iTunes software and services fastest growing part of Apple’s business this year

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During Apple’s Q3 earnings call this afternoon, Tim Cook praised the success of its iTunes software and services arm. The CEO said the division was the fastest-growing of the company’s business in the first 9 months of its fiscal year 2014.

The segment generated $4.5 billion in revenue during the 3-month period, an increase of 12% YoY (or year over year). And Cook attributed the growth to a number of factors, including growing interest in China and strong App Store numbers…... Read the rest of this post here


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Apple has acquired 5 companies since April, 29 in past nine months

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One of the more interesting tidbits from today’s earnings call was a revelation about Apple’s recent acquisitions. Tim Cook said the company has purchased 5 companies since the end of the March quarter, and a total of 29 companies during the past 9 months.

Apparently these numbers do not include the Beats Electronics deal—Apple’s largest acquisition to date—because it has not completely finalized yet, and isn’t expected to until later this quarter. So who are the other companies? These are the ones we know about…... Read the rest of this post here


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$165 billion cash pile and other interesting bits from today’s earnings call

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Apple announced its financial results for Q3 2014 this afternoon, and for the most part it met the Street’s expectations. The company sold 35.2 million iPhones and pulled in $37.4 billion in revenue during the three month period, and iPad sales fell short at just 13.2 million.

We’re just finishing up the conference call, where Tim Cook, CFO Luca Maestri and other members of the executive team have discussed Apple’s performance, and offered some insight into its future. As usual, we’ve rounded up the to 15 most interesting points for you below…... Read the rest of this post here


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This is one of the biggest iPhone 6 leaks we’ve seen so far

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We're more certain than ever that the iPhone 6 is less than two months from release, which means the leaks will likely continue unabated until Apple finally takes the stage this fall. On Tuesday, Apple.club.tw dropped one of the most substantial leaks we've seen so far, including images of the Lightning flex cable, headphone parts and the endlessly leaked rear shell for the iPhone 6 body.

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China and Macs power Apple’s growth as iPad demand wanes

Apple had a very strong second quarter. iPhone sales were up significantly over Q2 2013 and the company pocketed $700 million more in profit than it did during the same period last year, even though iPad sales slipped slightly. The company's third quarter results, released today, reflect a similar trend. At $37.4 billion, revenue is up $2.3 billion over the same period last year, thanks in no small part to boosted sales in Asia. iPhone and Mac adoption remains strong, with 13- and 18-percent increases over the same period in 2013, respectively, but iPad and iPod sales both slipped, registering 9-percent and 36-percent respective drops. Apple sold 35 million iPhones during Q3 of this year, compared to 31 million in 2013, while iPad sales dropped to 13.3 million, from 14.6 million last year.

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Apple Q3 2014 earnings: 35.2M iPhones, 13.2M iPads, $37.4B revenue

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As expected, Apple is out with its financial report for Q3 2014 this afternoon. In a press release issued just a few moments ago, the company announced that it sold 35.2 million iPhones, 13.2 million iPads, and pulled in $37.4 billion in revenue during the three month period.

Apple beat its own guidance, and met projections on just about everything but iPad numbers. It would seem that the problems continue with the popular tablet line, as sales came in more than 1 million units less than expected. We have a full breakdown of the numbers below…
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Crazy rumors say thinner iPad mini ‘Air’ is coming soon, 12.9-inch iPad Pro set for 2015

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The iPhone 6 may be the hottest device coming from Apple this year, but that doesn’t mean the company has stopped working on some other interesting products. A new report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News says Apple will soon launch an even slimmer iPad mini model, and that it’s still working on a bigger iPad Pro version.

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How to extract Mac icons as full-resolution transparent PNG image files using Preview

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Our new contributor Timothy Reavis last Monday posted a nicely done how-to explaining how one can easily change app icons on the Mac using Finder and a little bit of Terminal trickery.

I myself often get asked about extracting high-quality Mac icons for use in blog posts, on websites and elsewhere. Granted, it’s easy to navigate to your Applications folder and screenshot a desired icon in the Finder’s CoverFlow or Icon view.

On the downside, doing so removes icon transparency and fails to produce a pixel-perfect replica of the original icon. This tutorial will teach you how to export any Mac app icon in its original size as a transparent PNG file…... Read the rest of this post here


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Apple granted ‘iTime’ patent for smart wristband

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With no physical evidence supporting the ongoing ‘iWatch‘ rumors, we continue to search for other forms of proof that Apple is indeed working on a smartwatch. And today, we are adding a new piece to the puzzle with the ‘iTime’ patent.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted the Cupertino company a patent today for a new device called the ‘iTime.’ It’s described as a smart wristband that contains various sensors and wireless radios, so it can talk to other devices…... Read the rest of this post here


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iPhone 6 preorders already available from 30+ sellers

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Apple's next-generation iPhone 6 probably won't launch for about another two months, and all we have to go on right now in terms of what to expect is a series of leaks and unconfirmed reports. That won't stop more than 30 companies from taking preorders for Apple's upcoming new iPhone 6, however.

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