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Apple's $52.6B fourth quarter is nothing compared to what it expects to do next quarter

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 16:57

Apparently the iPhone 8 isn’t selling as poorly as people think. In the quarter ending September 30, Apple Thursday reported revenue of $52.6 billion, an increase of 12 percent from the year-ago quarter’s $46.9 billion, and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $2.07, up 24 percent from $1.67 in 2016.

Apple’s international sales were particularly strong, accounting for more than 60 percent of the quarter’s revenue. The all-important Greater China market was up 12 percent year over year.

Apple sold 46.7 million iPhones, 10.3 million iPads, and 5.4 million Macs during the quarter, all healthy increases over the prior year. The Mac and iPad units both saw double-digit increases in year-over-year sales. Apple CFO Luca Maestri said sales of MacBook Pros drive Mac growth, while iPad sales were up more than 25 percent in China.

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Still waiting for the ideal streaming TV interface

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 06:00
Which streaming box has the best software? None of them.

iPhone X samples touch input at 120Hz for faster, smoother response

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 15:00

When Apple refreshed the iPad Pro line this summer, it introduced a stunning new feature called ProMotion. Instead of refreshing the display at 60Hz like most phones and tablets, it cranked it all the way up to 120Hz for super-smooth animations and lightning-fast touch response. And to save battery life, it made the refresh rate adaptive—it drops way down when there’s no movement or interaction.

I wasn’t alone in hoping Apple would bring the technology to the iPhone this year, and I’m a little disappointed it didn’t find a way to make it work without wrecking battery life. But while the iPhone 8 and iPhone X may not have ProMotion, they may have the next best thing: 120Hz touch sampling rate.

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iOS 11.2: Features, release date, and how to install the beta

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 14:46

iOS 11 is the biggest change to Apple’s mobile operating system in years. It’s so ambitious in scope that many of it’s promised features still haven’t shipped yet. iOS 11.1 mostly fixed bugs and brought us a bunch of new emoji, so we’re hoping that 11.2 is more substantial. I mean, I love emoji as much as the next person but I really want Apple Pay Cash and Messages in iCloud.

Here’s what we know about 11.2 so far. What’s in it, when it’s coming, and how you can grab the beta right now.

What’s in iOS 11.2?

The big stuff we’re all waiting on—Messages synced through iCloud and Apple Pay Cash—have made no appearance yet in the iOS 11.2 betas. But there’s still time before release.

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GarageBand 2.3 update features new Sound Library, Beat Sequencer, and three new instruments

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 13:00

Apple on Wednesday released a major update to GarageBand for iOS, the company’s app for digital audio creation. GarageBand 2.3 features a new way to download sound packs, new drum sounds, and new Asian touch instruments.

The GarageBand 2,3 update is available for free in the App Store. If you already have GarageBand on your iPad or iPhone, look for an app update.

GarageBand 2.3 Sound Library

Apple offers a wide variety of instruments, loops, and sound packs, but the drawback is that the more you add, the more storage space the app requires. And on an iPad or iPhone, storage space and at a premium.

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Apple releases WatchOS 4.1 with new Radio app, GymKit support, and Apple Music streaming

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 19:06

When you’re done updating your iPhone to iOS 11.1 (gotta get those new emoji), you might as well dip into the Apple Watch app and update your wrist computer to WatchOS 4.1. The latest update adds a number of features promised in WatchOS 4, including GymKit compatibility and Apple Music streaming on the Series 3. 

The highlight of the update, for Series 3 owners, is going to be the new music features.  You can finally stream music from either Apple Music or your iCloud Music Library. But there’s also a new Radio app that lets you listen to Beats 1 live, Apple’s other curated stations, or your own custom stations. 

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iOS 11.1 has 70 new emoji and it’s available now

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 15:32

It’s time to update your iOS devices, because iOS 11.1 is here. On Tuesday, Apple pushed iOS 11.1 out of beta and made it available to the masses, ushering in a slew of improvements as well as some new features. This is the first major iOS 11 update. 

The most notable addition is a large crop of new emoji—more than 70 new characters—including new food (pie! Chinese takeout boxes!), creatures (mermaids! Fairies! Vampires!), expressions (sillier faces!), animals (giraffes! Hedgehogs! Dinosaurs!), and more. You’ll need iOS 11.1 to both send and receive these new emoji—otherwise, you’ll just see a generic empty box.

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Apple releases macOS 10.13.1 High Sierra update

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 14:29

Apple on Tuesday released an update to macOS High Sierra, the company’s operating system for Macs. According to the release notes, the macOS 10.13.1 update, “improves the security, stability, and reliability of your Mac, and is recommended for all users.”

The macOS update coincides with the release of iOS 11.1. You’ll need both updates to take advantage of the 70 new emoji that’s now available. If you’ve always wanted to use a vomiting face emoji, you need to install these updates right away.

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More iPhone X first impressions: Not quite a perfect 10 but still pretty great

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 11:45

While the rest of the world has a few days (or, gulp, weeks) to wait for the new iPhone X, Apple has bestowed review units on a few bloggers and vloggers, and their first thoughts have arrived. And surprise, surprise, they’re very positive.

The impact on you at home: With a phone like iPhone X, first impressions matter, and Apple clearly wants everyone to know just how cool its new phone really is. The first group of hand-picked bloggers and vloggers here are a departure from the usual select-group of journalists, so Apple is targeting a very different audience with these first impressions. And Apple only gave most of its “regular” reviewers a day to get to know the new phone, much less time than usual. When in-depth reviews start landing later this week and beyond we’ll have a more technical understanding of its pros and cons, but for now, Apple wants us oohing and aaahing over the iPhone X’s cool factor.

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Rylo is a 360-degree video camera that magically follows the action

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 10:00

Huh, I’ve never seen that before. That was my reaction when I first saw the new 360-degree Rylo video camera in action. 360-degree cameras are nothing new, and I’m rarely impressed by the VR content produced by these devices. But with a handful of crafty software tricks, Rylo ($499 at rises well above the fray.

Rylo is small enough to sit in the palm of your hand, and comes with dual 4K video cameras (though when you opt for a traditional video window instead of a 360-degree experience, your resolution will be 1080p.) Each lens captures a 208-degree field of view, and has an f/2.8 fixed aperture.

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iPhone X: If you get your iPhone X, don't drop it. It'll cost $279 to fix

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 12:21

iPhone X: It’s real, it’s here, and it’s very expensive. After months of rumor and speculation, followed by the biggest pre-launch leak ever, Apple finally revealed the iPhone X during the company’s annual fall press event in September.

This is a radical departure from the form factor of every other iPhone out there, including the brand-new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. It comes with a jet-black edge-to-edge OLED screen topped by a TrueDetect camera system that enables a brand-new Face ID unlocking system and Animoji features.

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