Opinion: Does the Apple Watch Edition signal future luxury-model iPhones, iPads and Macs?

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Back in April of last year, when a luxury model of the Apple Watch was still a vague rumor, I wrote an opinion piece in which I expressed the view that Apple could indeed pull this off. I went further, and suggested that it could even create an entire range of luxury versions of its existing products, from iPhones to Macs.

Ten months on, with the Apple Watch Edition now real, and the general expectation that it’s going to cost several thousand dollars at least, I thought it was time to revisit that idea. Is a luxury model of the Apple Watch a one-off, or does Apple see this as the first step toward Edition models of its complete product range … ?  Read more

Photoshop celebrates 25th anniversary today of app originally created on a Macintosh Plus

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Adobe is today celebrating the 25th anniversary of Photoshop, which first launched as a Mac-only app on 19th February 1990.

What went on to become the industry standard image editing app started life in 1987, when Thomas Knoll, a computer vision doctorate student at the University of Michigan, began developing it on his Mac Plus. Known then as Display, the app was designed to do nothing more than display grayscale images on the Macintosh’s black-and-white monitor. As Adobe showcases in the video below, the app has come rather a long way since then …  Read more

Seagate zaps Thunderbolt drives, LaCie to continue lineup

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Seagate will discontinue its lineup of Thunderbolt storage products in favor of pushing Thunderbolt under its premium LaCie brand, 9to5Mac has learned.

A company spokesperson confirmed the move noting that the product life cycles for the company’s USM technology, which allowed integration of interfaces like Thunderbolt through adapters, is “coming to a conclusion.” Read more

Apple’s Back to School sale returns to Australia and New Zealand w/ gift card promo

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Apple’s annual Back to School sale in Australia and New Zealand has gone live with a promotion for qualifying students to receive Apple Store credit with the purchase of a Mac, iPad, or iPhone. Similar to last year, the Back to School sale includes the usual education pricing on Macs and iPads, but this year Apple is including Apple Store gift cards rather than App Store gift cards like last year. Read more

Apple announces Q1 2015 revenue of $74.6b: 74.4m iPhones, 21.4m iPads, 5.5m Macs

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Apple announced its Q1 2015 earnings results today reporting $74.6 billion in revenue earning $18 billion in profit during the three-month period.

Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 first quarter ended December 27, 2014. The Company posted record quarterly revenue of $74.6 billion and record quarterly net profit of $18 billion, or $3.06 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $57.6 billion and net profit of $13.1 billion, or $2.07 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.9 percent compared to 37.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 65 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

In addition to its revenue and profit disclosure, Apple reported sales numbers for the following categories:

  • iPhone: 74.4 million units
  • iPad: 21.4 million units
  • Mac: 5.5 million units
  • iTunes: $4.7 billion
  • Accessories: $2.6 billion

Totals:

  • Revenue: $74.6 billion
  • EPS: $3.06 per share

Apple CEO Tim Cook said the following regarding the quarter:

“We’d like to thank our customers for an incredible quarter, which saw demand for Apple products soar to an all-time high,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Our revenue grew 30 percent over last year to $74.6 billion, and the execution by our teams to achieve these results was simply phenomenal.”

Apple CFO Luca Maestri added this:

“Our exceptional results produced EPS growth of 48 percent over last year, and $33.7 billion in operating cash flow during the quarter, an all-time record,” said Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO. “We spent over $8 billion on our capital return program, bringing total returns to investors to almost $103 billion, over $57 billion of which occurred in just the last 12 months.”

Ahead of today’s earnings report, sales numbers for both the iPhone and iPad were particular areas of interest. Q1 2015 held the bulk of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales in the United States and saw the new iPhone models debut in key countries like China. Meanwhile, the iPad sales numbers were particularly interested following last quarter’s year-over-year shipment decrease and the release of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 in October.

Apple’s Q1 2015 numbers follow last quarter’s results of $42.1 billion in revenue and sales of 39 million iPhones, 12.3 million iPads, and 5.5 million Macs. For the same quarter a year ago, Apple reported $57.6 billion in revenue and sales of 51 million iPhones, 26 million iPads, and 4.8 million Macs. Compare also to profit last quarter of $8.5 million and a year ago of $13.1 billion.

Apple will hold its conference call today at 2 PM Pacific/5 PM Eastern to discuss the quarter’s numbers, follow along for our coverage then. Both Cook and Maestri will likely share prepared remarks then answer a round of questions from analysts on the call.

For Q2 2015 Apple is providing guidance between $52 billion and $55 billion. The full Q1 earnings results release is below:

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1Password for iOS adds one-time password tool for two factor auth, new login creator, more

The popular secure password management app 1Password is out with a big update today adding new features on both iOS and Mac. Arriving in version 5.2 of 1Password for iOS is a new login creator tool, a one-time password tool for use with two factor auth, new entry fields for pro users, and more. On the Mac side, 1Password version 5.1 was released adding a number of improvements to sync. This includes the ability to sync secondary vaults to iOS over WiFi. More on the major new features below:

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AAPL earnings will come in well above upper end of company’s guidance, say analysts, at $68.3B

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Fortune has done its usual analyst poll ahead of Apple announcing its Q1 earnings tomorrow, and Wall Street is expecting the company to significantly out-perform its earnings guidance of $63.5 to $66.5B.

The consensus among the analysts Fortune polled — 20 professionals and 15 amateurs — is that Apple’s total sales for fiscal Q1 2015 will come in at about $68.3 billion, up 21% year over year.

That would be $1.8B above the upper end of the expectations Apple set back in October …  Read more

Twitter’s war on developers continues: Tweetbot for Mac falls victim to token limit, gets pulled from App Store

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In November, 9to5Mac brought you an exclusive interview on Twitter’s limitations on third-party developers with the Iconfactory’s Gedeon Maheux. In the original article, Maheux said that development on Twitterrific 5 for Mac had stalled due to Twitter’s strict limits on how many users can login to a particular application.

While Twitterrific 5 is the first application to have been stuck in development because of these limits, another popular client seems to have claimed the title of the first Twitter app for Mac to run into the token ceiling: Tweetbot.

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Apple pushes pre-release OS X 10.10.2 (14C106a) preview to testers

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After several preview releases to testers, Apple has pushed yet another OS X 10.10.2 build to pre-release Yosemite testers through the Updates section of the Mac App Store. Previous builds of the Mac operating system focused on improving bugs with WiFi, Mail, and VoiceOver, and this pre-release seed is no exception. We’ll update our coverage with what we find in the latest pre-release seed. Read more

Dropbox will no longer support OS X 10.5 or older starting May 18th

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Dropbox has announced through an email to users on older versions of OS X that it will soon be discontinuing support for computers running Leopard or other older versions of the operating system. Users still running anything older than OS X 10.6 will need to upgrade in order to continue using future versions of the Dropbox app.

Users who don’t upgrade will still be able to use the web-based Dropbox manager, but will be automatically signed out of the Mac app. From that point forward, they will not be able to login back into the Mac client until they are on a newer version of OS X.

The changes will go into effect on May 18th, so users still have plenty of time to upgrade their software (or hardware, if necessary). The full email is included below:

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