Zac Hall

@apollozac

Editor at 9to5Mac + 9to5Google

Zac covers Apple news and product reviews for 9to5Mac, contributes to 9to5Google, and hosts the weekly 9to5Mac Happy Hour podcast.

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Yesterday

AAPL: 104.21

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Apple CEO Tim Cook is reportedly hosting a political fundraiser for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign next month, according to Buzzfeed. As the report notes, Cook will be hosting the event as a private citizen as Apple doesn’t have a political action committee like other companies, although Apple’s Lisa Jackson will also be in attendance. Jackson serves as the company’s VP of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives. While the fundraiser itself isn’t so much surprising for Cook, it does follow a prior political fundraiser hosted by Cook for Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan…

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July 28

AAPL: 104.34

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Since the rumor started back in November, there’s been more and more evidence that the next iPhone will drop the 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of wireless or Lightning audio playback. A report last month claimed that Apple plans to bundle standard EarPods with the new iPhones in September and include a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter in the box. While this would mean all of the claimed Lightning EarPods we’ve seen so far are fake, it does lend credit to a video posted today that shows what appears to be an official Lightning to 3.5mm adapter…

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July 27

AAPL: 102.95

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Donald Trump’s boycott of Apple lasted about zero seconds when he called for it during a speech earlier this year while someone tweeted from his account with an iPhone, but Apple effectively boycotted Donald Trump when the company withheld technology and financial donations to the Republican National Convention last week where he was nominated as the party’s nominee for President.

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Pocket Casts is a cross-platform podcast player with apps on iOS, Android, the web, and even Windows Phone, and today Shifty Jelly released a major update to the iPhone and iPad version. Pocket Casts 6 is out today and includes loads of changes including a refreshed user interface, a dark theme, multitasking features on iPad including Picture-in-Picture and Split View, and much more.

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We’ve been following Upthere since it was simply a secret cloud startup from ex-OS X chief Bertrand Serlet back in 2012. After years of development and a closed beta period that started last fall, Upthere is officially launching today as it reveals pricing and storage details and drops the beta label. There’s also a three-month free trial period for new users…

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This week Benjamin and Zac talk about Apple’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ purchase, the rumored iPhone 7 release date in context, and Apple’s latest earnings report. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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July 26

AAPL: 96.67

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Apple has officially reported its Q3 2016 earnings results with $42.4 billion in revenue and $7.8 billion in profit from the April to June quarter.

Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 third quarter ended June 25, 2016. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $42.4 billion and quarterly net income of $7.8 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $49.6 billion and net income of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 38 percent compared to 39.7 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 63 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

Here’s Apple’s breakdown of iPhone, iPad, and Mac sales from the quarter:

iPhone: 40.4 million units iPad: 9.9 million units Mac: 4.2 million units

Apple CEO Tim Cook:

“We are pleased to report third quarter results that reflect stronger customer demand and business performance than we anticipated at the start of the quarter,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We had a very successful launch of iPhone SE and we’re thrilled by customers’ and developers’ response to software and services we previewed at WWDC in June.”

And Apple CFO Luca Maestri:

“Our Services business grew 19 percent year-over-year and App Store revenue was the highest ever, as our installed base continued to grow and transacting customers hit an all-time record,” said Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO. “We returned over $13 billion to investors through share repurchases and dividends, and we have now completed almost $177 billion of our $250 billion capital return program.”

Apple’s Q3 results compare to the prior quarter’s $50.6 billion in revenue, 51.1 million iPhone sales, 10.2 million iPad sales, and 4 million Mac sales. In the same quarter a year ago, Apple reported $49 billion in revenue, 47 million iPhones sold, 10.9 million iPads sold, and 4.7 million Macs sold. Apple reported $10.5 billion in profit in the prior quarter and $10.7 billion in profit in the year ago quarter. Apple’s revenue guidance for next quarter ranges from $45.5 billion to $47.5 billion.

Read on for Apple’s full Q3 earnings report, and stay tuned as we await Apple’s quarterly conference call at 2 p.m. PT/ 5 p.m. ET to discuss these results. Tim Cook and Luca Maestri are expected to deliver prepared commentary on the earnings results then field questions from analysts participating on the call.

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Professional photo editing likely comes to mind first when you think of Lightroom, but Adobe has managed to bring Photoshop Lightroom to the living room with a neat new Apple TV app sans any editing features.

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Last fall T-Mobile introduced its Binge On feature that allows subscribers to watch unlimited video from select services over their network, and today the carrier has expanded Binge On to include video content from Apple Music. This means T-Mobile customers can watch music videos or other video content through Apple Music without worrying about hitting a data cap. The carrier already supported unlimited audio streaming through Apple Music through its Music Freedom program.

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July 25

AAPL: 97.34

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Two dates surfaced over the weekend regarding when the so-called iPhone 7 could be introduced and available to purchase. Evan Blass, better known as @evleaks, tweeted Friday night that the next iPhone would be released during the week of September 12th, then added on Saturday that he indeed meant the actual retail release and that “it should happen on Friday, Sept. 16th.”

We noted in our coverage this morning that a two-week period typically occurs the time between the iPhone announcement and release date, which suggests a late August to early September Apple event assuming the September 16th date is accurate. So how does that date compare to past iPhone releases? Below we’ve compared every iPhone announcement, pre-order, and release date so far…

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Tim Cook, Steve Jobs, and Bob Mansfield at the iPhone 4 'Antennagate' press conference
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According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Apple has recruited Bob Mansfield out of retirement and back to the company to lead the ‘Project Titan’ Apple Car team. Mansfield previously led Apple’s hardware team before moving to a special projects role where he worked on the Apple Watch before retiring and moving to an advisor role. Pulling Mansfield out of retirement to work on the Apple Car effort suggests the company strongly intends to bring an electric vehicle to market.

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July 22

AAPL: 98.66

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Without giving away official download numbers or stats (or ever featuring the app), Apple has officially shared that Pokémon Go has broken the record for the highest number of downloads during launch week on the App Store. The popular iOS app has ranked #1 on both the Free and Top Grossing Top Charts in the App Store since its launch earlier this month.

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July 21

AAPL: 99.43

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Earlier this week 9to5Mac reader Matthew shared that the scaffolding has come down around the anticipated location of the first Brooklyn Apple Store, and today Apple has updated its website with official grand opening details. The Williamsburg Apple Store opens next Saturday on July 30th at 10am local time. The latest New York City location can be found at 247 Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn.

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A Tesla-style concept of the Apple Car from CarWow
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Project Titan news, the name given to Apple’s electric vehicle project, has been relatively quiet lately despite the expected introduction in 2020 inching closer by the day. That may be because the introduction target for Apple Car has moved back one year to 2021. Included in a profile of three brothers who are said to have worked on the Apple Car project, The Information includes this nugget:

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We know Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg relies on good old-fashioned tape to disable his MacBook’s mic and camera, and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is working on something a little more sophisticated to stop your iPhone from snooping. It’s a protective case not aimed at preventing damage from drops and tumbles but instead spying and snooping…

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July 20

AAPL: 99.96

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Remember Letterpress for iOS, the fun word game from Loren Brichter a few years ago? The app was bought by new developers and started receiving updates again earlier this year, and today Letterpress is finally available on the Mac. The mechanics of the game remain the same, but there have been some other improvements to the competitive word game recently too.

Also happening in the Mac space, Microsoft shared its plans for supporting Skype on legacy versions of OS X today which sees some older versions of Mac OS X dropped going forward…

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Following the release of macOS Sierra’s third developer beta, Apple has pushed out the second macOS Sierra public beta for non-developer testers. macOS Sierra brings dozens of new features to the Mac including Siri for the first time.

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