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Apple supply constraints continue ahead of Q1 2022 earnings report on Thursday


While Apple was able to meet the demand for its polishing cloth after weeks of shortages, we can’t say the same about all other products it launched in the past few months. As the company plans to report its Q1 2022 earnings this Thursday, Apple still has to catch up on manufacturing its products before launching new ones in the coming months.

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Supply chain struggles to keep up iPhone 13 demand as COVID-19 hits Vietnam

A new report by NkkeiAsia says that iPhone 13 buyers are facing “longer-than-expected” delivery time due to the COVID-19 wave in Vietnam and the deployment of a new camera feature.

Although reports suggest that iPhone 13 camera parts get priority as Samsung orders fall below expectations, supply chains in Vietnam are struggling with constrained supplies of camera modules for the four iPhone 13 models as a significant number of its component parts are assembled in the country.

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Apple can still charge its App Store 30% fee even after Epic ruling, analysts say

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Last week, in the Epic vs. Apple case, US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers decided that Apple can no longer ban developers from using “buttons, external links, or other calls to action that direct customers to purchasing methods,” but she didn’t say Apple needs to lower its commission or that it could no longer charge its fee.

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Apple exec talks Entrepreneur Camp program, the need for more women and Black developers

Apple’s senior director of worldwide developer marketing, Esther Hare, talks about the Apple Entrepreneur Camp program in a new interview and the need for more women and Black developers in the community. In an interview with the Brazilian newspaper O GLOBO, Hare defends that “coding must be accessible to all people.” Apple Entrepreneur Camp program exists for a few years now and supports educational opportunities for Black students, people of color, and women.

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Apple’s latest UK tax bill: £12.9M, the equivalent of just two hours of global profits


Apple Store in Covent Garden, London

With a long-running EU investigation into the legality of Apple’s tax arrangements in Europe still showing no signs of reaching a conclusion, the size of last year’s UK tax bill isn’t likely to help its cause. Apple’s latest accounts show that it paid just £12.9M ($17M) in UK corporation tax despite making an estimated £2B ($2.6B) profit in the country.

As the Mail Online notes, this is the equivalent of just two hours’ profits on its global sales …


Happy Hour Podcast 065 | Apple Watch fitness, upset AAPL investors, Apple Music revamp and more

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This week Zac and Benjamin talk some Apple Watch fitness, the many upset AAPL investors, and an Apple Music revamp! The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed.

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Apple plans $5 billion bond offering to cover stock repurchases, dividends, capital needs (Updated)


Having filed a prospectus today with the SEC, Apple plans to offer around $5 billion in bonds, following a 2013 bond offering of $17 billion, and a 2014 offering of $12 billion. While Apple’s corporate coffers stand at over $178 billion after its most recent record-breaking quarter, even thriving companies sometimes use bond offerings to fund projects, lessening tax consequences in the process.

Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs put together the offering, which Apple says will be used towards

repurchases of our common stock and payment of dividends under our program to return capital to shareholders, funding for working capital, capital expenditures and acquisitions and repayment of debt.

As noted by The Wall Street Journal, the bonds will mature in 5 to 30 years, with a 10-year bond offering a 0.95% greater return than government-issued Treasurys. Apple carries a Moody’s rating of Aa1, the service’s second-highest rating, suggesting that the investment is exceptionally low-risk.


Apple gearing up for new bond sale this week with spotlight on euros, investor call possibly today

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Apple is gearing up to issue another bond offering this week, with a conference call with investors reportedly scheduled today, according to reports this morning from Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal. Apple hasn’t announced that it is holding an investor call today as of yet, but the announcement will likely be posted to Apple’s Investor Relations website if it is indeed happening. According to the WSJ, this bond offering will be the first from Apple to involve the euro currency:


Wall Street vs AAPL in nine bar-charts


The disconnect between Apple’s corporate performance and its stock value is something we’ve often commented on in the past. But rarely has the gap between the two been made more visually obvious than in a set of nine bar-charts published by Fortune, comparing Apple with Amazon and Google.

Judging from Merckel’s bar charts, what the market seems to be saying is that it believes Google and Amazon will keep growing indefinitely.

For Apple, it will believe it when it sees the next hit product.

The three ones above give the starkest illustration, while the complete set below give a fuller picture …  Expand

Apple sets another new record: the world’s largest corporate debt sale


The first stage of Apple’s plan to spend $100 billion in share buy-backs and increased dividends was completed yesterday as Apple sold $17 billion’s worth of corporate bonds – the world’s largest corporate debt sale.

Although Apple has a cash balance of $145b, much of this money is held in overseas subsidiaries, and Apple would have to pay tax on it to bring it back to the USA. It is cheaper for it to borrow the money instead … Expand

Student? New MacBook is now only $728 from Apple Store

As we Tweeted earlier today, Apple has slashed its price of new base model MacBooks to a record low price: only $728.  That is $271 off of retail and even $200 off of Amazon’s price.  To get that price, Click here and visit the ‘Education Store’ link on the left.

Interestingly, Apple mentions that this is only a $100 savings, so perhaps a drop is in store for the retail version as well.

iTunes 9.0.2 out with support for Apple TV software version 3.0 and dark background for Grid View, other improvements

iTunes 9.0.2, a 93MB update,  adds support for Apple TV software version 3.0, adds an option for a dark background for Grid View, and improves support for accessibility.  

Update: In the "improves support for accessibility" column, you can also put "breaks Palm Pre sync again".  It doesn’t, however, interfere with Jailbreakers.

You can change the background in the iTunes prefs like so:

Over 55% of 9to5Mac readers now on Snow Leopard

It looks like the Snow Leopard transition is moving along pretty well, if our Google Analytics are any indication.  A week after release, over 55% of you Mac users are using Snow Leopard (which includes PowerPC users who don’t have the option).  The bleeding edge 9to5mac community is probably a little ahead of the rest of the world but the stat is still an extremely positive sign for Apple.  For the rest of you (on Intel), get updating!

For the work week, it was still the most popular version of the Mac OS (below) garnering 50% of the logged machines. 


In fact, (impressive!!) 10% of you were on Snow Leopard the day before it was released!  That is some early adoption!

First Live Broadcast to iPhone

Update: We checked in for a few minutes but guess what? No bars on AT&T.   Here’s the video that we missed.

Tonight, Apple will produce its first-ever live event streamed to the iPhone: a concert by the electronica band Underworld.  Head to or to queue up. The show starts at midnight Eastern US time and the stream is free

The broadcast is thought to be a test/showcase for Apple’s new HTTP streaming protocol which uses adaptive bitrates to deliver a continuous smooth stream in varying network conditions.  "Varying conditions" are often the case when on 3G networks like AT&T’s.  Speaking of which, don’t expect to be able to make a call during the show tonight if the word gets out (Retweet!). 

Underworld’s Karl Hyde and Rick Smith profess to being huge Apple fans and recently released their entire catalog on iTunes. Apple is using partners at Inlet Technologies and Akamai to power tonight’s show.

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