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Apple announces $75.9 in revenue, $18.4 billion profit for Q1 2016

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Date: Tuesday, January 26th, 2016, 14:37
Category: Apple Watch, Finance, iPad, iPhone, News

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It’s hard to argue with an $18.4 billion profit.

This is what Apple had to announce for its Q1 numbers, the company citing an $18.4 billion profit on $75.9 billion in revenue.

During the conference call, Apple cited 74.7 million iPhones sold, 16.1 million iPads sold, and 5.3 million Macs sold. Although the October through December period was probably a stacked quarter for Apple Watches sales, the company doesn’t break out category sales for that product for “competitive” reasons.

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Rumor: Second-gen Apple Watch will enter mass production in Q2 of 2016, Quanta cited as sole manufacturer

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Date: Tuesday, January 26th, 2016, 08:31
Category: Apple Watch, Rumor

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The source has a mixed track record, but the rumor is pretty interesting.

A new rumor has it that the second-generation Apple Watch will go into mass production in the second quarter of 2016, with Quanta Computer remaining as the sole manufacturer.

Apple had apparently considered placing some orders with Foxconn, its main manufacturing partner, but volumes aren’t expected to be that high according to supply chain sources. Both Quanta and Foxconn refused to comment on the matter.

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Leaked memo indicates that Barclays will support Apple Pay by April

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Date: Tuesday, January 26th, 2016, 08:21
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, News

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U.K. bank Barclays has confirmed that it will launch Apple Pay within the next 45 to 60 days, based on a two-week-old email dated January 12, suggesting the bank will support the iPhone-based mobile payments service by no later than March 28.

The launch date was released by Barclays CEO of Personal and Corporate Banking Ashok Vaswani in what appears to be a legitimate email sent to customer Oli Foster-Burnell. The executive has emailed customers about Apple Pay in the past.

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Rumor: iPhone 5se to incorporate rounded corners, always-on Siri, A8 and M8 processors, Apple Pay, other features

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Date: Monday, January 25th, 2016, 08:26
Category: Apple Pay, Hardware, iPhone, Processors, Rumor

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When in doubt, continue the iPhone 5 line.

Following up on rumors that Apple will release an “iPhone 5se”, new reports indicate that the handset is essentially an upgraded iPhone 5s with a faster processor, Apple Pay, new camera features, and curved glass edges instead of sharp chamfers.

It’s also been rumored that the handset will have both A8 and M8 chips to function as the core and graphics processors.

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Rumor: Steve Zadesky’s departure from Apple could delay Titan project

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Date: Monday, January 25th, 2016, 07:59
Category: Apple Car, Rumor

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This could put a crimp in the Titan project/Apple’s car plans.

The current rumor has it that Apple’s Steve Zadesky, who is said to be leading Apple’s ‘Titan’ project, is leaving the company.

Zadesky is apparently leaving for personal reasons and not due to performance-related issues.

While this is a setback, it’s unknown as to how deep the impact of his departure will be and if a replacement is being groomed to take over.

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Apps shine in new 30-second Apple TV spot

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Date: Friday, January 22nd, 2016, 10:34
Category: Apple TV, News, Software, TvOS

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This is sort of interesting.

After years of stating that the Apple TV set top box was a “hobby”, this is really the first commercial that declares that the device is a serious thing. The new 30-second Apple TV spot takes a focused look at apps and changes to suit an array of different popular apps on the platform. One second, the chicken mascot from Crossy Road is bursting out of the Apple TV, while the next second sees the box turning into the iron throne from Game of Thrones.

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Apple Maps now includes four new Flyover locales, updated local traffic data

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Date: Friday, January 22nd, 2016, 08:35
Category: iOS, News, Software

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If nothing else, Apple Maps is getting fleshed out.

Apple announced that its Maps application now included four new Flyover locales, public transit data for Los Angeles, a European expansion of Nearby POI suggestions and Traffic data for Hong Kong and Mexico.

The additions include new Flyover support in Aomori, Japan; Bruges, Belgium; Lake Powell, Utah; and Limoges, France. Counting the four cities, Flyover is now available in 220 locales around the world.

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Purported video of 4-inch iPhone surfaces, debunked (updated)

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Date: Thursday, January 21st, 2016, 08:05
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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It’s the leaked videos of purported new products that make life interesting.

A chunk of footage leaked by MIC Gadget claims to have an early view of the 4-inch iPhone that Apple’s expected to release this April.

The video, which was apparently shot in the Foxconn factory, shows a handset that’s been dubbed the “iPhone 6c” and looks just like an iPhone 6s, but smaller. The latest rumors indicate it will also have similar internals, featuring Apple A9 SoC and NFC for Apple Pay.

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Apple releases Music Memos app for musicians/songwriters on the go

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Date: Thursday, January 21st, 2016, 08:51
Category: iOS, News, Software

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This is kind of a neat thing.

Apple on Wednesday unveiled a new Music Memos app designed to help musicians and songwriters store ideas on the go.

The app uses the iPhone’s built-in microphone can be used to record instruments in a lossless format, and the resulting recordings can be analyzed for rhythm and chords.

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Honda, Lincoln and Kia debut CarPlay-compatible models at North American International Auto Show

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Date: Wednesday, January 20th, 2016, 08:40
Category: CarPlay, News

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Apple’s CarPlay seems to be getting some more support as three new auto manufacturers have unveiled new vehicles with CarPlay and Android Auto support at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this month, including the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, 2017 Kia Forte5 and 2017 Lincoln Continental. All three models will be available in the first half of 2016.

The 2018 Ridgeline will mark Honda’s return to the North American truck market after a three year hiatus. The 2017 Forte5 and 2017 Continental will be among Kia’s and Lincoln’s first CarPlay models in their vehicle lineups.

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