Apple Music subscriber base shows growth, now above 13 million

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Date: Wednesday, April 27th, 2016, 08:03
Category: Apple Music, News

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Even with Apple reporting lower Q2 revenue during its earnings call yesterday, the call signaling ts first revenue decline since 2003, there’s still some bright spots.

The company has announced that its Apple Music subscriber base has jumped to 13 million, up from 11 million in February.

This compares to about 30 million subscribers to leading competitor Spotify, although the service obviously had a multi-year headstart over Apple’s streaming service, which launched last June.

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Apple releases Q2 2016 numbers, reports $10.5 billion profit, but first decline in revenue in over a decade

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Date: Tuesday, April 26th, 2016, 14:33
Category: Finance, iPad, iPhone, News

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The good news is that Apple made billions and billions of dollars in profits last quarter.

The bad news is that this represents a lower profit than Q2 of 2015.

For the first time ever, iPhone sales fell for the quarter. While this doesn’t include iPhone SE sales, Apple reported its first quarterly revenue decline in 13 years on Tuesday, which came as no surprise to the company and the investors and analysts who closely follow its finances.

After more than a decade of amazing revenue and profit leaps, Apple reported $10.5 billion in profits on $50.6 billion in sales. iPhone sales were down, the company selling only 51.2 million units in Q2, this number falling short of the 61.2 million iPhone units sold in Q2 of 2015.

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This is Nifty: Tipping by Gorischek Design

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Date: Tuesday, April 26th, 2016, 07:06
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

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This is kind of neat.

Gorischek Design’s Tipping app allows you to quickly calculate how much to tip on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad without having to unlock the device.

The app allows you to calculate 15%, 20% and 25% on a tip, enter the amount and get back to your meal.

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Rumor: Next-gen Apple Watch could include cellular functionality

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Date: Monday, April 25th, 2016, 13:06
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Rumor, Wearables

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While it’s been estimated that the Apple Watch has sold 12 million units within the device’s launch year, it’s hard to know exactly how many have gone out the door or what’s in store for the next generation.

Either way, a new rumor has it that that Apple Watch 2 will include cellular connectivity and a beefier processor so apps will load more quickly. That might mean yet another data plan to pay for, but the watch would function on its own instead of being tethered to an iPhone.

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iFixit releases teardown report of 2016 12-inch Retina MacBook

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Date: Monday, April 25th, 2016, 08:11
Category: Hardware, MacBook, News

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The cool cats at iFixit have just completed the full teardown of Apple’s new 2016 12-inch Retina MacBook. While the notebook is essentially the same as the previous generation, there are some notable differences.

First, Apple replaced a tri-wing screw with a much more common Phillips screw, although it continues to use its proprietary Pentalobe screws on the exterior of the case. In the teardown, iFixit noted that it discovered hinge screws for the device which are “filled with some sort of substance that disintegrates when you insert a screwdriver.” The site speculates that it appears to be an Apple effort at “tamper-evident screws,” which in theory could allow the company to know if a third-party or DIY repair attempt has been made voiding warranty.

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Ring offers Video Doorbell for OS X, Windows 10, iOS and Android

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Date: Friday, April 22nd, 2016, 14:28
Category: Accessory, Hardware, News, Software

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This could come in handy.

Ring Products has released the Ring App for both OS X and Windows 10.

The app allows you to monitor an entryway from your Mac while on your computer.

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Apple adds donation links to iTunes, web site, allows donations to American Red Cross following Japanese, Ecuadorian earthquakes

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Date: Friday, April 22nd, 2016, 10:21
Category: Announcement, iTunes, News

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If you were looking for a way to help the victims of the Japanese and Ecuadorian earthquakes, you can do it through iTunes. Apple has partnered with the American Red Cross allowing you to submit donations of $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, and $200 denominations.

The donations are being accepted via iTunes and the App Store on both iOS devices and computers. the donation page itself, Apple specifies that 100 percent of the donation goes directly to the American Red Cross and that Apple does not take any portion. Furthermore, Apple notes that the only record you will receive for this donation is a receipt via email.

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2016 12-inch Retina MacBooks now available for in-store pickup

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Date: Friday, April 22nd, 2016, 09:31
Category: MacBook, News, retail

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The 2016 12-inch Retina MacBook is now available at Apple Store retail location in launch countries such as the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain and the U.K.

Apple today reenabled its web-based Personal Pickup tool for the 12-inch MacBook, and the availability checker shows that select models are currently in stock at select Apple Stores in or near major U.S. cities, including Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.

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Apple patent focuses on wired/wireless headphones

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Date: Thursday, April 21st, 2016, 08:43
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Patents

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This could turn into something nifty.

An Apple patent application published Thursday suggests that the company is continuing work on a Lightning-equipped audio product some expect will replace wired EarPods if and when iPhone ships without a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The patent, entitled “Audio class-compliant charging accessories for wireless headphones and headsets” details a headphone device and supporting hardware capable of seamlessly switching between wired and wireless listening modes.

Apple’s idea seems to work around an electrical connector compatible with both digital and analog signals, requirements the proprietary Lightning protocol satisfies. An ideal connector would employ a plurality of contacts to transfer power and audio data — via differential signaling — from a host device to the headphone. This arrangement allows for a single cable to both charge and control the device, eliminating the potential for ground loops that compromise audio fidelity.

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Rumor: Apple may switch away from Qualcomm for next-gen iPhone modems, could source from multiple vendors

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Date: Thursday, April 21st, 2016, 07:06
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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It looks like Apple may be switching away from Qualcomm modems for its next-gen iPhones.

During Wednesday’s conference call to analysts, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf said he is “assuming” a major Qualcomm customer will be giving modem orders to another company. While Mollenkopf didn’t mention Apple by name, Apple and Samsung are Qualcomm’s largest clients, and Samsung is already known to use multiple suppliers.

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