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This is Business Live from BBC News with Ben Thompson and Sally Bundock.
The Tech giant launches the iPhone 7 to much fanfare over its features,
but is it enough to revive slowing sales?
Live from London, that's our top story on Thursday 8th September.
Apple's new iphone7 has been revealed.
It will be water resistant, have a long battery life,
Is it enough to put the shine back on Apple's core business? We will
find out. Also in the programme: US firm
Liberty Media confirms it's buying racing business Formula 1
in an 8 billion dollar deal, ending years of speculation
about ownership of the company. Could a little American and let's
bring back the punters to the global brand?
And ahead of a meeting of the European Central Bank,
Today sees the bank's first policy decision since the Bank of England
Toasting to future success - we get the inside track on a booze
business that's trying to turn the company behind Lambrini
The boss of Halewood Wines and Spirits will be here to offer
Today we want to know, headphone jack or no headphone jack?
Is Apple right to ditch the traditional connecter?
Is the new iPhone enough to boost sales for Apple?
So many of you have been in touch already. You know what to do.
Keep your comments coming in about this story.
We start in San Francisco, where Apple has unveiled its latest
It's water resistant, with a faster processor and better
camera, more memory and improved battery life.
The big change - which was widely rumoured in advance -
is that Apple is ditching the traditional headphone socket,
to encourage buyers to invest in expensive
Apart from that - say the critics - it's the same old formula,
As of this summer Apple has sold more than a billion iPhones since it
launched the first model almost a decade ago.
But iPhone sales are starting to slow.
Sales have actually fallen for the last two quarters.
In the three months to June, they were down 15% on last year.
The smartphone market is slowing down - but Apple is also losing
market share to cheaper versions from Chinese manufacturers.
And it has failed to come up with new types of product
Apple hopes new versions of its watch - also
announced on Wednesday - will boost sales.
But some say boss Tim Cook is failing to keep up
the pace of innovation set by his predecessor,
Then there is the growing scrutiny of the company's tax affairs -
culminating in a $14.5 billion demand from the EU last week.
We'll be talking about some of this in a moment.
First, our Tech reporter Dave Lee was at the iPhone 7 launch and has
So, here we have it, the new iPhone seven. This one is in one of the new
colours they have brought out. There is better camera technology. But the
main thing everybody will notice is that for the first time there is no
headphone jack on the device. This has made it easier for them to make
it more water resistant. Of course, there is no where to stick your
headphones. You have a couple of choices. Choice number one is to
have headphones that go into the lightning port. You may have used
that to charge your phone in the past. Or there is a little adapter
that can change normal headphones to go in there as well. It is a little
bit ugly. They have not brought it out here and I think that is the
reason why, it doesn't look great. These are their new wireless
airports. They look very much like the old earphones without wires.
They pop into your ears. They connect directly to your phone. They
promise it is much simpler than using Bluetooth. I find Bluetooth
very difficult. These will retail at $159, which I think puts them a bit
at risk of someone coming up to you and pinching them straight out of
your ear. We the CF that happens. This is Apple's big development for
its new life seven. -- we will see if that happens.
Alex Wood, editor in chief of technology publication,
I'm already thinking about air pod earrings. A whole new line! Alex,
give us your thoughts on this. Social media is chatting about this.
Some people are really miffed about the jack. Some think, I am not going
to get another Apple phone. It is too expensive. Social media is an
interesting place to start. Apple's Twitter account leaked the news
ahead of its own announcement. That is interesting. Normally such a
slick presentation. Overall my personal feeling is it is a
revolutionary but not revolutionary. A couple of fixes here and there. --
evolutionary. Nothing particularly new and exciting. When it comes to
the headphone jack, you will not be able to physically plug it in. You
will need a Bluetooth headset. In some respects it means maybe the
battery can be bigger, longer battery life. But Apple is known for
doing things like this. It says it is a bold move. If you look at their
laptops, they got rid of the CD drive early. It is pre-empting the
way things are going even though it may be difficult for users in the
first place? I agree. People will struggle with it initially. The
battery on headphones is not that good. You are looking at maybe for
her five hours usage at best. I have got this line of things I have to
charge when I get home in the evening. That is a frustrating
future. Apple is keen to expand in India and other big emerging
markets. Many say the phone is too expensive for that. In a few weeks
they are launching a system where you can pay for your phone directly
through Apple. You don't have to have the carriers involved so much.
That is the big story in the UK. In the US they have run this programme
for a number of years. Essentially you pay around ?33 per month and you
are effectively higher purchasing the phone. Every year you can
upgrade. Instead of paying the money to your carrier, you would be paying
the money directly to Apple. I think that is a really big change.
Interesting. Nice to see you. Keep your comments coming in. Jim says
you cannot have a waterproof phone if you have got their hole for
headphones. Another says the next version will have a headphone jack
back. In other news: US firm Liberty Media
will take control of Formula One The firm will take over
the stake currently held Bernie Ecclestone will remain
as chief executive, but Chase Carey, vice-chairman of 21st Century Fox,
will become its new chairman. Liberty Media already has stakes
in other sport and entertainment firms, including the Atlanta
Braves baseball team. Australian carriers Quantas
and Virgin Australia have told customers not to use or charge
Samsung's Galaxy Note This come after faulty batteries
in the new smartphone have caused Samsung, the world's largest
smartphone maker, said last week it was suspending sales
of its latest flagship mobile device and recalling 2.5 million
units shipped globally. The electric car
manufacturer, Tesla, says its autopilot system was not
to blame for a crash in the Netherlands that
left one man dead. Tesla Motors says the Model S car
was travelling at more than 155 kilometers per hour,
and that logs show its autopilot system was not engaged at any
point during the journey. Tesla's semi-autonomous vehicles
have been under scrutiny since Shares in Nintendo have soared
after the Japanese gaming giant and Apple announced that
an exclusive Super Mario game will be available
on iPhones later this year. Also, Pokemon Go will be on the new
Apple watch. Our very own super-Mariko
is in Singapore. Nintendo is on a roll. I cannot
believe you just called me that! That is what we would call an old
man's joke in Japan. Super Mario is the gaming character the Japanese
Prime Minister Rob -- Prime Minister... It is a new game that
will be available just ahead of Christmas. Shares in Nintendo
jumping by as much as 18%, ending the day 13% higher. We have been
talking about the valuation of Nintendo surging ever since the
launch of Pokemon Go. A very popular smartphone game. Today's news is
helping that. It is quite a turnaround for a company which has
been criticised in the past for being too slow in getting into the
smartphone gaming market. It is also a win- win for Apple. Pokemon Go
will become available on the apple's watch. Apple is hoping it can ride
on Pokemon's popularity. Good stuff. Thank you. That was actually my
joke, so I take the blame for the old man joke! A quick look at the
numbers. The Nikkei had a pretty dreadful session. It pretty dreadful
date for the market in Tokyo. This is what the market in Hong Kong did.
That is the close of the Dow Jones. I want to show you what Europe is
doing. An important day for the ECB. Its policy meeting later today. Not
expecting a huge amount of chains. This is the first real policy
meeting since the Bank of England voted to cut rates last month. -- a
huge amount of change. Things looking pretty steady so far in
early trading. We will keep an eye on what happens ahead of that
meeting. We will talk more about that a moment.
And Samira Hussain has the details about what's ahead
On Thursday, America's largest book-seller will be recording
earnings. Sales at Barnes and Noble have fallen for the last seven
quarters as consumers move away from hard books in favour of e-book. Book
stores are trying to attract customers into their stores. Barnes
and Noble is expanding the kinds of merchandise they sell, including
toys and craft kits. We will see later today if that is helping the
book sellers. Also happening on Thursday, unemployment benefit
numbers. Analysts believe the number of Americans filing for unemployment
benefits may have increased by 2000. This comes after the commerce
Department reported last week that job creation in the US slipped in
August, adding just 151,000 new jobs.
Joining us is Trevor Greetham, from Royal London Asset Management
Samir mentioning their that more data is out today about the jobs
market in the US. We have got the ECB holding its monthly meeting.
What are your thoughts about what it might do? There is a split opinion
as to whether anything will be announced today are whether the ECB
wait until December to see what is happening in the UK economy. We have
had a big plunge in business surveys after Brexit and now quite a big
bounce back. They may want to wait and see. They can do is extend the
length of time they are buying government bonds for, by more bonds
from indebted countries like Italy, and by more bonds with negative
yields. It is not very appealing. You have to think that Monetary
Policy Committee reaching limits. We need fiscal policy as well. We have
the US economy doing one thing. We see the UK doing its own thing. And
Europe doing its own thing. There was a point when everybody was in
the same boat and now we see diverging policies and economies?
Yes. One of the things America did write to come out of the financial
crisis was to support the economy with fiscal stimulus. Obama said he
needed to support the economy. They got their economy moving pretty
quickly. Elsewhere, in Europe and in the UK, we cut government spending,
but all the pressure on the central banks. We need some fiscal spending
too. We will get it in the Autumn Statement. Japan is interesting. In
two weeks, Japan may be doing the same thing. Crucially, the central
banks, keeping interest rates so low they inflate away the debt. Thank
you, Trevor. You will be back looking through some of the stories
in the papers. How do you turn around
a company that lost its fizz? The boss of Halewood wines
and spirits did just that, ransforming the company
behind brands including Lambrini Crabbie's.
He's with us a little later. You're watching Business
Live from the BBC. Dixons Carphone,
Britain's biggest consumer electricals and mobile phone
retailer, has reported a 4% rise in quarterly sales, and said it
had seen no real impact from the vote to leave
the European Union in June. The results come as
the firm looks to cash in on new smartphones launched
by Apple, Samsung and LG. Theo Leggett is in
our London newsroom. It is an interesting one. We have
seen the firms come together. They have cornered the market as far as
consumer electricals in the UK are concerned. Things are looking up?
Yes, they are doing well. Sales of 4%. Revenue is 9%. This company is
facing a number of challenges, first of all from the consequences of
exit. In particular the fall in the pound. A lot of what this company
sells is imported. They are losing money. The hint of a consumer
downturn would affect them. They say that has not happened. There are
other challenges. For example, Amazon. There has been a battle on
pricing between Amazon and Dixons carphone. Dixons has kept its prices
low. The signs are at the moment it is working. There has been good
demand for certain types of consumer products.
The euro is prompted sales of flat screen televisions. Pokemon go has
benefited them as well because they have been selling a lot of telephone
chargers. All these factors are playing into it and it seems at the
moment the company is doing pretty well. But these are first-quarter
results and only about half of that quarter was after the European vote
came through, so we will have to wait to see if there is a
longer-term effect after the next of quarters. You have got until
November to save up to buy me distress. It is an auction in Los
Angeles. It is Marilyn Monroe's press that she wore when she sang
happy birthday to JFK in 1963. She had to be sewn into the stress.
You are expecting me to stump up $2 million?
It is definitely worth it. We have to so Ben into his suits before we
present Business Life. Rossmore on our website as always.
Our top story: The technology giant Apple has unveiled the new iPhone 7
and the big change is the lack of a traditional headphone socket.
Apple said its lightning connector could be used instead,
which would make room for other components.
A lot of you getting in touch with us.
You have been very vocal and I am trying to find positive tweets, but
I am struggling. You are annoyed about the Jack going, it is too
expensive. Samsung's telephone has a headphone
socket and it is still water and dust proof.
One positive, it means better waterproof telephones. Clearly you
drop your telephone in the water. A quick look at how
markets are faring. And now let's get the inside
track on the state of Worldwide we are spending more
on drinks, both soft drinks In 2016 the sector was estimated to
be worth about 2 billion US dollars. When we say we, we mean all of us,
you watching as well. In the UK the largest independent
drinks manufacturer and distributor It was founded in 1978 on Merseyside
and now makes both alcoholic It exports to more than 50 countries
with a turnover in excess Stewart Hainsworth
is the Chief Executive of Halewood International,
he's with us now. And a few beverages as well. If you
can see him behind the bottles. Let's start with the fact that this
has been quite a turnaround for you. It was an existing company and you
came in and you were tasked with reviving its fortunes. Where do you
start? With every turnaround you have to analyse what is going well
and what is going bad and determine what you are going to do is to set
the strategy and bring the company together. What did you have to do in
this instance? A lot of the brands people will know and be aware of and
have drunk and used, but it is a tough market to be in. What did you
have to do? It is a family company, a medium-size business with assets
across the world. Part of the problem was we did not have a group
strategy and that is where I started. I devised a group strategy
to think about building Halewood for the future. The obvious one was to
move up the margin ladder and invest into spirits, which is what we have
done. The company did not have a global chief Executive when you
join. It was managing without one for some five years. Mr Halewood
died in 2010 and the business had tried to manage individual countries
by the board which was not working. It was in a mess when you arrive?
There were positive things, the quality of the business in terms of
liquid and production was clearly there. It was missing a strategy and
that is what we needed to do. We came in and envisaged that spirits
would provide a longer term strategy in terms of margin and we make
decisions and recruited a new talent team to come in and pushed the
business forward. How was it when you arrived on the scene? It had
been trying to run itself without a global CEO for some time and the
founder had died and they got rid of senior management before you showed
up. I would imagine it was in a difficult place, that the staff and
those working for you were in a difficult position. As in any of
these businesses when you do a turnaround people are apprehensive
about what is going to happen, where their jobs are going and what is the
future. You have to settle people down and recruit very quickly.
Luckily because I came from the drinks industry I had people I knew
and could bring in very quickly to settle things down. There was no
operations director or finance director, so I was doing a few rolls
together for the first few months. Within six months I had a team in
place and we moved the business forward. You talk about the
strategy, but it strikes me that a lot of things you have to do are to
decide what you are not going to do, stopping brands and things like
that. What did you do in this case? The biggest one is obviously
Crabbies, a well-known brand around the world. It is in more than 53
countries. The court constituent is that it is a ginger fermented
product. What had happened in the past is it had moved away from that
core offering and gone into flavoured because of the flavoured
side of the market. They decided they wanted to be a part of that and
it was not really what Crabbies was. We stopped that and went back to the
core qualities of the product. It takes six weeks to produce this
product, so it is a long process and a quality product. There is a lot
more we would love to discuss, but thank you so much for coming in.
All the best. And just to say there is nothing in these mugs.
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Getting cut, today you have not held back. Lots of opinions coming in
about Apple. Let's talk about the fact that Formula one has been
snapped up. Liberty Media is to buy Formula one, paying about ?3.3
billion. I am finding it for you on the tablet. Trevor has returned to
give us his take on this. Bernie Ecclestone, who is 86, staying in
position as the boss. For three more years, continuity. Clearly they need
in young, fresh blood. John Malone is a youngster of 75. $4.4 billion,
it is one of the biggest takeovers in sport. Formula one, how big an
event is it these days? As it's still got that grab that it had
years ago? It has a global brand appeal. It is followed in lots of
countries around the world. The deal was worth $8 billion because they
took on $4 billion of debt. It still has appeal, but what they are
struggling with is getting through to younger audiences. My 11-year-old
build an electric go-kart and younger audiences are not so keen on
clouds of blue smoke that go up when the races are on. We have to talk
about Lego. It is so popular. They are trying to stop Americans buying
any more bricks. Is that protection? Maybe Donald Trump is trying to
build his wall with Lego bricks. Sally and I have got six boys
between us. And we know about Lego demands. Well not between us. On
that note, just to clarify you do not add them together.
See you soon, goodbye.