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Apple has made some big changes in recent months – here’s a look at the top new hires and moves you might have missed

For Apple, 2019 is already shaping up to be a year marked by change. Following the company’s announcement in November that it would no longer break out iPhone unit sales in earnings reports, the firm is making several key leadership changes as it prioritizes other emerging product segments like digital services, artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles, which The Wall Street Journaloutlined in a report on Monday. The changes are likely part of an ongoing effort by Apple to reduce its reliance on the iPhone as it grapples with plummeting smartphone sales. Here’s a look at…

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Healthcare tech firm Epic Systems says it won’t consider any Apple buyout offer

“We’re not going to do that,” Judy Faulkner told Healthcare IT News at a conference earlier this week. “It was just very gratifying that not a single health system contacted us about it and said they were worried. They all said they laughed.” The executive was responding to CNBC “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer, who argued that Apple should buy Epic since it sells medical record software to major U.S. hospitals. Apple launched a Health Records feature in March 2018, allowing encrypted patient data to be saved in the iOS Health app for quick access…

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Warren Buffett reduced stake in Apple at end of 2018

Legendary investor Warren Buffett reduced his position in Apple to 249.6 million shares as of Dec. 31, with the reporting period ending just days before the tech giant announced it would miss first quarter revenue guidance due to sluggish iPhone sales. The “Oracle of Omaha” divulged the figure in a Schedule 13-F issued to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday. A separate 13-G, mandatory for parties who own more than 5 percent of a public company’s outstanding stock, notes Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway holds shared voting power in Apple amounting…

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Apple names first head of marketing for augmented reality

Apple veteran Frank Casanova was recently named senior director of worldwide product marketing for augmented reality, the company’s first such position related to the burgeoning AR field. Casanova has been serving in the newly created post for less than a month, according to his LinkedIn profile. The position, officially referenced as Senior Director, Worldwide Product Marketing, is “responsible for all aspects of Product Marketing for Apple’s Augmented Reality initiative,” the profile reads. A longtime Apple executive, Casanova first joined the company in 1997 as senior director of MacOS X Graphics, Audio…

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Apple Loop: Classic iPhone Returns To Save Apple, AirPods 2’s Healthy Bonus, iPhone’s Sneaky Secret

Taking a look back at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes a classic iPhone going back on sale, new iPhone features leak, FaceTime security addressed, a sneaky 5G secret, new health features for AirPods 2, iPad special offers, and saying goodbye to an Apple executive. Apple Loop is here to remind you of a few of the very many discussions that have happened around Apple over the last seven days (and you can read my weekly digest of Android news here on Forbes).…

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Apple Leak Reveals Shock New iPhone Release

While Apple AAPL -1.88% has a history of leaking new iPhones, but now leaks outside the company’s control have revealed two shock iPhone releases are coming as soon as next month… The (almost infallible) German site WinFuture breaks this news, reporting multiple new iPhone models are being widely reported in the supply chain of German retailers. But it’s not what you think. Apple iPhone XI conceptCONCEPT CREATOR WinFuture explains that Apple is modifying both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 to such an extent that they require specific new model numbers, such as ‘MN482ZD’ and ‘MQ6K2ZD’. But…

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Apple can reach $1 trillion again if it launches a “media bundle” in 2019, says Morgan Stanley

As Apple rebounds from its first earnings call predicated with a guidance revision in 16 years, many analysts remain skeptical of the company’s ability to regain its trillion-dollar status. Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty, however, offers a different take, via CNBC.  Huberty believes that if Apple successfully launches a so called “media bundle” in 2019, comprised of music, television streaming and a Texture news subscription, the company will see significant growth as the bank currently targets AAPL’s 12 month share price at $211. For reference, AAPL closed at just over $166 on Friday with a $785 billion market cap.…

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Apple iOS 12.1.4 Release Has A Nasty Surprise

If your iPhone is running any of the last four iOS 12 updates, you’re in big trouble. What’s more, Apple AAPL +1.09% has now confirmed a nasty surprise about iOS 12.1.4 which was meant to ride to your rescue… ‘Great Secret Features’ and ‘Nasty Surprises’ are my regular columns investigating the best features / biggest problems hidden behind the headlines. Apple iPhones have a serious bug which allows their owners to be spied on by any contactAPPLE Speaking to MacRumors, Apple has stated it wants to “sincerely apologize” to all iPhone customers who have been hit…

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Apple disables Group FaceTime following major security flaw

Apple has temporarily disabled its Group FaceTime feature in iOS and macOS to fix a major security flaw. A bug in Apple’s FaceTime video calling feature has allowed anyone to call a phone or Mac and listen in before the other person picks up. The flaw works by adding yourself to a FaceTime call before the recipient picks up, tricking FaceTime into thinking it’s an active call and forcing the person you’re actually calling to start transmitting audio. Apple has now disabled the Group FaceTime feature on the server side, and reports suggest this…

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Apple highlights iPad Pro’s productivity prowess in new ad series

Published to Apple’s official YouTube channel, the five shorts run just over a minute each and highlight unique iPad Pro capabilities including powerful hardware, integration with Apple Pencil, access to a bevy of iOS apps and more. Like previous “how to” ads from Apple, the iPad Pro spots released today highlight both first- and third-party software. Each commercial was filmed, edited and designed on iPad Pro. The first ad, “A new way to take notes,” shows what users can do with iPad Pro’s Smart Keyboard Folio, Apple Pencil and note taking…

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