Six months ago, Apple's chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer promised that the company and its customers would be in for " a very busy fall ." Apple made good on that: two new iPhones, two new iPads, a new iMac and the new Mac Pro all went on sale in the three months between mid-September and mid-December. On Monday, we finally get hear some of the results for this deluge of new products. Apple will report its first-quarter earnings for 2014 shortly after the market closes at 4 p.m. ET on Monday. Expectations are high. The consensus on Wall Street is that Apple will post earnings of $14.09 per share on revenue of $57.5 billion, according to analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters. That would represent an increase of 2% and 5%, respectively. See also: Apple's App Store Sales Topped $10 Billion in 2013 for First Time Beyond that, the two key numbers to look for will be iPhone sales — by far Apple's largest business — and iPad sales. Most analysts expect that Apple will … [Read more...] about Apple Q1 Earnings Preview: What to Expect
Oct. 23, 2001: The iPod The very first iPod launched with "1,000 songs in your pocket." It had 5GB of storage space, weighed 6.5 ounces, featured a 160 x 128 pixel display and FireWire connectivity and cost $399. July 2002: Second Generation iPod As well as an increased capacity topping out at 20GB, the second generation iPod got an important new feature -- Windows compatibility. This came not via iTunes, but through MUSICMATCH Jukebox, with software called "iPod for Windows." April 2003: Third Generation iPod 2003 was a big year for the Apple iPod. In April, the third generation model was introduced. Thinner and lighter, this complete redesign now boasted a touch-sensitive interface, dock connector and 30GB capacity. USB syncing and the launch of the iTunes Music Store solidified the early iPod ecosystem. These elements helped Apple hit some milestones in 2003 -- one million iPods sold (which rose to two million by the end of the year) and 25 … [Read more...] about Rest in Peace, iPod
Apple will reportedly include Spotify rival Beats Music as a pre-installed app in an iOS update next year, similar to how Apple launched iTunes Radio with iOS 7 in 2013. This means the paid streaming-music app would be included as part of Apple devices alongside other pre-installed apps, such as iTunes, GarageBand and iTunes Radio. See also: Apple Is Considering Renaming Beats Music, Not Shutting It Down Apple declined to comment to Mashable about the rumored plan, which was first reported by Financial Times on Wednesday. Apple also refused to confirm the move to FT . The strategy wouldn't be a surprise because Apple naturally wants its apps on as many of its devices as possible to bolster user numbers. The plan could boost Beats Music's paid subscribers base, though most users would likely be given a free two-week trial to test the app before deciding to pay $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year for a subscription. Unlike Spotify, Beats Music doesn't offer a … [Read more...] about Apple may forcibly put Beats Music into your iOS update next year
It took Microsoft a while — by some measures too long — but it’s finally here: Office for iPad , a set of companion productivity products that work seamlessly with their desktop counterparts but offer enough standalone functionality to offer true productivity value for any iPad owner. They’re not perfect — there are some shocking feature gaps — but Microsoft has done a more than admirable job of finding the middle ground between Office Suite familiarity and the iPad's native, touch-and-gesture responsiveness. See also: How Microsoft Started Over and Built Office for iPad What you get Office for iPad is actually three distinct apps currently available in Apple’s App Store: Word for iPad , Excel for iPad and PowerPoint for iPad . They’re all free, though the functionality for these versions is very limited if you're not an Office subscriber: you can review documents and even present PowerPoint files, but you cannot edit or create anything new. If you want to create … [Read more...] about Microsoft Office for iPad Isn’t Perfect, But It’s What We Needed All Along
By this time next month, the rumors about a new, larger iPhone will be put to rest. By next year, if those rumors hold true , we’ll also have the super-sized 12.9-inch iPad alongside the regular 9.7-inch model and the mini. It’s a product I don’t fully understand, but there are scenarios in which a bigger iPad is truly better. See also: 5 Apps to Improve Work Productivity It's not the first time we're heard the giant iPad rumor, and it won't be the last, either. If you listen to analysts and supply-chain snoops, Apple is always building a 12- or 13-inch iPad, but have never delivered one. Apple soothsayers tend to hedge their bets by predicting delivery sometime next year. I do believe Apple is working on something larger, but then again, the company has a history of testing all kinds of design variations. There’s no guarantee anything will ever make it to market. “This time, it's different,” some industry-watchers will say. Most are pointing to the apparently … [Read more...] about What Will We Do With a 12.9-Inch iPad?