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Apple acquired 20 companies in 2014, 7 in fiscal Q4

Apple acquired 20 companies across 2014, the company revealed during its Q4 earnings call. CEO Tim Cook also revealed that seven of these purchases were made during the the fourth quarter. Of the 20 companies acquired, some are known but many remain unknown. Obviously, Apple’s $3 billion purchase of Beats was the company’s largest of the year (and…

Tim Cook teases “upcoming Beats plans”

During this evening’s earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook hinted at the company’s future plans for Beats now that Apple owns the accessory company and streaming music service. While remaining coy about the topic, Cook stated, “The Beats transition closed in July, with some upcoming Beats plans to be shared in the future.” Apple announced its purchase…

Apple will not disclose Apple Watch sales numbers

During the company’s earnings call, Apple announced that it was going to make some changes to the way it breaks down product sales in future. Instead of detailing individual unit sales for Apple TV, iPods and the upcoming Apple Watch, the company will group these devices into one “Other” category. While this represents a drastic demise for the iPod, once…

Apple’s fourth quarter results: $42.1b revenue, $8.5b net profit

Apple has released their fourth quarter earnings report, as well as some information and responses about the overall 2014 fiscal year, a press release before their quarterly results conference call. For the quarter ending September 27, 2014, Apple reported quarterly revenue of $42.1 billion and quarterly net profit of $8.5 billion. That’s in…

iOS 8.1 now available for download

The latest version of iOS 8, iOS 8.1,  has just been released. As previewed at Apple’s event last week, the update enables Apple Pay, Continuity, iCloud Photo Library beta, and brings with it a bunch of other fixes, too. The update is available through iTunes or over-the-air on your iOS device. The update itself requires 4.3 GB to operate, so if…

Apple continues push for lower-priced Beats Music subscription as Spotify launches Family plans

Apple is continuing to push for lower-priced Beats Music subscriptions as Spotify launches its own Family plans. In a new report, Re/code reiterates previous information regarding a cheaper Beats tariff stating that the company wishes to cut Beats’ current price in half — dropping it to $5 a month. Citing “industry scuttlebutt,” Re/code’s Peter Kafka…

5 hidden iOS 8 features that you need to know about

Since the official release of iOS 8 last month, I have been rummaging through the new features and have stumbled upon quite a few that Apple didn’t mention or recognize during the keynote at WWDC back in June.  Some of the best new features in iOS 8 are the ones you probably haven’t used (or even heard about) yet. That’s because Apple has hidden a…

Photos coming to iCloud.com

Last week brought a lot of updates to Apple’s users. On Thursday, OS X Yosemite was released, bringing a new user interface and a bunch of new features to Mac users, and on Monday, Apple will be releasing iOS 8.1. This will enable Apple Pay on iPhone 6/6 Plus and Continuity across their platforms. Also coming with iOS 8.1 is a public beta of iCloud…

Apple SIM explained: What is it and what does it mean for carriers?

With the launch of the iPad Air 2 yesterday, Apple touted a number of new features and improvements to its flagship tablet. But with all the emphasis on the device’s extreme thinness, Touch ID and Apple Pay inclusion, anti-reflective display and increased processing power, you might have missed something else important: Apple SIM. What is Apple…

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus see low-key launch in China

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus went on sale in China today after regulatory delays. Following reportedly strong reservations and pre-orders in the country, the launch day was fairly low-key compared to previous years. The Wall Street Journal was on the scene on Beijing and reported fairly small queues and respectful crowds: Unlike some past debuts for its…