Tim Cook takes a dig at Samsung, says it means much more to Apple to get it right than to be first

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Tim Cook takes a dig at Samsung, says it means much more to Apple to get it right than to be first

If Apple's advertising message on Earth Day and the "powerful" ad wasn't enough to take pot shots at Samsung, CEO Tim Cook too added his two cents on the matter during last night's earnings call. Even though the question was about why Apple doesn't diversify like Amazon and Facebook, Cook hinted at how some companies are in a race to bring out a product first in the market than launching the best product for users. It is widely contended that Samsung rushed the launch of the first generation Galaxy Gear smartwatch last year in an attempt to launch it before Apple, which was rumored to be launching its iWatch along with the iPhone 5S. Of course, Apple did not announce the iWatch and the first generation Galaxy Gear flopped. More →
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Updated MacBook Airs with higher speeds and more storage can be launched next week

By about 6 hours ago.

Updated MacBook Airs with higher speeds and more storage can be launched next week

The drought of new Apple product launches could end as early as next week. French website MacGeneration citing “reliable sources” claims that the MacBook Air lineup are in line to get a minor refresh, and could be launched as early as next week. The refreshed laptops could get a bump in speed as well as storage. More →
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Apple approves additional $30 billion share buyback

By about 8 hours ago.

Apple approves additional $30 billion share buyback

In a move to reward investors, tech giant Apple has approved an additional USD 30 billion share buyback by 2015 and declared a seven-for-one stock split on the back of strong iPhone sales that pushed its March quarter profit up 7 per cent. Apple increased its share repurchase authorization to USD 90 billion from the USD 60 billion level announced last year, it said in a statement. The firm also approved an 8 percent increase in quarterly dividend to USD 3.29 per share. More →
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Apple TV getting ready for prime time

By about 8 hours ago.

Apple TV getting ready for prime time

The next-generation miniature set-top-box, which could be unveiled as early as this June, looks set to feature Siri-like voice commands and games console features and is set to become a serious Apple product in its own right. The hockey-puck-sized device that plugs into the back of a television set and connects to the internet, launches dedicated apps and enables the streaming of content from other Apple products, be they Macs, iPhones or iPads, has until now been described as just an interesting hobby by the company. But all of that is set to change. In its latest earnings call on Wednesday, Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, revealed that to date, 20 million Apple TVs have been sold and that it is becoming a key source of revenue, so much so that the company is no longer calling it a hobby. More →
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iPhone 6 case compared to iPhone 5S, Nexus 5 and Galaxy Note 3 in hands-on video

By about 11 hours ago.

iPhone 6 case compared to iPhone 5S, Nexus 5 and Galaxy Note 3 in hands-on video

Last week an alleged iPhone 6 case for the 4.7-inch variant surfaced online, courtesy of leakster Sonny Dickson. Now, Unbox Therapy has given the case a hands-on treatment, where it also compares it against the iPhone 5S, Nexus 5 and the Galaxy Note 3, to give an idea of its size. More →
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Apple made 24 acquisitions in last 18 months and other takeaways from Q2 earnings call

By about 12 hours ago.

Apple made 24 acquisitions in last 18 months and other takeaways from Q2 earnings call

During the earnings call to announce Apple's Q2 2014 results, CEO Tim Cook revealed that Apple acquired as many as 24 companies in the last 18 months. Allaying investor fears whether Apple can still innovate, Cook said that Apple keeps on looking for opportunities but doesn't publicly announce these acquisitions. He stressed on Apple's plans to launch new product categories multiple times during the call. More →
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Apple iPhone sales in India grew 55% year-on-year

By on April 24, 2014 at 3:51 AM.

Apple iPhone sales in India grew 55% year-on-year

Sales of iPhone grew by 55 percent year-on-year in India in the March ending quarter, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed during the company's second quarter earnings call. Apple sold 43.7 million units of the iPhone during the quarter, which is a new record for the March quarter as it follows a typically busy holiday season quarter that also witnesses the launch of new iPhones. In November last year, BGR India had exclusively reported about Apple's aggressive iPhone sales strategy for India soon after the launch of the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C in the country. More →
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Apple Q2 2014 earnings: 43.7 million iPhones, 16.3 million iPads sold

By on April 24, 2014 at 2:30 AM.

Apple Q2 2014 earnings: 43.7 million iPhones, 16.3 million iPads sold

Apple announced its Q2 2014 earnings with a quarterly revenue of $45.6 billion and profit of $10.2 billion or $11.62 per diluted share. This compares with $43.6 billion and a net profit of $9.5 billion in the year-ago quarter. The thing to note is Apple did not announce any new product in the current quarter. Apple also announced it sold 43.7 million iPhones as opposed to 37.4 million units in Q2 2013, 16.3 million iPads as opposed to 19.5 million units in the year-ago quarter. The company also sold 4.1 million Macs an increase from 3.9 million units in Q2 2013, and 2.8 million iPods as against 5.6 million units in the year-ago quarter. Apple has also announced record $4.6 billion in revenues from software and services during the quarter. More →
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Apple’s “powerful” iPhone 5S ad mocks Samsung Galaxy S5’s heartbeat sensor

By on April 23, 2014 at 7:08 PM.

Apple’s “powerful” iPhone 5S ad mocks Samsung Galaxy S5’s heartbeat sensor

Apple released a new iPhone 5S called powerful for its new tagline, “You're more powerful than you think.” This ad shows off the iPhone 5S’s multimedia capabilities, but in the 90 seconds long video there is a small yet not-so-subtle dig at Samsung. More →
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Apple FaceTime’s history and codename revealed

By on April 23, 2014 at 4:47 PM.

Apple FaceTime’s history and codename revealed

There's a bright side to the currently ongoing patent infringement lawsuit hearing between Samsung and Apple as many unknown details about products and the way the two companies work are coming out in the open. During one such hearing, Apple's engineer responsible for FaceTime talk in detail about the service and also how Game Centre came into being. More →
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