All Things Apple Weekend Update – 26th July 2015

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Weekend Update is a weekly dose of All Things Apple. We curate the best Apple related articles that have been published throughout the week. These include news pieces, guides, editorials and even reviews. Here is this weeks curation of Apple related articles, by us and others that you cannot afford to miss –

All Things Apple Weekend Update – 26th July 2015

Overview of Apple’s Q3 2015 Results

Apple Prevents App Store Reviews From Users on iOS 9 Betas – MacStories

Apple Backs Federal Non-Discrimination LGBT Equality Act of 2015 – MacRumors

‘It’s Tim’: What Apple’s CEO told analysts – Six Colors

The 5 biggest takeaways of Apple’s Q3 2015 quarterly earnings – MacWorld

HOME SCREENS: MATT ALEXANDER – MacSparky

Half-Assed – Furbo

Apple Launches ‘Why There’s Nothing Quite Like iPhone’ Web Campaign – MacRumors

 

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Overview of Apple’s Q3 2015 Results

Apple has just published their Q3 2015 financial results. These results are of special significance as they are the first quarterly results reported by Apple post the release of the Apple Watch. The company sold sold 10.9 million iPads, 47.5 million iPhones, and 4.8 million Macs, earning a quarterly net profit of $10.7 billion and touching revenues of $49.6 billion.

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Apple Q3 Revenue and Profit

 

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Apple Q3 2015 revenue by product Apple Q3 Revenue by operating segment

Key Numbers

  • Revenues up 33%, fastest growth rate in over three years
  • Earnings per share up 45%
  • iPhone sales grew 35%, 3x the growth registered by the overall smartphone market
  • iPhone revenue up 59%
  • Among iPhone owners planning to purchase a new phone, 86% plan to purchase another iPhone. That compares to 50% repurchase intent for the next highest brand measured
  • The Mac segment registered a unit growth of 9% in a market that IDC estimates contracted by 12%
  • App Store produced its best quarter ever, with revenue growing 24%
  • Greater China registered a revenue growth of 112% and iPhone unit growth of 87%
  • Mac sales grew 33% in Greater china during the last year
  • Market research from Wristly measured a 97% customer satisfaction rate for Apple Watch
  • 94% of Apple Watch owners wear and use it regularly, if not every day
  • 8500 third-party apps available for Apple Watch
  • Over 15,000 artists have signed up to post on Connect
  • On track for Apple Pay acceptance at over 1.5 million U.S. locations by the end of 2015
  • In terms of regional trends for the iPhone – Western Europe grew 30% versus a market of 7% (4 times growth), Japan grew over five times market, we doubled in Korea versus a market that was shrinking, and India we grew at 93%, this is on top of the Greater China numbers that we’ve already covered that grew 87% in a quarter versus a market of 5%
  • 27% of the installed base of customers prior to the launch of 6 and 6 Plus have now upgraded

My Thoughts

Role of Emerging Markets in Apple’s Future

The most evident trend that emerges from Apple’s Q3 financial results is the significance of emerging markets for Apple in the coming years. For the first time ever, Greater China’s contribution to Apple’s overall revenue (27%) accounted for more than all of Europe (21%). It’s also worth noting that China and India have shown the highest growth rate for Apple’s largest product segment (the iPhone). Apple saw its iPhone business grow by an unprecedented 93% in India and 87% in China.

iPad sales continue to dip while Mac shows industry defying growth

Q3 2015 marks another quarter where Apple saw its iPad sales decline. The segment saw a decline of 16.6% YoY. I think its well established that this decline is due to the irregular iPad upgrade cycle. Its clear that this is a concern for Apple and the amount of iPad related changes Apple introduced in iOS 9 is a clear indicative of the impact of this decline. Luckily for Apple, the decline it is seeing in its iPad segment is offset by success in its Mac segment which registered a YoY growth of 8.8%, which is definitely an impressive feat when you consider the fact that IDC estimated the overall PC industry to be declining at a rate of 12%. Cook said that the growth it is seeing in this segment was fueled by a strong Mac product portfolio which recently saw the addition of the new Macbook.

Apple Watch

Since Apple didn’t report its Apple Watch sales figures due to competitive reasons and the fact that Cook advised not to reverse engineer the revenue for Apple Watch by attributing the growth in the “Others” segment to Apple Watch sales, it is a bit difficult to accurately talk about exactly how much revenue the Apple Watch brought in for Apple during Q3 2015.

That being said, one can ascertain that the revenue is definitely over $1Bn (but probably less than 1.5Bn), considering Cook’s hint that the Apple Watch contributed more to the “Others’ category than one might assume. This means the Apple Watch brought in revenue substantially more than the $5Mn the iPhone brought in during its first quarter, and in the range of the amount the iPad brought in (which raked in $2 Bn in its first two quarters).

One thing is clear, the Apple Watch probably is witnessing the best adoption rate of any recent Apple product and considering that it has only launched in just over a dozen countries, I am certain that we will see a huge boost in Apple’s overall revenue in the coming quarters.

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All Things Apple Weekend Update – 20th July 2015

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All Things Apple Weekend Update – 20th July 2015

Apple Pay Launches in the UK

Apple Refreshes iPod Line-up

Apple Posts New iPhone Advert: “Amazing Apps” – MacStories

Wish List: Deeper folders in iCloud Drive application folders – Six Colors

A Watch, Water and Workouts – Furbo

APPLE VS. THE PC INDUSTRY – Daring Fireball

Hands on with Photos for Mac 1.1 – Six Colors

Apple Posts Four New Apple Watch Commercials – MacStories

The iPod touch Is The New Point-And-Shoot – TechCrunch

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Apple Refreshes iPod Line-up

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Earlier today Apple updated its iPod lineup, including the iPod Touch, iPod Nano, and the iPod Shuffle. Apple has updated the iPod Touch with a 4-inch display, 64-bit A8 chip and M8 motion coprocessor, 8-megapixel rear-facing iSight camera and new colors: blue, pink, silver, space gray, gold and red. Apple has also updated the iPod Nano and the iPod Shuffle, however these have only received a slight cosmetic tweak in the form of new colors.

I have been using the iPhone 6 ever since its launched, and although I like the slimmer form-factor, I am not necessarily a fan of the larger screen. The fact that Apple has been able to put the same (or at the very least comparable) internals from the 4.7″ iPhone 6 into a 4″ iPod Nano makes me feel like there still might be hope for an updated 4″ iPhone in the coming months.

The iPod Touch starts from $199, while the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle will start from $149 and $49 respectively. The entire lineup is available for purchase as of now on Apple’s online store as well in retail locations.

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Apple Pay Launches in the UK

Apple has launched its mobile payment service Apple Pay in the UK today. Apple had originally launched the service in the US last year in October, and the UK now becomes the second country to support the service.
According to a report by the Telegraph, more than 250,000 shops across the UK will accept payments through Apple Pay. This includes McDonalds, Subway, Waitrose, Transport for London (TfL), Spar, Starbucks, BP, Marks & Spencer, among others. Apple Pay will also work with apps of popular online retailers such as Etsy, Zara, Topshop, Apple, to name a few. More retailers are expected to support Apple Pay in the coming months.
In terms of banking and financial institutions, the service will launch with support for American Express, mbna, Nationwide, Natwest, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander, and Ulster Bank. Seven more banks (including Lyoyds and HSBC) are expected to support the service in the coming months.
Apple Pay is supported by the iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus (in-shop and in-app), iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 (in-app), and the Apple Watch (in-shop).
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All Things Apple Weekend Update – 5th July 2015

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All Things Apple Weekend Update – 5th July 2015

Apple Launches iOS 8.4 & Apple Music

Apple Releases OS X 10.10.4

Apple Releases iTunes 12.2 With Apple Music Support

Disconnect – Better Elevation

How to properly use “Likes” in Apple Music – The Loop

Zane Lowe, the D.J. Scratching Out Beats 1 for Apple – The NY Times

Wish List: Preview for iOS – Six Colors

 

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Apple Releases iTunes 12.2 With Apple Music Support

Yesterday Apple launched its Apple Music service with iOS 8.4, and although the company did also release OS X 10.10.4, this did not include an updated iTunes with support for Apple Music. That has changed now, with Apple releasing iTunes 12.2 for OS X Yosemite users, bringing desktop support for the new Apple Music service.

I think the delayed launch for OS X was most definitely intentional. Apple was probably trying to gauge the initial response for Apple Music and evaluate whether their servers would be able to handle the load.

As always, the update is available through the ‘Software Update’ tab within the Mac App Store.

Change-log

For You. Get playlist and album recommendations you’ll love, selected just for you based on your musical tastes. The more you listen, the better For You gets.

New. Discover the best new music, handpicked by our music editors. Explore mixes created just for activities like exercising, or find great handcrafted playlists in a wide variety of genres. With Apple Music, you’ll always have the perfect soundtrack for any occasion.

Connect. A single place to connect with your favorite artists. See thoughts, photos, music, and videos shared from your favorite artists. You can comment on or love anything an artist has posted, and the artist can respond to you directly.

Beats 1. Tune in to Beats 1, broadcast live from cities around the globe. Enjoy music, interviews, exclusive radio shows, and the best of what’s going on in the world of music. Beats 1 — worldwide and always on.

Apple Music Radio. Radio has been completely redesigned. Play from Featured Stations, where our music experts hand select every song you hear. Or, start a new station from any artist or song. In addition, it’s now easy to quickly return to your favorite stations with Recently Played.

My Music. Find all your music in one place, including iTunes purchases, music you’ve imported from CD, and now songs from Apple Music.

iTunes Store. The iTunes Store is still the best place to buy your favorite music — one song or album at a time.

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Apple Releases OS X 10.10.4

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Besides releasing the iOS 8.4 update, which is focused around Apple Music, Apple has also released OS X 10.10.4, which brings improvements to Photos migration, fixes for Mail, and fixes networking issues in OS X Yosemite.
As always, users can upgrade to the latest version by simply going into the ‘Updates’ tab within the Mac App Store app on OS X.
Changelog –
  • Improves networking reliability
  • Improves Migration Assistant reliability
  • Addresses an issue that prevented some external displays from functioning properly
  • Improves the reliability of upgrading iPhoto and Aperture libraries to Photos
  • Improves reliability when syncing photos and videos to iCloud Photo Library
  • Addresses an issue that could cause Photos to unexpectedly quit after importing some Lecia DNG files
  • Resolves an issue that could delay outgoing email messages in Mail
  • Fixes an issue where a website could prevent the user from navigating away by presenting repeated JavaScript alerts in Safari
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Apple Launches iOS 8.4 & Apple Music

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As per initial reports, Apple has just released an update to is mobile operating system. iOS 8.4 primarily brings support for Apple Music, which includes the Beats 1 radio station (which is expected to commence within an hours time).
Apple Music is a paid music streaming service built as a single thought encompassing music as a whole. The service will offer a personalised music streaming service, a platform for artists and fans to connect, as well the Beats 1 radio station.
I am extremely excited about Beats 1, which will be accessible for free for all users with an iTunes acount, will offer users around the world a 24/7 streaming music station led by former BBC DJ Zane Lowe. Beyond music, the station will also feature interviews and music sets from DJs, as well as appearences by influential musicians such as Elton John, Dr. Dre, Pharrell, and Drake. It all sounds a lot like stations such as KEXP or NPR.
A lot of people are critisizing the fact that Beats 1 will go live within just an hour of releasing iOS 8.4, which won’t offer adequate time for people to update and tune in for the launch. To me this comes across as a rather smart decision, considering the fact that Apple would not want to have glitches related to server loads during the launch of the service, and limiting the number of people listening to the service would help them tackle this issue.
As always, users can upgrade to iOS 8.4 OTA (Over the Air) or directly through iTunes. I will share more detailed thoughts later this week.
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All Things Apple Weekend Update – 28th June 2015

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All Things Apple Weekend Update – 28th June 2015

WWDC 2015: Thoughts on Apple Music

On Swift (Taylor) and Apple Music

App Updates & New Releases: Shazam Adds Support for Apple Music

Our favorite pro writing app for Mac – The Sweet Setup

A Business Vision That Steve Jobs Would Envy – Forbes

Flir releases updated thermal imaging camera for iOS; Android on the way – TNW

Tim Cook’s Apple is the Apple we need – MacWorld

Where are Maps going? – Asymco

Everyone in Buenos Aires Is Communicating by Voice Memo Now – Motherboard

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