Apple updated its investor relations page today to mention that it will announce its earnings for the third fiscal quarter (second calendar quarter) of 2015 on Tuesday, July 21. The quarterly earnings statement will be released around 1:30 PM Pacific / 4:30 PM Eastern while a conference call to discuss the earnings report will take place at 2:00 PM Pacific / 5:00 PM Eastern.
The earnings report will provide another look at iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales during a period following another record-breaking quarter for the devices. It will also provide a look at both Mac sales, which were up last quarter from a year earlier, and iPad sales, which were down last quarter from a year earlier. Apple could also provide a look at Apple Watch sales. In the second quarter of 2015, Apple announced revenue of $58 billion and a net quarterly profit of $13.6 billion on 61.2 million iPhone sales, 4.56 million Mac sales and 21.4 million iPad sales.
During its second quarter earnings report, Apple provided guidance for the third quarter of $46 - 48 billion in revenue and gross margin between 38.5 and 39.5 percent.
MacRumors will provide coverage of both the earnings report and conference call on July 21.
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With the Fourth of July approaching, Best Buy is offering some holiday discounts on Macs, dropping its prices on iMacs and on the 13-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/128GB Retina MacBook Pro. There are a few minor deals on iPads as usual, but if you can hold out on purchasing, you might be able to get a better deal later this month.
We've rounded up some deals on Apple accessories, including several Apple Watch stands, and we've got list of apps and games that are on sale this week.
Discounts for each model and and color vary, but most models are being offered at a lower price than you'll find at the Apple Store, and buying from B&H, you won't have to pay sales tax unless you're in New York.
Best Buy, B&H Photo, and Amazon have remaining stock of now-discontinued higher-capacity iPad mini 2 models, which are a good deal if you're looking for an iPad mini. Compared to the iPad mini 3, the iPad mini 2 only lacks Touch ID.
There are quite a few apps that are on sale at discounted prices or available for free for a limited time. We'll highlight a few here, but make sure to check out our sister site AppShopper for a complete list.
Shoot 'em up game Star Drift is available for free, down from $2.99. Puzzle game Dwelp is available for free, down from $1.99. Fantasy Gamebook Adventures apps are all on sale for $0.99, down from $5.99: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
Hitman GO is available for $1.99, down from $4.99. Arcade game Impossible Road is available for $0.99, down from $1.99. Photography app Manual is available for $0.99, down from $1.99. Endless runner Alto's Adventure is available for $0.99, down from $1.99.
Photo editing app Halftone 2 was named Apple's App of the Week, so it will be free to download until next Thursday when a new app is picked.
iPhone accessory maker Speck is offering 30 percent off site wide, cutting the prices on all of its products. The discount is applied at checkout.
Tuesday June 23, 2015 12:04 PM PDT by Mitchel Broussard
Known for providing a variety of storage solutions for desktop and mobile devices, SanDisk continues its trend of easy-to-use storage devices supporting multiple connector standards with its new Dual USB Drive Type-C. Taking aim at the growing use of USB-C in the tech industry, the Dual USB Drive includes connectors for both USB-A 3.0 and USB-C that allow users to transfer files between a traditional USB-supporting computer and a machine like Apple's new 12-inch Retina MacBook that uses the new USB-C standard.
While similar to the company's iXpand Flash Drive line -- which pairs a USB connector with a Lightning connector for a more mobile-friendly storage solution -- the Dual USB Drive is definitely lighter and slimmer than the iXpand line. The new drive is actually part of the line of SanDisk's "Dual" USB Drives, the othertwo of which focus on a more Android compatible transfer process. Only coming in a 32GB option, the Dual USB Drive Type-C has plenty of storage for all kinds of files, from music and photos to documents and slideshows.
I've spent the past week or so testing the Dual drive, but as with any other basic flash drive, it either works hassle-free or it doesn't. Thankfully, SanDisk's new USB-C supported solution is a breeze when it comes to data storage and transfer. The drive took essentially the entire contents of my new 12-inch MacBook and in a few seconds had successfully pasted copies of the files into its 32GB storage.
Tuesday June 23, 2015 5:25 AM PDT by Joe Rossignol
Apple has become a promoting member of the Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) alongside existing promoters Ericsson, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, Nokia, and Toshiba, giving the company the ability to vote on Bluetooth SIG corporate matters and allowing the iPhone maker to hold a continual seat on the SIG Board of Directors.
“Apple has long been a key participant in the Bluetooth ecosystem,” said Toby Nixon, chairman of the Bluetooth SIG Board of Directors. “Since 2011, the company has provided guidance and knowledge to the Bluetooth SIG through its participation as an Associate Board Member. We’re excited to welcome Apple to its new role in the organization and on the SIG board.”
Bluetooth SIG provides companies with the opportunity to influence the direction of Bluetooth technology, with promoter members having greater input towards the strategic and technological directions of Bluetooth. Apple uses Bluetooth in a number of products and services ranging from Mac, iPhone and iPad to AirDrop, Continuity and Handoff.
Construction on Apple's spaceship-shaped second campus is progressing, as detailed in a new close-up video shared by Skycore on Vimeo. Shot last Monday, the video offers a look at the current state of construction, depicting a finished foundation, the first walls of the ring-shaped structure, and work on an underground parking facility.
Apple has had some issues with campus construction as of late, and in May, the company hired Silicon Valley company Rudolph & Sletten to take over as general contractor, replacing Skanska USA and DPR Construction as work begins on the interior of the building. It is not clear why Apple parted ways with the original general contractor on the project, but according to Skanska, an agreement could not be reached for "the revised scope of work."
Apple's campus features a massive 2.8 million square foot ring-shaped main building, an underground parking lot, a 100,000 square foot fitness center, and a 120,000 square foot auditorium for hosting major events. The entire campus will be covered with hundreds of trees and there will be a central garden with outdoor dining areas. A second phase of development will add several nearby research and development facilities.
Campus 2 is costing Apple upwards of $5 billion, and it is unclear if its recent contractor shift has increased initial cost estimates. It's also unknown if the project is still on track for a late 2016 completion, but Apple has not notified the City of Cupertino of any delays, so it may still be finished at the end of next year.
Father's Day is this weekend and there are some decent deals on iPads, iMacs, and the MacBook Air. Best Buy's running a promo discounting some iPad mini 3 models by $100, so now is an excellent time to pick up an iPad mini 3 if you've been waiting for a sale. Best Buy's also discounting the 2015 13-inch MacBook Air by $100.
We've also rounded up some deals on Apple accessories including Beats headphones and iTunes gift cards, plus we've highlighted a long list of apps and games that are on sale this week.
Wednesday June 17, 2015 7:18 PM PDT by Husain Sumra
Samsung today asked the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a central part of a recent ruling that ensured Apple would receive $548 million in damages, according to the San Jose Mercury News. The Korean company wants the court to hear the case with its full 12-judge roster rather than the 3-judge panel it used in the previous ruling.
"Unlike rugs, spoons, and simple mechanical objects, smartphones incorporate hundreds or thousands of different patented technologies, and it is undisputed here that Apple's design patents claim only partial, minor features of such devices," Samsung's lawyers argued in court papers.
In 2012, a jury ruled that Samsung willfully infringed Apple patents and awarded the Cupertino company $1 billion in damages. However, the award was slightly reduced to around $900 million a short time later after it was determined the original jury erred in its decision. Earlier this year, a U.S. appeals court reversed a significant part of the judgment, bringing the award down to $548 million. Samsung's latest move would target a part of the verdict that accounts for $400 million of the $548 million in damages Samsung owes.
The move is the latest in the ongoing legal battles between Samsung and Apple. In June 2014, it was reported that the two companies were attempting to find "common ground" in their legal battles and that they were both attempting to become "more practical" about finding a solution.
We're in between Memorial Day and Father's Day, which means deals less than impressive this week. There are a few sales on iMacs and older MacBooks, so now may be a good time to buy one of those, but if you're looking for a solid deal on a new iPad or MacBook, you may want to hold out until later this month as retailers will likely be offering Father's Day discounts.
That said, we've gathered up the few deals that are available this week, and we've found some solid deals on several Apple accessories. As always, also we've rounded up a list of the best apps you can get on the cheap.
Google senior software engineer Peter Kasting this week announced that his team has been working to address Chrome for OS X battery hog complaints by improving the performance of the browser on Mac, especially in areas where Safari appears to do better (via iPhoneHacks).
Chrome for OS X has received multiple under the hood improvements that should result in faster performance and longer battery life while browsing. The browser, for example, now requires significantly less CPU usage when loading the Google search results page and various other websites.
The other technical changes to Chrome for OS X are outlined as follows:
"The team has been working on addressing this; here are some cases that have recently been improved on trunk:
Before: Renderers for background tabs had the same priority as for foreground tabs.
Now: Renderers for background tabs get a lower priority, reducing idle wakeups on various perf test, in some cases by significant amounts (e.g. 50% on one test).
Before: On a Google search results page, using Safari's user agent to get the same content that Safari would, Chrome incurs ~390 wakes over 30s and 0.3% CPU usage vs. Safari’s 120 wakes over 30s and 0.1% CPU usage.
Now: 66% reduction in both timer firings and CPU use. Chrome is now incurring ~120 wakes over 30s and 0.1% CPU use, on par with Safari.
Before: On capitalone.com, Chromium incurs ~1010 wakeups over 30s vs. Safari's ~490 wakes.
Now: ~30% reduction in timer firings. Chrome is now incurring ~721 wakeups over 30s.
Before: On amazon.com, Chromium incurs 768 wakups over 30s and consumes ~0.7% CPU vs. Safari's 312 wakes over 30s and ~0.1% CPU.
Now: ~59% reduction in timer firings and ~70% reduction in CPU use. Chrome is now incurring ~316 wakeups over 30s, and 0.2% CPU use, on par with Safari at 312 wakes, and 0.1% CPU use."
Many of the changes will first appear in Chromium before going live on Chrome for OS X.
Related roundup: OS X Yosemite , Tags: Google, Chrome, Safari
Government officials in New York and Connecticut are investigating the deals Apple and major record companies established for Apple Music to determine whether there were any antitrust violations, reports The New York Times. Eric T. Schneiderman and George Jepsen, attorneys general in the two states, are suspicious Apple tried to convince record labels to abandon free, ad-supported music services like those offered by Spotify and YouTube.
The attorneys general wanted to know whether Apple pressured the music labels -- or whether the labels conspired with Apple and one another -- to withdraw support for popular "freemium" services offered by companies like Spotify in favor of Apple's paid music subscriptions.
Spotify offers a freemium ad-supported music tier that lets listeners access music at no cost, provided they also listen to ads. Apple Music does not include a free tier for on-demand listening like Spotify, instead requiring all users to pay $9.99 per month for an individual plan or $14.99 per month for a family plan. Apple does, however, offer a separate radio service that can be accessed for free.
There have been rumors suggesting Apple asked record labels to discontinue allowing services like Spotify to offer music at no cost, which has led to scrutiny from the European Commission, the United States Department of Justice, and the United States Federal Trade Commission. Apple Music would, of course, be a much more appealing option should other services not be able to offer music for free, but it remains unclear whether Apple executives did indeed push labels to change their deals.
According to The New York Times, Universal Music Group is cooperating with the investigation and has told the attorneys general via letter that it has no agreements with Apple or other record labels that "impede the availability of free or ad-supported music streaming services" and it has no intention to enter any such agreements. UMG has also provided MacRumors with the following statement:
"UMG shares the Attorneys General's commitment to a robust and competitive market for music streaming services in the mutual best interest of consumers, artists, services and content companies alike – and we have a long track record to that effect. We are pleased to have provided the Attorneys General information demonstrating that conduct. It is our understanding that, given these representations, the Attorneys General have no present intention to make further inquiries of UMG in this regard."
In a statement, Connecticut attorney general George Jepsen said he was satisfied with the response he received from UMG. "We will continue to monitor that market to ensure that consumers and competition are protected," he said. Schneiderman's office made a similar statement, saying "It’s important to ensure that the market continues to develop free from collusion and other anticompetitive practices."
Update 6:42 PM PT: This article has been updated to include an official statement from Universal Music Group.
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OS X 10.11 El Capitan, the successor to OS X Yosemite, is capable of running on all Macs that are able to run Yosemite, according to the OS X 10.11 release notes (via Ars Technica). The first developer beta is listed as supporting the following Macs, which are the same that are able to run Yosemite:
- iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
- MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
- MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
- Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
- MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
- Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
- Xserve (Early 2009)
OS X El Capitan is focused heavily on performance improvements to make the Mac "snappier and more efficient." According to Apple, apps launch up to 1.4x faster and app switching is up to 2x faster. Displaying the first Mail messages when opening mail is up to 2x faster, and it's up to 4x faster when opening a PDF in preview.
El Capitan also brings Metal to OS X for the first time, improving graphics for more fluid performance in games, high performance apps, and key system-level graphics operations.
iOS 9, the upcoming update for iOS devices, has also been designed to work with all devices that run iOS 8. Even older A5 devices like the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4s will be able to run the new operating system, and in many cases, performance will improve over iOS 8 thanks to the optimizations being introduced.
Both OS X El Capitan and iOS 9 will be available to the public in the fall, with a public beta becoming available in July.
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