Apple has announced its financial results for its fiscal quarter four of 2014, and the company has announced a record breaking quarter.
The company had total revenue of $42.1 billion for the quarter, with a new profit of $8.5 billion, which is $1.42 per diluted share, this is up from $37.5 billion from the same quarter in the previous year.
Our fiscal 2014 was one for the record books, including the biggest iPhone launch ever with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “With amazing innovations in our new iPhones, iPads and Macs, as well as iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, we are heading into the holidays with Apple’s strongest product lineup ever. We are also incredibly excited about Apple Watch and other great products and services in the pipeline for 2015.”
Sales of Apple’s most popular selling device, the iPhone were up to 39,272 million, this is up from 33 million from the same quarter last year.
They also announced an increase in Mac sales with a total of 5,520 million Macs sold, this is up from 4,574 Macs for the same quarter last year.
As expected sales of Apple’s iPads were down to 12.316 million for the quarter, in the same quarter of 2013 Apple managed to sell a total of 14,079 million macs.
Also expected was lower iPod sales, these were down to 2,926 million compared to 3,498 million for the same quarter last year, you can find out full details on Apple’s latest financial results at the link below.
Yesterday Apple launched their new Apple Pay mobile payment system in the U.S., the new feature will let you use your new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus to make payments at a range of retailer in the U.S.
Dom Esposito from 9 to 5 Mac has put together a handy video on how you can setup Apple pay on your iPhone, have a look at the video below.
Source 9 To 5 Mac
Apple has told its developers that from February, all of the new iOS apps that are submitted to the Apple store will have to feature 64-bit support.
They also announced that all of the new applications will have to be built with the iOS 8 SDK, all of Apple’s latest devices, which include the two new iPhone 6 models and the new iPads come with 64-bit processor.
Starting February 1, 2015, new iOS apps uploaded to the App Store must include 64-bit support and be built with the iOS 8 SDK, included in Xcode 6 or later. To enable 64-bit in your project, we recommend using the default Xcode build setting of “Standard architectures” to build a single binary with both 32-bit and 64-bit code.
The majority of the iOS devices that Apple now sells come with a 64-bit processor, the only device that doesn’t feature a 64-bit processor is the iPhone 5C.
Developers will have to create all new applications with support for both 32-bit and 64-bit in order for these applications to run on older devices.
Source Apple Insider
Anyone interested in learning more about the new Apple Mac Mini 2014 is sure to be interested in this new teardown video created by iFixit, check out the new teardown and review video after the jump.
Providing more details about what they found and revealing the inner workings of the new mini computer designed to run Apple’s latest OS X Yosemite operating system and following on from the pictures and instructions of the teardown they release earlier today.
Unlike other Mac Mini machines built in the past that were user upgradable with easily accessible RAM and storage options that can be removed and replaced with faster alternatives, this years Mac Mini 2014 system is not quite so accessible. iFixit explains :
“It’s been a long time since the Mac Mini got an update, but at Apple’s event last week they announced we’d finally be seeing a new one. The mac mini has always been an iFixit favorite. It’s upgradable, with user-replaceable RAM and the option to add a secondary hard drive. Will this new model live up to our repair expectations? Let’s get it on the teardown table and find out”
During their quarter four earning call, Apple announced that Apple app store downloads have reached a massive 85 billion, an increase of 25 billion from the same time last year.
There are around 1.3 million applications available to download from the Apple app store at the moment, this was the figure that was announced back in September.
With more app downloads comes increased revenue, and Apple saw revenue from their app store increased by 36 percent from the same time in 2013, with total revenue generated from the Apple app store in the quarter of $4.6 billion.
Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, also said that iTunes billings were up some 22 percent from last year, and 25 percent from the previous quarter.
Source TechCrunch, Techmeme
BMW has announced that they will be producing a special edition of their M4, the BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition, which is being produced to celebrate this years success at Germany’s DTM touring cars series.
BMW will be producing just 23 of the BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition, which is symbolic of the number of Marco Wittmann’s race car.
In a tribute to the Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM, the Champion Edition will be offered exclusively in Alpine White. The other signature features of the special-edition model, which will be refined exclusively at the BMW Individual Manufactory in Garching (near Munich, Germany), will likewise display close links with the victorious BMW M4 DTM. The matt-black bonnet and boot lid with the eye-catching stripe design make an excellent visual complement to the standard CFRP roof, as does the black character line along the car’s flanks.
Added to the mix are an M kidney grille with orange surround, an M logo rearwards of the front wheel arches, the number 23 on the doors and the flag along with “WIT” and “DTM Champion 2014” lettering on the rear side windows. The BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition is also fitted with 19-inch light-alloy wheels, a black front splitter, a black side skirt blade, carbon front flaps, carbon mirror caps, a rear spoiler and a carbon diffuser insert from the M Performance Parts range.
Source BMW, Autoblog
Microsoft has now confirmed the official name of their Windows Phones, Microsoft Lumia will be the brand that Microsoft will use to replace the Nokia Lumia brand.
At the moment the Nokia Lumia handsets come with Nokia and Lumia branding on the devices, it isnt clear as yet on exactly what Microsoft will use for their branding going forward, whether these new Microsoft Lumia handsets will feature just the Lumia branding or whether they will come with the Microsoft Lumia branding.
Microsoft has announced a number of new devices since the took over the company like the Lumia 735 and the Lumia 530, both of these devices still come with the Nokia branding, we suspect we will have to wait until Microsoft releases a new Lumia device to see how the handsets are branded.
Source The Verge
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Back in July of this year Bose sued Beats Audio, which is now owned by Apple, over their noise cancelling technology, last week the two companies came to an agreement to settle out of court.
We have also heard that the NFL has banned players from wearing Beats headphones because of a sponsorship deal with Bose, this lead to 49ers Colin Kaepernick getting a $10,000 fine for wearing Beats during a press conference, this generated a lot of free publicity for Beats over the last few weeks.
Apple has now removed all of Beats products from its online store, and they have also removed the devices from some of their retail stores.
Dropbox for iOS gets updated, and the latest version of the application now comes with support for Apple’s TouchID, you can now use TouchID to unlock your Dropbox.
The app has also been updated to support Apple’s larger screened handsets,the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, you can see more details of what is included in the update below.
What’s New in Version 3.5
• Use your fingerprint to unlock Dropbox with TouchID support (iOS 8 only)
• Support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
• Fix for previewing RTF files on iOS 8
• General stability and performance improvements
The latest version of Dropbox is available to iOS devices running iOS 7.0, this includes the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, although in order to use TouchID to unlock your Dropbox you will need to be running iOS 8.
You can download the latest version of Dropbox for your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch over at iTunes, the app is available as a free download, although you will need a Dropbox account.
Apple’s new mobile payment system Apple Pay is launching in the U.S. today. The service will become available on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus when Apple releases iOS 8.1.
As well as working on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Pay will also be available in the new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 when they are released later this week.
Apple Pay uses Apple’s TouchID fingerprint scanner for security, and you will be able to add your credit card to your device through Passbook.
Apple’s mobile payment system will be available in a number of retail stores in the U.S., you will also be able to use the system to make online payments when you are buying goods.
Apple announced last week that it had teamed up with over 500 banks in the U.S., and these banks will be supported by Apple Pay later in the year.
Ford plans to bring a pair of customized 2015 F-150 trucks to the SEMA show in Las Vegas early next month. The 2015 F-150 is the most significant redesign of the incredibly popular truck in its lifetime. This year model marks the first time Ford is moving from steel body panels to aluminum. Using aluminum brings massive weight savings to the trucks of 700 pounds to increase fuel economy and performance.
At SEMA Ford is bring a pair of customized F-150s to the show including the Deegan 38 truck built to honor Ford Racing’s Brian Deegan. The truck has custom wheels, graphics, tires, and special Fox Racing Shox. It’s powered by a 3.8L EcoBoost twin turbo V6 with special tuning for more power. The EcoBoost V6 has a higher towing capacity than many V8 engines.
The second truck bound for SEMA was designed by Vaughn Gittin Jr., known for his professional drift racing exploits. This truck has a custom Kibbetech suspension with 12-inches of King shock controlled travel. The truck was made for daily on and off road driving, drifting, and jumping. It has Recaro race seats inside for five passengers.
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Apple unveiled the impressive 27-inch iMac with a Retina display boasting 5K resolution at their event in Cupertino earlier this week.
Guys at iFixit have already acquired the new iMac, and tore it apart to show us what lies beneath the ultra thin display of the desktop.
The latest iMac comes with a several design elements of its predecessor, offering an easy RAM upgrade slot on the back of the iMac, allowing users to replace the RAM on their device with ease.
Next up is the beautiful Retina display sporting a resolution of 5129 by 2880 pixels, manufactured by LG Display. Other than the display, iFixit found that it comes with a similar set of internals as last year’s iMac, but with one except, the Retina 5K’s display data cable is slightly wider.
The 27-inch iMac with Retina display earned a repairability score of 5, a similar figure received by last year’s iMac as well. As they mentioned, it’s fairly easy to replace the RAM, and users can still replace the HD and CPU inside the machine with some adhesive cutting. However, removing the LCD is still a difficult task as the LCD and glass are fused together.
HP has today announced that it will be shutting down its webOS cloud services and App Catalog on January 15th 2015. Removing the ability for users to recover lost passwords, setup new HP webOS cloud services and even stopping the ability for users to backup or restore webOS devices from the cloud.
HP purchased Palm spending over $1 billion is the process to acquire the company and its software, to be able to take control of the companies webOS mobile operating system.
Unfortunately sales didn’t blossom quite as well as HP had intended and the company decided to pull the plug on its webOS hardware development, only two months after launching the HP Touchpad tablet that was launched running the new webOS software. HP explains a little more what they are shutting down their webOS cloud services :
“Shutting down webOS cloud services is part of an orderly end of life program. HP announced the end of webOS devices (phones and tablets) over 3 years ago but the services were kept running to allow customers to continue to have a richer user experience. The user count has dwindled to the point where it is no longer viable to keep the services running. This does not disable the devices currently running in the field.”
For a full FAQ about the shutting down of the webOS services jumper to the HP webOS developer website for more details and answers to your questions regards app you may have bought.