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...]

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...]

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...]

Apple’s Interface Design VP Greg Christie To Depart Amid Reports Of Internal Conflict With Jony Ive

Jonathan Ive

Apple's software design group is undergoing major internal changes as a result of internal conflict between Apple Human Interface Vice President Greg Christie and Senior Vice President, Jony Ive, reports 9to5Mac. Christie was a senior software engineer who played a key role in the development of the original iPhone software, at the time working closely with Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Of late, his role at Apple had been to oversee all of Apple's software design and had been reporting to Craig Federighi. Ive will assume further control of Apple's software design, with Christie expected to leave the company. … [Read more...]

Christian Bale Favorite To Play Steve Jobs If David Fincher Has A Say

Christian Bale

Director David Fincher has yet to sign on to the Aaron Sorkin adapted biopic about Apple's co-founder, but if he does, it will be contingent upon Christian Bale taking the role of Steve Jobs. The Wrap reports that Fincher met with Sony Pictures Amy Pascal to discuss the film and his interest in directing the movie based on Walter Isaacson's biography. Apparently, casting Bale is a prerequisite for Fincher, who will pass if the studio decides to go in a different direction. … [Read more...]

Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer Retiring in September, Luca Mastri To Assume Responsibilities

Peter Oppenheimer

Apple today announced that CFO Peter Oppenheimer would retire at the end of September. Oppenheimer has been an employee at Apple since 1996, where he started as controller for the Americas and was quickly promoted in 1997 to vice president and Worldwide Sales controller. ¬†Filling the void will be Luca Maestri, Apple's current vice president of Finance and corporate controller. The CFO position has been held by Oppenheimer for the last decade. … [Read more...]

Fortune Ranks Apple As Most Admired Company

Apple Store

Fortune today released their list of the world's most admired companies. It's an interesting list that isn't based on market cap, sales or stock price. The yearly study surveys executives and directors from eligible companies, in addition to financial analysts. They poll executives from the Fortune 1000, Global 500 companies with roughly 15,000 exectuives polled. The goal of the list is to find companies that have the strongest reputations within their industry and across other industries. When you think of smartphones and computers, it is no surprise that Apple retains their position as the most admired company. … [Read more...]

USPS To Honor Steve Jobs With Commemorative Stamp

Steve Jobs stamp

The United States Postal Service will look to honor Steve Jobs by offering a commemorative stamp starting in 2015. The Jobs stamp will be part of a collectible series that was recently approved and published by the Washington Post. Other honorees include Elvis Presley, James Brown and Johnny Carson. Based on this year's stamp collections, the upcoming 'Forever' Steve Jobs stamp will likely use a single image or artwork that best represents the late Apple co-founder. The USPS typically sells accompanying collectibles including a commemorative panel or keepsake. … [Read more...]

Celebrating 30 Years: Memories of my first Mac

Happy Birthday mac

Today marks a birthday worthy of major celebration as the Macintosh turns 30. It's kicked off some amazing retrospecitives and personal stories of how Apple computers have completely transformed our lives. Long before the iPad, iPhone and iPod, there was the Mac. Born in 1984, under the bright glare of one of the greatest Super Bowl commercials in history, the Macintosh was designed for people and the love affair continues to this day. I remember my first Mac experience. As a college student in 1989, the 'computer lab' had rows of the Macintosh Plus. Back then, if you had to type a report, you needed to bring your floppy disks with you to the lab. Most, if not all, students would type their papers in the lab. It was incredibly … [Read more...]

Are Safari Push Notifications Too Invasive?

Safari Push Notifications

Apple's Mavericks update released earlier this year saw a host of new features, including an update price (free) that couldn't be beat. As the iOS-ification of Apple's desktop operating system continues, one feature is starting to draw the ire of users. Safari notifications is a new feature that can have desktop notifications appear when a website has updated their content. It's sorta, kinda like an RSS update, but via notifications that appear in the right hand slide-out column on your Mac. For this to work, a website must enable Safari notifications. In doing so, they are required to push a pop-up asking for permission and it's these pop-ups that are generating their fair share of criticism. … [Read more...]