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2016

Rising iPhone ASP in Q1 hints at healthy iPhone 6s sales

Tuesday January 26, 2016

In first quarter financial results announced on Tuesday, Apple's average selling price (ASP) for the iPhone rose to $690.50, suggesting a fairly healthy demand for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus which launched in September.

Notes of interest from Apple's Q1 2016 conference call

Tuesday January 26, 2016

Apple's biggest quarter ever was something of a mixed bag for the company --it sold more iPhones than ever, but the company also expects revenues to fall next quarter. Following the announcement of its first quarter of fiscal 2016 results, executives from the company participated in a conference call with analysts and the media, and notes of interest follow.

Apple sees growth in China amid currency headwinds, contraction in US and Japan

Tuesday January 26, 2016

Apple revenues exhibited regional growth in China over the first fiscal quarter of 2016, but currency headwinds clipped the company's wings, prompting the release of so-called "supplemental material" to explain what some might view as concerning trends.

Apple sells 74.8M iPhones, rakes in $75.9B in revenue in company's biggest quarter ever

Tuesday January 26, 2016

The 2015 holiday shopping season was the biggest quarter in Apple's history, with profits of $18.4 billion earned thanks to yet another record performance for the iPhone.

Microsoft launches business-oriented News Pro aggregator for iPhone, Web

Tuesday January 26, 2016

Microsoft on Tuesday introduced News Pro, a news aggregator for both iPhones and the Web that takes a different tack thanks to its dependence on Bing News, and a focus on business-related topics instead of general interests.

iOS's News app to incorporate some subscription-only content - report

Tuesday January 26, 2016

Apple will soon reportedly allow publishers to offer subscription-only articles through iOS's News app, gating some content behind paywalls normally reserved for separate apps or the Web.

Fake Apple retail stores on the decline in China

Tuesday January 26, 2016

As Apple has expanded its retail presence in China, the number of knockoff locations falsely parading as official Apple Stores has declined in the city of Shenzhen, a new report reveals.

Wall Street expects $76.5B in revenue from Apple in record breaking holiday quarter

Tuesday January 26, 2016

Apple this afternoon is expected to reveal that it just concluded its biggest quarter in the company's history, with Wall Street watchers projecting an average of $76.5 billion in revenue from the holiday period.

Microsoft Windows Phone chief Joe Belfiore tweets from an Apple iPhone

Tuesday January 26, 2016

In the midst of a monthslong leave of absence from his post as head of the company's operating systems group, longtime Microsoft executive Joe Belfiore on Tuesday tweeted from an iPhone, which made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.

Deals: B&H's Super Bowl big screen TV super sale; $50-$70 off Mac minis; $30 off iPad mini 4

Tuesday January 26, 2016

In anticipation of next month's Super Bowl, B&H for the next few days is bringing back Black Friday pricing and bonus incentives (free Gift Cards, free WD Passport Drives, free Soundbars, free Tvs) on a huge selection of Samsung, Sony XBR, LG, and VIZIO big-screen TV sets -- all with free shipping and no sales tax outside NY. Plus 13" MacBook Airs for $899 and Mac minis from $449.

Rumor claims next-gen Apple Watch going into mass production in Q2

Tuesday January 26, 2016

A questionable rumor on Tuesday indicated that the second-generation Apple Watch will go into mass production in the second quarter of 2016, with Quanta Computer remaining as the sole manufacturer.

Apple's $59M Australian tax bill in the spotlight as international tax row continues

Tuesday January 26, 2016

Apple Australia recorded a gross tax rate of slightly more than 1 percent in 2015, Australian government records indicate, focusing attention once again on the iPhone maker's international tax strategy.

UK's Barclays may add long-delayed Apple Pay support in March

Tuesday January 26, 2016

Barclays should, after a long wait, add support for Apple Pay sometime in mid- to late March, according to an email from one of the U.K. bank's top executives.

Apple invention uses spherically curved photosensor for smaller, better iPhone camera

Tuesday January 26, 2016

In its quest for high-performing, flexible and -- most importantly -- small imaging systems, Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for a spherical photosensor and lens array that provides high-resolution capture in an incredibly compact package.

VirnetX seeks $532M from Apple in patent infringement retrial

Monday January 25, 2016

Patent holding firm VirnetX argued in court on Monday that Apple should pay $532 million for allegedly infringing on intellectual property protecting secure communications, a sum nearly 45 percent higher than an initial damages award vacated last year.

Twitter removes ads for MVPs in bid to drive engagement

Monday January 25, 2016

Twitter is reducing the number of ads high-value users see in their feeds, or nixing them altogether, in a bid to keep the VIPs producing content, according to a Monday report.

Microsoft's iOS keyboard to feature one-handed mode, coming soon to testers

Monday January 25, 2016

One week after rumors surfaced claiming Microsoft has plans to bring its Word Flow mobile keyboard app to iOS, a report on Monday now says an early version is already in testing and will bring a special one-handed operating mode to Apple's devices upon release.

Apple introduces second betas of tvOS 9.2 & watchOS 2.2 [u]

Monday January 25, 2016

Apple on Monday issued second betas of tvOS 9.2 and watchOS 2.2 to developers, cleaning up some of the bugs in the updates on the way towards finished releases.

Samsung planning to bring many new apps to iOS, rumor claims

Monday January 25, 2016

Samsung will allegedly port a number of apps to iOS later this year as it tries to increase the cross-platform appeal of its devices, including speakers, tablets, and fitness trackers.

Apple seeds OS X 10.11.4 to developers with minor bug fixes

Monday January 25, 2016

Apple on Monday issued a second beta version of its upcoming OS X 10.11.4 software update to developers, continuing a two-week release pattern established earlier in January.