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ACM 251: What’s in an Upgrade, Apple’s Google Gambit, the Future of iPhone

Wed, 2014-04-23 18:43

Dave Hamilton sits in for Jeff Gamet this week, and he and Bryan Chaffin gab about Mac upgrades, Apple's courtroom Google gambit, and what they think Apple's iPhone lineup will look like by the end of 2014. They also chew on Apple's decision to open up Mavericks betas to the public.


Apple Reports Record March iPhone Sales in Q2 2014

Wed, 2014-04-23 18:00

Apple announced its quarterly results on Wednesday, and the company surprised just about everyone by not only blowing away iPhone unit sales estimates, but in setting a March quarterly record while it was at it. The company sold some 43.7 million iPhones, well ahead of consensus estimates of 38 million, as well as 4.1 million Macs and 16.3 million iPads. Kelly Guimont walks us through the numbers.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple is a successful computer company that just happens to be a stupendously successful mobile company.


Apple’s Stock Jumps $40 (7.7%) in After-Hours Session

Wed, 2014-04-23 17:31

Shares of Apple Inc. jumped 7.68 percent during the after hours session after Apple blew away its own guidance and Wall Street's consensus estimates. Trading in the after hours market is always exaggerated when it comes to $AAPL, but a sharp increase indicates that investors were pleased with Apple's results.


China Earns Apple $10B, Ready for More

Wed, 2014-04-23 17:11

Apple CEO Tim Cook said China accounted for almost US$10 billion of its $45.6 billion 2014 second fiscal quarter revenue, and he sees plenty more opportunity in the country. China has been seen as a growth place for the company, and it seems that's exactly what's happening.


Apple’s Tim Cook Explains His Enthusiasm for iPad

Wed, 2014-04-23 16:57

During Apple's 2014 Q2 Earnings Report, some technical issues related to channel inventory for iPad sales were explained, so the Q2 results aren't as bad as they look. Nevertheless, sales have flattened and UBS analyst Steve Milanovich wanted to hear more. He got an earful.


Burberry’s Angela Ahrendts Starts as Apple Retail Boss Next Week

Wed, 2014-04-23 15:41

Apple's new senior vice president of retail and online stores Angela Ahrendts will start her new gig next week. Ms. Ahrendts was previously the CEO of fashion retailer Burberry, and is seen as the driving force behind the company's success in China, and overall rebound.


AAPL Expands Dividend Program to $130B, Announces 7-to-1 Stock Split

Wed, 2014-04-23 15:05

Apple announced a US$130 billion expansion to its stock dividend program, and announced a 7-to-1 stock split on Tuesday. The news came on the heels of the iPhone and iPad maker's second fiscal quarter earnings where it reported $45.6 billion in earnings.


Apple Beats the Street, Reports $45.6 Billion Revenue and $11.62 EPS [Update]

Wed, 2014-04-23 14:37

Apple reported its fiscal second quarter results on Tuesday, and the company beat Wall Street's estimates. Apple reported revenue of $45.6 billion with earnings of $10.2 billion, or earnings per share (EPS) of $11.62. That's up year over year, and tops consensus estimates from analysts of $9.07 billion in revenue with EPS of $10.18. The article has been updated with additional information.


The 6 Piece Essential iPhoneography Lens Kit for $69

Wed, 2014-04-23 12:43

Today's deal is for iphoneographers. It's called the Essential iPhoneography Lens Kit that includes six lenses: 8x telephoto and 60x microscope lens with special case, the fisheye, macro/wide angle, and 2x telephoto lenses. It also comes with a back plate to mount the lenses on your iPhone, a tripod for your iPhone, and a case to hold it all. Cool, right? Through our deal, you can get it for US$69, making it even cooler. Click through to the deal, and there's a demonstration video and several example photos showing what the lenses produce.


Why 4K Streaming Isn’t Really 4K

Wed, 2014-04-23 11:55

Apple's Tim Cook has said that TV is "a market we have an intense interest in." All the tech giants are selling small devices to deliver custom 1080p content (for now) on the Internet, but the TV industry is moving steadily to 4K Ultra HDTVs. What are the realistic prospects for streaming decent 4K TV on the Internet? John Martellaro tells you what you need to know.


The Golden Age of Mac Upgrades is (Once Again) Upon Us

Wed, 2014-04-23 11:40

Years ago we Mac users enjoyed the ability to spend a little bit of money to upgrade our admittedly-expensive computers. It may seem like those days are behind us, but the reality is that we're truly in the thick of a new golden age of upgrades.


Apple Debuts ‘Powerful’ Spot Featuring iPhone 5s

Wed, 2014-04-23 11:29

Apple's new ad debuted last night on television, titled "Powerful" and featuring both the iPhone 5s and the song "Gigantic" by The Pixies.

The Mac Observer Spin: Kelly loves the Pixies, so this ad was already a winner for her before the iPhone entered into it.


Nanotips Liquid Turns Any Gloves into Touchscreen Gloves

Wed, 2014-04-23 11:05

Nanotips is a great idea. This is a liquid you apply to the fingertips of your favorite pair of gloves to turn them into touchscreen gloves. It was originally funded on Kickstarter, but is now available for sale through REIGN23. There are two formulas: the first is called Nanotips Blue and is designed for cloth gloves. The second is Nanotips Black, which is designed everything else, including leather, rubber, and nylon. In the original Kickstarter video below, the creators demonstrate its versatility by using Nanotips Black to coat a Sharpie pen and using it as a stylus. A bottle is priced at US$19.99, and it contains enough to coat multiple pairs of gloves. Pretty cool, right?


Sponsor: Other World Computing (OWC)

Wed, 2014-04-23 08:28

It is my distinct pleasure to welcome Other World Computing back as this week's sponsor here at TMO. OWC has been making upgrades and other benefits available to Mac users since 1988, and their commitment to quality and customer service stands for itself. Read on for some great ideas about how to upgrade your Mac from them.


Apple Opens Mavericks 10.9.3 Beta to the Public

Wed, 2014-04-23 07:50

Apple made a rare move this week by opening up the beta of OS X 10.9.3 to all users with an Apple ID. The company typically offers access to beta versions of its operating system to members of its paid developer program and doesn't let average users get their hands on updates until locking in shipping versions.

The Mac Observer Spin: Offering a pubic beta of OS X 10.9.3 is an interesting move considering this isn't something Apple typically does. It'll be interesting to see if the company offers similar public betas in the future.


Apple Patches SSL Bug in AirPort Base Station

Wed, 2014-04-23 06:52

Apple updated the software for its 2013 model AirPort Extreme Base Station on Tuesday to address what it called " security improvements related to SSL/TLS." That, by chance, also happens to be the core of the problem in the OpenSSL heartbleed bug the company said doesn't affect any of its products, although Apple didn't mention the flaw by name.


Numbers: Fitting Your Content to a Printed Page

Wed, 2014-04-23 06:25

With both the old and the new versions of Numbers, you can easily configure your spreadsheet so that the columns fit to a single page-without having to jump through a ton of hoops (or change your headers!) to do so. In this Quick Tip, weâre going to go over how to do that in both versions of Appleâs spreadsheet software, so no matter which one you use, this articleâs for you.


Apple v. Samsung: Google to Cover Some Costs, Assume Some Liability

Tue, 2014-04-22 18:00

Tuesday's court testimony in the patent infringement trial between Apple and Samsung revealed that Google had agreed to cover some of Samsung's legal costs in defending itself against Apple. More interestingly, the search giant also agreed to assume some liability for some of Apple's patent claims involved in the suit.


Apple Expands In-Store Trade-In Program to iPads and More

Tue, 2014-04-22 17:30

Apple's in-store recycling has expanded to include anything with an Apple logo on it. Those which still hold resale value get exchanged for Apple gift cards, but now the stores will take any Apple equipment off your hands.

The Mac Observer Spin: Good on Apple for expanding their recycling programs. I know there will be criticism, but I don't know any other company making any attempt at making recycling previous tech easier.


Apple to Samsung: If You Want to Copy Us, Think Environment

Tue, 2014-04-22 12:45

Apple's response to all the Apple v Samsung press lately has appeared in some US newspapers today in the form of a full-page cleverly worded ad about their environmental achievements.