad as well, showing off both his jump shot and the new slow-motion HD video recording tech on the 6s.

In addition to the camera ad, Apple showed off a couple quick 15-seconds clips of Jamie Foxx demonstrating the “Hey Siri” functionality of the new iPhones.

These ads are definitely looking to be super cutesy and don’t really attempt to show off any real world use cases. They’re more about getting users used to talking with Siri hands-free, now possible thanks to the new iPhones’ M9 motion coprocessor technology that allows Siri to always be ready to chat without ever significantly draining your battery life.

The first one, titled “Crush,” is a bit weird, though I must say Jamie Foxx and Siri in a Her sequel would make my 2015.

The second one, called “Flip a coin,” is pretty funny, with Foxx asking Siri to flip a coin as he struggles to choose which script to go with.

Apple’s latest iPhones went on sale late last month and beat expectations selling over 13 million devices in their first weekend of sales.

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Samsung releases new pink Note 5 to combat iPhone 6S in South Korea

The South Korean electronics giant is bringing two new colours of the Galaxy Note 5 to its home country — just in time for the iPhone 6S’ October 23 launch.

The premium smartphone battleground hit a new level of intensity last month when Apple began its ongoing worldwide rollout of the iPhone 6S, which on October 23 will finally hit South Korea. Local giant Samsung, however, is looking to make its Californian rival fight for every inch of marketshare.

On Thursday, the South Korean company announced it will be releasing the Galaxy Note 5 in two new colours, titanium silver and pink gold. Particularly noteworthy is the pink gold variant, which seems to be a direct response to Apple’s rose gold iPhone 6S.

Though the announcement only pertained to South Korea, a Samsung spokesperson told CNET that “the introduction of new colour variations for the Galaxy Note 5 will gradually be expanded to other Asian countries but release details are still being worked out.”

The smartphone, which has been praised for its strong build quality and camera, now comes in five colours: the new two options, as well as the original gold platinum, black sapphire and white pearl.

Samsung certainly has reason to boost its lineup ahead of Apple’s new offering. 13 million iPhone 6S units were sold during the device’s first weekend of availability globally. Meanwhile, market analysts at TrendForce expect that Samsung’s global smartphone shipments in 2015 will see a 1 percent decline from 2014, following seven straight quarters of falling profits for the company, which is still the industry marketshare leader.

This move also isn’t the only market-specific release from the company. On Wednesday the company unveiled the Z3, a 5-inch smartphone that runs on Samsung’s own Tizen operating system aimed at India’s budget phone market, with a selling price of 8,490 rupees ($130, AU$180 or £85).

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The iPhone 6S camera is a huge storage hog (but it might be worth it)

With a 12-megapixel camera, 4K video recording, and a new kind of photo that bursts into life when you press down on the screen, it’s natural to think that photos on the new Apple iPhone 6S might use up more space than its predecessors. But you might not be prepared for just how big the impact on your storage space can be.

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