Apple Reports Q2 Financial Results, Key Takeaways From Today’s Earnings Call

Tim Cook

Apple announced earnings today for their fiscal 2014 second quarter, beating estimates for revenue and earnings on strong iPhone sales and Mac sales. Apple sold 43.7 million iPhones beating out estimates of 38.45 million and 4.1 million Macs, topping the expected 4.08 million. It wasn't all good news, with iPad sales of 16.35 million units, well below forecasts of 19.8 million. In addition, the company announced a 7-for-1 stock split, which would take place on June 2nd. All existing shareholders will get six additional stocks for each stock owned. After the announcement, Apple's CEO Tim Cook was joined by outgoing CFO Peter Openheimer and his replacement, Luca Mastri. The team discussed the quarter and offered vague, but promising details … [Read more...]

New ‘Powerful’ iPhone 5s TV Ad Features ‘Gigantic’ By The Pixies

iPhone 5s TV ad

Apple debuted a new commercial on prime time TV tonight that featured a song from the Pixies. The ad featured a new version of 'Gigantic', a song that debuted on the 1988 Surfer Rosa album, credited for being an influential album that help spawn the alternative rock scene including Nirvana and Pearl Jam. The upbeat commercial shows how the iPhone 5s being used to film, record music and play games. There is also a nod to health apps, with a blood pressure app, something that could see a big push in iOS 8. It's a long spot, spanning a minute and thirty seconds. … [Read more...]

Apple Opens Mac OS X Beta Program To Everyone

OS X Beta

Apple has announced major changes to their Mac OS X beta software program, allowing non-developers to sign up for new pre-release software releases. This is a major shift in strategy for Apple, who had previously required a developer account to trial unreleased software. This should be a further blow to what's left of Apple's software NDA, at least as it applies to their desktop software. … [Read more...]

Apple Releases iOS 7.1.1 Software Update, Apps With In-App Purchases Labeled

Block text messages in iOS 7

Apple today has released iOS 7.1.1, a minor update that includes improvements to Touch ID, bug fixes and security updates. According to the changelog, the following are included in iOS 7.1.1. Further improvements to Touch ID fingerprint recognition Fixes a bug that could impact keyboard responsiveness Fixes and issue when using Bluetooth keyboards with VoiceOver enabled Update: One of the more notable changes is in the App Store. When viewing apps in either the Top Charts or Featured sections, applications that include in-app purchases are now labeled. While iOS 7.1 was a rather big update, this one is about fixing a few bugs and providing users with a more stable release. You can download and install the update OTA, provided … [Read more...]

Sony In Talks With Danny Boyle To Direct Jobs Film, Leo DiCaprio Could Star

Danny Boyle

Following earlier reports that David Fincher could not reach an agreement with Sony Pictures, they are said to be in negotiations with David Boyle to direct the Steve Jobs biopic. Known for his work on "The Beach", Boyle is rumored to have spoken with Leonardo DiCaprio regarding the leading role. … [Read more...]

Mailbox 2.0 Adds Dropbox Sync and Auto-swipe

Mailbox

Dropbox has dropped version 2.0 of Mailbox, the popular third-party mail app which continues to see a steady stream of updates. The newest release brings with it support for syncing preferences across your iOS devices using Dropbox. This gains importance thanks to Auto-swipe, also introduced today. Auto-swipe was part of a slew of announcements made by Dropbox earlier this month. Mailbox learns from your swipes and snoozes to automate common actions. For example, if you snooze work messages over the weekend, route all social messages to a list, Mailbox learns your habits and will do this automatically using the Auto-swipe service. Mailbox continues to improve and now it's expanding, with apps for Android and soon, the … [Read more...]

Beautiful iPhone 6 Concepts With Stunning Edge To Edge Display

iPhone 6 render

Using the schematics that showed up in a Japanese magazine and cases that are purportedly specific to the design, designer Martin Hajek (via nowhereelse.fr) has imagined the iPhone 6 with these absolutely stunning conceptual renders. The concepts show what an iPhone 6 could look like should Apple use an edge-to-edge display. It's some serious eye candy that has us salivating in anticipation of September. … [Read more...]

Apple TV: 5 Things That Would Make It Awesome

4th gen Apple TV

Looking at Apple's product lines, the Apple TV stands out as one that has seen little in the way of major features. The user interface has remained the same and the UI design was far from stellar when it was first introduced. From a hardware design perspective, there's not much you can do with a black box. For the most part, it serves its purpose, which is to get lost in a home entertainment center or mounted behind a television. We've seen a continuing stream of new channels and small feature upgrades like being able to hide channels. Having spent extensive time using a Roku, Apple TV and now Amazon Fire TV, it's clear that Apple cannot afford to ship a new model with nothing more than upgraded internals. This might not be the year we get … [Read more...]