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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

China responsible for massive Apple revenue growth, reaches $16.1B in Q1

China responsible for massive Apple revenue growth, reaches $16.1B in Q1

Apple on Tuesday announced a record smashing $74.5 billion in revenue with the usual suspects U.S. and Europe sales ticking the highest numbers, but China is quickly moving in on second place after bringing in a huge $16.1 billion.

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Apple Watch on track to ship in April, CEO Tim Cook says

Apple Watch on track to ship in April, CEO Tim Cook says

During Apple's quarterly conference call on Tuesday, CEO Tim Cook said Apple Watch development is on track and expects to launch the device in April, coming in just under the company's "early 2015" promise.

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FeatureNotes of interest from Apple's Q1 2015 conference call

Notes of interest from Apple's Q1 2015 conference call

Apple reported the biggest quarter in its company's history on Monday, selling nearly 100 million iPhones and iPads to earn $74.6 billion in quarterly revenue. Following the announcement, executives from the company participated in a conference call with analysts and the media, and notes of interest follow.

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Apple obliterates expectations, selling 74.5M iPhones & earning $18B in profit

Apple obliterates expectations, selling 74.5M iPhones & earning $18B in profit

Apple completely crushed not only its own all-time records, but also even the loftiest expectations on Wall Street on Tuesday, selling a whopping 74.5 million iPhones on its way to $18 billion in net profit in a single, massively successful quarter.

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Apple Pay launches at 200K self-service stations, including parking, laundry & vending machines

Apple Pay launches at 200K self-service stations, including parking, laundry & vending machines

More than 200,000 self-service stations across America — including vending machines, coffee brewers, parking pay stations, kiosks and laundry equipment —will gain compatibility with Apple Pay, thanks to support from USA Technologies Inc.

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YouTube pushes Flash to the back burner, will now default to HTML5 player

YouTube pushes Flash to the back burner, will now default to HTML5 player

Nearly five years after Steve Jobs published his infamous "Thoughts on Flash," streaming video service YouTube has announced plans to migrate away from the technology as users accessing the site via Chrome, Internet Explorer 11, Safari 8, and beta versions of Firefox will now be served the HTML5 video player by default.

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Briefly: Apple TV gains 120 Sports channel, Twitter adds group messaging

Briefly: Apple TV gains 120 Sports channel, Twitter adds group messaging

Apple on Thursday added yet another sports channel to the ever-expanding Apple TV content lineup, while Twitter updated its iOS app with a new feature that allows for direct messages to be sent to groups.

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FeatureApple Inc's once slower Q2 now getting a boost from China's Lunar New Year holiday

Apple Inc's once slower Q2 now getting a boost from China's Lunar New Year holiday

Over the last fifteen years, brisk sales of iPods and then iPhones once predictably surged in a winter quarter Christmas wave that then ebbed during the March quarter. Since 2011, however, China has emerged as a counterbalance with its own massive holiday season: Lunar New Year.

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Apple's OS X 10.10.2 update fixes Wi-Fi connection issues, improves iCloud, patches security holes

Apple's OS X 10.10.2 update fixes Wi-Fi connection issues, improves iCloud, patches security holes

Apple on Tuesday pushed OS X Yosemite version 10.10.2 to users, bringing with it changes that address potential security issues, Wi-Fi connection problems, and improvements to iCloud Drive and the Bluetooth audio stack.

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Apple releases iOS 8.1.3 reducing storage required to update, squashing Spotlight bugs, more

Apple releases iOS 8.1.3 reducing storage required to update, squashing Spotlight bugs, more

Apple on Tuesday issued an update for its iOS mobile operating system, addressing complaints about how much storage was required to install new software, and also fixing a number of bugs related to FaceTime, iMessages, Spotlight, and iPad multitasking gestures.

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Canalys says Apple sold more smartphones in China than any other brand over the holidays

Canalys says Apple sold more smartphones in China than any other brand over the holidays

Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have propelled the company to the top of the smartphone sales charts in China, a report published Wednesday suggests, knocking off former top dog Samsung and besting every domestic Chinese firm in the fourth quarter of 2014.

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Earnings preview: Wall Street awaits record shattering $67B quarter from Apple

Earnings preview: Wall Street awaits record shattering $67B quarter from Apple

With just a few hours to go before Apple reports the results of its first fiscal quarter of 2015, Wall Street is hyped for what it expects will be a blockbuster, all-time record for the iPhone maker.

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Apple develops sensor-laden glass to monitor, analyze device treatment

Apple develops sensor-laden glass to monitor, analyze device treatment

It could soon be more difficult to fool Genius Bar employees into servicing an iPhone or iPad under warranty after it has been carelessly dropped by the user, even without physical damage, as Apple has won a patent for embedding sensors into devices' cover glass to record strain on the part from twists and drops.

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TipsRoundup: The best ways to stave off cabin fever with your iPhone or iPad

Roundup: The best ways to stave off cabin fever with your iPhone or iPad

We all know what it's like to be stuck indoors thanks to inclement weather. Fortunately, the bevy of electronic devices that most of us now carry are capable of providing nearly endless entertainment if stocked properly (and the power holds out). AppleInsider took a look at some of the best games and apps for passing the time.

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Western Union now accepting Apple Pay for sending money transfers

Western Union now accepting Apple Pay for sending money transfers

Thousands of Western Union locations will begin accepting Apple Pay, the company announced on Tuesday, providing customers a way to transfer money and pay bills with their iPhone.

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Apple patents snap-on iPhone game controller and keyboard accessories

Apple patents snap-on iPhone game controller and keyboard accessories

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple's patent for an iPhone gaming accessory that extends in-game controls beyond the handset's display and onto D-pads or joysticks, saving precious screen real estate in the process.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Apple loses global payments executive to eBay's rumored PayPal replacement

Apple loses global payments executive to eBay's rumored PayPal replacement

It appears that eBay is stocking up on talent in preparation of an inevitable separation from PayPal, the latest hire being Bora Chung, a payments expert who served as Apple's worldwide payments for the Online Apple Store since 2010.

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Apple sharpens focus on art, harmony with Chongqing Apple Store mural

Apple sharpens focus on art, harmony with Chongqing Apple Store mural

A week after Apple used a work of calligraphy to promote its latest Chinese Apple Store in Hangzhou, the company is again turning to art to tout a soon to open outlet, this time wrapping a mural around the new Chongqing location's iconic glass cylinder entryway.

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Apple's Photos beta for iCloud.com gets new image viewing and sharing options

Apple's Photos beta for iCloud.com gets new image viewing and sharing options

Apple added a few new features to Photos beta in a recent update to its iCloud.com hub, bringing manual image zoom controls and email sharing capabilities to the iOS-connected Web app.

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Apple Pay makes the cut for PGA Tour in MasterCard partnership

Apple Pay makes the cut for PGA Tour in MasterCard partnership

Starting this weekend at the Waste Management Open, Apple Pay contactless payments on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available for select food and beverage concessions purchases at the PGA Tour.

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OS X 10.10.2 will fix years-old Thunderbolt hardware vulnerability

OS X 10.10.2 will fix years-old Thunderbolt hardware vulnerability

A Mac hardware vulnerability that has yet to be exploited on a wide scale will reportedly be fixed with Apple's forthcoming OS X 10.10.2 update for Yosemite, preventing any future attacks.

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Apple closing independent TestFlight service at the end of February

Apple closing independent TestFlight service at the end of February

Developers still using the old, independent TestFlight service for beta testing iOS apps now have one month to migrate to the new iTunes Connect-based offering, as the company announced on Monday that it would shutter TestFlightApp.com on Feb. 26.

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Fingerprint sensor for Google's Nexus 6 was nixed after Apple bought AuthenTec

Fingerprint sensor for Google's Nexus 6 was nixed after Apple bought AuthenTec

Motorola did intend to include a Touch ID-like fingerprint sensor in its Android flagship Nexus 6 smartphone, the company's then-CEO has revealed, but canceled the plan following Apple's acquisition of would-be component supplier AuthenTec.

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Investors should worry less about Apple product cycles, focus on loyal customer base, Piper Jaffray says

Investors should worry less about Apple product cycles, focus on loyal customer base, Piper Jaffray says

While most investors are focused on Apple's annual product cycles and growth, Piper Jaffray sees a new category of shareholders emerging, focused on the power of the platform and a loyal customer base.

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Apple brings back complimentary iTunes content with new 'Free on iTunes' section

Apple brings back complimentary iTunes content with new 'Free on iTunes' section

Consumers who lamented the cancellation of Apple's long-running "Single of the Week" program can once again fill their digital entertainment centers at Apple's expense, as the company has added a new "Free on iTunes" section with musical tracks and television episodes.

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Wells Fargo maintains neutral outlook on Apple, says market expectations too high

Wells Fargo maintains neutral outlook on Apple, says market expectations too high

Wells Fargo Securities continues to go against the grain with a neutral "market perform" rating on shares of Apple, forecasting that shares will trend lower in the face of high expectations on Wall Street.

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FeatureAfter eating AMD & Nvidia's mobile lunch, Apple Inc could next devour their desktop GPU business

After eating AMD & Nvidia's mobile lunch, Apple Inc could next devour their desktop GPU business

While rumors have long claimed that Apple has plans to replace Intel's x86 chips in Macs with its own custom ARM Application Processors, MacGPUs are among a series of potentially more valuable opportunities available to Apple's silicon design team, and could conceivably replicate Apple's history of beating AMD and Nvidia in mobile graphics processors—and Intel in mobile CPUs.

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Samsung reportedly nabs 75% of Apple's next-gen 'A9' SoC orders

Samsung reportedly nabs 75% of Apple's next-gen 'A9' SoC orders

Samsung has won a huge percentage of orders for the production of Apple's next-generation "A9" system-on-a-chip, variations of which are expected to power this year's iOS device lineup, according to a new report.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

AppleInsider's iOS app updated with dismissible Plus trial option, remains free for all

AppleInsider's iOS app updated with dismissible Plus trial option, remains free for all

Apple fans who want to keep up with the latest news out of Cupertino can now do so more efficiently with the official AppleInsider app, designed for both iPhone and iPad, which has been updated to address concerns brought forth by readers.

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